Since at least March 1968, the world has been gifted with original music by Reginald Dwight, the artist better known as Elton John. From the 60s up through the 2020s, Mr. John would go on to have one of the most successful music careers in pop history, spanning 31 studio albums, 10 soundtracks, 5 live albums, 16 compilation albums, and a slew of awards and accolades. Now that Elton has recently retired from live performing, the Great Pop Culture Debate wants to look back at his inimitable songbook and attempt to determine the Best Elton John Single of all time. We consider: “Your Song,” “Honky Cat,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me,” “The Bitch is Back,” “Crocodile Rock,” “I’m Still Standing,” “Rocket Man,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Tiny Dancer,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and more.

Join host Eric Rezsnyak, GPCD panelists Derek Mekita and Kate Racculia, and extra-special guest John Higgins, Feature Writer at EltonJohn.com and Sir Elton’s personal archivist, as they discuss 16 of the Rocket Man’s most beloved songs, narrowing them down until they make their final decision!

Play along at home by finding the listener bracket here. Make a copy for yourself, fill it out, and see if your picks match up with ours!

To listen to Round 1, showing how we got to the Sweet 16 down from the Top 32, become a Patreon supporter of the podcast today to access the exclusive Part 1 episode.

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NOTE: John Higgins, our guest panelist for this episode and Feature Writer at EltonJohn.com, has shared some links detailing information he shared in the episode. We strongly encourage you to read through them:

Round 2 Match-Ups:

Match-Up 1: “Your Song” (1) vs. “Honky Cat” (5)

Match-Up 2: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (3) vs. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (2)

Match-Up 3: “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” (1) vs. “The Bitch Is Back” (4)

Match-Up 4: “Crocodile Rock” (3) vs. “I’m Still Standing” (2)

Match-Up 5: “Rocket Man” (1) vs. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (4)

Match-Up 6: “Philadelphia Freedom” (3) vs. “Tiny Dancer” (2)

Match-Up 7: “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” (1) vs. “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” (4)

Match-Up 8: “Candle in the Wind” (3) vs. “Bennie and the Jets” (2)

And should you need it, here’s a playlist with all Top 32 songs discussed in this episode, as well as a few bonus songs put forward by the panelists:

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Finally, if you want to have a say in what episodes we tackle next, vote in our Topic Polls! And we would love to have you pick your faves in the polls currently open for your votes!

EPISODE CREDITS

Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Panel: Derek Mekita, Kate Racculia

Special Guest: John Higgins

Producer: Curtis Creekmore

Editors: Eric Rezsnyak, John Higgins

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