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Greatest Hits 1976-1986

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Collected here are Sir Elton’s strongest tracks from the late ’70s and ’80s, some of which, strangely, remain under-appreciated. Guitar-rocking lamentation “Kiss the Bride” thumps with a big, ear-tickling chorus, while the somber “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” soothes on a bed of strings, piano, and vibraphone. Sexy party anthem “I’m Still Standing” celebrates post-breakup independence, and cathartic showstopper “Empty Garden (Song for John Lennon)” finds Elton’s vocals and piano hitting new emotional heights. In all, this musically layered set reveals the work of a star artist whose music didn’t suffer from the trappings of celebrity.

Customer Reviews

Why did they do this?

These aren't bad songs, but why did they put "Greatest Hits, Vol. 3" out of print? That showed a perfect indication on Elton's strongest material from the 80's! "Heartache All Over the World" wasn't that bad of a song. And why did "Too Low for Zero" get kicked off? They took those off and added two of his 1976 hits, and a song from "Breaking Hearts" that nobody else has ever heard of. The order of the songs isn't perfect either. These are still great songs, so 4/5.

Empty Garden

This song was a tribute to his friend John Lennon. It is a beautiful song. Well worth the purchase.

Actually kind of important, now.

Well, this hits collection goes well hand-in-hand with the new Number 1s hits collection. If you have that and this, you have virtually all his hits from 1970 to 1996. This is an overview of his post-70s material. I'd go for the 70s stuff first, but this is incredible, too. Really, this should be used to expose you to Elton, but his albums are always far better than any hits package.


Born: March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Elton John was the biggest pop star of the '70s, grabbing headlines and generating hits throughout the world. As it turned out, this was merely the first act in a remarkable career that kept him at the top of the charts for over 25 years. He charted a Top 40 hit single every year between 1970 and 1996, a sign that he knew how to both change with the times and mold the times to fit him. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers...
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