Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriting partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date. In his five-decade career Elton John has sold more than 300million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. He has more than fifty Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100. His single "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 33million copies worldwide and is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and US singles charts Elton John The Rocket Man. Everyone knows he’s a hit factory. Everyone’s heard the soundtracks. Everyone’s seen the outfits. But what not everyone remembers is that from 1970-1975, he churned out nine classic records, a live album, a greatest hits, and a soundtrack. For a half-decade, there was nobody on Elton’s level of consistently excellent music being churned out at dizzying speed. Anything that he worked on with his classic band (Nigel Olsson, Dee Murray, Davey Johnstone) and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin is essential listening. Recommended Listen: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Crash Course: 1. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2. Honky Chateau 3. Tumbleweed Connection Compilation Replacement: Greatest Hits: 1970-2002 Signature Songs: 1. “Your Song” 2. “Tiny Dancer” 3. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time)” 4. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” 5. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” Personal Note: I would make Honky Chateau the recommended listen based on personal taste, but the double album is definitely considered the consensus for his best. Similarly with the signature songs, I would be much more likely to select album cuts like “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”, “Indian Sunset”, “Sixty Years On” or “Amy”, but wanted to try and stay objective. Definitely dig beyond the stuff listed here and you won't be disappointed. If you already know his 70s stuff well and you’re curious about his 80s period, Too Low for Zero would be the place to start.