Here we are again just two days away from the return of one of the most recognized and multi-talented performers of our time to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
and we’ve once again been blasting our favorite Elton John songs in preparation for his hit show Elton John The Million Dollar Piano
on Wed, Oct. 10.
This has to be one of my favorite singers and performers of all time, so I’m beyond excited to have him back on the stage for an eleven-run show. I’ve been listening to Elton’s songs since Sunday trying to decide which my favorite songs are. It’s a task that I could not tackle alone so I once again called on my co-workers for their input and here are the top five Elton John songs we’ve come up with (in no particular order):
Can You Feel the Love Tonight – This hit song was composed by Sir Elton John himself for Disney’s ® 1994 animated film “The Lion King” earning the musician the Grammy Award for best male pop vocal performance.
Why we like it: Mainly because it reminds us of our youth but also because Elton has once again combined his powerful vocals with his impeccable pianist skills for a song that makes us close our eyes and sway back and forth in complete relaxation and awe. It may remind us of when we were young but it resonates with us on a deeper level now and that makes us smile.
Candle in the Wind – Created as a tribute to movie star Marilyn Monroe, Candle in the Wind has become one of the most beloved, sensitive and bestselling pop singles of all time. In 1997, Elton re-did the song in remembrance of Princess Diana and the result did not disappoint.
Why we like it: Besides the fact that it was written and re-written for two beautiful women who lost heir lives too early, Candle in the Wind is beyond moving and speaks to us on a basic level about all of the family members we never got to meet but always hear about.
Rocket Man – Apparently this song was inspired by Bernie Taupin’s (Elton John’s longtime friend) sighting of either a shooting star or a distant airplane. Whatever it was Elton John flew away with it and it became a hit single, rising to #2 in the UK and #6 in the U.S.
Why we like it: This one may be slow and seductive at first but as it progresses it makes us want to sing at the top of our lungs and try and reach that super high pitch Elton does. Plus, it makes us think of that Volkswagen Passat commercial where nobody knows the words to the song!
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me – One of the most covered of Elton John’s hit songs, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me features backing vocals from two of the Beach Boys and Toni Tennille of Captain Tennille. It reached #2 when it was first released as a single and in 1991 it went straight to #1 on the pop single charts as a duet with George Michael.
Why we like it: We see Elton’s vulnerability and desperate need in this one and it makes us want to give him a big hug! Plus, you really feel his need to be heard at the end when he belts it out with the beautiful orchestra in the background.
Someone Saved My Life Tonight – One of the biggest pop singles ever that depicts a suicide attempt, this Elton song is reportedly about the singer after attempting suicide using gas from an open oven. The song reached #4 on the pop singles chart.
Why we like it: This song is powerful! Again, Elton uses his piano to create a slow and steady rhythm while his lyrics pour out onto us. Sure, it’s sad but oh so beautiful too!
Las Vegas, NV 10/08/12