* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: ''Funeral for A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding'', first track of ''Music/GoodbyeYellowBrickRoad''. Apparently, according to TheOtherWiki, it is the kind of music he wants played at his funeral.
** Also, listen to "You're So Static" from the Caribou album. It features the Tower of Power horn section at its best. Pure. Unadulterated. Awesome.
** The soundtrack to ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
** The "classic Elton" period between 1969-1976, while it did not always produce consistent albums, produced many songs which would stand up as standards of the rock era: "Skyline Pigeon", "Tiny Dancer", "Levon", "Crocodile Rock", "Daniel", "Candle In The Wind", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The Jets", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word", "Rocket Man", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Your Song", etc.
** Album-wise, ''Madman Across The Water'', ''Honky Chateau'', ''Tumbleweed Connection'', ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Elton John]]'', ''Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy'' and ''Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'' are frequently included in lists of the best albums of all time.
** The soundtrack to ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''.
* CrazyAwesome UpToEleven: His increasing flamboyant stage shows of TheSeventies. One show at the Hollywood Bowl in 1973 involved a frilly costume, a long staircase, celebrity impersonators, Linda Lovelace as MC and five differently-colored pianos on stage spelling E-L-T-O-N on their sides. They opened up with doves flying out of each one. Later on, his engineer played organ on "Crocodile Rock" while ''a live crocodile on a leash'' roamed the stage.
** Also, his role in ''Film/{{Tommy}}'' as the Local Lad, the character who sings "Pinball Wizard". There's a really good reason that his role in it is considered to be one of if not the most well-known parts of the whole movie, [[OneSceneWonder even though his part is only about five minutes long]].
** Not to mention his WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck costume at the free televised Central Park concert in 1980.
*** The gigantic UsefulNotes/LouisXIV costume (especially the wig) he wore for his 50th birthday party also counts. He had to travel in a giant truck for that one.
* DeaderThanDisco: His 1979 disco album, ''Victim Of Love''. Also an OldShame.
* EarWorm: The chorus of "Levon":
-->He was born a pauper to a pawn on a Christmas Day, when the New York Times said, "God Is Dead", and the war's begun, Alvin Tostig has a son today
** "Rocket Man", "Your Song", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Bennie And The Jets", "Crocodile Rock", "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)", "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "I'm Still Standing"...he is a master of the earworm.
** His cover-version of the already earworm-ish "[[Music/TheWho Pinball Wizard]]". It should be noted that it was (and still is) the ''only'' cover-version of a Who song to reach on any Top Ten charts.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: There are many, many debates over the meaning of "Levon".
** He and Bernie Taupin mocked the trope in the ''Caribou'' cut, "Solar Prestige A Gammon". Naturally, [[SpringtimeForHitler that song was also over-analyzed]], a la "[[Music/TheBeatles I Am The Walrus]]".
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GuI4UUZrmw His oven manual song.]]
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Besides the Edinburgh 1976 "I want them to ''know'' I'm an alcoholic" quote listed below, any humorous moment Elton had with longtime manager John Reid or personal assistant Bob Halley in ''Tantrums And Tiaras'', since due to various scandals/business disagreements Elton had both men excised from his life/career. Thankfully Elton and David Furnish have stayed together.
** Elton's stage moves when wearing aforementioned Donald Duck suit worn at Central Park in 1980 involved [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA6gT-QI3dg rhythmically stomping on the ground and shaking his rear]] (the suit had "flipper" shoes and an enormous "tail" in the back) through "Bite Your Lip (Get Up And Dance)", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a301ceauaA then quacking loudly]] through a few verses of "Your Song", at many points {{Corpsing}} at the thought of performing in the ridiculous costume. WordOfGod was that the "tail" was so enormous, he could barely sit at the piano in it.
** Speaking of "Your Song," there's this bit: "If I was a sculptor... ''[chuckles]'' ...but then again, '''no'''."
** "I wouldn't want anyone to think I am an alcoholic, I want them to ''know'' I am an alcoholic." [[labelnote:explanation]]Stage banter he made in his solo 1976 Edinburgh show, shot glass with alcohol in hand. Sadly, it would later turn out to be a FunnyAneurysmMoment for him with his alcoholism.[[/labelnote]]
** After conversing with Jay Leno during an 1994 appearance on TheTonightShow about paparazzi, upon which Elton snarkily remarked that if he knew he was going to die soon, he'd spend his last day on Earth [[KillEmAll lining up the paparazzi in a locked room and shooting them dead with a machine gun]], Jay would ask Elton what the next song he was going to play after the commercial break would be. With a knowing chuckle, Elton replied, "[[Disney/TheLionKing Can You Feel The Love Tonight]]".
* {{Glurge}}: "Candle In The Wind 1997."
* HypeBacklash: He received this to a point in TheSeventies and TheEighties, but it really took off in TheNineties with the release of "Candle in the Wind 1997."
* SequelDisplacement: Not many people have heard of ''Empty Sky'', except for Americans (it was released in the US in 1975). His self-titled album is often considered his debut although it was his second album.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: "American Triangle", about the real-life murder of Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and left to die for being gay.
-->'Western skies' don't make it right\\
'Home of the brave' don't make no sense\\
I've seen a scarecrow wrapped in wire\\
Left to die on a high ridge fence\\
It's a cold, cold wind\\
It's a cold, cold wind\\
It's a cold wind blowing, Wyoming