YMMV: Elton John

  • Awesome Music: Funeral for A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding, first track of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Apparently, according to The Other Wiki, 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 The Lion King.
    • 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, 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 The Road to El Dorado.
  • Crazy Awesome Up to Eleven: His increasing flamboyant stage shows of The Seventies. 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 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, even though his part is only about five minutes long.
    • Not to mention his Donald Duck costume at the free televised Central Park concert in 1980.
      • The gigantic Louis XIV costume (especially the wig) he wore for his 50th birthday party also counts. He had to travel in a giant truck for that one.
  • Deader Than Disco: His 1979 disco album, Victim Of Love. Also an Old Shame.
  • Ear Worm: 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 "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.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: There are many, many debates over the meaning of "Levon".
  • Funny Moments: His oven manual song.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: 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 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)", then quacking loudly through a few verses of "Your Song", at many points Corpsing at the thought of performing in the ridiculous costume. Word of God 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." explanation 
    • After conversing with Jay Leno during an 1994 appearance on The Tonight Show 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 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, "Can You Feel The Love Tonight".
  • Glurge: "Candle In The Wind 1997."
  • Hype Backlash: He received this to a point in The Seventies and The Eighties, but it really took off in The Nineties with the release of "Candle in the Wind 1997."
  • Sequel Displacement: 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.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "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