Spotify shares Elton John’s top songs and milestones ahead of ‘Rocketman’ release

Elton John’s music, beloved around the world, has streamed more than 2 billion times and appears in more than 39 million playlists on Spotify. The most popular song globally with almost 250 million streams is Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to be a Long, Long Time). The 1972 hit song appears on the album Honky Chateaux which happens to be Elton’s top-streamed album on Spotify.

Recently, Elton has delighted our listeners with a Spotify Single live recording where he performed alongside Khalid on “Young Dumb and Broke” at The Colosseum at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas last May. And here’s a fun fact: When Elton’s good friend Ed Sheeran released “Castle on the Hill” in February 2017, we saw a 26% increase in streams of Elton’s hit “Tiny Dancer” — the song is referenced in Sheeran’s track.

Gearing up for the worldwide release of the Sir Elton John biopic Rocketman, here are some fascinating numbers and how Spotify listeners stream all things Elton John:

Top-streamed Elton John songs globally:

1.       Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time)

2.       Tiny Dancer

3.       Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee)

4.       Your Song

5.       I’m Still Standing

6.       Bennie and the Jets (remastered 2014)

7.       Sacrifice

8.       Can You Feel The Love Tonight

9.       Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (remastered 2014)

10.     Crocodile Rock


Top-streamed Elton John albums globally:

1.       Honky Chateau (1972)

2.       Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

3.       Madman Across the Water (1971)

4.       Rock of the Westies (1975)

5.       Elton John (1970)


Countries that stream the most Elton John music:   

1.       United States

2.       United Kingdom

3.       Australia

4.       Canada

5.       Brazil

6.       Germany

7.       Mexico

8.       Netherlands

9.       Sweden

10.     Spain


Age and gender of listeners who stream the most Elton John music:

1.       Male, 18-24

2.       Female, 18-24

3.       Male 35-44

4.       Male 25-29

5.       Male 55+


Top Elton John collaborations: 

1.       Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee)

2.       Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Live At Wembley Arena / 1991 (with George Michael)

3.       Young Dumb & Broke – Recorded At The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (with Khalid

4.       Stan (with Eminem)

5.       Bennie And The Jets – 2018 Version (with Logic, P!nk)


Top Elton John songs through the decades: 

1960’s – Skyline Pigeon

1970’s – Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to be a Long, Long Time)

1980’s – I’m Still Standing

1990’s – Can You Feel the Love Tonight

2000’s – Are you Ready For Love?

2010’s – Young Dumb and Broke – Recorded At The Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (with Khalid)

(Photo by Greg Gorman)

To further celebrate Rocketman, Spotify partnered with Paramount to bring U.S. listeners on Spotify’s free service the chance to listen to audio liners recorded by the film’s star Taron Egerton. You’ll find them in the official Rocketman playlist; they offer tidbits about Elton’s hit songs. And in the U.K., Spotify Free listeners can tinker with an interactive piano feature, Guitar Hero-inspired, that actually helps them play “Rocket Man.”     

Stream Elton John’s hits in This Is Elton John.