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Elton John’s Official Top 10 Most Downloaded Tracks revealed!
2013’s hottest producer/songwriter Naughty Boy says: “Rocket Man is one of my favourite songs. I want to collaborate with Elton.”
Tomorrow night (Friday 13 September) sees the broadcast of the inaugural BRITs Icon show on ITV and ITV HD. Dermot O’Leary hosts a glittering show that sees Sir Elton John honoured with the first ever BRITs Icon Award at London’s Palladium, featuring a special performance with Rod Stewart.
Elton’s Official Top 10 Most Downloaded Tracks
Elton has sold more than 250 million records worldwide and is also famously responsible for the UK’s biggest selling single of all time – Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997. BUT, how have the British musical icon’s singles faired in the digital age?
With sales totalling nearly 5 million copies, you may expect Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997 to be Elton’s most downloaded single too, but since 2004, when legal digital music services launched in the UK and the Official Charts Company started collecting digital sales data, Elton’s biggest digital seller is the 2009 reworking of Tiny Dancer – retitled Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) - by Ironik and Chipmunk. The original version of the track is also at Number 6 in our countdown.
With a digital sales tally of 182,000 copies, at Number 2 is the Eminem-produced Ghetto Gospel with Tupac Shakur. Released in the UK in 2005 (where it peaked at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart) the track was the second single to be released from Tupac’s posthumous 2004 album, Loyal To The Game.
At Number 3 is Elton’s first ever Official Singles Chart hit – Your Song (180,000 digital sales). Originally released in 1971, Your Song initially peaked at Number 7. It has re-entered the Official Singles Chart Top 75 on two other occasions in 2002 thanks to its starring role in the film Moulin Rouge (where it peaked at Number 4), and again in 2010.
Your Song has also been covered by everyone from Donny Osmond to Rod Stewart but perhaps most notably, gave Ellie Goulding her biggest UK hit to date. With digital sales of 758,000, Ellie brought this classic to a whole new generation of music fans.
And finally, completing the Top 5 are Rocket Man (Elton’s second single to chart in the UK) which is at Number 4 with 101,000 downloads, and Can You Feel The Love Tonight from the 1994 Disney masterpiece The Lion King with 98,000 digital sales.
Elton John’s Official Top 10 Most Downloaded Tracks are as follows:
1 Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) Ironik/Chipmunk/Elton John
2 Ghetto Gospel 2Pac FT Elton John
3 Your Song Elton John
4 Rocket Man Elton John
5 Can You Feel The Love Tonight Elton John
6 Tiny Dancer Elton John
7 I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues Elton John
8 Step Into Christmas Elton John
9 Something About The Way You Look Tonight Elton John
10 I’m Still Standing Elton John
© Official Charts Company 2013
Naughty Boy on Elton:
“He’s amazing, Rocket Man is one of my favourite songs. To be honest I’m getting to work with a lot of people I want to right now, but someone like Elton John, and Adele, would be amazing. Even together, maybe?!”
Tune into BRITs Icon Elton John tomorrow (Friday, September 13) on ITV and ITV HD at 9pm.
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