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The Very Best of Elton John – 1990

The Very Best of Elton John is a greatest hits compilation album by Elton John, released in October 1990. His first career-retrospective album, and fourth official greatest-hits album overall, it was released in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe, and in other countries such as Japan and Australia, but not in the United States, where the box set To Be Continued… was released the following month instead.

The album spans his second album Elton John in 1970 to the successful then most-recent 1989 album Sleeping with the Past. After the huge hit that was the double A-sided “Sacrifice/Healing Hands” single, which was the third best-selling single of 1990 in the United Kingdom, the album became an instant smash in that country. It spent its first two weeks at #1 and then nine strong weeks at #2. It was kept from the top during all nine weeks by Madonna’s Immaculate Collection. In all the album spent 145 weeks inside the UK top 200 album chart, making a total of 11 re-entries, and it was certified 9× Platinum by the BPI on 1 March 1995.

It includes a total of 28 hit singles plus the new songs “Easier to Walk Away” and “You Gotta Love Someone”, which also made the charts between 1990 and 1991.

The release also spawned a music video compilation, which was originally released on both laserdisc and VHS, and reissued on DVD.

Track listing

Disc one

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length
1. “Your Song” Elton John, Bernie Taupin Elton John, 1970 4:03
2. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be a Long, Long Time)” John, Taupin Honky Château, 1972 4:42
3. “Honky Cat” John, Taupin Honky Château 5:15
4. “Crocodile Rock” John, Taupin Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, 1973 3:58
5. “Daniel” John, Taupin Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player 3:56
6. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” John, Taupin Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973 3:17
7. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” John, Taupin Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 4:57
8. “Candle in the Wind” John, Taupin Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 3:51
9. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” John, Taupin Caribou, 1974 5:38
10. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” Lennon–McCartney Non-album single, 1974 6:17
11. “Philadelphia Freedom” (Edited version) John, Taupin Non-album single, 1975 5:19
12. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” John, Taupin Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, 1975 6:47
13. “Pinball Wizard” Pete Townshend Tommy soundtrack, 1975 5:16
14. “The Bitch Is Back” John, Taupin Caribou 3:46

Disc two

No. Title Writer(s) Album Length

15. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (with Kiki Dee) John, Taupin (but credited to Ann Orson/Carte Blanche, respectively) Non-album single, 1976 4:32
16. “Bennie and the Jets” John, Taupin Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 5:21
17. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” John, Taupin Blue Moves, 1976 3:51
18. “Song for Guy” John A Single Man, 1978 6:41
19. “Part-Time Love” John, Gary Osborne A Single Man 3:16
20. “Blue Eyes” John, Osborne Jump Up!, 1982 3:28
21. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” John, Taupin, Johnstone Too Low for Zero, 1983 4:46
22. “I’m Still Standing” John, Taupin Too Low for Zero 3:04
23. “Kiss the Bride” John, Taupin Too Low for Zero 3:56
24. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” John, Taupin Breaking Hearts, 1984 4:11
25. “Passengers” John, Taupin, Johnstone, Phineas McHize Breaking Hearts 3:24
26. “Nikita” John, Taupin Ice on Fire, 1985 5:45
27. “I Don’t Wanna Go on with You Like That” John, Taupin Reg Strikes Back, 1988 4:00
28. “Sacrifice” John, Taupin Sleeping with the Past, 1989 5:08
29. “Easier to Walk Away” John, Taupin Soon to be released on To Be Continued…, 1990 4:25
30. “You Gotta Love Someone” John, Taupin Days of Thunder soundtrack, 1990 5:01
Track 25 is different on European version of the album. “Whispers” from Sleeping with the Past takes the place of