500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Elton John, 'Candle in the Wind'
Writers: John, Bernie Taupin
Producer: Gus Dudgeon
Released: Oct. '73, MCA
John’s Marilyn Monroe tribute was a U.K. hit in 1973, but in the U.S. the single release was canceled when DJs began playing "Bennie and the Jets" instead. A live version with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra recorded in 1986 finally reached the U.S. charts, and a 1997 rerelease with new lyrics in honor of Princess Diana became the biggest-selling single of the 20th century.
Appears on: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Island)