500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Elton John, 'Rocket Man'

245. Elton John, 'Rocket Man'

Writers: John, Bernie Taupin
Gus Dudgeon
May '72, Uni
15 weeks; No. 6

A perfect song for the age of moonwalks, this star trek was the elegiac tale of an astronaut lost in space, light-years from home. Taupin wrote it on the way to visiting his own family. "I got inside," he said, "and had to rush to write it all down before I'd forgotten it." Taupin was accused of ripping off Bowie's "Space Oddity," but he was actually thinking of "Rocket Man," by acid-folkies Pearls Before Swine.

Appears on: Honky Chateau (Island)


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