500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Elton John, 'Your Song'

Writers: Bernie Taupin, John
Producer: Gus Dudgeon
Released: Nov. '70, Uni
14 weeks; No. 8 

Taupin has often claimed that a song should never take more than a half-hour to write. His first classic took all of 10 minutes. In 1969, Taupin and John were sharing a bunk bed at Elton's mom's house when Taupin wrote the words to "Your Song" one morning at the breakfast table. The soaring piano ballad would become the breakthrough single that introduced John to America. Although John insisted that the song was inspired by an old girlfriend of Taupin's, the lyricist maintains that it was aimed at no one in particular. "The early ones were not drawn from experience but imagination," Taupin said. " 'Your Song' could only have been written by a 17-year-old who'd never been laid in his life." 

Appears on: Greatest Hits (Island)

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