Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Elton John AlbumsYour picks include 'Madman Across the Water,' '17-11-70' and 'Too Low For Zero'
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10. 'Too Low For Zero'
Elton John was dangerously close to being an oldies act by 1983. His five albums since 1976's Blue Moves didn't live up to critical or commercial expectations, and his decision to dissolve his original band and work with songwriters other than Bernie Taupin didn't sit well with fans. He corrected all these errors on Too Low For Zero. Bernie wrote every song, and the entire old band came back. The hit single "I'm Still Standing" was essentially a declaration that Elton would not fade to dust in the 1980s like so many other 1970s superstars. It seemed to be the start of another golden era but, soon enough, cocaine got in the way and things started going south.