Readers' Poll: The Best Elton John Songs of All TimeYour picks include 'Levon,' 'Your Song' and 'Rocket Man'
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4. 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'
Bernie Taupin says he has virtually no memory of writing the title track to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, but he does recall feeling he wanted to live a more tranquil existence after experiencing unimaginable success during the previous couple of years. The song takes the iconic imagery of the Yellow Brick Road from The Wizard of Oz and expresses a man's desire to go "back to the plough" after being planted "in your penthouse." What really sold the song was the stirring orchestral arrangement and Elton's soaring vocals. It's a high point on one of Elton's best albums.