Readers' Poll: The Best Elton John Songs of All TimeYour picks include 'Levon,' 'Your Song' and 'Rocket Man'
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8. 'Bennie and the Jets'
"Bennie and the Jets" began with Bernie Taupin's vision of a futuristic, glitter-rock group. "I always had this wacky science fiction idea about this futuristic rock & roll band of androids fronted by some androgynous, Helmut Lang-style beauty," he said. "I'm not sure if it came to me in a dream or was in some way a subconscious effect of watching Kubrick on drugs." Producer Gus Dudgeon wanted a live feel for the song, so he mixed in applause from Jimi Hendrix's Isle of Wight. Despite being five and a half minutes long, the song hit Number One in 1974. Elton plays it at most of his concerts, often stretching it out to 10 minutes or more.