has unloaded a huge piece of news upon us all: he's retiring. Well, after a three year tour, that is. The legend told CNN
the reason is because he wants to spend more time with his husband and children, "We had children and had changed our lives and in 2015 we sat down with their school schedule and we said I'm going to miss too much of this ... I can't go on forever."
What are we going to do without cheesy, ridiculously over the top musical arrangements and brilliant piano playing? The world will spiral out control! We're going to be in a constant state of shock for at least three years leading up to his official retirement, but while we're shocked, we might as well reminisce and listen to some of Elton's greatest hits. If you are a devoted, painstakingly obsessed Elton John fan, then this list is for you. This will help you come to terms with the rather depressing news.
1. "Rocket Man"
One of his most famous tracks will make you want to board a rocket and fly into space. Maybe not literally jump into space, but it'll send you onto a whole other level. This tune is huge, ambitious, and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. There is probably not one person alive who hasn't at least heard this song once.
2. "Bennie And The Jets"
There's no stopping you when this one comes on! This is THE Elton John song to dance to. And sing to. You could really up your karaoke game with this one.
3. "Your Song"
The first time I heard this song was in Moulin Rouge when Ewan McGregor does a duet with Nicole Kidman and I immediately fell in love, until I heard the original and then I was utterly blown away. It's got everything you want in a love song: emotion, rhyme, tinkling piano... who wouldn't want someone to sing this to them?!
4. "Tiny Dancer"
Such a moving track... gets the tears flowing every time. The lyrics are so easy to sing along to, which makes this song even better. It's a song that is used in almost every Hollywood movie ever, and for good reason. It's a classic!
5. "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues"
This track is actually quite similar to the previous one. It's a bit more full bodied, with the heavy drums and support from a choir. But it still has that gradual momentum that makes Elton's music so iconic.
6. "Crocodile Rock"
If anything, this track is just fun! I think there might be an actual dance for it, but not sure if it's just my own personal choreography... The trumpets are what make this song so amazing, and of course Elton's voice. It's so theatrical -- typical of the rock legend.
7. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Ft. Kiki Dee)"
This duet between these two ex lovers is absolutely gorgeous! Grab your friend - or lover - and sing it to each other.
8. "I'm Still Standing"
Such a powerful ballad to self worth and getting through hard times. It‘s an anthem for anyone who just needs a little push to get over that hurdle they're facing. Elton is here and supporting you through this!
9. "Candle In The Wind"
Elton really knows how to sing a sad pop song and this is the epitome of one. Every element is done perfectly. A must listen as an ode to the wonderful Marilyn Monroe, and they really did it justice.
10. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
This is what the entire farewell tour is named after! Of course it's an iconic one.