50th Anniversary Post: A Deep Dive Into the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Tracklist

Elton John. That’s really all we need to say. You know, and we know, there are not enough words to accurately describe the icon that is Sir Elton Hercules John. He’s been releasing music for 54 years, since his debut album Empty Sky in 1969. He’s a singer, pianist, composer, activist, philanthropist, husband, father, and much much more. Even those who don’t know anything about Elton John, know Elton John songs. At Daydreamer, we’ve got the Elton John tees to prove it – all to celebrate the iconic, legendary artist behind Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. 

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’s tracklist might not include the popular, “Tiny Dancer,” or “Rocket Man,” or the all too common wedding first dance track, “Your Song,” but Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is often regarded as Elton John’s best album. After 50 years, 20 million copies, 8x Platinum sales, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003, we’d have to agree. 

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The Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Tracklist 

The original Goodbye Yellow Brick Road vinyl, released on October 5, 1973, had 17 songs. Over the last 50 years, there have been anniversary additions, deluxe additions, and bonus tracks. Between vinyl, CDs, cassettes, remastered versions, and digital versions, there’s a lot we could talk about. But we like authentic, vintage vibes, so we’re sticking with the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road vinyl, in all its glory. The Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tracklist kicks off with the 11- minute long “Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding” and wraps up with “Harmony.” If you don’t have your physical copy of the album handy, or Spotify pulled up yet, here’s the full tracklist. All 17 songs. 76 minutes of listening time. 

  1. "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding"
  2. "Candle in the Wind"
  3. "Bennie and the Jets"
  4. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  5. "This Song Has No Title"
  6. "Grey Seal"
  7. "Jamaica Jerk-Off"
  8. "I've Seen That Movie Too"
  9. "Sweet Painted Lady"
  10. "The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909–34)"
  11. "Dirty Little Girl"
  12. "All the Girls Love Alice"
  13. "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock 'n Roll)"
  14. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  15. "Roy Rogers"
  16. "Social Disease"
  17. "Harmony"

Hit Elton John Songs Off Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 

From the very start, the album was a hit. Eight consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard charts. The tracklist, although full of powerful lyrics and incredible piano skills, only had one single that reached number one. “Bennie and the Jets” was only released as a single in the United States, and spent just one week on the top of the charts. Other tracks hung around in the top ten including "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” and “Candle in the Wind.” 

These songs are now iconic hits, some of them featured in Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs of all time. They’ve been certified gold, and platinum in the 50 years since their release. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has become a fan favorite – who doesn’t want to turn up the volume when they hear “Benny and the Jets?”

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Elton John Concerts: A Live Event 

Listening to Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on your phone is great. Blasting some Elton John songs from great speakers is even better. Playing a cassette tape is the vibe. Playing the entire Goodbye Yellow Brick Road vinyl is incredible. But seeing Elton John sing his hit songs live, in a stadium full of fans who know every word, has to be the best way to hear “Candle in the Wind.” 

Elton John concerts have been in venues all over the globe since 1970. He spent time in the 1980s touring with Billy Joel in the "Face to Face" tours, which became the longest-running concert tandem in pop music history. Elton John concerts have been released as live albums, and on video, so we can sit and listen and watch and wish we were there. If you haven’t had the chance to see a live Elton John concert, you can always watch the concert video, volume cranked all the way up. 

His most recent tour, the Farewell Yellow Brick Tour, lived up to its name. A farewell tour, lasting six years (including a long two-year pandemic break), including nine different legs, and 330 tour stops, is a very long farewell. Over six million people saw Elton in stadiums and venues all around the world, saying “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” to a legendary music icon. 

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His final farewell, his final tour stop, closed out with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” at the end of the encore. An emotional, and very fitting way to go. There is a sweet irony in that a song which never made it to number one on the charts in the UK or the US would be the final song, of the final stop, on the final record-breaking tour, nearly 50 years after its release. It’s pretty perfect. 

Since you can’t go see Elton John, here’s what we suggest. Pull up whatever app or device you listen to music on and start blasting “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'' from start to finish. Before you do that though, browse our Elton John collection for vintage-inspired tour tees and concert merch. Then you’ll be ready to vibe with Sir Elton John!