10. Elton John

Throughout the month of February, 102.9 WMGK will count down the 20 greatest classic rock singers decided by our listener vote. 

We’ll dedicate daily blocks to one singer who’s made the list every weekday throughout the month.

MGK will celebrate Elton John on Wednesday, Feb. 15. 

Sir Elton John became a worldwide phenomenon during his peak when he recorded seven #1 albums from 1972-1975. His talent as a pianist in addition to being an incredible singer helped songs like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and “Rocket Man” become timeless classics.

His work as a composer, especially writing the music for The Lion King, has helped further his legacy.

With over 70 songs that have it made it to the Top 40, he is the most successful male singer in the history of the American charts.

The release of the biopic Rocket Man in 2019 helped Sir Elton explode back onto the scene. He is currently on the Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, which began its North American portion at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in June 2022.

His career has earned him the #10 spot on the list in 2023. 


MGK’s Top 20 Classic Rock Singers

20. Brad Delp

19. Steven Tyler

18. Bruce Springsteen

17. Don Henley

16. Jon Anderson

15. Mick Jagger

14. Phil Collins

13. Stevie Nicks

12. Billy Joel

11. Chris Cornell

10. Elton John

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Elton John: His 40 Greatest Songs

Colin Newby is a digital content contributor for 97.5 The Fanatic, 93.3 WMMR, and 102.9 WMGK in Beasley Media's Philadelphia cluster. Topics include sports, music, entertainment, and Philadelphia local stories. He earned degrees as a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Master of Science from Saint Joseph's University. His writing experience includes credentialed coverage of the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers. He joined the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in 2022.

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