Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top 40 Streak Extenders

The "Official" Year-By-Year List Of THE Song That Extended Elton's Top 40 Streak
1970Your Song
1971Your Songc/o
1972Levon
1973Crocodile Rockc/o
1974Goodbye Yellow Brick Roadc/o
1975Lucy In The Sky With Diamondsc/o
1976Island Girlc/o
1977Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Wordc/o
1978Ego
1979Mama Can't Buy You Love
1980Little Jeannie
1981Nobody Wins
1982Empty Garden
1983I'm Still Standing
1984I Guess That's Why They Call It The Bluesc/o
1985In Neon
1986That's What Friends Are For/Wrap Her Upc/o
1987Flames Of Paradise w/Jennifer Rush
1988Candle In The Wind ( live )c/o
1989Through The Storm w/Aretha Franklin
1990Sacrifice
1991Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me w/George Michael
1992Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me w/George Michaelc/o
1993The Last Songc/o
1994Can You Feel The Love Tonight
1995Believe
1996Blessedc/o
1997Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997
1998Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997c/o
1999Written In The Stars w/LeAnn Rimes
2000No Top 40 Single!

Some quick Elton's Top 40 Streak facts;

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to Elton's Top 40 Streak, the only rule that applies is at least one song in the Top 40 each year. It doesn't have to be a different song each year. It doesn't have to be a single released in the same year. It doesn't have to be a solo performance, a duet is ok..

"Written In The Stars" debuted at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 March 6, 1999 to extend Elton's Top 40 Streak to an incredible 30 years.

During the 30 years of the streak, 13 times the streak was extended with carry-over singles, singles that debuted in the Top 40 the previous year.

In 11 of the 13 years where Elton had a carry-over single, a subsequent single debuted in the Top 40, ensuring that the streak would have extended. The only two years where a carry-over single made the only Top 40 appearance was 1996 when "Blessed" extended the streak to 27 years and 1998 when "Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind 1997" extended the streak to 29 years.

The longest time between carry-over singles was a span of 6 years from 1978-1983 starting with "Ego" and ending with "I'm Still Standing."

The longest streak of carry-over singles was a span of 5 years from 1973-1977 starting with "Crocodile Rock" and ending with "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word."

Three times a single extended the streak over 2 years, "Your Song" from 1970-1971, "Dont' Let The Sun Go Down On Me" w/George Michael from 1991-1992 and from 1991-1992 and "Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind 1997" from 1997-1998.

1976



US Singles Chart History
Song TitleHot 100 DebutTop 40 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Grow Some Funk Of Your Own
1/31/76514
I Feel Like A Bullet (In The Gun Of Robert Ford)
1/31/76514
Don't Go Breaking My Heart

7/17/76151(4)
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

11/20/76116

US Album History Chart
Album TitleHot100 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Here and There
5/22/7684
Blue Moves
11/13/76123

1976 Notes:
"Grow Some Funk Of Your Own / I Feel Like A Bullet (In the Gun Of Robert Ford)" was a double-sided single.  Robert Ford is the man that shot Jesse James.

"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" duet with Kiki Dee was Elton's last number one single for nine years.

"Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" carried the streak into 1977.

1975



US Chart Singles History
Song TitleHot 100 DebutTop 40 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Philadelphia Freedom
3/15/75171(2)
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
7/12/75104
Island Girl

10/18/75121(3)

Album Chart History
Album TitleHot100 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Empty Sky
2/8/7586
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
6/7/75241(7)
Rock of the Westies
11/8/7591(3)


"Philadelphia Freedom"  was written for Billie Jean King's tennis team the Philadelphia Freedoms
Elton became the first artist to have an album debut at #1 with"Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy" and repeated that feat in the same year with "Rock of the Westies"
"Island Girl" carried the streak into 1976

1974



US Singles Chart History
Song TitleHot 100 DebutTop 40 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Bennie and the Jets
3/2/74161(1)
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

7/6/7492
The Bitch Is Back

9/21/7494
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

12/7/74101(2)

Album Chart History
Album TitleHot100 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Caribou
7/6/74201(4)
Elton John's Greatest Hits
11/30/74201(10)

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"carried the streak into 1975, John Lennon performed it live with Elton at Madison Square Garden, Thanksgiving 1974,  in what turned out to be Lennon's last live concert performance.  It was the payoff of a bet  Elton had with Lennon.  Elton bet John that if "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" would go to number one he would appear with Elton at New York's Madison Square Garden.  It did and John followed through.  It's also the night that John and Yoko got back together.
Elton performed "Bennie and The Jets" on Soul Train becoming the first white artist to appear on that program.

1973

     
1973 US Singles Chart History
Song TitleHot 100 DebutTop 40 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Daniel
4/21/7312#2
Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) 
8/11/739#12
Goodbye Yellow    Brick Road

11/3/7314#2
Step Into Christmas
DNC

1973 Album Chart History
Album TitleHot100 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player
2/17/73 271(2)
Goodbye Yellow     Brick Road
10/20/73531(8)

1972

Honky Chateau from 1972...     
     
1972 US Singles Chart History
Song TitleHot 100 DebutTop 40 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Levon
1/1/72724
Rocket Man 
5/27/72126
Honky Cat

8/26/7278
Crocodile Rock
12/23/72141(3)
Tiny Dancer
3/4/72741
                   
1972 Album Chart History
Song TitleHot 100 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Honky Chateau
6/24/72
 251

1971


   
1971 US Singles Chart History
Song TitleHot100 DebutTop 40 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Friends
4/10/714#34
                       
1971 Album Chart History
Song TitleHot100 DebutWeeks on ChartPeak Position
Friends Soundtrack
4/17/71436
Madman Across The Water
11/718

1971 Notes:
After working on the soundtrack to "Friends" Elton said he would never work on another movie again.