Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits

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Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits
Greatest hits album by Elton John
Released 26 March 2007
Recorded 1970–2006
Genre Rock, pop
Length 79:37 (UK)
78:44 (U.S.)
Label Mercury Records
Producer Gus Dudgeon, Chris Thomas
Elton John chronology
The Captain & the Kid
(2006)
Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits
(2007)
The Union
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits (retitled Rocket Man: Number Ones for its North American release, and Just Like Belgium: The Definitive Hits for its Belgian release) is a compilation album by Elton John featuring 13 number one songs and a number of bonus tracks and live renditions.[2] Worldwide there have been released 17 different versions of the album, including a CD/DVD combo.[3] All versions include the title track, "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)".

The album was released on 26 March 2007. It was to celebrate Elton John's 60th birthday on 25 March. The album was certified platinum in the UK for shipping 300,000 units in February 2010. In the US the album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 9 and was certified gold for sales of 500,000 copies in October 2008 by the RIAA.

Track listings[edit]

The international version includes, among others, the UK, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and Portugal.

No. Title Length
1. "Bennie and the Jets"   5:22
2. "Philadelphia Freedom"   4:59
3. "Daniel"   3:53
4. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be a Long, Long Time)"   4:41
5. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"   4:41
6. "Tiny Dancer"   6:15
7. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"   5:36
8. "I Want Love"   4:35
9. "Candle in the Wind"   3:48
10. "Crocodile Rock"   3:54
11. "I'm Still Standing"   3:01
12. "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"   4:11
13. "Your Song"   4:00
14. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"   3:47
15. "Sacrifice"   3:38
16. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"   3:13
17. "Tinderbox"   4:24
18. "Are You Ready for Love"   3:31

The UK Special Edition (which included a DVD) omitted 'Crocodile Rock' and 'Sacrifice' and instead included 'The Bitch is Back' and 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight?'.


Australian/New Zealand version[edit]

  1. "Bennie and the Jets"
  2. "Philadelphia Freedom"
  3. "Daniel"
  4. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  5. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  6. "Tiny Dancer"
  7. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  8. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (feat. Kiki Dee) (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA in October 2000)
  9. "Candle in the Wind"
  10. "Crocodile Rock"
  11. "I'm Still Standing"
  12. "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"
  13. "Your Song"
  14. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  15. "Sacrifice"
  16. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  17. "Tinderbox"
  18. "Blue Eyes"

Austrian version[edit]

  1. "Your Song"
  2. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  3. "Crocodile Rock"
  4. "Daniel"
  5. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  6. "Candle in the Wind"
  7. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  8. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
  9. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  10. "Circle of Life"
  11. "Blue Eyes"
  12. "I'm Still Standing"
  13. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  14. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
  15. "Nikita"
  16. "I Don't Wanna Go On with You Like That"
  17. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
  18. "Tinderbox"

Belgian version[edit]

  1. "Just Like Belgium"
  2. "Candle in the Wind"
  3. "Blue Eyes"
  4. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  5. "I'm Still Standing"
  6. "Crocodile Rock"
  7. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
  8. "Your Song"
  9. "Nikita"
  10. "Sacrifice"
  11. "Daniel"
  12. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  13. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  14. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  15. "Song for Guy"
  16. "Circle of Life"
  17. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
  18. "Tinderbox"

Brazilian version[edit]

  1. "Bennie and the Jets"
  2. "Philadelphia Freedom"
  3. "Daniel"
  4. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  5. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  6. "Tiny Dancer"
  7. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  8. "I Want Love"
  9. "Candle in the Wind"
  10. "Crocodile Rock"
  11. "Your Song"
  12. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  13. "Sacrifice"
  14. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  15. "Tinderbox"
  16. "Skyline Pigeon"
  17. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
  18. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"

Chinese version[edit]

  1. "Bennie and the Jets" – 5:22
  2. "Philadelphia Freedom" – 4:59
  3. "Daniel" – 3:53
  4. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be a Long, Long Time)" – 4:41
  5. "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues" – 4:41
  6. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" – 5:36
  7. "I Want Love" – 4:35
  8. "Candle in the Wind" – 3:48
  9. "Crocodile Rock" – 3:54
  10. "I'm Still Standing" – 3:01
  11. "Your Song" – 4:00
  12. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" – 3:47
  13. "Sacrifice"/"Pinball Wizard" (Live in Verona, 1989) – 3:38
  14. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" – 3:13
  15. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – 4:01
  16. "Are You Ready for Love" – 3:31

Danish version[edit]

  1. "I'm Still Standing" – 3:01
  2. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" – 3:14
  3. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" – 4:08
  4. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" – 4:42
  5. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, October 2000) – 4:33
  6. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – 3:59
  7. "Candle in the Wind" - 3:50
  8. "Nikita" - 5:43
  9. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" – 3:49
  10. "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me" – 5:37
  11. "Blue Eyes" – 3:26
  12. "Your Song" – 4:02
  13. "Sacrifice" – 5:03
  14. "Daniel" - 3:54
  15. "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" – 3:59
  16. "Crocodile Rock" – 3:54
  17. "Tinderbox" – 4:22
  18. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" – 4:41

Dutch version[edit]

  1. "Your Song"
  2. "Border Song"
  3. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  4. "Daniel"
  5. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  6. "Candle in the Wind"
  7. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  8. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  9. "Song for Guy"
  10. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  11. "Blue Eyes"
  12. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
  13. "Nikita"
  14. "Cry to Heaven"
  15. "Sacrifice"/"Pinball Wizard" (Live in Verona, 1989)
  16. "Circle of Life"
  17. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"
  18. "Tinderbox"

Finnish version[edit]

  1. "Bennie and the Jets" – 5:22
  2. "Philadelphia Freedom" – 4:59
  3. "Daniel" – 3:53
  4. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" – 4:41
  5. "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues" – 4:41
  6. "Tiny Dancer" – 6:15
  7. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with George Michael) – 5:36
  8. "I Want Love" – 4:35
  9. "Candle in the Wind" – 3:48
  10. "The Bitch Is Back" – 3:42
  11. "I'm Still Standing" – 3:01
  12. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" – 4:11
  13. "Your Song" – 4:00
  14. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (with Blue) (radio edit) – 3:30
  15. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – 3:59
  16. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" – 3:13
  17. "Tinderbox" – 4:24

French version[edit]

  1. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee) – 4:35
  2. "Nikita" – 5:43
  3. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" – 3:49
  4. "Sacrifice"/"Pinball Wizard" (Live in Verona, 1989) – 3:38
  5. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – 3:59
  6. "Crocodile Rock" – 3:54
  7. "Your Song" – 4:02
  8. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" – 5:37
  9. "Candle in the Wind" – 3:50
  10. "Bennie and the Jets" – 5:24
  11. "I'm Still Standing" – 3:01
  12. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" – 4:42
  13. "Daniel" – 3:54
  14. "Tiny Dancer" – 6:17
  15. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" – 3:14
  16. "Tinderbox" – 4:22

German/Swiss version[edit]

  1. "Crocodile Rock"
  2. "Daniel"
  3. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  4. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  5. "Blue Eyes"
  6. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  7. "Sacrifice"/"Pinball Wizard" (Live in Verona, 1989)
  8. "Candle in the Wind"
  9. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
  10. "I'm Still Standing"
  11. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  12. "Your Song"
  13. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  14. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
  15. "Nikita"
  16. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee)
  17. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  18. "Tinderbox"

Japanese version[edit]

  1. "Your Song"
  2. "Candle in the Wind"
  3. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  4. "It's Me That You Need"
  5. "Friends"
  6. "Daniel"
  7. "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"
  8. "Crocodile Rock"
  9. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)"
  10. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  11. "Tiny Dancer"
  12. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  13. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
  14. "Island Girl"
  15. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
  16. "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"
  17. "I'm Still Standing"
  18. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"

Malaysian version[edit]

  1. "Bennie and the Jets"
  2. "Philadelphia Freedom"
  3. "Daniel"
  4. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  5. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  6. "Tiny Dancer"
  7. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  8. "I Want Love"
  9. "Candle In The Wind"
  10. "The Bitch Is Back"
  11. "I'm Still Standing"
  12. "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"
  13. "Your Song"
  14. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  15. "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?"
  16. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  17. "Tinderbox"
  18. "Are You Ready For Love"

Norwegian version[edit]

  1. "Your Song" – 4:02
  2. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" – 3:14
  3. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" – 3:49
  4. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" – 3:59
  5. "Candle in the Wind" – 3:50
  6. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" – 5:37
  7. "Daniel" – 3:54
  8. "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" – 3:59
  9. "I'm Still Standing" – 3:01
  10. "Sacrifice"/"Pinball Wizard" (Live in Verona, 1989) – 3:38
  11. "Nikita" – 5:43
  12. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)" – 4:42
  13. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" – 4:33
  14. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" – 4:41
  15. "Circle of Life" – 4:50
  16. "Crocodile Rock" – 3:54
  17. "Blue Eyes" – 3:26
  18. "Tinderbox" – 4:22

South African version[edit]

  1. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  2. "Bennie and the Jets"
  3. "Sacrifice"/"Pinball Wizard" (Live in Verona, 1989)
  4. "Candle in the Wind"
  5. "Nikita"
  6. "I Want Love"
  7. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
  8. "Daniel"
  9. "Little Jeannie"
  10. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  11. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  12. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  13. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  14. "I'm Still Standing"
  15. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  16. "Blue Eyes"
  17. "Your Song"
  18. "Tinderbox"

Spanish version[edit]

  1. "Bennie and the Jets"
  2. "Philadelphia Freedom"
  3. "Daniel"
  4. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  5. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  6. "Tiny Dancer"
  7. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  8. "I Want Love"
  9. "Candle in the Wind"
  10. "Crocodile Rock"
  11. "I'm Still Standing"
  12. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  13. "Your Song"
  14. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  15. "Sacrifice"/"Pinball Wizard" (Live in Verona, 1989)
  16. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  17. "Tinderbox"

DVD[edit]

Red Piano Show (live)
  1. "Bennie and the Jets"
  2. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  3. "Candle in the Wind"
  4. "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)" (not included on the Chinese edition due to censorship restrictions)[1]
  5. "Your Song"
Bonus videos
  1. "Your Song"
  2. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  3. "I'm Still Standing"
  4. "I Want Love"
  5. "Tinderbox"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[4] 10
Austrian Top 75 Albums[5] 32
Belgian Album Chart (Flanders)[6] 3
Belgian Album Chart (Wallonia)[7] 34
Canadian Albums Chart[8] 8
Croatian Albums Chart[9] 37
Danish Top 40 Albums[10] 1
German Albums[11] 47
Irish Albums Chart[12] 5
Japanese Albums Chart[13] 165
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[14] 62
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[15] 5
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[16] 3
Spanish Top 100 Albums[17] 82
Swedish Top 60 Albums[18] 6
Swiss Top 100 Albums[19] 13
UK Albums Chart[20] 2
US Billboard 200[21] 9
US Digital Albums[21] 9
Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Catalog Albums[21] 1

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Australia[22] ARIA Gold
Brazil[23] ABPD Gold
Ireland[24] IRMA Platinum
New Zealand[25] RIANZ Platinum
Norway[26] IFPI Platinum
Sweden[27] IFPI Gold
United Kingdom[28] BPI Platinum
United States[29] RIAA Gold

References[edit]

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  26. ^ "IFPI Norsk Platebransje". IFPI Norway (in Norwegian).  Rocket Man was certified platinum in 2007.
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  28. ^ "Certified Awards Search" (ASPX). British Phonographic Industry. 
  29. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America. 

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