Breaking Hearts

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Breaking Hearts
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Studio album by Elton John
Released 18 June 1984
Recorded December 1983 – April 1984 at Montserrat
Genre Soft rock, pop rock
Length 40:38
Label Geffen Records (US)
Rocket (UK)
Producer Chris Thomas
Elton John chronology
Too Low for Zero
Breaking Hearts
Ice on Fire
Singles from Breaking Hearts
  1. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
    Released: May 1984
  2. "Passengers"
    Released: 1984
  3. "Who Wears These Shoes?"
    Released: 1984
  4. "In Neon"
    Released: 1984
  5. "Breaking Hearts (Ain't What it Used to Be)"
    Released: 1984

Breaking Hearts, released in 1984, is the eighteenth official album release for Elton John. It features the quartet of John, Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson. There were four top-40 singles from the album: "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" (US #5), "Who Wears These Shoes" (US #16), "In Neon" (US #38), and the UK No. 5 hit "Passengers".


This was the last studio album until 2001's Songs from the West Coast that would feature Olsson on drums. It was also the last in which John played both piano and keyboards in the studio by himself. There would be a backup keyboardist for every album moving forward.

Breaking Hearts was also the first album since Victim of Love to not feature a string or horn section on any track. This is one of only two albums with John's classic band in which Ray Cooper was not part of the line-up, the other being 1973's Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player. Shortly after the tour, the band line-up would change and Gus Dudgeon, John's former producer, would produce the next two albums. In the US it was certified gold in September 1984 and platinum in August 1998 by the RIAA.

Apart from the 1984 Breaking Hearts Tour, no songs has been performed from the album except "Restless" and "Passengers", on the following 1985-1986 World Tour (the latter song only performed on the U.K leg) . Elton has continued performing "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" as of 2015.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Restless" – 5:17
  2. "Slow Down Georgie (She's Poison)" – 4:10
  3. "Who Wears These Shoes?" – 4:04
  4. "Breaking Hearts (Ain't What It Used to Be)" – 3:34
  5. "Li'l 'Frigerator" – 3:37

Side two[edit]

  1. "Passengers" (John, Taupin, Davey Johnstone, Phineas McHize) – 3:24
  2. "In Neon" – 4:19
  3. "Burning Buildings" – 4:02
  4. "Did He Shoot Her?" – 3:21
  5. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" – 4:55




Song Format
"A Simple Man" Sad Songs (Say So Much) 7" (US/UK), 12" (UK)
"Lonely Boy" Who Wears These Shoes? 7" (US) / Passengers 7"/12" (UK)
"Tactics" In Neon 7" (US)
"Tortured" Who Wears These Shoes? 7"/12" (UK)
"Passengers (Extended Mix)" Passengers 12" (UK)
"Who Wears These Shoes? (Extended Version)" Who Wears These Shoes? 12" (UK)
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Live)" Who Wears These Shoes? 12" (UK)

"A Simple Man" was recorded in 1981 during the Jump Up! sessions. In 2003, Mercury Universal and The Rocket Record Company re-released the album, which was remastered by Gary Moore. As did 21 at 33, The Fox and Jump Up!, it contained no bonus tracks.


Preceded by
Can't Slow Down by Lionel Richie
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
9–29 July 1984
Succeeded by
Purple Rain (soundtrack)
by Prince and The Revolution
Preceded by
Footloose (soundtrack) by Various artists
Swiss Music Chart number-one album
15 July 1984
Succeeded by
Footloose (soundtrack) by Various artists


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