Chartbusters Go Pop

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Chartbusters Go Pop
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Compilation album by Elton John
Released 1994
Recorded 1969–1970
Genre Pop
Length 56:48
Label RPM
Purple Pyramid
Producer Various
Elton John chronology
The Lion King
(1994)The Lion King1994
Chartbusters Go Pop
Made in England
(1995)Made in England1995
Alternative cover
Reissue cover.
Reissue cover.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Chartbusters Go Pop (subtitled 20 Legendary Covers from 1969/70 as sung by Elton John) is a compilation album of cover versions by Elton John.

These recordings are from the days prior to Elton John's success as a solo performer. They are taken from a variety of periodically issued budget-priced compilations of hit songs, under brand names including Top of the Pops, Chartbusters and Hot Hits. These were issued by budget labels including Music for Pleasure and featured current or recent hits re-recorded, with varying degrees of note-for-note accuracy, by nameless 'soundalike' performers. Like many other jobbing session singers of the time, John worked as a vocalist on these albums.

These covers compilations were cheaply recorded, cheaply priced, and sold in large quantities until, in 1972, compilations featuring the original artists were introduced by such labels as K-Tel. The public preferred the original recordings and the market for cheap cover compilations rapidly declined. This album collects together John's contributions to a variety of covers albums issued during 1969 and 1970. This collection was released by minor labels in the UK and US in 1994 and was re-issued many times afterwards.[2]


  1. "My Baby Loves Lovin'" – 2:44 (White Plains)
  2. "Cotton Fields" – 2:47 (Lead Belly, popular cover by The Beach Boys)
  3. "Lady D'Arbanville" – 3:41 (Cat Stevens)
  4. "Natural Sinner" – 2:50 (Fair Weather)
  5. "United We Stand" – 2:48 (Brotherhood of Man)
  6. "Spirit in the Sky" – 3:37 (Norman Greenbaum)
  7. "Travelin' Band" – 2:16 (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  8. "I Can't Tell the Bottom from the Top" – 3:42 (The Hollies)
  9. "Good Morning Freedom" – 3:07 (Blue Mink)
  10. "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" – 3:04 (Nina Simone, popular cover by Bob and Marcia)
  11. "In the Summertime" – 2:51 (Mungo Jerry)
  12. "Up Around the Bend" – 2:38 (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
  13. "Snake in the Grass" – 3:02 (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich)
  14. "Neanderthal Man" – 3:35 (Hotlegs)
  15. "She Sold Me Magic" – 1:56 (Lou Christie)
  16. "Come and Get It" – 2:14 (Paul McCartney, popularised by Badfinger)
  17. "Love of the Common People" – 2:33 (Waylon Jennings, popular cover by Nicky Thomas)
  18. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" – 2:32 (Stevie Wonder)
  19. "It's All in the Game" – 2:23 (Tommy Edwards, popular cover by the Four Tops)
  20. "Yellow River" – 2:35 (Christie)