Diamonds (Elton John album)

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Diamonds
Elton John - Diamonds.jpg
Greatest hits album by
Released10 November 2017
Recorded1970–2016
GenreRock, pop, glam rock
Length231:54
Label
Elton John chronology
Wonderful Crazy Night
(2016)
Diamonds
(2017)

Diamonds is an ultimate greatest hits album by British singer-songwriter Elton John spanning his biggest hits from 1970 to 2016. The album was released on 10 November 2017. It was released in a 2-CD version, a 3-CD deluxe box set and a 2-LP vinyl version.[1]

It is the first Elton John career-spanning compilation released since Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits in 2007. It was released to commemorate the 50 years of John's work with lyricist Bernie Taupin, since 1967.[2] Although the initial year of the collaboration has been 1967, the oldest hit in the album is "Your Song", from the album Elton John, released in 1970. The limited edition box set version of Diamonds (the 3-CD version) contains a 72-page hardback book containing annotations for the stories behind each track plus a set of five postcards of illustrations of Elton John by contemporary artist Richard Kilroy. In January 2019, the British Phonographic Industry certified Diamonds Platinum for sales of 300,000 units. In the United States the Recording Industry Association of America certified Diamonds Gold for sales of 500,000 units.


Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin unless otherwise noted.

2-CD and 3-CD releases[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Your Song"Elton John, 19704:03
2."Tiny Dancer"Madman Across the Water, 19716:16
3."Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"Honky Château, 19724:42
4."Honky Cat"Honky Château5:13
5."Crocodile Rock"Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, 19733:55
6."Daniel"Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player3:54
7."Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 19734:54
8."Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road3:14
9."Candle in the Wind"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road3:50
10."Bennie and the Jets"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road5:23
11."The Bitch Is Back"Caribou, 19743:45
12."Philadelphia Freedom"Non-album single, 19755:20
13."Island Girl"Rock of the Westies, 19753:43
14."Someone Saved My Life Tonight"Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, 19756:45
15."Don't Go Breaking My Heart (duet with Kiki Dee)" (Ann Orson and Carte Blanche)Non-album single, 19764:35
16."Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"Blue Moves, 19763:52
17."Little Jeannie" (Elton John and Gary Osborne)21 at 33, 19804:49
Total length:1:18:13

Disc two[edit]

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Song for Guy" (Elton John)A Single Man, 19786:34
2."Blue Eyes" (Elton John and Gary Osborne)Jump Up!, 19823:28
3."I'm Still Standing"Too Low for Zero, 19833:04
4."I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" (Elton John, Davey Johnstone and Bernie Taupin)Too Low for Zero4:43
5."Sad Songs (Say So Much)"Breaking Hearts, 19844:48
6."Nikita"Ice on Fire, 19855:44
7."I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That"Reg Strikes Back, 19884:34
8."Sacrifice"Sleeping with the Past, 19895:05
9."Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (duet with George Michael)"Duets, 19935:48
10."Something About the Way You Look Tonight"The Big Picture, 19974:00
11."I Want Love"Songs from the West Coast, 20014:37
12."Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Elton John and Tim Rice)The Lion King Soundtrack, 19944:01
13."Are You Ready for Love" (Thom Bell, LeRoy Bell and Casey James - 2003 Single Edit)The Thom Bell Sessions, 19793:32
14."Electricity" (Elton John and Lee Hall)Billy Elliot the Musical, 20053:32
15."Home Again"The Diving Board, 20135:02
16."Looking Up"Wonderful Crazy Night, 20164:06
17."Circle of Life" (Elton John and Tim Rice)The Lion King Soundtrack4:53
Total length:1:13:59

Deluxe edition box set extra CD[edit]

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Skyline Pigeon" (Piano Version)B-side of "Daniel" single, 19733:54
2."Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)Non-album single, 19746:16
3."Pinball Wizard" (Pete Townshend)Tommy Soundtrack, 19755:14
4."Mama Can't Buy You Love" (LeRoy Bell and Casey James)The Thom Bell Sessions, 19794:04
5."Part-Time Love" (Elton John and Gary Osborne)A Single Man, 19783:13
6."Victim of Love" (Pete Bellotte, Sylvester Levay and Jerry Rix)Victim of Love, 19793:22
7."Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)"Jump Up!, 19825:10
8."Kiss the Bride"Too Low for Zero, 19834:23
9."That's What Friends Are For (quartet with Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight)" (Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager)Dionne Warwick's Friends, 19854:15
10."The One"The One, 19925:53
11."True Love (duet with Kiki Dee)" (Cole Porter)Duets, 19933:35
12."Believe"Made in England, 19954:47
13."Live Like Horses (duet with Luciano Pavarotti)"The Big Picture, 19975:07
14."Written in the Stars (duet with LeAnn Rimes)" (Elton John and Tim Rice)Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, 19994:17
15."This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"Songs from the West Coast, 20014:39
16."Good Morning to the Night (with Pnau)" (Elton John, Nick Littlemore, Peter Mayes and Bernie Taupin)Good Morning to the Night, 20123:24
17."Step Into Christmas"Non-album single, 19734:29
Total length:1:16:02

2-LP version[edit]

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin unless otherwise noted.

Side A[edit]

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Your Song"Elton John, 19704:03
2."Tiny Dancer"Madman Across the Water, 19716:16
3."Rocket Man"Honky Château, 19724:42
4."Crocodile Rock"Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player, 19733:55
5."Daniel"Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player3:54
Total length:22:50

Side B[edit]

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 19734:54
2."Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road3:14
3."Candle in the Wind"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road3:50
4."Bennie and the Jets"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road5:23
5."Someone Saved My Life Tonight"Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, 19756:45
Total length:24:06

Side C[edit]

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Don't Go Breaking My Heart [with Kiki Dee]" (Ann Orson and Carte Blanche)Non-album single, 19764:35
2."Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"Blue Moves, 19763:52
3."Song for Guy" (Elton John)A Single Man, 19786:34
4."Blue Eyes" (Elton John and Gary Osborne)Jump Up!, 19823:28
5."I'm Still Standing"Too Low for Zero, 19833:04
6."I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" (Elton John, Davey Johnstone and Bernie Taupin)Too Low for Zero4:43
Total length:26:16

Side D[edit]

No.TitleAlbumLength
1."Nikita"Ice on Fire, 19855:44
2."Sacrifice"Sleeping with the Past, 19895:05
3."Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me [with George Michael]"Duets, 19935:48
4."Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (Elton John and Tim Rice)The Lion King Soundtrack, 19944:01
5."Are You Ready for Love" (Thom Bell, LeRoy Bell and Casey James - 2003 Single Edit)The Thom Bell Sessions, 19793:32
Total length:24:10

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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