Simple Life (Elton John song)

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"Simple Life"
Single by Elton John
from the album The One
Released 1993
Recorded 1991–1992
Genre Pop
Length 6:25 (album version)
4:51 (single version)
Label MCA, Rocket
Songwriter(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"The Last Song"
"Simple Life"
"String Module Error: Match not found"
"The Last Song"
"Simple Life"
"True Love" (with Kiki Dee)

"Simple Life" is a song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and was the fourth single release from John's 1992 CD, The One. "Simple Life" was John's thirteenth number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The single spent three weeks at the number one spot and reached number thirty on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Differences between the album version and single version[edit]

The single remix of "Simple Life" is somewhat different from its album counterpart. The single version has a faster tempo, a more defined drumbeat, more harmonica, less synthesized bass, and is over ninety seconds shorter than the version found on The One; whilst the album version is 6:25 minutes in length, the single version is 4:54 minutes long. The single version also omits the chorus after the second verse, contributing to its shorter length.

Formats, pressings, and availability[edit]

The single remix of "Simple Life" can be found on 7" vinyl, audio cassette single, CD single pressings and a rare radio-only promo compilation released in 1992. The radio-only promo disc containing the single remix was released prior to the "Simple Life" CD single and was out-of-print before it was released to the market. The radio-only promo was, as implied through its name, released only to radio stations. Moreover, the radio-only promo was only released in major U.S. cities and not Britain, making the radio-only promo disc pressing extremely rare.


Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 35


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 128. 
  2. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 

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Preceded by
"Forever in Love" by Kenny G
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
March 20 – April 3, 1993
Succeeded by
"Love Is" by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight