Elton John (album)

Elton John is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, released on 10 April 1970 by DJM Records. It was released by Uni Records as John's debut studio album in the United States; many people there assumed it was his first studio album, as Empty Sky was not released in that country until 1975.

Elton John
Studio album by
Released10 April 1970 (1970-04-10)
StudioTrident, London
Genre
Length39:27
LabelDJM
ProducerGus Dudgeon
Elton John chronology
Empty Sky
(1969)
Elton John
(1970)
Tumbleweed Connection
(1970)
Singles from Elton John
  1. "Border Song"
    Released: 20 March 1970[1]
  2. "Your Song" / "Take Me to the Pilot"
    Released: 26 October 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB[3]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[4]
‘’Encyclopedia of Popular Music[5]
Tom Hull – on the WebB–[6]

The album includes John's breakthrough single "Your Song", and helped to establish his career during what was considered the "singer-songwriter" era of popular music. In the US, it was certified gold in February 1971 by the RIAA. In the same year, it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 468 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. On 27 November 2012, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as an album cited as exhibiting "qualitative or historical significance".[7]