Breaking Hearts is the eighteenth studio album by British singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1984. It features the quartet of John, Davey Johnstone,Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson. There were two hit singles from the album: the US #5 hit "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" 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.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

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

Side one[edit]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]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 33The Fox and Jump Up!, it contained no bonus tracks.


Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1984) Peak position
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart[3] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[4] 4
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[5] 10
Dutch Mega Albums Chart[6] 41
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[7] 54
New Zealand Albums Chart[8] 2
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[9] 7
Spanish Albums Chart[10] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 11
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 1
UK Albums Chart[13] 2
US Billboard 200[14] 20
West German Media Control Albums Chart[15] 5

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1984) Position
Australian Albums Chart[3] 16
Austrian Albums Chart[16] 26
Canadian Albums Chart[17] 42
Swiss Albums Chart[18] 11
UK Albums Chart[19] 33


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 240,000[19]
United States (RIAA)[21] Platinum 1,000,000^
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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