Greatest Hits 1970–2002 is a career-spanning collection of Elton John's biggest hits up to 2002. It was released in an alternate 3-CD version (as opposed to the usual 2-CD) and slightly different versions in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 12 on 30 November 2002. It spent 67 weeks on the chart. It was certified gold and platinum in December 2002, 2x platinum in March 2003, 3x platinum in August 2004 and 4x and 5x platinum in February 2011 by the RIAA.

It was the first Elton John compilation released since the time that PolyGram, which had controlled the pre-1976 Elton John catalogue, was sold to Universal Music Group, which controlled the post-1976 recordings. Prior to 1992, rights to John's music had been complicated as they shifted between various companies. UMG now owns worldwide distribution rights to all of John's music, while sharing overall ownership with John himself.

The CD omits the #1 Adult Contemporary hit "Mama Can't Buy You Love" from The Thom Bell Sessions (top 10 in 1979).


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Track listing[edit]Edit

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

European release[edit]Edit

Disc 1[edit]Edit

No. Title Length
1. "Your Song"   4:03
2. "Tiny Dancer"   6:16
3. "Honky Cat"   5:13
4. "Rocket Man"   4:42
5. "Crocodile Rock"   3:55
6. "Daniel"   3:54
7. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"   4:54
8. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"   3:14
9. "Candle in the Wind"   3:50
10. "Bennie and the Jets"   5:23
11. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"   5:37
12. "The Bitch Is Back"   3:45
13. "Philadelphia Freedom"   5:20
14. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"   6:45
15. "Island Girl"   3:43
16. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart(with Kiki Dee) 4:35
17. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"   3:52

Disc 2[edit]Edit

No. Title Length
1. "Blue Eyes(with Gary Osborne) 3:29
2. "I'm Still Standing"   3:03
3. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues(with Taupin, Davey Johnstone) 4:44
4. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"   4:10
5. "Nikita"   5:45
6. "Sacrifice"   5:06
7. "The One"   5:53
8. "Kiss the Bride"   4:23
9. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight(written by Tim Rice) 4:02
10. "Circle of Life(written by Tim Rice) 4:52
11. "Believe"   4:47
12. "Made In England"   4:50
13. "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"   4:01
14. "Written in the Stars(featuring LeAnn Rimes, written by Rice) 4:17
15. "I Want Love"   4:36
16. "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"   4:39
17. "Song for Guy"   5:10

note: "Kiss the Bride" and "Song for Guy" were omitted from subsequent reissues to make room for recent hits "Are You Ready for Love" and "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (with Blue)

Disc 3: Bonus[edit]Edit

No. Title Length
1. "Levon"   5:23
2. "Border Song"   3:23
3. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds(Lennon–McCartney) 5:57
4. "Pinball Wizard(Pete Townshend) 5:17
5. "True Love(featuring Kiki Dee (Cole Porter)) 3:34
6. "Live Like Horses" (featuring Luciano Pavarotti) 5:08
7. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That"   4:32
8. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me(featuring George Michael) 5:48
9. "Your Song(featuring Alessandro Safina) 4:24
2003 reissue[edit]Edit
No. Title Length
10. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word(with Blue)
11. "Are You Ready for Love(LeRoy BellThom BellCasey James)

American release[edit]Edit

Disc 1[edit]Edit

  1. "Your Song"
  2. "Levon"
  3. "Tiny Dancer"
  4. "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time)"
  5. "Honky Cat"
  6. "Crocodile Rock"
  7. "Daniel"
  8. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"
  9. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"
  10. "Candle in the Wind"
  11. "Bennie and the Jets"
  12. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
  13. "The Bitch is Back"
  14. "Philadelphia Freedom"
  15. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
  16. "Island Girl"
  17. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"

Disc 2[edit]Edit

  1. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (with Kiki Dee)
  2. "Little Jeannie" (John, Osborne)
  3. "I'm Still Standing"
  4. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  5. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)"
  6. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That"
  7. "Nikita"
  8. "Sacrifice"
  9. "The One"
  10. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"
  11. "Circle of Life"
  12. "Believe"
  13. "Blessed"
  14. "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
  15. "Written in the Stars" (with LeAnn Rimes)
  16. "I Want Love"
  17. "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"

Disc 3: Bonus[edit]Edit

  1. "Candle in the Wind" (live)
  2. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with George Michael)
  3. "Live Like Horses" (with Luciano Pavarotti)
  4. "Your Song" (with Alessandro Safina)


Chart (2002) Peak


Irish Albums Chart[1] 8
Italian Top 20 Albums[2] 13
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[3] 8
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[4] 6
Spanish Albums Chart[5] 10
UK Albums Chart[6] 3
US Billboard200[7] 12
Chart (2003) Peak


Australian Top 50 Albums[8] 6
Austrian Top 75 Albums[9] 19
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[10] 8
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[11] 30
Danish Top 40 Albums[12] 2
French Compilations[13] 3
German Albums[14] 19
Japanese Albums Chart[15] 45
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[16] 14
Swedish Top 60 Albums[17] 12
Swiss Top 100 Albums[18] 12
Chart (2005) Peak


US Catalog Albums[7] 12
Chart (2006) Peak


Spanish Top 100 Albums[19] 80


Country Provider Certification

(sales thresholds)

Argentina CAPIF Gold[20]
Australia ARIA Platinum[21]
Austria IFPI Gold[22]
Brazil ABPD Gold[23]
Canada Music Canada 4x Platinum[24]
Denmark IFPI Platinum[25]
Europe IFPI 2x Platinum[26]
France SNEP Gold[27]
Germany BVMI Gold[28]
New Zealand RIANZ 2x Platinum[29]
Norway IFPI Platinum[30]
Switzerland Swiss Music Charts Gold[31]
United Kingdom BPI 5x Platinum[32]
United States RIAA 5x Platinum[33]
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