1974: ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ by Elton John


Considered by many to be Elton John’s quintessential masterpiece, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” is a sprawling double album, replete with a number of his greatest songs including “Benny and the Jets,” “Candle in the Wind,” and the title track. Elton John and writing partner Bernie Taupin originally went to Jamaica to make the album but found the studio in such a state of disrepair that they ended up recording in France instead. The album spent eight weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts and was certified eight-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.