Non-Hit Hits Top Ten: Tiny Dancer (#4)

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@FourWalls (47538)
United States
September 22, 2022 11:05am CST
Oh, so close. Today’s song on the list of classic rock tunes that never made the Billboard top 40 got real close….but no cigar. Rules is rules. But that’s okay, because I get to use it in this JJ-recommended countdown…and you get to sing along! #4: Tiny Dancer - Elton John Time to count the head lice on the highway! Yeah, this classic — one of Elton’s most enduring and iconic tunes — peaked at #41, not cracking the top 40. The other Madman single, “Levon” (which was named for The Band drummer Levon Helm if you’re interested, or even if you’re not interested! ) did make it into the top 40. But get the Whitburn Top 40 Hits book and you won’t find this one. Written partly about Bernie Taupin’s then-wife Maxine and partly about the vast differences Taupin found when he first came to America with Elton on tour, this 51-year-old tune (yes, you read this correctly, this song is fifty one years old) has stood the test of time. Combining a lovely string section, a little steel guitar that even Linda wouldn’t object to, and some tasteful piano and guitar work, this is one of those songs that comes to mind when you think of Elton’s career. Tiny Dancer Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin Recorded by Elton John From Madman Across the Water, 1971 Billboard chart peak position: #41 Pretty eyed:
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@PhredWreck (8664)
• Olney, Illinois
22 Sep
Hold me closer, Tony Danza
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
22 Sep
I would have thought you’d prefer Judith Light to Tony Danza….but that doesn’t fit the song, does it?
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@Dena91 (18385)
• United States
25 Sep
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@RasmaSandra (58200)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
22 Sep
For some reason whenever I hear this song I was reminded on a tiny ballerina in one of those jewelry boxes
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
23 Sep
Probably because of the “Ballerina, you must’ve seen her” line.
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@LindaOHio (104638)
• United States
23 Sep
Me too. It also reminds me of something else. My parents had a bottle of liquor that had a ballerina inside that twirled; and music played.
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@Dena91 (18385)
• United States
25 Sep
Well he came close at 41
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
25 Sep
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades!
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@Dena91 (18385)
• United States
25 Sep
@FourWalls That's true!!
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@NJChicaa (108809)
• United States
22 Sep
Yup. Phoebe Buffay ruined this song for me.
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
22 Sep
I had to look up what a Phoebe Buffay was. Thought it might be one of the people doing EJ remakes.
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
22 Sep
@NJChicaa — ah ha.
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@NJChicaa (108809)
• United States
22 Sep
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@LindaOHio (104638)
• United States
23 Sep
Of COURSE I know this one. Not one of my Elton favorites; but it will do. Actually it reminds me of a bottle of liquor that my parents had. It had a ballerina inside that twirled and danced to music.
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
23 Sep
Steel guitar ruins everything for you, doesn’t it.
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@CarolDM (193180)
• United States
22 Sep
I still listen from time to time to Elton. I like this one.
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
22 Sep
Elton was my teenybopper idol, and he still sounds fine to me!
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@CarolDM (193180)
• United States
22 Sep
@FourWalls Very talented artist.
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• United States
22 Sep
Now that's a song I can get behind
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
22 Sep
Definitely a great song in my opinion.
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@andriaperry (114893)
• Anniston, Alabama
22 Sep
I love tiny dancer.
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
22 Sep
What’s not to love!! Well, the people who bought 45s in 1971 found something because it wasn’t a hit then.
• Defuniak Springs, Florida
22 Sep
I love this song. But I also love the other versions. Tim McGraw's is one of my favorite.
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
23 Sep
I always go back to Elton’s version. So sweet.
@LouAvul (1241)
23 Sep
We're 7 for 7 in this series! Woot-Woot! Hold me closer, Tony Danza.
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@FourWalls (47538)
• United States
23 Sep
Tony Danza was in high school when this was released. And he probably had head lice on the highway!
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@yifat11 (29)
• Petach Tikva, Israel
23 Sep
I love this song and Elton John is the best. Also the new song with Britney spears is wonderful!