Elton John: The Nation's Favourite Song

Elton John: The Nation's Favourite Song

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Review

A timely repeat, considering the success of the bio-pic Rocketman, of this jolly countdown first shown last year. Elton John’s famous friends – Rob Lowe, Rod Stewart, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Dionne Warwick, Annie Lennox – line up to tell us how brilliant he is.

They are right, of course, he IS brilliant, a wonderfully intuitive musician who, with lyricist Bernie Taupin, provided the soundtrack to so many lives. Another one of his best pals, David Walliams, interviews Sir Elton and takes him through a top 20 of his hits, as voted for by the British public.

It’s a smashing jukebox, full of songs you’ll simply just know the words to, without any effort – Tiny Dancer, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting. Sir Elton thinks the number one will be Candle in the Wind, but is he right?

Summary

A countdown of the singer's 20 most popular songs, chosen by viewers to celebrate his 70th birthday. Elton discusses the stories behind the tracks in a candid conversation with David Walliams, while celebrity fans and friends reveal what their favourite numbers mean to them. With contributions from Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox, Stephen Fry and Elton's longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

Cast & Crew

Presenter David Walliams
Contributor Elton John
Contributor Bernie Taupin
Contributor Rod Stewart
Contributor Rob Lowe
Contributor Quincy Jones
Contributor Roger Greenaway
Contributor Tony King
Contributor Dionne Warwick
Contributor Cameron Crowe
Contributor Nina Myskow
Contributor Lionel Richie
Contributor Sting
Contributor Chris Thomas
Contributor Billy Joel
Contributor James Bay
Contributor Lulu
Contributor Chris Martin
Contributor Davey Johnstone
Contributor Paul Gambaccini
Contributor Ashley Beedle
Contributor Jake Shears
Contributor Sam Taylor-Johnson
Contributor Boy George
Contributor Nile Rodgers
Contributor Stephen Fry
Contributor Ed Sheeran
Contributor Annie Lennox
Contributor James Blunt
Contributor Brandon Flowers
Contributor Rag 'n' Bone Man
Contributor Janet Street-Porter
Contributor Jon Bon Jovi
Contributor Nick Rhodes
Contributor James Corden
Contributor Nigel Olsson
Contributor Taron Egerton
Contributor Dan Smith
Contributor Kiki Dee
Contributor Johnnie Walker
Contributor Neil Patrick Harris
Contributor Russell Mulcahy
Contributor Sharon Osbourne
Contributor Nanette Newman
Contributor Paul Buckmaster
Contributor Shawn Mendes
Director Kerry Allison
Executive Producer Mark Robinson
Producer Kerry Allison
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