220px-Elton_John_-_Caribou#3 – Elton John – “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – (1974)

Elton John almost pulled off an amazing feat with this song. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 in 1974. He re-recorded it as a duet with George Michael in 1991 and it hit #1. He almost had two number one hits with the same song. This is one of Elton’s most beautiful songs. Co-written with Bernie Taupin, it was one song from Caribou – an album recorded in nine days and written in about the same amount of time. The chorus of this song features vocals from Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys (and you can totally hear Beach Boys-style harmonization if you listen for it) as well as Toni Tennille of Captain and Tennille.

George Michael & Elton John – “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – (1991)

Obviously this song was a big hit for Elton John in 1974, reaching #2 on the Hot 100. In 1991, he and George Michael performed the song as a duet during the Live Aid concert. This version went to #1 on the Hot 100 and on charts around the world. This version was included on Elton John’s 1993 album Duets. The first part of the song is George Michael just blowing everyone away with incredible vocals and then he brings out Elton who kills it. This is an amazing version. It’s two incredible voices battling it out and we all win.