Best Selling Single of Elton John

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Elton John's album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road produced numerous masterpieces, but "Candle in the Wind" has earned the spot of his best-selling single.

The song was written in 1973 in honor of Marilyn Monroe's death 11 years earlier. John later sang a version of the song in 1997 as a tribute to Princess Diana.

The lyrics of the song feature Marilyn Monroe's real name - Norma Jeane (Baker) - and they portray a sympathetic look at the star's life and struggles.

When the song was released, it reached number 11 in the United Kingdom charts. It was not released in the United States right away because "Bennie and the Jets" was picked instead.

In 2004, the song was listed as number 347 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 500 greatest songs of all time. It dropped to number 356 in 2010.

The song and its meaningful lyrics have been dedicated to numerous other artists and famous people, such as Janis Joplin.