Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Who Wears These Shoes?" by Elton John

Song#:  2045
Date:  09/08/1984
Debut:  54
Peak:  16
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  John got his third Top 10 of the decade when "Sad Songs (Say So Much)," the lead single to his Breaking Hearts album, made it to #5. He kept the ball rolling with this next single that was able to get inside the Top 20. It hit the same mark at AC (#11) and Rock (#18). The album would get to #20 and eventually become another platinum seller for him.

ReduxReview:  I'm surprised this song did as well as it did on the chart. It kind of had a similar feel/appeal as "I'm Still Standing," so perhaps that connection helped it along. It's a good tune, but it is just not in the same league as his other hits. That weakness has made this a forgotten hit in his catalog and it has rarely been included on any of his best of compilations.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although John's 80s days were hit 'n miss, it was almost as if he couldn't miss in the 70s. He had sixteen Top 10 hits with six of them going to #1. His popularity was so massive that he ended up setting a chart record. By 1975, John had scored four consecutive #1 albums. His next LP, Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy was certain to be a fifth one. It was, but this time around the album actually debuted in the #1 spot. It was the first time in chart history that an album accomplished that feat. These days with sales and other numbers counted nearly in real time, albums debut at #1 on a regular basis. Back then, it just didn't happen. It was something that not even the Beatles were able to do. John furthered his charting record when his next LP, Rock of the Westies, also debuted at #1.


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