Recently, Sir Elton John returned to Broadway to help The Lion King celebrate its 20th anniversary with a rousing rendition of “Circle of Life.”
Hundreds of artists over the years have paid homage to the legendary singer and his legendary collaborators Bernie Taupin and Tim Rice’s tunes.
Beat has created its own playlist by picking out the best covers from some of the music industry's greatest voices.
Tina Turner: "The Bitch is Back"
Phil Collins: "Burn Down the Mission"
The Who: "Saturday's Night Alright for Fighting"
Wilson Phillips: "Daniel"
In 1991, Wilson Phillips breathed new life into Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s soft rock anthem. Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips delivered a haunting cover with beautiful harmonies and a superb sax solo that peaked at number seven on both the American and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts.
Gloria Estefan: "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me."
Jennifer Hudson: "Circle of Life"
Heather Headley: "Your Song"
Countless of recording artists such as Rod Stewart, Harry Connick, Jr., and Ellie Goulding have recorded their rendition of “Your Song.” However, Grammy and Tony Award-winning singer Heather Headley, successfully transformed Elton’s 1970 simplistic hit into a powerful anthem when she performed it during the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors. Not only did she make Sir Elton weep, but she moved the audience including former First Lady Laura Bush and Angela Basset to tears.
Eli Mattson: "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
Haley Reinhart: "Bennie & The Jets"
Haley Reinhart was one of the breakout stars of American Idol: Season 10. Her bluesy renditions of classic tracks made her a fan-favorite. However, it was her cover of Elton John’s 1973 hit “Bennie & The Jets” that set her on a path of superstardom with this outstanding performance.
Fantasia & Joshua Ledet: "Take Me to the Pilot"
Ed Sheeran: "Candle in the Wind"
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in 2014, Elton invited several artists to re-imagine his classic hits. Elton’s protégé, Ed Sheeran, transformed one of the most important songs in the Taupin-John songbook into a beautiful folk-rock anthem that gave listeners chills.
Adam Levine: "Tiny Dancer"
The Maroon 5 frontman closes out our playlist with his take on “Tiny Dancer.” The three-time winning Voice coach has performed the tune multiple times on the show. In 2013, he performed it with his protégé, Will Champlin, at the Season Five finale. Two years later, Adam decided to perform the track for a “Blind Audition.” He delivered an excellent vocal performance, but his fellow coaches (notably Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton) were not amused.