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Love Songs is a compilation album by British singer-songwriter Elton John. The album was first released on 6 November 1996 by John's own label The Rocket Record Company, in conjunction with Mercury Records.[1] The album was released in North America by MCA Records almost a year after the European release, on 24 September 1996. In the US, it was certified gold in December 1996, platinum in March 1997, 2× platinum in December 1998 and 3× platinum in August 2000 by the RIAA.

The album was a major success upon its release, topping the albums charts in three countries, was certified platinum in 11 countries and multi-platinum in 7.

The release also spawned a music video compilation, which was originally released on laserdisc, VHS, and VCD. The VCD version did not include the videos for "True Love", "Please", or the live version of "Someone Saved My Life Tonight".


 [hide*1 Compilation and songs

Compilation and songs[edit]Edit

In a sense, it may be considered an unofficial Greatest Hits Volume 4. On the US version, ten of the fifteen tracks had been released in the period since the "Volume 3" collection, including the artist's second tenure on MCA and two songs from the then-recent Made in England. (Two of these tracks, however, were live versions of old songs, namely "Candle in the Wind" and "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".) "You Can Make History (Young Again)" and "No Valentines" were made specifically for this release. The former was about John and Taupin each finding love and idealism in their new life partners. Unfortunately, Taupin's relationship would eventually end and is covered in the lyrics of "Mansfield" on the 2001 release, Songs from the West Coast.

The UK version saw an alternate track order with the inclusion of such songs as "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues", "Nikita", "True Love" (a duet withKiki Dee), "Please", "Song for Guy", and the original version of "Candle in the Wind". "You Can Make History (Young Again)" and "No Valentines" do not appear on this version since they were recorded after its release. Interestingly enough, the US cassette's lyrics sleeve provide lyrics for "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" directly after "Candle in the Wind".

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

European version[edit]Edit

  1. "Sacrifice"
  2. "Candle in the Wind"
  3. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  4. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" [live duet with George Michael]
  5. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  6. "Blue Eyes" (John, Osborne)
  7. "Daniel"
  8. "Nikita"
  9. "Your Song"
  10. "The One"
  11. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight"
  12. "True Love" [duet with Kiki Dee] (Cole Porter)
  13. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (John, Rice)
  14. "Circle of Life" (John, Rice)
  15. "Blessed"
  16. "Please"
  17. "Song for Guy" (John)

North American version[edit]Edit

  1. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" (John, Tim Rice) – 4:02
  2. "The One" – 5:55
  3. "Sacrifice" – 5:09
  4. "Daniel" – 3:55
  5. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" – 6:47
  6. "Your Song" – 4:03
  7. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" [Live duet with George Michael] – 5:50
  8. "Believe" – 4:44
  9. "Blue Eyes" (John, Gary Osborne) – 3:29
  10. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" – 3:50
  11. "Blessed" – 5:03
  12. "Candle in the Wind" [live] – 4:02
  13. "You Can Make History (Young Again)" – 4:56
  14. "No Valentines" – 4:11
  15. "Circle of Life" (John, Rice) – 4:50

Music video compilation[edit]Edit

  1. "Sacrifice"
  2. "Candle in the Wind"
  3. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues"
  4. "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" [live with George Michael]
  5. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
  6. "Blue Eyes"
  7. "Daniel"
  8. "Nikita"
  9. "Your Song"
  10. "The One"
  11. "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" (Laserdisc and VHS only)
  12. "True Love" (Laserdisc and VHS only)
  13. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
  14. "Circle of Life"
  15. "Blessed"
  16. "Please" (Laserdisc and VHS only)
  17. "Song for Guy"
  18. "Believe"


Chart (1995) Peak


Australian Top 50 Albums[3] 7
Austrian Top 75 Albums[4] 4
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[5] 4
Chile (APF)[6] 1
Danish Albums Chart[7] 4
French Compilations[8] 1
German Albums[9] 7
Italian Albums Chart[10] 2
Japanese Albums Chart[11] 12
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[12] 1
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[13] 1
Portugal Albums Chart[14] 2
Spain Albums Chart[15] 8
Swedish Top 60 Albums[16] 2
Swiss Top 100 Albums[17] 2
UK Albums Chart[18] 4
Chart (1996) Peak


Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[19] 5
Canadian Top Albums[20] 11
Finnish Top 50 Albums[21] 2
Hungarian Top 40 Albums[22] 8
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[23] 3
US Billboard200[24] 24
Chart (1999) Peak


US Catalog Albums[24] 17
Chart (2006) Peak


Spanish Top 100 Albums[25] 42


Country Provider Certification

(sales thresholds)

Argentina[26] CAPIF 2× Platinum
Australia[27] ARIA 3× Platinum
Austria[28] IFPI Platinum
Canada[29] Music Canada 2× Platinum
Finland[30] IFPI Platinum
France[31] SNEP 2× Platinum
Germany[32] BVMI Platinum
Hungary[33] MAHASZ Gold
Japan[34] Oricon Gold
Poland[35] ZPAV Gold
Spain[36] IFPI Platinum
Sweden[37] IFPI Platinum
Switzerland[38] IFPI 2× Platinum
United Kingdom[1] BPI 3× Platinum
United States[39] RIAA 3× Platinum
Europe[40] IFPI 5× Platinum

Release history[edit]Edit

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe 6 November 1995 Rocket/Mercury Records CD 528,788-2
North America 24 September 1996 MCA Records Cassette MCAC-11481
CD MCAD-11481
United States 2001 Island Records CD 314,548,841-2

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