Post by woolebull on Sept 21, 2021 22:45:01 GMT -5
It looks like we are about to see something amazing happen as Elton John appears to be close to hitting AT 40 with his duet with Dua Lipa, "Cold Heart". If that happens, it surely will be one of the greatest feats of an already amazing career.
For fun, I thought I would ask you all which would be the more amazing feat: Frank Sinatra hitting the Top 40 in 1980 or Elton doing it in 2021? For me, it is a tough answer. Sinatra doing it at 64 (and charting for 41 years) after being out of the top 40 for 11 years is pretty amazing. However, he had number ones up to 13 years before, "New York, New York" and came pretty close to hitting the top 40 in 1975. Elton, 74, has been charting for 51 years, including a string of top 40 hits that found him in the top 40 every year from 1970 to 1995. However, he hasn't had a top 40 hit since 1998. The world of pop music had changed considerably for Sinatra from 1969 to 1980 (the time between "My Way" hitting the top 40 and "New York New York"), however it has changed, in my opinion, much more in the 23 years since Elton last hit the top 40. My initial thought is that it doesn't seem as bizarre for Elton to hit in 2021 just because it seems that he has still been such a pop influence throughout the years. I was only seven when Frank hit in 1980, but it seems when people talk about "New York" hitting, it was one of those rare AT 40 moments that people remember because it was so unique. "New York" did not sound like any of the other songs that were on AT 40 at the time, while "Cold Heart" certainly fits into the current mold of songs. Elton also has the great advantage of having a duet with one of the biggest pop starts on the planet, whereas Frank did it solo.
Certainly there are many points that could be made for both artists. Both were tremendous feats for two of the best pop artists in history. If I had to pick, I think I am leaning to Sinatra as the more amazing feat, though it's not by much. Truly both accomplishments are great and a testament to how great Elton is and Frank was.