Candle In The Wind 1997 – Elton John | It’s 21 years since this delicate beauty topped the charts | Track Of The Day

Candle In The Wind 1997 - Elton John | Official Single Artwork 1997

As with all big events, everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news that Princess Diana had died. It shook the country for a long time afterwards, leading to a sense of national mourning. Elton John, a close friend of Diana’s, gave the country something to sing during the confusing time, rereleasing his 1974 hit ‘Candle In The Wind‘ as a charity single with new lyrics and performing it at the funeral.

Today marks 21 years since the first day the song reached No. 1 on the UK charts, and it would remain comfortably at the top for five weeks. Not only that, but the song also became the best selling song in the UK, taking the record held for 13 years by Band Aid for ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?‘. And in case that wasn’t enough, Guinness World Records consider it the highest selling single since charts began in the 1950s.

Both versions of the song are incredible, but for now let’s chill out and get a little bit emotional over the 1997 release.

About Kirsty Poynton 64 Articles
Current Journalism student and lover of all things quirky and creative. Woman of Kent in a Greater Manchester postcode. Pisces that can't swim, like a literal fish out of water.

1 Comment

  1. Not a dry eye, just like 21 years ago. 💔😢 I still have that cd. Well done on this article Kirsty. It was the day of your Christening when the devastating news of Diana hit the country.

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