To Die For: 25 Flawless Songs About Death

Elton John "Candle in the Wind" (1973)


Written in honor of Marilyn Monroe, this track has been used to euologize countless others as well, including Elton's 1997 rewritten version dedicated to Princess Diana. It's the rare occurance of a song that manages to be entirely specific and subjective—referencing Monroe by her given name Norma Jean—and yet, resonating a sense of universal compassion. Leave it to Elton to venerate two of our culture's most beautiful and important female icons with a magnificent ballad that encompasses the pressures of society and celebrity, while still recognizing and dignifying their humanity.

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