Song She Inspired: Elton John - "Candle in the Wind 1997" (1997)
Highest Position on the Billboard Hot 100: 1
Elton John's first version of "Candle in the Wind," from 1973, was a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Following Diana's death, lyricist Bernie Taupin rewrote the words to describe Diana's circumstances, and Sir Elton played it at the princess' funeral on September 6, 1997. As the world mourned, copies of the single flew off the shelves, and "Candle in the Wind 1997" remains one of the two best-selling singles of all time (there is some debate as to whether it surpassed Bing Crosby's "White Christmas").