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Elton John Declares That ‘Chart Music Isn’t Real Music’

“A lot of them don’t get played on the radio because they’re too sophisticated and we get songs made by a computer all the time and I’m not interested in that.”

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Elton John isn't a fan of today's chart toppers.

Julian Smith

Legendary musical icon Elton John has made it clear he isn’t a fan of the current chart-topping tunes, saying that they are “not real songs”.

Speaking to BBC Radio 6 Music, the “Tiny Dancer” hitmaker revealed he’s a fan of singer-songwriter Father John Misty because he writes “proper songs”.

“(Misty) reminds me a little bit of me the way he writes songs,” Elton said, adding that he was also a fan of 21-year-old Conan Gray, a rising singer-songwriter on American Spotify’s Top 50, for crafting his own music.

“There’s a boy called Conan Gray who has a song called Heather and he’s about 22, he’s from America and he’s the only person in the American Spotify Top 50 to actually write the song without anybody else,” he said.

“Everybody else there’s four or five writers on (a track) and (Gray is) going to be huge,” he predicted. “You look at most of the records in the charts – they’re not real songs. They’re bits and pieces and it’s nice to hear someone write a proper song.”

Speaking of today’s popular music, Elton John explained that many “sophisticated” artists in today’s world failed to get recognised.

“I like people who write songs. And there’s plenty of people that do but a lot of them don’t get played on the radio because they’re too sophisticated and we get songs made by a computer all the time and I’m not interested in that.”

Speaking to the outlet ahead of the Record Store Day re-release of his debut album, the legendary musician admitted the revival hasn’t encouraged him to start revisiting his old tunes anytime soon.

“I don’t listen to any of my records any more. I just don’t do it. I’m not one of these artists that sits there compiling stuff from all the vaults and stuff like that,” he stated.

“I’m more interested in what’s coming next than what went by,” the “Crocodile Rock” star insisted.

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