When Elton John left Geffen for MCA, Greatest Hits, 1976-1986 replaced Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 (1979-1987). The newer collection is a better collection than its predecessor, since it trims the failed single "Heartache All Over the World," which was added as an incentive for hardcore collectors, and "Too Low for Zero," replacing them with "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and "Who Wears These Shoes?" Those three cuts are added to ten songs that illustrate that John could still craft a killer pop single during the '80s.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine