Elton John scored one of his biggest and best-remembered hits with this song, a bracing pop-rocker that blended retro rock nostalgia with the stylish energy of glam rock. Bernie Taupin’s lyrics start off with glowing nostalgia ("I remember when rock was young/Me and Susie had so much fun") about a nightspot where rock and roll was king but this nostalgia soon gives way to sorrow over the price that comes with the passage of time: "Long nights cryin’ by the record machine/Dreaming of my chevy and my old blue jeans." It seems like the set-up for a tear-jerking ballad but Elton John’s music takes the song in the opposite direction with a breathless pop melody that builds from constantly-ascending verses that build excitement with a swinging double-time chorus designed for rock and roll-style wailing. Elton John’s recording of "Crocodile Rock" tackles the song with maximum gusto, starting with a foundation of pounding piano lines and swirling synthesizer riffs that give it a retro-rock feel and adding snarling guitar riffs, pulsating bass licks and dexterous drumming that give it the stylish muscle of a glam rock. John tops it off with a lead vocal that effortlessly glides from Elvis Presley style-crooning to a wailing falsetto for the chorus’ infectious "la-la-la" tag. All these touches added up to a song that leaped out of the radio speakers the way a good single should and "Crocodile Rock" accordingly became a major hit around the world, including a #1 placing on the U.S. charts. It has since become a mainstay in his concert set lists and was later performed on television amidst a bunch of crocodile puppets on the Muppet Show.