Elton John

I'm Still Standing

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With long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin back in tow, Elton John came up aces on Too Low For Zero (1983), which featured this thumping revivalist rocker. Both the lyrical content as well as the driving tempo heralded a return in spirit to John’s rock and roll icon status -- which had been wavering since the late ‘70s. It likewise was his highest charting single of the ‘80s thus far, landing quite respectably in the Top Five during the summer of 1983. It would be nearly two years before the Cold War-inspired love song “Nikita” would outperform “I’m Still Standing”. Taupin’s lyrics perfectly capture the behind-the-scenes struggle that was concurrently going on between the artist and his relatively new label Geffen Records. The chorus contains a perfect example of the duality within John’s defiance and insecurity: “I’m still standing/better than I ever did/ Looking like a true survivor/feeling like a little kid/I’m still standing after all this time/picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind.” The track is also a return to form musically as John’s ‘70s quintessential quartet -- featuring Davey Johnstone (guitar/vocals), Dee Murray (bass/vocals) and Nigel Olsson (drums/vocals) -- briefly reunited in the mid ‘80s after an eight year absence. In addition to aiding the jump start of this phase of John’s career, “I’m Still Standing” has become a performance staple. In a deliciously ironic twist, John once slipped and fell on stage while performing “I’m Still Standing”. Only Elton!

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Too Low for Zero 1983 Mercury / Polydor 3:02
Ice on Fire 1985 MCA 0:00
Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 (1979-1987) 1987 MCA 3:04
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Oldgold / Im 3:03
The Very Best of Elton John [Polygram] 1990 Polygram / PolyGram 3:03
To Be Continued... 1990 MCA 3:02
Greatest Hits: 1976-1986 1992 Island / Mercury / MCA 3:02
Breakaway 1992
Various Artists
Teledisc 3:03
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Collection 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Triumph of the Spirit 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
Now: 1983 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:01
Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Christmas Gift to You 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:56
Number One 80's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 2:57
The Greatest Hits 1970-2002 2002 Island / Universal 3:04
Rewind: The Best In Music & Video [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:01
Dream Ticket 2004 WAB
Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits 2007 UMVD / Universal Distribution 3:01
Rocket Man: Number Ones 2007 Island / Mercury 0:00
Now That's What I Call the 80s [3 CD] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:02
Here and Now: The Very Best of the 80s 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:03
80's Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:03
Amazing 80s 2017
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 3:01
Diamonds 2017 Island / Mercury / Universal 3:04
No Image Rock
No Image
Various Artists
Digital 3:02