Elton John released his self-titled second album on April 10, 1970. It was Elton’s first release in the U.S. and features his breakthrough hit track “Your Song.” The album rose to number four on the Billboard 200 chart while “Your Song” hit number eight on the Hot 100 chart.
Before breaking through as a recording artist, Elton had worked as a publishing songwriter with his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. Bernie had written “Your Song” when he was just seventeen and, while speaking with “Music Connection” in 1989, explained why the song still works:
"[The song] has got to be one of the most naive and childish lyrics in the entire repertoire of music, but I think the reason it still stands up is because it was real at the time. That was exactly what I was feeling. I was 17 years old and it was coming from someone whose outlook on love or experience with love was totally new and naive.”