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Artist Name: ELTON JOHN
Song Author: Elton John (music), Bernie Taupin (lyrics)
Year Recorded: 1982
I'm Still Standing

Single by Elton John from the album Too Low for Zero

B-side "Love So Cold" (US)

"Earn While You Learn" (UK)
Released 3 July 1983
Format 7"
Recorded 1982
Genre Glam rock, Pop
Length 3:03

Producer Chris Thomas

I'm Still Standing" is a song on English pop rock performer Elton John's 1983 album, Too Low for Zero. He sings about making a comeback despite having problems in daily life. The video, directed by Russell Mulcahy, was shot in Cannes (InterContinental Carlton Cannes) and Nice on the CŰte d'Azur in France and features the colours of the French flag.

Bruno Tonioli, later a judge on the hit shows Strictly Come Dancing for BBC (UK) and its American adaptation, Dancing with the Stars for ABC in the US, appears as one of the dancers in the video.

Some commentators noted the similarities between the track and David Bowie's near-simultaneous hit "Modern Love".[citation needed] Both parties have stated that the songs were recorded at roughly the same time with no knowledge of the other.[citation needed]

The song became a big hit for John on both sides of the Atlantic, peaking at #4 in the UK, reaching #1 in Switzerland and #12 in the US.

Martha Wash later covered the song on the soundtrack to The First Wives Club. The song was also featured in an episode of the short-lived TV musical series, Viva Laughlin, and performed by the character A.J, in the musical Love Shack.

Track listing

US 7" single
1."I'm Still Standing" - 3:00
2."Love So Cold" - 5:08

UK 7" single
1."I'm Still Standing" - 3:00
2."Earn While You Learn" - 6:42

This single was also available as a picture disc shaped as a piano.

UK 12" single

1."I'm Still Standing" (extended version) - 3:45
2."Earn While You Learn" - 6:42


Elton John: piano, keyboards, vocals
Davey Johnstone: electric guitars, backing vocals
Dee Murray: bass guitar, backing vocals
Nigel Olsson: drums, backing vocals