Elton John says apart from Sam Fender, women are making the “best music”

He thinks Wet Leg, Nova Twins, Sharon Van Etten and more are producing the best tunes

Elton John has claimed that women are making the best music with the exception of a few names including Sam Fender.

The pop legend was speaking in a new interview when he praised the work of Nova Twins, Wet Leg, Let’s Eat Grandma, The Linda Lindas and Haim for producing “the best music” in the current climate.

He told Music Week: “It’s so great to see Nova Twins, Wet Leg, Let’s Eat Grandma, The Linda Lindas, Haim and all these girls rocking out and making the best music. Apart from Sam Fender, none of the boys are doing it, the girls are. It’s a breath of fresh air, because it comes from innocence and pure joy and that, for me, is what music is about.”


John also namechecked Harry Styles while commenting on the charts, saying that “there’s not many good records in the Top 20”, before noting that acts including Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen should chart higher than they do.

“It’s lovely to see Kate Bush at Number One, but there’s not many good records in the Top 20. And the albums chart is full of things like me, ABBA and Queen, he said.

“The odd thing comes through, like Sam Fender or Harry Styles, or you get a new artist coming in at Number Three and then disappearing to 80-something.

“It’s depressing – there are a lot of good albums that deserve to be in the albums chart, like Juanita Euka, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen. What I want to know is why aren’t they there? Because of people like me!”

Elton John performing live on-stage in 2022
Elton John performs live. CREDIT: Getty

Meanwhile, Yard Act singer James Smith has spoken about the “amazing” experience of collaborating with John for their new version of ‘100% Endurance’.


John, who is a fan of the Leeds-based band, contributed piano to the new studio recording. ‘100% Endurance’ is the latest single released from Yard Act’s debut album ‘The Overload’, which was released in January.

Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music 1 as part of his UK City Spotlight on Leeds, Smith said: “We had a lovely afternoon together at Metropolis Studios in London. It was beautiful. We wanted to shine a light on ‘100% Endurance’ a bit more, now the album had been out a bit and we felt we’d established the one side of Yard Act.

“It felt like there’s ways we could accentuate and highlight the melody and the emotion of that track without over egging it, while still sling in a string section and loads of lush Elton John piano all over it. And then, obviously, because he’d been so kind about us and he’d been calling me a little bit, we thought why not ask him?”

Smith said that John’s response to the collaboration offer was “abso-fucking-lutely”, adding: “I think he’d been for a Chairman of the Board meeting at Watford or something [prior to the recording], and then he came to us. It was bananas.”

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