Elton John is the eponymous second album by English singer/songwriter Elton John, released in 1970. It was his first album, however, released in America, thus commonly assumed by many as his debut, as Empty Sky would not be released in the U.S. until 1975. It includes his breakthrough hit, "Your Song", and helped establish his career during what was considered the "singer-songwriter" era of popular music. On February 17, 1971, the album became his first to be certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA; in the same year, it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.In 2003, the album was ranked number 468 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This was the first of many Elton John albums to be produced by Gus Dudgeon.