The 'Rocket Man' singer said that he is calling time on his career in contemporary rock and pop hits because he cannot compete with many of the current artists in the charts.
He told GQ: "Look, I'm 63. I don't want to be on VH1 or MTV. I'm not going to compete with JLS or Lady GaGa. I'm at that stage where I don't think I can write pop music anymore. I can't sit down and do a proper rock song. It was okay when I was 25 or 26, but not anymore.
"I like to do my little side projects like Scissor Sisters and have fun, but I don't think Elton John will be putting any pop singles out."
John recently claimed that modern-day songwriters are "pretty awful" and that current pop music "isn't very inspiring".