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10. 97. 25. “The Great Wall of China,” River of DreamsAnother one with a really polished hook and dull verses. (The Beatles’ “Michelle” has the same problem, by the way. “Big Man on Mulberry Street,” The Bridge Is he a GoodFella, a restaurateur, just some shmo? Anthony and Mama Leone and Sergeant O’Leary are New Yorkers of a certain age, people we know well, and this is a fine three-and-a-half-minute radio drama about them. Peaked at #3 on 16.10.1993. “Got to Begin Again,” Cold Spring Harbor Another small but nicely wrought song that someone should dig up and rerecord. “Through the Long Night,” Glass HousesHas a sewing-machine piano line that gets sleepy, but a nice ballad. Not profound, but a superior piece of pop craftsmanship. What’s the deal with the, Music Producer Phil Spector Is Dead at 81. Why didn’t I put it dead last? Uptown Girl. 45. 120. 56. 10 of the best Billy Joel songs 18 Feb 2020, 12:07pm Gallery: From Katy Perry’s Trump skeleton to Adele’s middle finger: the most controversial Brit Awards moments – in pictures 5. as my colleague Jody Rosen has persuasively written, “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway),”, Behold Leslie Knope’s Awful Version of ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’. Tomorrow Is Today (#58) “Christie Lee,” An Innocent ManYeah, it’s dated, but c’mon: If you were reading gossip columns in the heyday of Page Six, the Christie Brinkley songs (of which there are several) are pretty nearly irresistible fun. Has aged better than you’d think. 115. • The songs that rise to the top are, with a few exceptions, the purer ones. The song was inspired by Billy Joel's first wife Elizabeth Weber. 84. It’s an amazingly accurate (and completely unexpected) Elvis Costello pastiche, missing only the organ part. Alright, it’s arguably bogus: He didn’t actually go fight in Vietnam. 22. Maybe a little too much production going on here, but a memorable, fun, remember-that-guy-Vinnie-we-used-to-know song. “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’,” Storm FrontOne that people argue over. “Getting Closer,” The Bridge        Repetitive and plodding. Just The Way You Are. 106. 19. 89. “Why Judy Why,” Cold Spring HarborAnother very early song that sounds like it was made by an entirely different person. 3. She's Got a Way (#26) 2. Wonder who it was? It’s both, and these things can comfortably coexist. “That’s the problem with kids these days. Lyrically slack. Most of those charted in the era when you had to sell a lot of records to get there, too. At last – the perfect way to hear Schubert, The musicians and celebrities who stood by Donald Trump, ‘I'd love to own the Beatles’: meet the man spending millions buying up your favourite songs. Fun song in concert; cheesier at home. 32. Billy Joel. 98. Goes on forever, though. Glass Houses ... Limp Bizkit: The Rise & Fall In 10 Songs 10 Rock Bands That Completely Avoided The Sophomore Slump 10 … 103. Can we knock it for portraying secondhand experience? This 1988 track gave Billy another number one hit in America, and reached number two in the UK. An extremely commercial song of the ’80s, recorded as a movie theme. 102. “Surprises,” The Nylon CurtainOne of several Beatles tributes he’s recorded. 116. 78. 109. “The Mexican Connection,” Streetlife SerenadeAn instrumental that sounds like the rights-free music people use in YouTube videos. Wish he’d left out the helicopters, though. Apparently Ellen was one of the first people to learn of his existence. The song was based on a line in the Sherman Brothers' song 'You're Sixteen', and was helped by its cutting edge (at the time) video, featuring cartoons mixed with live-action sequences. A great next-phase–New Wave pop song, one that deserves to come out of the trunk. But it holds its place on the album — barely. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. 104. Armie Hammer Says He’s ‘Genuinely Sorry’ For Calling Woman ‘Miss Cayman’ in Vid, The Miss Cayman Universe Committee released a statement saying that the Committee was “very disturbed by the video.”. But it’s a vivid, thoughtful song about guys he clearly knew well. A keeper. The false ending is a little cheap. Cold Spring Harbour ... and upon its release the whole thing was far from what Joel had intended. 93. Might’ve been a lot better with a rewrite. 100. Just because she’s almost 100 years old doesn’t mean the hustle stops for even a second. It’s saved (of course) by the fact that it’s funny and, here and there, pretty sly (“dance craze / anyways” is a rhyme most people would be afraid to write).**. Not bad at all. Lately, though — like every artist from a generation back — he is undergoing a critical reassessment, despite some dissenters. Not a song you want to turn off. 118. Sounds like it was cut from River of Dreams. “Everybody Has a Dream,” The Stranger Joel says “Get It Right the First Time” is the weak link on this album, but this is the song nobody remembers. (Although I recently had an argument with someone who claimed that line was junk. “James,” Turnstiles Admittedly a little watery, but in the end, it’s a small, personal song about a mysterious broken friendship. “A Room of Our Own,” The Nylon CurtainThe staple standup-comic territory of “Hey, men and women are different, you know?” in convenient pop-song form. Every Billy Joel Album Ranked Worst To Best. “Allentown,” The Nylon Curtain A lot of people think this is a terrible song. When we’re all in the mood for a melody, he gets us feeling alright. That’s about a quarter of the songs he’s written and recorded. 44. First verse is the best. 41. People who write paeans to the suburbs, on topics that sit on the cusp between white-collar and blue-collar, are unfashionable these days. Billy Joel’s first record, Cold Spring Harbor, was released through Family Production before his second discovery by Columbia Records. “Easy Money,” An Innocent Man Unfortunately evokes nothing so much as Rappin’ Rodney. “Temptation,” The BridgeA schmaltzy torch song. “All About Soul,” River of Dreams Another from the Depression Series that had many of the ingredients to be a hit but didn’t have the snap to get there. 76. “Travelin’ Prayer,” Piano ManAnother one that feels like he’s on weird unfamiliar turf, but taken as a product of the early seventies, it’s not bad at all. “Los Angelenos,” Streetlife Serenade He really didn’t like L.A. very much, did he? 75. A friendly, affectionate thanks-and-bye-for-now song, and, well, all right, it’s not side two of Abbey Road, but it’s not hateable either. No focus.”, Three Dwayne Johnsons of Varying Sizes Star in First. 81. Better known, perhaps, for the Garth Brooks cover version, and if you don’t hate that Nashville sound, a good one. On multiple relistenings, I half-expected to find it annoying, but it’s not. Has more of that Innocent Man lightness and exuberance than most of the stuff on his later records, and benefits from it. “Tell Her About It,” An Innocent ManOne of what I refer to as Joel’s Instructional Songs: records aimed directly at young people who need a boost in times of trouble. Seems out of proportion to the problem. The best example is “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” a great-sounding pop song whose lyrics suffer from a general annoyance at all the critical love showered on the CBGB crowd. Soars nicely in the chorus, especially. The Nylon Curtain. “If I Only Had the Words (to Tell You),” Piano ManA familiar genre: the longing song. After 22 Years, the New Radicals Reunite to Play Virtual Biden Inaugural Parade. William Martin Joel aka Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist.Commonly nicknamed the “Piano Man” after his first major hit and signature song of the same name, he has led a commercially successful career as a solo artist since the 1970s, having released twelve studio albums from 1971 to 1993 as well as one studio album in 2001. “Famous Last Words,” River of Dreams“These are the last words I have to say”: Joel’s last song on his final studio album, apart from some one-off releases. “You May Be Right,” Glass HousesGood straight-up power pop song. 15. “The Ballad of Billy the Kid,” Piano ManIs the end of the song, when he inserts himself, cheesy or charming? 28. Pretty strong cut for one that few people remember. “Dad rock,” one of my younger colleagues said, unimpressed, when I told her about this project: relistening to the 121 songs that Joel has written and recorded, and ranking every one. “Half a Mile Away,” 52nd StreetAs tight a commercial-radio song as ever recorded. A mature guy, doing the standards thing — except it’s a standard he wrote himself. I’m guessing that Joel also does because, even though it was never a hit, he still performs it regularly. 50. They used to beat him up for his perceived lack of edge. A Matter Of Trust (1986) All About Soul (1993) All For Leyna (1980) Allentown (1982) An Innocent Man (1984) And So It Goes (1989) Angry Young Man (1976) Baby Grand (1986) “New York State of Mind,” TurnstilesEvery era produces a couple of standards about New York City, and this one more than holds its own, between Comden and Green on one end and Jay Z and Alicia Keys on the other. Why are all those CBGBs acts getting all the love?” attitude is off-putting. 59. Hanging around with Bianca Jagger? Sits well on the album, though not super-interesting when taken on its own. Another one that I keep listening to, over and over, trying to like it; can’t tell you a word that stuck with me. Billy Joel performing at Madison Square Garden, April 15, 2016. “No Man’s Land,” River of DreamsA guy watches the suburbs rise around him, hates them, but stays there all the same, hating himself. 46. “She’s Got a Way,” Cold Spring Harbor Is it a little gooey? Another one that’s quite a bit better in the live recordings than in the studio. Sax licks are a little cheesy, too. Anthemic, a little soft. Hard not to get swept up, even if it’s kinda bombastic on the album. (Benefits by comparison with Sting’s “Russians,” a similar, cheesier record.) I’ll also give you that the piano performance is among his best. 20. 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Billy Joel Greatest Hits Full Album 2020 - The Very Best of Billy Joel It’s more of a gut feeling ranking, a summary of the overall effectiveness of the many things that can make Billy Joel songs enjoyable. “Just the Way You Are,” The StrangerThe straightest of straight-up ballads, I grant you, but this is Billy Joel’s “Yesterday,” and “clevah conversation” makes it all his own, because Long Island. A song that exemplifies a recurring problem on this list: memorable hook paired with dull verses. “I Go to Extremes,” Storm FrontAs catchy as a single ever was. “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway),” Turnstiles That date sounded deep in the future back in 1976, didn’t it? 74. But “Gotta have a hit / So they cut it down to 3:05” is clever, for sure. 1. 71. ‘Nasty’ Nigel Lythgoe on the legacy of Pop Idol: ‘Did I create a monster? Single. “Roberta,” Streetlife SerenadeLonely guy wants to save a stripper who won’t talk to him. We’ve reached the point where it’s no longer possible to give Natalie the benefit of the doubt. 105. “Sleeping With the Television On,” Glass Houses The best Billy Joel song that was never a hit. “Real-estate novelist” is a great, vivid three-word characterization. Bernie Goetz? Can I watch it if I don’t have TV? 12. “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” Glass Houses Most fans would put this one much higher on the list. “Laura,” a much less affectionate view). Billy Joel is the closest thing Madison Square Garden has to a sure thing — certainly more than the Knicks or the Rangers or the Liberty. Songs ranked in each album : 123: 123. Log in or link your magazine subscription, Photo: Maya Robinson and Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images, The Complete Works: 121 Billy Joel Songs, Ranked, Jamie Lynn Spears Implicates Elon Musk in the Death of Her Cats, Here’s How to Watch the 2021 Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden, Simon & Schuster Cancels Senator Josh Hawley’s Book After Capitol Riot. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. I disagree. 110. Word. This song literally fought for its freedom through its composure, vocals and lyrics. Why musicians are falling back into addiction during lockdown. Cold Spring Harbor (1971) A raw debut that’s full of heart, Joel’s Cold Spring Harbor takes you to the East Coast where the magic began. Holds up, and you should go listen to it again. 99. 9. Steve Martin Happy to Get COVID Vaccine, Less Excited to be Old Enough to Get It, Groove to the Official Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Inauguration Playlist, The 40 Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now, What time is it? Kind of a shrug, in the end, but a pretty one. “Big Shot,” 52nd Street         Arguably the most pissed-off record he ever made, and about what? This one tells guys to risk rejection and be honest and vulnerable with their crushes, and even though you know it probably didn’t go well for some of those nerd-boy listeners, it’s a hard song to hate. song, a bizarre vocal break — he drops an octave and throws in an R&B turn, then snaps back to the sensitive-guy voice — feels like it fell in from Mars. 53. Hawley has found a new publisher for his book in Regnery, which is distributed globally by… wait for it… Simon & Schuster. Might benefit from a less-dense arrangement with fewer layers. The song appeared on the 1976 Turnstiles album, and although it was never released as a single, it still became a firm favourite with his fans. “Nobody Knows But Me,” single, 1982A kids’ record, made for a CTW compilation album. Falls down our list for that “nonononono biiiiig shottttttt didnja” line he sings toward the end, which is just ridiculous. “Shameless,” Storm FrontNo piano! Has Covid ruined Britain’s next generation of stars? The Stranger is the fifth studio album by American singer Billy Joel, released in September 1977 by Columbia Records.It was the first of Joel's albums to be produced by Phil Ramone, with whom he would go on to work for all of his albums up until his 1986 album The Bridge.. 31. “Don’t Ask Me Why,” Glass Houses Not bad at all, and very, very, catchy, but makes you wonder: What does this tropical-hotel setting have to do with anything? What? Billy Joel Turnstiles (1976) Eliminated after the semi-final : "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" 85. Billy Joel was was never a Captain Beefheart or Frank Zappa, out to subvert the conventions of pop music; his strengths are plainspoken language, melody, and (of course) piano, and the songs that depend most on those qualities tend to be better than the ones where he gets artier. 64. 113. 91. 122: 122. With the melody sampled many times over in today’s pop culture, this performance version of the song just showcases how talented Billy Joel is. So much is wrong here: boomer-generation narcissism, the tri-state-area-news myopia (“hypodermics on the shore”? “Last of the Big Time Spenders,” Streetlife SerenadeA baby “Baby Grand,” unjustly ignored. “Everybody Loves You Now,” Cold Spring HarborSuper-catchy, bouncy piano, sneery. I’ve listed which Billy Joel album they first appeared on and, if different, the album containing my favorite rendition. “Uptown Girl,” An Innocent Man It’s shlock, but — as my colleague Jody Rosen has persuasively written — there’s a place for shlock, particularly if, as mentioned above, you were there for the ’80s heyday of the Billy-and-Christie tabloid show. 11. So he got the future wrong, but something about New Yorkers’ toughness still applies. 6. 10 of the best Billy Joel songs 18 Feb 2020, 12:07pm Gallery: From Katy Perry’s Trump skeleton to Adele’s middle finger: the most controversial Brit Awards moments – in pictures The argument is headed in this direction: He’s not quite the hard-rock star he sometimes tried to be, but he’s a better pop songwriter than you remember, and sometimes a great one. Billy Joel Song list. The synths sound terrible now, and the petulance is creeping in, which does him no favors. But stare down the rest of the lyrics: They’re plainspoken and pretty okay. No more chip on his shoulder, secure in his talent, out Tony Bennett–ing Tony Bennett. “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel),” River of DreamsNicely sung, presumably for his daughter Alexa, who was about 7 when this was recorded. “Turn Around,” Cold Spring HarborAnother first-album ballad, probably not worth reviving. 55. Across the 20 years of his solo career, Joel produced 33 Top 40 hits in the U.S., all of which he wrote himself, and three of which (“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”, “Tell Her About It”, and “We Didn’t Start the Fire”) managed to peak at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Yes, the arrangement is heavy, and kind of thuds along; yes, the vocals are weirdly processed, and that shh-ooh-ah quasi-beatbox thing should go. I like this one, probably more than most people do. 90. Billy Joel. ), the iffy rhymes (“James Dean” with “winning team,” among many others), the double mention of the Dodgers. 8. “My Life,” 52nd StreetChipper, maybe a little defensive, impeccably bouncy pop song with dark undercurrent. “I’ve Loved These Days,” TurnstilesOne of the better songs on this album, and I’m surprised it hasn’t become more of a standard. Unimaginable that it’d be a hit today — this is another one that’s totally out of style — but it’s a particular weakness of mine, even though it’s not about much of anything besides, y’know, pressure. Sinatra could’ve recorded it; Tony Bennett did; many others will. Peaked at #3 on 12.11.1983. 18. 10 of the best Billy Joel songs 18 Feb 2020, 12:07pm Gallery: From Katy Perry’s Trump skeleton to Adele’s middle finger: the most controversial Brit Awards moments – in pictures *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. 88. 52. “Leave a Tender Moment Alone,” An Innocent Man This is a really sweet song that nobody pays attention to. (He really hated L.A.) Much better in live later recordings, where the piano sounds cleaner, the violins are gone, and he sings it better. 27. 82. “State of Grace,” Storm FrontAfter more than a few listenings in the past month, not a single lyric from this song stuck with me. (As fans know, Cold Spring Harbor was butchered on its release; I used the remastered boxed-set version to give those songs a fair shake.) 68. The line “they threw an American flag in our face” is a clunker, badly misaligned with the music. “Prelude/Angry Young Man,” Turnstiles That hammered-keyboard intro is one for the ages among show-offy high-school piano students, and the song itself is a slightly more settled guy’s look at his snotty younger self. 47. 77. Lyrics about broken friendships have a little kick, given that Joel’s had his share. Not terrible, but loses a lot of points for the awkward “no one ever has to feel like a refugee,” and the weird rolled-R delivery of “Mexican rrreefers.”, 83. Stopping after 1993's … Albums don't get much better than this, and The Stranger stands as living proof of just how great Billy Joel is as a songwriter. “Summer, Highland Falls,” TurnstilesEveryone but me seems to single out this song as one of his very best, maybe the best. “Say Goodbye to Hollywood,” Turnstiles Poorly recorded — the bass overwhelms it — and the studio cut sounds weak and wan, but underneath all that, there’s a well-wrought pop song in hiding. I am in his camp. Marking a striking change in Billy Joel's backing band's line-up, Storm Front was released in 1989 and saw the singer reach for new heights. Not a song many people think of, but I like it. • His Achilles’ heel is a recurrent, petulant demand for respect. And hates his record company, and writes about it. Peaked at #3 on 18.02.1978. Points for its complexity and opacity; points off for the blatant “I Am the Walrus” echo. “Storm Front,” Storm Front Surprising that this one didn’t end up in Twyla Tharp’s Movin’ Out, because it’s got a punchy, big sound that would translate well to a Broadway pit. 95. “Vienna,” The Stranger A pretty song, a long metaphor for finding yourself at a crossroads in life, with a nice lilt and a restrained bit of whimsy. As a musician I know neatly put it to me the other day, “It’s what I want from him, with few Billy problems.” Cole Porter would have nodded and smiled at a line like “You can get what you want or you can just get old.”. And wait two years for the be-all-end-all live performance of this one, probably at Sun Life Stadium. 61. “Modern Woman,” The Bridge Spirited, and sorta fun — you can really picture this as the music behind a quick-cut montage in an ’80s Danny DeVito movie — but the cheese factor is very high. You gotta stop somewhere. Too many songs have a chin-jutting defiance, an insistence that I Am an Artist to Be Taken Seriously, as subtext. New York was, everyone thought, dying; amazing to think that a song could be written from the point of view of a retiree in Florida, remembering when the city collapsed. 4. “Shades of Grey,” River of Dreams         “Dad rock” is a cheap label, but this is pretty much it; sounds like a lot of session musicians without a center. Surely that scene could’ve produced a song more interesting than this. We’ve corrected it to say that the concert is February 18. 9. The “Wall of Sound” pioneer was serving a 19-year sentence for the 2003 murder of Lana Clarkson. We may have to agree to disagree here. This one doesn’t hold a candle to his other songs on the same turf, like, say, “Just the Way You Are.”. 10 of the best Billy Joel songs 18 Feb 2020, 12:07pm Gallery: From Katy Perry’s Trump skeleton to Adele’s middle finger: the most controversial Brit Awards moments – in pictures “Iron and coke / Chromium steel” is vivid, the change from “we’re living here” to “I’m living here” is thoughtful, and the last line of the verse (“I won’t be getting up today”) takes you out with a strong image. “Close to the Borderline,” Glass Houses Just about the hardest rocking-out he ever recorded, and he did it pretty well. “Blonde Over Blue,” River of DreamsNicely written first verse about being lonely at night, but it goes boring after that. Irritable Billy makes an appearance, but it’s still a solid song. Billy Joel Cold Spring Harbor (1971) 1. 30. New York State Of Mind was influenced by his time working with Ray Charles, who he’d duetted with on the song “Baby Grand”. 70. “Leningrad,” Storm FrontYes, it’s kitsch — of course Russian people live ordinary lives too — and the music is gooey. Mostly avoids the oversinging that hurts songs like “Big Shot” — he sings with more of a straight growl here, and it’s a bit better. **An incorrect reference to the sax solo in this song has been removed. ​Sleaford Mods: Spare Ribs, review: when you're this angry and inventive, who needs tunes? Not the most ambitious song; simple structure, simple lyrics, and there’s nothing bad about it. 65. Nice little prelude to … something. A really solid performance of a not very interesting song. “Running on Ice,” The BridgePetulance on parade: “I could never understand why the urban attitude is so superior.” The piano-playing is virtuosic and showy, but the song’s ultimately a less interesting “Pressure.”. “Root Beer Rag,” Streetlife SerenadeYeah, it maybe sounded cool when your friend was banging it out on the music-room piano in the eighth grade, but put it next to the gnarly chords of some actual ragtime, and you quickly realize that a rag built mostly on a C-major triad is pretty weak sauce. “You Can Make Me Free,” Cold Spring HarborAn undistinguished song, and then the wildly oversung bit at the end leaves you with a flinch. “The Entertainer,” Streetlife SerenadeThe Piano Man finds success! (Never mind that it was reportedly written about his previous supermodel girlfriend, Elle Macpherson.). • He’s best when writing about his own time and his own world. The TV-sign-off sound effect at the beginning is the only bit of corn here; lop that off and it’s perfect. I grew up right off the Jersey Turnpike, halfway between Levittown and Allentown, during the years when he was on the radio every day. “Souvenir,” Streetlife SerenadeJoel’s shortest recorded song. 42. Not a very interesting idea — essentially “Yeah, I can sometimes be an ass, but I’m fun, too” is a sentiment that covers about three-quarters of the population — but a well-wrought song if you accept that up front. “Two Thousand Years,” River of DreamsHe’s reaching for something philosophical and trying for a big idea, but it doesn’t quite get there, and the lyrics wander. “Nocturne,” Cold Spring HarborQuasi-Chopin instrumental — though there are unrecorded lyrics — that absolutely refuses to stick in the mind. 111. “Sometimes a Fantasy,” Glass HousesHe gets major points for trying to write a great phone sex song, but the result has a high ick factor, maybe because “make love long distance,” followed by pervy breathing, comes off gross rather than sexy. Might benefit from a remix. 2. A sequel to “Piano Man,” once the protagonist is out of the crummy bar and has a couple of albums under his belt. 96. A hard look at one of cinema’s oldest genres. His Lawn Guyland worldview comes from an honest place, and when he writes about, say, Anthony (who works in a grocery store, saving his pennies for someday), that guy rings true. “You Look So Good to Me,” Cold Spring HarborA corny ballad, justifiably forgotten. “Only the Good Die Young,” The Stranger None of that sour petulance here; it’s a song by a happy warrior in love and romance. 51. 23. Click on up and down arrows to affect item's ranking Add item. 24. He still plays it in concert now and then, and has been known to introduce it as “kind of an obscure song”; it shouldn’t be. Could make a case for either; I like it. 1. Stipulated: This is all one listener’s opinion. “52nd Street,” 52nd Street Sounds like one of the Ray Charles duets without Ray. Maybe Catholic girls start much too late, maybe they don’t, but either way, it’s funny as hell. “Weekend Song,” Streetlife SerenadeAnother one with echoes of Elton John. Better than you may remember, mostly for the lyrics and the enthusiasm in the vocals. Not terrible, but ultimately not very interesting, either. 66. “That’s Not Her Style,” Storm Front          Another dated-sounding track, but the lyrics are actually pretty okay — this is (presumably) one of his Christie Brinkley songs, several of which are more charming. Since it’s more fun to focus on the negative, let’s list the 10 worst Billy Joel songs: 10) “The Ballad of Billy the Kid” It’s bad history. “A Minor Variation,” River of Dreams Somewhat similar to “All About Soul.” More white-guy blues, decently sung, but ultimately, there are so many better blues singers that it’s hard to get excited about this one. It feels honest to me. Recording is wavery and soft, and I’d be curious to hear a cover version that perhaps brings out whatever the song has in it. Joel grew up in Brooklyn, New York and wrote the song after returning to the city after a four-year hiatus in Los Angeles. It’s 60 percent of the way to being a great Pete Seeger song, which is not a knock; a lot of people never get close to that. “Zanzibar,” 52nd StreetA lot of people like this one, and would have ranked it higher. 6. “Rosalinda’s Eyes,” 52nd StreetJust about every male singer-songwriter records a mom song; this is a good one. 14. It gets one point for its classroom value: I will admit that I had to look up who Syngman Rhee was, and I learned interesting things. “Stiletto,” 52nd StreetAnother energetic R&B song. ), 108. Robert Christgau called his 1976 album Turnstiles “obnoxious,” which it is not. Every Billy Joel Album Ranked Worst To Best. 101. Another Beatles tribute, too, this one a gesture to the Magical Mystery Tour era. The NBC sitcom will deliver a flying People’s Elbow through your TV screen February 16. Unusually oblique. 48. Fortunately, Billy Joel is one artist whose filler is entirely listenable, a testament to his skill as a musician. * He has established a standing residency there, like a guy who plays a monthly nightclub gig, except that the club happens to seat 18,000. “Captain Jack,” Piano Man Joel has said he’s tired of this one, and it does go on for too long. Billy Joel The Stranger (1977) Eliminated after the final : "Vienna" Eliminated after the final : "Vienna" 3: 3. 13 Top 10 Hit; 42 Songs; The River Of Dreams. “The Stranger,” The StrangerA little self-conscious, a little arty (that whistled intro). Every Billy Joel Album Ranked Worst To Best. Bring it out at your high-school reunion, and watch the couples start to slow-dance. “You’re Only Human (Second Wind),” Greatest HitsAnother buck-up-kid Instructional, and another one that’s got some charm. Songs Ranked: 1) The Great Suburban Showdown 2) Los Angelenos 3) The Entertainer 4) Roberta 5) Souvenir 6) Root Beer Rag 7) Streetlife Serenader 8) The Mexican Connection 9) Weekend Song 10) Last of the Big Time Spenders: 8: 8. Studio albums: 13: Live albums: 6: Compilation albums: 16: Video albums: 10: Music videos

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