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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Billy Joel: His Top 50 Songs

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William Martin Joel, better known as Billy Joel, was born in Long Island, New York on May 9, 1949. While he spent a good chunk of the ‘60s in various bands including The Lost Souls, The Hassles, and Attila, he made his name as a solo singer, songwriter and pianist who was adept at pop and rock.

In celebration of his birthday, here are his top 50 songs according to Dave’s Music Database. DMDB lists are aggregates of multiple best-of lists with sales figures, airplay, and awards figured into the mix as well. In this case, appearances on Joel’s many compilations and live albums are also factored in. Songs which hit #1 on the Billboard U.S. pop charts (#1) and adult contemporary charts (#1 AC) are noted, as is the one song to pull off the feat in the UK (#1 UK). In addition, two songs which are ranked by Dave’s Music Database in the top 1000 songs of all time.

She’s Got a Way (1971)

1. Just the Way You Are (1977) DMDB 1000 #1 AC
2. Piano Man (1973) DMDB 1000
3. Uptown Girl (1983) #1 UK
4. We Didn’t Start the Fire (1989) #1
5. The River of Dreams (1993) #1 AC

Piano Man (1973)

6. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me (1980) #1
7. Tell Her About It (1983) #1 #1 AC
8. My Life (1978)
9. Goodnight Saigon (1982)
10. She’s Got a Way (1971)

Just the Way You Are (1977)

11. An Innocent Man (1983) #1 AC
12. Honesty (1978)
13. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) (1977)
14. The Longest Time (1983) #1 AC
15. You May Be Right (1980)

My Life (1978)

16. Allentown (1982)
17. She’s Always a Woman (1977)
18. This is the Time (1986) #1 AC
19. Only the Good Die Young (1977)
20. A Matter of Trust (1986)

It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me (1980)

21. Don’t Ask Me Why (1980) #1 AC
22. I Go to Extremes (1989)
23. You’re Only Human (Second Wind) (1985)
24. Big Shot (1978)
25. Say Goodbye to Hollywood (1976)

26. The Downeaster Alexa (1989)
27. And So It Goes (1989)
28. Keeping the Faith (1983)
29. All About Soul (1993)
30. New York State of Mind (1976)

Goodnight Saigon (1982)

31. Leave a Tender Moment Alone (1983) #1 AC
32. Baby Grand (with Ray Charles, 1986)
33. The Entertainer (1974)
34. Modern Woman (1986)
35. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (1977)

Tell Her About It (1983)

36. Pressure (1982)
37. The Night Is Still Young (1985)
38. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) (1976)
39. Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel) (1993)
40. Captain Jack (1973)

Uptown Girl (1983)

41. Prelude/Angry Young Man (1976)
42. To Make You Feel My Love (1997)
43. The Ballad of Billy the Kid (1973)
44. Sometimes a Fantasy (1980)
45. All Shook Up (1992)

We Didn’t Start the Fire (1989)

46. Leningrad (1989)
47. Shameless (1989)
48. Big Man on Mulberry Street (1986)
49. Everybody Loves You Now (1971)
50. That’s Not Her Style (1989)

The River of Dreams (1993)


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