“I am the entertainer
And I know just where I stand
And another long-haired band.”
Billy Joel – “The Entertainer”
Perhaps it’s because he is a native Long Islander, but the this Baby Boomer was the voice for many Busters and GenXers growing up in the late 70’s/early 80’s. He dominated the FM and AM airwaves (when AM radio was still playing music). He was a mainstay in the early days of MTV (when MTV played only music videos). He has a monthly residency at Madison Square Garden that is going into its 4th year, and is still going strong. When he is not at MSG, he has a tour of major league baseball stadiums in the summer of 2016.
His discography is so strong, you could compile a Top 10 list with just 2 album sides (e.g.: Side A of “Glass Houses” and Side A of “The Stranger”; or Side A of “52nd Street” and Side A of “The Nylon Curtain.”) And I wouldn’t blame you. Unless you go with the “River of Dreams” album – then we have a problem.
I am not a musician. And I only have minimal knowledge of music theory. Which means I am in not situation to judge any song of its technical merits. That’s why it’s a “favorite” list, and not a “best” list.
Not many artists have a discography that covers the alphabet A to Z . But Billy Joel does – from “A Matter of Trust” to “Zanzibar.”
So without further ado, it’s time to play you a memory. I’m fairly sure you know how it goes.
The Top Ten Favorite Billy Joel Songs
- 10. My Life
- 9. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
- 8. Goodnight Saigon
- 7. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
- 6. We Didn’t Start the Fire
- 5. Uptown Girl
- 4. A Matter of Trust
- 3. The Downeaster ‘Alexa’
- 2. River of Dreams
- 1. Only the Good Die Young
Honorable Mentions: Allentown; An Innocent Man; Captain Jack; Just the Way You Are; New York State of Mind; Pressure; Scenes From an Italian Restaurant; She’s Always A Woman; Tell Her About It.
- 10. Piano Man
- 9. My Life
- 8. I Go To Extremes
- 7. New York State of Mind
- 6. Pressure
- 5. Uptown Girl
- 4. She’s Always a Woman
- 3. Prelude/Angry Young Man
- 2. It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me
- 1. She’s Got a Way
Honorable Mentions: A Matter of Trust; All For Leyna; Allentown; Big Shot; Don’t Ask Me Why; For The Longest Time; Goodnight Saigon; Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway); Only the Good Die Young; Say Goodbye to Hollywood; Shameless; Sleeping With the Television On; Sometimes a Fantasy; State of Grace; Tell Her About It; The Entertainer; The Night is Still Young; The Stranger; This is the Time; You May Be Right.
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“Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes
I’m afraid it’s time for goodbye again.”
Billy Joel – “Say Goodbye To Hollywood”
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