Top 10 Best Billy Joel Songs of All Time

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, Billy Joel is considered by many to be one of the best pianists, singer-songwriters, and composers of all time. During his long career, he has created numerous masterpieces, many of which sat at the top of the charts around the world for weeks at a time.

Below are the top 10 best Billy Joel songs of all time according to us. Next time you need some great music to listen to, try these classics.

1. Piano Man

Though “Piano Man” never ranked above No. 25 on the Billboard chart after its release, it has since grown to become Billy Joel’s signature song. It relates his experiences drinking night after night in a bar in Los Angeles and seeing a recurring cast of characters roll in.

2. Just the Way You Are

Released over six years into his career, “Just the Way You Are” became Joel’s first Top 10 hit. It is a quintessentially 70s ballad that nearly immediately helped him get labeled as one of the era’s classic singer-songwriters.

3. Only the Good Die Young

Inspired by a boyhood crush, “Only the Good Die Young” is one of Billy Joel’s most controversial songs. It follows a young man who is determined to sleep with a catholic girl who is still a virgin.

4. You May Be Right

During the early 1980s, Joel attempted to stray from his singer-songwriter and jazz-influenced works into rock and roll territory. While the majority of his efforts fell flat, “You May Be Right” is one song that did not. It remains the hardest hitting rock song he ever made.

5. Goodnight Saigon

“Goodnight Saigon” is among the most political songs to come from Billy Joel. As its name implies, it offers up a look on the singer’s stance on the Vietnam War.

6. Tell Her About It

With a decidedly Motown influence, “Tell Her About It” pays homage to Billy Joel’s formative years.

7. Captain Jack

At seven minutes in length, “Captain Jack” is one of Billy Joel’s longest songs. It is also among his most complex and personal. It tells the story of the neighborhood drug dealer from the singer’s day in New York City.

8. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

“Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” is classic Billy Joel. Another seven-minuter, the song is considered one of his greatest musical and lyrical achievements.

9. The Ballad of Billy the Kid

Written during Joel’s formative years, “The Ballad of Billy the Kid” tells the tale of the legendary gunslinger. It’s a far cry from much of his later work but a masterpiece in its own right.

10. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)

“Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” is a futuristic look at the city of New York on the brink of collapse. Though powerful when it was first released in 1976, it took on a whole new meaning after September 11th.

There you have it – the top 10 best Billy Joel songs of all time. What songs do you think should have made the cut? Let us know in the comments below.

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