Zach’s Top 5 Favorite Billy Joel Songs [MUSIC]
Personally, even after all these years in the music business, I don't feel Billy Joel's voice sounds that much different from when he first started in the business. For some singers, you can't say that. Anyway, Billy Joel, who has won countless awards, has given the rock world some unforgettable hits and a definitely unique sound. And, if I travel back in time a little bit, one of my first CDs that I bought on my own when I was a kid was Billy Joel's “The Stranger.” Today, I would like to share with you my Top 5 Favorite Billy Joel Songs.
"It's Still Rock and Roll To Me"
This song, released in 1980, can be found on Joel's "Glass Houses" album. According to Wikipedia, "The song spent 11 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the 7th biggest hit of 1980 according to American Top 40."
"New York State Of Mind"
Covered by many artists, Billy Joel wrote this song and it can be found on his 1976 album "Turnstiles." According to Wikipedia, "Joel wrote the song after returning to the East Coast from Los Angeles, where he had spent the previous three years. In fact, most of Turnstiles deals with Joel's cross-country relocation, including "Say Goodbye to Hollywood", "I've Loved These Days", "Summer, Highland Falls", and "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)."
This song also made my Top 5 Favorite Songs About Cities. Allentown is off of his 1982 album "The Nylon Curtain". This song talks about Allentown, PA.
This song is one of Joel's quintessential and most memorable songs. It's back from 1973, and, according to Wikipedia, ""Piano Man" is a fictionalized retelling of Joel's experience as a piano-lounge singer in Los Angeles at the Executive Lounge and Joel has stated that all of the characters depicted in the song were based on real people."
"Just the Way You Are"
And, here it is at number one, my favorite Billy Joel song--Just the Way You Are. Like I mentioned above, my first CD that I bought was Joel's "The Stranger" album. And, after listening to that a few times, this song quickly turned into my favorite. Here's an interesting fact about the song, "The song, which concerned Joel's then wife and business manager Elizabeth Weber, was not liked by either Joel or his band, and Joel had originally decided against making the track a part of the album. However, at the request of both Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow (both were recording in other studios in the same building at the time), Joel and producer Phil Ramone agreed to put the song on the final mix," according to Wikipedia.