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“Code of Silence,” The BridgeCo-written and sung with Cyndi Lauper. Cold Spring Harbour ... and upon its release the whole thing was far from what Joel had intended. Anthemic, a little soft. I omitted Fantasies and Delusions, the wordless neoclassical album Joel released in 2001, because another pianist does the playing. The lead single from his fifth studio album The Stranger, it became his first pop top 10 hit peaking at #3. Not a song many people think of, but I like it. 46. “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. 12. Billy Joel and Jon Small, the drummer of The Hassles then formed the psychedelic duo "Attila" and released one album without success. 42. This one doesn’t hold a candle to his other songs on the same turf, like, say, “Just the Way You Are.”. Soars nicely in the chorus, especially. We may have to agree to disagree here. I still say “choose between reality and madness / it’s either sadness or euphoria” is pretentious undergrad stuff. “Laura,” The Nylon CurtainA highly conflicted mom song, and the darker counterpart to “Rosalinda’s Eyes,” as it gets at the crueler, more difficult side of Rosalind Joel. 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. 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. But it’s a vivid, thoughtful song about guys he clearly knew well. 12. The TV-sign-off sound effect at the beginning is the only bit of corn here; lop that off and it’s perfect. “Honesty,” 52nd Street         Heart-on-sleeve vulnerability. 104. 101. 28. A charming if dated song. 48. 114. An extremely commercial song of the ’80s, recorded as a movie theme. 32. “Last of the Big Time Spenders,” Streetlife SerenadeA baby “Baby Grand,” unjustly ignored. “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. 24. A song that exemplifies a recurring problem on this list: memorable hook paired with dull verses. “Falling of the Rain,” Cold Spring Harbor Screams 1971 in a weird, Pippinish-hippie way that doesn’t seem to come from a natural place for Joel: “misty satin dreams” and “wooded glades”? Another great vocal performance, on an underrated album that contains several of his best songs. No more chip on his shoulder, secure in his talent, out Tony Bennett–ing Tony Bennett. Joel grew up in Brooklyn, New York and wrote the song after returning to the city after a four-year hiatus in Los Angeles. 82. Word. 14. What would Mama Leone say? 110. Also, arguably the best vocal recording he ever made: His voice is really supple, midway between his early quavery thing and his later baritone. “Through the Long Night,” Glass HousesHas a sewing-machine piano line that gets sleepy, but a nice ballad. 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. It’s both, and these things can comfortably coexist. A great next-phase–New Wave pop song, one that deserves to come out of the trunk. 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. 20. 10. Cynthia wrestles with whether or not to invite her father to her pandemic wedding, while Kandi gets the girls together for a good cause. 52. “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. The weakest song on an album even Joel doesn’t think much of. A sequel to “Piano Man,” once the protagonist is out of the crummy bar and has a couple of albums under his belt. Could be Steve Winwood; could be the Traveling Wilburys; could be almost anyone. 64. 112. Has aged better than you’d think. Robert Christgau called his 1976 album Turnstiles “obnoxious,” which it is not. (Never mind that it was reportedly written about his previous supermodel girlfriend, Elle Macpherson.). “Got to Begin Again,” Cold Spring Harbor Another small but nicely wrought song that someone should dig up and rerecord. “The Entertainer,” Streetlife SerenadeThe Piano Man finds success! Only The Good Die Young. 85. But “We were sold a bunch of nonsense” is a thoughtful lyric in this context. “That’s the problem with kids these days. “The Night Is Still Young,” Greatest Hits An odd and unique one-off recording, with Joel’s voice multi-tracked. “The Downeaster ‘Alexa’,” Storm FrontOne that people argue over. Nice little prelude to … something. For critics, he’s a problem. It’s been 21 years since Joel released a new pop album, yet he sold out the arena 12 times in 2014 alone, and he’ll play his second (also sold-out) show of 2015 on February 18. Surely that scene could’ve produced a song more interesting than this. “No Man’s Land,” River of DreamsA guy watches the suburbs rise around him, hates them, but stays there all the same, hating himself. 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. It’s about an imaginary friend, and it’s much better than you’d ever guess. 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. An album ballad, not worth resurrecting. Kind of a shrug, in the end, but a pretty one. The synths sound terrible now, and the petulance is creeping in, which does him no favors. 9. “Nocturne,” Cold Spring HarborQuasi-Chopin instrumental — though there are unrecorded lyrics — that absolutely refuses to stick in the mind. ​Sleaford Mods: Spare Ribs, review: when you're this angry and inventive, who needs tunes? Might’ve been a lot better with a rewrite. Billy Joel Song list. The false ending is a little cheap. “And So It Goes,” Storm FrontA better song on Joel’s weakest album, maybe because the sentiment isn’t very complicated. 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. You\'ll receive the next newsletter in your inbox. Might benefit from a remix. Other times, we too often hear classical-music references or an awkward French lesson. 36. Inauthentic, and it shows. Hawley has found a new publisher for his book in Regnery, which is distributed globally by… wait for it… Simon & Schuster. “Easy Money,” An Innocent Man Unfortunately evokes nothing so much as Rappin’ Rodney. We’ve reached the point where it’s no longer possible to give Natalie the benefit of the doubt. 80. A close listening to the Joel-ian canon reveals a couple of generous handfuls of greatness, forgotten cuts that deserve to be resurfaced, familiar hits that have aged poorly, and flat-out clunkers. “A Matter of Trust,” The BridgeClosest thing he’s ever made to a Queen-style stadium anthem to play at sporting events, with a chorus that benefits from a lot of people singing along. 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. Seems out of proportion to the problem. “Scandinavian Skies,” The Nylon Curtain A junkie song by a non-junkie: As far as I know, a unique idea. We’ve corrected it to say that the concert is February 18. Would be curious to hear it in a cabaret setting. “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. 79. 95. I disagree. “Stiletto,” 52nd StreetAnother energetic R&B song. “She’s Got a Way,” Cold Spring Harbor Is it a little gooey? I kinda like this one, but it does feel like a song a lot of people could have written. (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.) “Elvis Presley Boulevard,” B-side, 1982 An offcut, rarely heard and better than you’d think; worth seeking out for a listen. Every Billy Joel Album Ranked Worst To Best. 47. 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. 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? 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. Not a song you want to turn off. 51. Billy Joel. 13 Top 10 Hit; 42 Songs; The River Of Dreams. “Los Angelenos,” Streetlife Serenade He really didn’t like L.A. very much, did he? Sax licks are a little cheesy, too. 5. Readers’ Poll: The Best Billy Joel Songs of All Time Selections include ‘Vienna,’ ‘Captain Jack’ and ‘Goodnight Saigon’ Would have been better shorter — loses steam as the title repeats. Lyrically slack. Might benefit from a less-dense arrangement with fewer layers. 96. “You’re Only Human (Second Wind),” Greatest HitsAnother buck-up-kid Instructional, and another one that’s got some charm. The shattering sound that opens Glass Houses, the helicopters in “Goodnight Saigon,” TV static and dial tones: All are gimmicky, and most are cliché. I am in his camp. “Somewhere Along the Line,” Piano ManAn early song from his Depression Canon, this one seems to be about anhedonia — “it’s all going to catch up to you” — but it’s musically a little flat. Peaked at #3 on 12.11.1983. Fills up side two of the album, and does no more. I’ve listed which Billy Joel album they first appeared on and, if different, the album containing my favorite rendition. “Roberta,” Streetlife SerenadeLonely guy wants to save a stripper who won’t talk to him. Click on up and down arrows to affect item's ranking Add item. 49. The line “they threw an American flag in our face” is a clunker, badly misaligned with the music. 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. “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. 27 Notable New Releases Over the Next Two Weeks, Betty White Celebrates Her 99th With Carol Burnett Feeding a Baby Elephant. 10. (The Beatles’ “Michelle” has the same problem, by the way. Every Billy Joel Album Ranked Worst To Best. 92. 17. Maybe Catholic girls start much too late, maybe they don’t, but either way, it’s funny as hell. 22. “Keeping the Faith,” An Innocent Man A friendly, bright song about his teenhood. 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. The arrangement could, admittedly, be a little crisper. 6. “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. 35. • Too many sound effects. Billy Joel The Stranger (1977) Eliminated after the final : "Vienna" Eliminated after the final : "Vienna" 3: 3. Lyrics about broken friendships have a little kick, given that Joel’s had his share. Does that minor/major/minor/major step-down chord progression that Paul McCartney made his signature, with added George Martin shimmer. “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. Most of those charted in the era when you had to sell a lot of records to get there, too. Does not fail on the angry-young-man front. 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. “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. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. “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. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Confirm Arrival of Quarantine Baby, Phineas. © 2021 Vox Media, LLC. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. The latest offers and discount codes from popular brands on Telegraph Voucher Codes, Pop’s mad king: my extraordinary day at Phil Spector’s castle, In spite of Covid, Celtic Connections shows Scottish folk music has never been healthier, Blue Monday: how the New Order hit ‘broke every single law’ of record sleeve design – and changed music forever, Laugh your way through Blue Monday with our cultural survival guide, Phil Spector’s final interview before jail: ‘I have devils inside that fight me’, RSNO returned with a concert that sought to do more than soothe, plus the best of January’s concerts, Cerys Matthews: 'Poetry's the new rock'n'roll', If Nobody is Listening to Zayn Malik, it’s because he has nothing mature to say. 118. “Everybody Loves You Now,” Cold Spring HarborSuper-catchy, bouncy piano, sneery. I’ll admit that the live recordings are way better than the studio version. “Zanzibar,” 52nd StreetA lot of people like this one, and would have ranked it higher. “Allentown,” The Nylon Curtain A lot of people think this is a terrible song. Peaked at #3 on 16.10.1993. 4. Billy Joel The Stranger (1977) WINNER : "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" WINNER : "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" 2: 2. 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. Billy Joel. I’ll also give you that the piano performance is among his best. Alright, it’s arguably bogus: He didn’t actually go fight in Vietnam. “You Picked a Real Bad Time,” B-side from 1993Very slick, not very good white-guy blues. What? 7. (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. 61. 50. 21. But play it in a room full of music snobs, and they know every. “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. 31. “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” Glass Houses Most fans would put this one much higher on the list. “You Look So Good to Me,” Cold Spring HarborA corny ballad, justifiably forgotten. “Captain Jack,” Piano Man Joel has said he’s tired of this one, and it does go on for too long. 53. 57. 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’s songs, ranked: ‘Piano Man,’ ‘New York State of Mind,’ more Billy Joel in concert at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Dec. 21, 1989. Credit: Newsday / John Keating “Souvenir,” Streetlife SerenadeJoel’s shortest recorded song. Is it very pretty? It feels honest to me. “If I Only Had the Words (to Tell You),” Piano ManA familiar genre: the longing song. Stopping after 1993's … “Laura,” a much less affectionate view). “Leave a Tender Moment Alone,” An Innocent Man This is a really sweet song that nobody pays attention to. 100. This 1988 track gave Billy another number one hit in America, and reached number two in the UK. 39. The Nylon Curtain. But the ranking draws on 30 years of soaking in these songs, plus multiple repeat playings of every one over the past three months. 111. “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 get mostly overreach here: straining for Steely Dan complexity, in several different directions — jazz, fusion, atmospheric-cinematic — without reaching greatness in any of them. Falls down our list for that “nonononono biiiiig shottttttt didnja” line he sings toward the end, which is just ridiculous. Hard not to get swept up, even if it’s kinda bombastic on the album. After 22 Years, the New Radicals Reunite to Play Virtual Biden Inaugural Parade. “An Innocent Man,” An Innocent Man Hard to think of a rock star as an innocent, but he really was — don’t forget that he was repeatedly conned out of millions of dollars by his managers and handlers. “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? 65. It’s certainly not very cool for an arts editor to defend Billy Joel. “Get It Right the First Time,” The Stranger Joel calls this the weak link on one of his best albums, and I’ll admit that it sounds like the theme to a funny-cops sitcom that never happened. Too many songs have a chin-jutting defiance, an insistence that I Am an Artist to Be Taken Seriously, as subtext. 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. But that whole “Hey, what about me? Not the most ambitious song; simple structure, simple lyrics, and there’s nothing bad about it. 60. On multiple relistenings, I half-expected to find it annoying, but it’s not. 109. “Ain’t No Crime,” Piano Man Elton-ish record with a lot of backing vocals. “Blonde Over Blue,” River of DreamsNicely written first verse about being lonely at night, but it goes boring after that. Lately, though — like every artist from a generation back — he is undergoing a critical reassessment, despite some dissenters. 9. 63. 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. 97. “Until the Night,” 52nd StreetA precursor to An Innocent Man’s doo-wop songs, reaching for Elvis territory. 11. Possibly saved by the “modren woman” throwaway at the end. 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.. Very typical big-’80s sound, with synths and echo that haven’t aged well. 54. Goes on forever, though. (Benefits by comparison with Sting’s “Russians,” a similar, cheesier record.) The song was inspired by Billy Joel's first wife Elizabeth Weber. The music … “Worse Comes to Worst,” Piano ManTitle tells you most of what you need to know. 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. By the measure of hit-making, his stats are staggering. Fast piano, banjo, even a jaw harp. ), 108. 3. “Close to the Borderline,” Glass Houses Just about the hardest rocking-out he ever recorded, and he did it pretty well. 105. 23. Billy Joel performing at Madison Square Garden, April 15, 2016. Literally forgettable. 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. It went on to win Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. 76. 44. 106. * 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. 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