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Billy Joelbutton.gif (123 bytes) Few male music artists have stood the test of time to transcend the changing music scene year after year and decade after decade without compromising their artistic integrity. Billy Joel is one of those who have risen out of the 70s and continued his sound into the 90s all the while consistently reaping the awards of critical acclaim and popular success. William Martin Joel was born in New York on May 9, 1949, and was sitting before a piano learning to play by the time he was 4 years old. Music playing continued into his teenage years (when he wasn't boxing) and Joel had joined a few groups including "The Echoes," "The Hassles" and the duo "Attila" (the last 2 released LPs in the late 60s). By the early 70s, Joel was solo - a man and his piano.

1971...

Billy Joel - Cold Spring Harborbutton.gif (123 bytes) Billy Joel's first solo LP came in the form of Cold Spring Harbor. The LP didn't break any doors down for Joel mainly due to a lack of promotion for the music and faulty mixing of the LP and soon he was in Los Angeles working as a lounge pianist (calling himself "Bill Martin").

1972...

Billy Joel - "Piano Man" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel's "underground" hit "Captain Jack" eventually led to a record contract with Columbia Records.

1973...

November
Billy Joel - Piano Manbutton.gif (123 bytes) Piano Man was released and Joel again faced slow sales. The LP later sold well as Joel became more well-known and associated with the LP's title track.

1974...

button.gif (123 bytes) "Piano Man" became Billy Joel's first pop Top 40 hit.

October
Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenadebutton.gif (123 bytes) Streetlife Serenade was released.

button.gif (123 bytes) Cashbox magazine named Joel Best New Male Vocalist.

1976...

button.gif (123 bytes) Turnstiles was released and contained the concert favorites "New York State Of Mind" and "Say Goodbye To Hollywood."

1977...

September
Billy Joel - The Strangerbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel released The Stranger and hit it big with sales and fans. The LP contained several hits including "She's Always A Woman," "Only The Good Die Young," "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)," and Joel's first Top 10 hit "Just The Way You Are."

1978...

October
button.gif (123 bytes) 52nd Street was released with such hits as "Big Shot," "Honesty," and "My Life."

November
Billy Joel - '52nd Street'button.gif (123 bytes) 52nd Street topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for 8 weeks.

1979...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel won 2 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year (songwriter) ("Just The Way You Are").

1980...# 4 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.

February
Billy Joel - Glass Housesbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel released Glass Houses and had his first #1 single with "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" as well as the hits "You May Be Right," "Don't Ask Me Why," and "Sometimes A Fantasy."
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel won 2
Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male (52nd Street) and was nominated for Song of the Year (songwriter) ("Honesty").

March
Billy Joel - "You May Be Right" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "You May Be Right."

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 10 with "You May Be Right."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Turnstiles was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "
It's Still Rock & Roll To Me."

June
Billy Joel - "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 10 with "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me."
button.gif (123 bytes) Glass Houses topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for 6 weeks.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit
#1 for 2 weeks with "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me."

August
Billy Joel - "Don't Ask My Why" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "Don't Ask Me Why."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "Sometimes A Fantasy."

1981...# 69 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Billy Joel - "Sometimes A Fantasy" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album (Glass Houses) and was nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.

February
Billy Joel - Songs In The Atticbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel won his 5th Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male (Glass Houses) and was nominated for Album of the Year (Glass Houses).

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Songs In The Attic was released and included the hit "Say Goodbye To Hollywood."

October
Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtainbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 10 with "Say Goodbye To Hollywood."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "She's Got A Way."

1982...# 53 Singles Artist of the Year

September
Billy Joel - "Uptown Girl" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Billy Joel released The Nylon Curtain and although Joel's selling-streak start slowing, the LP contained numerous favorites including "Pressure," "Goodnight Saigon," and "Allentown." The LP allowed Joel to speak more politically with his music.

October
Billy Joel - "Allentown" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "Pressure."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "Allentown."

1983...# 8 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Billy Joel - An Innocent Manbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year (The Nylon Curtain).

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel found multi-platinum success again with the release of An Innocent Man which contained the hits "Tell Her About It," "Uptown Girl," "The Longest Time," "Keeping The Faith," and "Leave A Tender Moment Alone."
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "
Tell Her About It."

September
Billy Joel - "Tell Her About It" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 10 and #1 for a week with "Tell Her About It."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 and
Top 10 with "Uptown Girl."

December
Billy Joel - "Uptown Girl" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit #1 for a week with "Uptown Girl."
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "An Innocent Man."

1984...# 17 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for 2 American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Video ("Tell Her About It").
Billy Joel - "An Innocent Man" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 10 with "An Innocent Man."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Album of the Year (An Innocent Man) and Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male ("Uptown Girl").

April
Billy Joel - "The Longest Time" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "The Longest Time."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 10 with "The Longest Time."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "
Leave A Tender Moment Alone."

September
Billy Joel - "Allentown" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Uptown Girl " was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video.

1985...# 33 Singles Artist of the Year

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel married super model, Christie Brinkley (it was Joel's second marriage).

June
Billy Joel - 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1 and 2 (1973-1985)'button.gif (123 bytes) Joel released his biggest-selling LP - Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2 (1973-1985), a 2-LP set of his hits. The collection contained the new tracks "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" and "The Night Is Still Young."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 10 with "You're Only Human (Second Wind)."

1986...# 42 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Billy Joel - The Bridgebutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel released new material with The Bridge and the hits "Modern Woman," "A Matter Of Trust," and "This Is The Time."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 10 with "A Matter Of Trust."

1987...# 100 Singles Artist of the Year

October
Billy Joel - Kohueptbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel released the live LP, Koheupt - the LP was recorded in Leningrad, Russia.

1989...# 52 Singles Artist of the Year

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Turnstiles was certified platinum.

October
Billy Joel - Storm Frontbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel released Storm Front.
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "We Didn't Start The Fire."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 10 with "We Didn't Start The Fire."

December
Billy Joel - "We Didn't Start The Fire" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit #1 for 2 weeks with "We Didn't Start The Fire."
button.gif (123 bytes) Storm Front topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for a week.

1990...# 24 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Billy Joel - "I Go To Extremes" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "I Go To Extremes."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year (songwriter), and Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male ("We Didn't Start The Fire").

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the
Top 10 with "I Go To Extremes."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "The Downeaster "Alexa"."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "
We Didn't Start The Fire" was nominated for 3 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "And So It Goes."

1991...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year (with Mick Jones) and Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male (Storm Front) and was awarded the Grammy Legend Award.

button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was honored with an honorary doctorate from Fairfield University in Connecticut.

1992...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Music Video, Short Form ("When You Wish Upon A Star") and Best Music Video, Long Form (Live At Yankee Stadium).

button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel could be heard on the Honeymoon In Vegas soundtrack with his remake of "All Shook Up."

1993... # 24 Singles Artist of the Year

August
Billy Joel - River Of Dreamsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel released River Of Dreams.
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River Of Dreams topped the Billboard 200 LP chart for 3 weeks.
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "River Of Dreams."
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was the first musical guest on The Late Show With David Letterman.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the
Top 10 with "River Of Dreams."
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel topped the Billboard Top Adult Contemporary Singles chart for 12 weeks with with "
River Of Dreams."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "All About Soul."

1994... # 89 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the
Top 10 with "All About Soul."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Adult Contemporary Album (River Of Dreams).
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel could be heard on the soundtrack for Oliver And Company with "Why Should I Worry?"

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for 4
Grammy Awards for Album of the Year (River Of Dreams), Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male, Song of the Year (songwriter), and Record Of The Year (all for "River Of Dreams").

April
Billy Joelbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel hit the Top 40 with "Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)."

button.gif (123 bytes) In the summer, Joel went on tour with Elton John for 14 performances in the U.S.

button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was awarded the Billboard Century Music Award.

button.gif (123 bytes) During the year, Joel divorced from Christie Brinkley.

1995...

September
Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohenbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel could be found on Tower Of Song: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen with the track, "Light As A Breeze."

1997... # 155 Singles Artist of the Year

June
button.gif (123 bytes) It was announced that Elton John and Joel will be appearing live together again with an 8-month world tour 1998.

August
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits, Volume 3button.gif (123 bytes) Joel released Billy Joel's Greatest Hits, Volume 3 and Complete Hits Collection 1973 - 1997. The LP contained 3 new tracks including an unreleased Bob Dylan cover of "To Make You Feel My Love" which hit the Top 40.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel said he might be saying good-bye to the "seductress," rock 'n roll. Joel told Rolling Stone magazine that he had originally started out with an interest in learning classical music and begin studying it at the age of 4. But when Joel turned 13, "...this hot seductress in shredded fishnet stockings swept me away... I had a passionate affair with rock 'n roll." Now at 48, Joel has decided to stop writing pop and rock music for awhile, for last of personal interest and lack of public interest that seems to be growing. Joel stated, "(baby boomers) don't like what they're hearing, and they're not buying it."

1998...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel's "Face To Face" world tour might be his last big tour. Joel told CNN: "I'm not going to say that it's the end of something. But I don't think I'm going to do any more long tours after this tour." On his up-coming performances with Elton John, Joel said: "It's fun, because I'm looking across all this piano. I've got my piano and then there's his piano and at the other end of it, there's Elton John. So I'm not only a musician, I'm a fan on stage enjoying the show. I've got the closest seat in the house to Elton John."
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel also told the Today Show that the new tour isn't in support of a new LP, but in support of his work (like "used cars"). Joel also stated he always admired the guys "who walked away" while they were still good at their craft, and for this reason, it may be his last tour.

May
Billy Joelbutton.gif (123 bytes) Ranked # 78 on VH1: Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll (and # 33 on Rock On The Net's Poll).

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel cancelled a concert in England with Elton John due to "acute asthma" from a upper respiratory infection. A few days later, Joel had to bow out of a few more appearances, but the concerts were held with John going solo. Joel stated, "In the old days I could scream and punch my way through it, but now it wouldn't be fair to the fans." He also said, "I feel terrible about this, not only for my own fans, but for Elton and his fans as well." The troubles Joel had with his throat that caused the cancellation of several performances resulted in Joel having to cancel the remaining dates of his European tour with Elton John - including a live performance in Vienna to have been aired on HBO live.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) It was announced that Joel would have to postpone the fall portion of his tour due to recurring throat problems. He stated, "my doctor is encouraged by the progress I've made, but he wants to be sure that I am 100% before I step out on stage again."

1999...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Billy Joel was honored with the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards. The award has the inscription: 'Because his inspired songwriting skills, musical arrangements, vocals, keyboard prowess and exciting showmanship have raised the piano man's art to a new level, the American Music Award of Merit is presented to Billy Joel.'

button.gif (123 bytes) March 15: Joel was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (inducted by Ray Charles) and said of the honor: "I've had the most amazing life, and it's mostly because of rock and roll music."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel could be heard on Rosie O'Donnell's holiday LP, A Rosie Christmas, on the duet "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel rang in the new year and the new millenium at Madison Square Garden in New York.

2000...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Rock Songs includes "Piano Man" at # 58.

May
Billy Joel - 2000 Years - The Millennium Concertbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel released 2000 Years - The Millennium Concert.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2 (1973-1985) was certified 21x platinum.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone & MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs includes "Just The Way You Are" at # 60.

2001...

April
America - A Tribute To Heroesbutton.gif (123 bytes) River Of Dreams was certified 5x platinum and the singles "Tell Her About It," "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me," and "My Life" were certified gold.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Videos includes: # 36 - "We Didn't Start The Fire."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel performed "New York State Of Mind" for a landmark fundraiser (America: A Tribute To Heroes) aired by all the major networks to raise money for families of the victims of recent terrorist attacks.

October
Billy Joel - The Essential Billy Joelbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel performed at The Concert For New York City benefit concert in New York City (later released as an LP) with proceeds going to 9/11 charities.
button.gif (123 bytes) October 2: The Essential Billy Joel was released.

2002...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("New York State Of Mind" with Tony Bennett).
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February 21: The Essential Billy Joel was certified gold.

March
Billy Joelbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel and Elton John had to postpone part of their tour together due to Joel's illness.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel checked himself into a Connecticut substance abuse and psychiatric hospital to "deal with a specific and personal problem that had recently developed" (according to a statement released by his record label).

button.gif (123 bytes) December 6: The Essential Billy Joel was certified platinum.

2003...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel wrecked his Mercedes on a highway in New York and escaped with minor injuries.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel began touring with Elton John.

April
Movin' Outbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joel and Elton John cancelled a concert in Toronto due to concerns over the virus SARS.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel won a Tony Award for Best Orchestrations (along with Stuart Malina) for the play Movin' Out - a hit Broadway play that used Joel's lyrics.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The Stranger was certified 10x platinum.

December
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Timebutton.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 67: The Stranger, # 352: 52nd Street.

2004...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel was in his 3rd car accident in the past 2 years. He was not seriously hurt.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 9 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

March
Billy Joel - My Lives (box set)button.gif (123 bytes) Joel checked himself back into a rehab facility for alcohol abuse treatment.

October
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October 28: The Essential Billy Joel was certified 2x platinum.

November
Billy Joel - 12 Garden Livebutton.gif (123 bytes) The box set My Lives was released. The set included 4 CDs of rarities and unreleased material and a DVD.

2006...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel released the live 2-CD 12 Garden Live - the set included live recordings from Joel's 12 sold out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

September
Billy Joel - The Stranger: 30th Anniversary button.gif (123 bytes) Joel could be heard on Tony Bennett's LP Duets: American Classic on the track "The Good Life."

2007..

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Joel topped the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart with "All My Life."

2008...

June
Billy Joel - 'The Hits'button.gif (123 bytes) Joel released the 3-CD/1-DVD box set The Stranger: 30th Anniversary.

2010...

November
button.gif (123 bytes) The Hits was released.

2011...

March
Billy Joel - 'Live At Shea Stadium' (CD/DVD)button.gif (123 bytes) The 2CD/1DVD set Live At Shea Stadium was released.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2 (1973-1985) was certified 23x platinum.

2013...

January
Billy Joel - 'She's Got A Way: Love Songs'button.gif (123 bytes) The compilation She's Got A Way: Love Songs was released.

2014...

2016...



LPs
Billy Joel - 'Cold Spring Harbor'
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Cold Spring Harbor
Released: 1971
Billboard peak: # 158
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "She's Got A Way" - "You Can Make Me Free " - "Everybody Loves You Now" - "Why Judy Why" - "Falling Of The Rain" - "Turn Around" - "You Look So Good To Me - "Tomorrow Is Today" - "Nocturne" - "Got to Begin Again"
Billy Joel - Piano Man Piano Man
Released: November, 1973
US: 4x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 27
Tracks: "Travelin' Prayer" - "Piano Man" - "Ain't No Crime" - "You're My Home" - "Ballad Of Billy The Kid " - "Worse Comes To Worst" - "Stop In Nevada" - "If I Only Had The Words (To Tell You)" - "Somewhere Along The Line" - "Captain Jack"
Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade Streetlife Serenade
Released: October, 1974
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 35
Tracks: "Streetlife Serenader" - "Angelenos" - "Great Suburban Showdown" - "Root Beer Rag" - "Roberta" - "The Entertainer" - "Last Of The Big Time Spenders" - "Weekend Song" - "Souvenir " - "Mexican Connection"
Billy Joel - Turnstiles Turnstiles
Released: 1976
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 122
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" - "Summer, Highland Falls" - "All You Wanna Do Is Dance" - "New York State Of Mind" - "James" - "Prelude/Angry Young Man" - "I've Loved These Days" - "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)"
Billy Joel - 'The Stranger'
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The Stranger
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: September, 1977
US: 10x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 2
Tracks: "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" - "The Stranger" - "Just The Way You Are " - "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant " - "Vienna" - "Only The Good Die Young" - "She's Always A Woman" - "Get It Right The First Time" - "Everybody Has A Dream"
Billy Joel - '52nd Street'
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52nd Street
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: October, 1978
US: 7x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 8 weeks)
Tracks: "Big Shot " - "Honesty" - "My Life" - "Zanzibar" - "Stiletto" - "Rosalinda's Eyes" - "Half A Mile Away" - "Until The Night " - "52nd Street"
Billy Joel - 'Glass Houses'
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Glass Houses
Released: February, 1980
US: 7x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 6 weeks)
Tracks: "You May Be Right " - "Sometimes A Fantasy" - "Don't Ask Me Why" - "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" - "All For Leyna" - "I Don't Want To Be Alone" - "Sleeping With The Television On" - "C'Etait Toi (You Were The One)" - "Close TO The Borderline" - "Through The Long Night"
Billy Joel - Songs In The Attic Songs In The Attic
Released: September, 1981
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 8
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)" - "Summer, Highland Falls" - "Streetlife Serenader" - "Angelenos" - "She's Got A Way" - "Everybody Loves You Now" - "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" - "You're My Home" - "The Ballad Of Billy the Kid" - "I've Loved These Days"
Billy Joel - The Nylon Curtain The Nylon Curtain
Released: September, 1982
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 7
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Allentown" - "Laura" - "Pressure" - "Goodnight Saigon" - "She's Right On Time" - "Room Of Our Own " - "Surprises" - "Scandinavian Skies" - "Where's The Orchestra?"
Billy Joel - An Innocent Man An Innocent Man
Released: July, 1983
US: 7x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 4
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Easy Money" - "An Innocent Man" - "The Longest Time" - "This Night" - "Tell Her About It " - "Uptown Girl" - "Careless Talk" - "Christie Lee" - "Leave A Tender Moment Alone" - "Keeping The Faith"
Billy Joel - 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1 and 2 (1973-1985)'
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Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2 (1973-1985)
Released: June, 1985
US: 23x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 6
Tracks: "Piano Man" - "Captain Jack" - "The Entertainer " - "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" - "New York State Of Mind" - "The Stranger" - "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant " - "Just The Way You Are" - "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) " - "Only The Good Die Young" - "My Life" - "Big Shot" - "Honesty" - "You May Be Right " - "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me " - "She's Got A Way" - "Pressure" - "Allentown " - "Goodnight Saigon" - "Tell Her About It" - "Uptown Girl" - "The Longest Time" - "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" - "Night Is Still Young"
Billy Joel - The Bridge The Bridge
Released: July, 1986
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 7
Tracks: "Running on Ice" - "This Is the Time" - "A Matter of Trust" - "Modern Woman" - "Baby Grand" - "Big Man on Mulberry Street " - "Temptation" - "Code of Silence" - "Getting Closer "
Billy Joel - Kohuept Koheupt
Released: October, 1987
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 38
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Live Tracks: "Odoya" - "Prelude/Angry Young Man " - "Honesty" - "Goodnight Saigon" - "Stiletto" - "Big Man On Mulberry Street " - "Baby Grand" - "An Innocent Man" - "Allentown" - "A Matter Of Trust " - "Only The Good Die Young" - "Sometimes A Fantasy" - "Uptown Girl" - "Big Shot" - "Back In The U.S.S.R." - "Times They Are A-Changin'"
Billy Joel - Storm Front Storm Front
Released: October, 1989
US: 4x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 1 week)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "That's Not Her Style " - "We Didn't Start The Fire" - "The Downeaster "Alexa"" - "I Go To Extremes" - "Shameless" - "Storm Front " - "Leningrad" - "State Of Grace" - "When In Rome" - "And So It Goes"
Billy Joel - River Of Dreams River Of Dreams
Released: August, 1993
US: 5x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 3 weeks)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "No Man's Land" - "Great Wall Of China" - "Blonde Over Blue" - "Minor Variation" - "Shades Of Grey" - "All About Soul" - "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" - "River Of Dreams" - "Two Thousand Years" - "Famous Last Words"
Billy Joel - Greatest Hits, Volume 3 Billy Joel's Greatest Hits, Volume 3
Released: August, 1997
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 9
Tracks: "Keeping The Faith" - "An Innocent Man" - "A Matter Of Trust" - "Baby Grand" - "This Is The Time" - "Leningrad" - "We Didn't Start The Fire" - "I Go To Extremes" - "And So It Goes" - "The Downeaster "Alexa"" - "Shameless" - "All About Soul" (Remix) - "Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)" - "River Of Dreams" - "To Make You Feel My Love" - "Hey Girl" - "Light As The Breeze"
Billy Joel - Complete Hits Collection 1973 - 1997 Complete Hits Collection 1973 - 1997 (box set)
Released: August, 1997
Tracks: "Piano Man" - "Captain Jack" - "The Entertainer " - "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" - "New York State Of Mind" - "The Stranger" - "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant " - "Just The Way You Are" - "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) " - "Only The Good Die Young" - "My Life" - "Big Shot" - "Honesty" - "You May Be Right " - "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me " - "She's Got A Way" - "Pressure" - "Allentown " - "Goodnight Saigon" - "Tell Her About It" - "Uptown Girl" - "The Longest Time" - "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" - "Night Is Still Young" - "Keeping The Faith" - "An Innocent Man" - "A Matter Of Trust" - "Baby Grand" - "This Is The Time" - "Leningrad" - "We Didn't Start The Fire" - "I Go To Extremes" - "And So It Goes" - "The Downeaster "Alexa"" - "Shameless" - "All About Soul" (Remix) - "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" - "River Of Dreams" - "To Make You Feel My Love" - "Hey Girl" - "Light As The Breeze" - "Scene From An Italian Restaurant" (live) - "A Hard Day's Night" (live) - "Vienna" (live) - "We Didn't Start The Fire" (live) - "River Of Dreams" (Original Studio Recording) - "Piano Man" (live)
Billy Joel - 2000 Years - The Millennium Concert 2000 Years - The Millennium Concert
Released: May, 2000
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 40
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Live Tracks: "Beethoven's Ninth Symphony" - "Big Shot" - "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" - "Summer, Highland Falls" - "The Ballad Of Billy The Kid" - "Don't Ask Me Why" - "New York State Of Mind" - "I've Loved These Days" - "My Life" - "Allentown" - "Prelude/Angry Young Man" - "Only The Good Die Young" - "I Go To Extremes" - "Goodnight Saigon" - "We Didn't Start The Fire" - "Big Man On Mulberry Street" - "2000 Years" - "Auld Lang Syne" - "River Of Dreams" - "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" - "Dance To The Music" - "Honky Tonk Women" - "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" - "You May Be Right" - "This Night"
Billy Joel - The Essential Billy Joel The Essential Billy Joel
Released: October 2, 2001
US: 3x Platinum
Tracks: "Piano Man" - "You're My Home" - "Captain Jack" - "The Entertainer" - "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" - "Miami 2017 (See The Lights Go Out On Broadway)" - "New York State Of Mind" - "She's Always A Woman" - "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" - "Only The Good Die Young" - "Just The Way You Are" - "Honesty" - "My Life" - "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" - "You May Be Right" - "Don't Ask Me Why" - "She's Got A Way" - "Allentown" - "Goodnight Saigon" - "An Innocent Man" - "Uptown Girl" - "The Longest Time" - "Tell Her About It" - "Leave A Tender Moment Alone" - "A Matter Of Trust" - "Baby Grand" - "I Go To Extremes" - "We Didn't Start The Fire" - "Leningrad" - "The Downeaster "Alexa"" - "And So It Goes" - "River Of Dreams" - "All About Soul" (Remix) - "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)" - "Waltz No. 1 (Nunley's Carousel)" - "Invention In C Minor"
Billy Joel - My Lives (box set) My Lives (box set)
Released: November, 2005
Billboard peak: # 171
Billy Joel - 12 Garden Live 12 Garden Live
Released: June, 2006
Billboard peak: # 14
Live Tracks: "Angry Young Man" - "My Life" - "Everybody Loves You Now" - "Billy The Kid" - "The Entertainer" - "Vienna" - "New York State Of Mind" - "The Night Is Still Young" - "Zanzibar" - "Miami 2017" - "The Great Wall Of China" - "Allentown" - "She's Right On Time" - "Don't Ask Me Why" - "Laura" - "Goodnight Saigon" - "Movin' Out" - "An Innocent Man" - "The Downeaster "Alexa"" - "Always A Woman" - "Keeping The Faith" - "River Of Dreams" - "A Matter Of Trust" - "We Didn't Start The Fire" - "Big Shot" - "You May Be Right" - "Only The Good Die Young" - "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" - "Piano Man" - "And So It Goes"
Billy Joel - The Stranger: 30th Anniversary
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The Stranger: 30th Anniversary (box set)
Released: July, 2008
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" - "The Stranger" - "Just The Way You Are " - "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant " - "Vienna" - "Only The Good Die Young" - "She's Always A Woman" - "Get It Right The First Time" - "Everybody Has A Dream" - "Miami" (live) - "Angry Young Man" (live) - "New York State Of Mind" (live) - "Just The Way Your Are" (live) - "She's Got A Way" (live) - "The Entertainer" (live) - "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" (live) - "Band Intros" (live) - "Captain Jack" (live) - "I've Loved These Days" (live) - "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" (live) - "Souvenir" (live)
Billy Joel - 'The Hits'
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The Hits
Released: November, 2010
Tracks: "Everybody Loves You Now" - "Piano Man" - "The Entertainer " - "New York State Of Mind" - "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" - "Only The Good Die Young" - "My Life" - "Big Shot" - "You May Be Right" - "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" - "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" - "Allentown" - "Pressure" - "The Longest Time" - "Tell Her About It" - "A Matter Of Trust" - "We Didn't Start The Fire" - "I Go To Extremes" - "River Of Dreams"
Billy Joel - 'Live At Shea Stadium' (CD/DVD) Live At Shea Stadium (2CD/1DVD)
Released: March, 2011
Live Tracks: "Prelude/Angry Young Man" - "My Life" - "Summer, Highland Falls" - "Everybody Loves You Now" - "Zanzibar" - "New York State Of Mind" (with Tony Bennett) - "Allentown" - "The Ballad Of Billy The Kid" - "She's Always A Woman" - "GOodnight Saigon" - "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)" - "Shameless" (with Garth Brooks) - "This Is The Time" (with John Mayer) - "Keeping The Faith" - "Captain Jack" - "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" - "The River Of Dreams/A Hard Day's Night" - "We Didn't Start The Fire" - "You May Be Right" - "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" - "Only The Good Die Young" - "I Saw Her Standing There" (with Paul McCartney) - "Take Me Out To THe Ballgame" - "Piano Man" - "Let It Be" (with Paul McCartney)
Billy Joel - 'She's Got A Way: Love Songs' She's Got A Way: Love Songs
Released: January 22, 2013
Tracks: "Travelin' Prayer" - "The Night Is Still Young" - "This Is The Time" - "She's Got A Way" (live) - "Temptation" - "Nocturne" - "Until The Night" - "She's Right On Time" - "You're My Home" - "Just The Way You Are" - "She's Always A Woman" - "State Of Grace" - "Honesty" - "This Night" - "Shameless" - "An Innocent Man" - "All About Soul" - "And So It Goes"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 It's Still Rock & Roll To Me

from the LP
Glass Houses
ARC chart run: 27 - 18 - 10 - 7 - 5 - 3 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 9 - 14 - 29 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 11
1(2) 15 1980 Billy Joel - "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" (Single)
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2 River Of Dreams
River Of Dreams
2 17 1993 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 Just The Way You Are

from the LP
The Stranger
Billboard chart run: 32 - 31 - 28 - 28 - 18 - 16 - 11 - 9 - 6 - 5 - 3 - 3 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 16 - 39 - off
3 18 1978 Billy Joel - "Just The Way You Are" (Single)
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4 Uptown Girl

from the LP
An Innocent Man
ARC chart run: 30 - 20 - 14 - 8 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 5 - 9 - 11 - 18 - 25 - 34 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 20
1(1) 15 1983 Billy Joel - "Uptown Girl" (Single)
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5 My Life
52nd Street
3 16 1979 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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6 We Didn't Start The Fire
Storm Front
1(2) 14 1989 Billy Joel - "We Didn't Start The Fire" (Single)
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7 Tell Her About It

from the LP
An Innocent Man
ARC chart run: 39 - 28 - 21 - 18 - 15 - 7 - 4 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 7 - 9 - 19 - 24 - 35 - 40 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 27
1(1) 16 1983 Billy Joel - "Tell Her About It" (Single)
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8 Allentown

from the LP
The Nylon Curtain
ARC chart run: 37 - 36 - 31 - 27 - 21 - 19 - 17 - 16 - 15 - 14 - 14 - 13 - 12 - 32 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 68
12 14 1983 Billy Joel - "Allentown" (Single)
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9 You May Be Right

from the LP
Glass Houses
ARC chart run: 28 - 22 - 15 - 13 - 10 - 8 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 24 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 70
4 10 1980 Billy Joel - "You May Be Right" (Single)
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10 An Innocent Man

from the LP
An Innocent Man
ARC chart run: 37 - 33 - 23 - 18 - 16 - 14 - 12 - 10 - 9 - 13 - 20 - 40 - off
9 12 1984 Billy Joel - "An Innocent Man" (Single)
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11 I Go To Extremes

from the LP
Storm Front
ARC chart run: 34 - 27 - 20 - 15 - 12 - 11 - 8 - 6 - 11 - 21 - 39 - off
6 11 1994 Billy Joel - "I Go To Extremes" (Single)
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12 All About Soul
River Of Dreams
7 10 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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13 You're Only Human (Second Wind)
Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2 (1973-1985)
5 12 1985 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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14 A Matter Of Trust
The Bridge
9 11 1986 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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15 The Longest Time

from the LP
An Innocent Man
ARC chart run: 37 - 25 - 19 - 15 - 13 - 11 - 9 - 12 - 24 - 35 - off
9 10 1984 Billy Joel - "The Longest Time" (Single)
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16 Say Goodbye To Hollywood

from the LP
Songs In The Attic
ARC chart run: 40 - 30 - 26 - 22 - 16 - 11 - 10 - 8 - 17 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 102
8 9 1981 Billy Joel - "Say Goodbye To Hollywood" (Single)
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17 Modern Woman
The Bridge
9 9 1986 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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18 This Is The Time
The Bridge
14 9 1987 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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19 Keeping The Faith
An Innocent Man
16 9 1985 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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20 She's Got A Way

from the LP
Songs In The Attic
ARC chart run: 35 - 30 - 26 - 21 - 19 - 18 - 17 - 25 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 120
17 8 1982 Billy Joel - "She's Got A Way" (Single)
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21 She's Always A Woman
The Stranger
17 9 1978 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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22 Don't Ask Me Why

from the LP
Glass Houses
ARC chart run: 39 - 31 - 28 - 24 - 20 - 17 - 15 - 37 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 131
15 8 1980 Billy Joel - "Don't Ask My Why" (Single)
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23 Pressure

from the LP
The Nylon Curtain
ARC chart run: 40 - 31 - 28 - 27 - 22 - 20 - 18 - 18 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 125
18 8 1982 Billy Joel - "Pressure" (Single)
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24 Leave A Tender Moment Alone

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An Innocent Man
16 8 1984 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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25 Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
The Stranger
17 8 1978 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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26 Big Shot
52nd Street
14 6 1979 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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27 Only The Good Die Young
The Stranger
24 5 1978 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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28 To Make You Feel My Love
Billy Joel's Greatest Hits, Volume 3
26 4 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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29 Honesty
52nd Street
24 4 1979 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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30 The Entertainer
Streetlife Serenade
34 5 1975 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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31 Piano Man
Piano Man
25 4 1974 Billy Joel - "Piano Man" (Single)
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32 The Night Is Still Young
Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2 (1973-1985)
25 4 1985 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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33 Sometimes A Fantasy

from the LP
Glass Houses
ARC chart run: 38 - 34 - 29 - 27 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 193
27 4 1980 Billy Joel - "Sometimes A Fantasy" (Single)
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34 And So It Goes
Storm Front
28 3 1990 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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35 Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)
Billy Joel's Greatest Hits, Volume 3
38 2 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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36 The Downeaster "Alexa"
Storm Front
38 1 1990 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Worse Comes To Worst
Piano Man
** ** 1974 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Travelin' Prayer
Piano Man
** ** 1974 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Goodnight Saigon
The Nylon Curtain
** ** 1983 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Baby Grand
[Billy Joel featuring Ray Charles]
The Bridge
** ** 1987 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  That's Not Her Style
Storm Front
** ** 1990 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Shameless
Storm Front
** ** 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  All Shook Up
Honeymoon In Vegas soundtrack
** ** 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Don't Worry
My Lives
** ** 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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