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Top Billy Joel songs by Fuzz Music magazine

It is worth noting that over the years the name of this man only becomes louder and more influential, while his works are still recognized by modern fans...

We recall the main hits of Billy Joel, one of the six best-selling artists in the US in the history of the country

Legendary singer-songwriter, talented pianist and composer — Billy Joel, has undoubtedly made huge strides in his long career! Once an ordinary boy from the Bronx, now a cult star, he won several Grammys, sold over 150 million records around the world and became one of the best-selling artists of all time! Joel was introduced to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and he really deserved all this with his honest work ... His songs were tested by the main "critic" - time, and today we decided to recall the best of them! It is worth noting that over the years the name of this person only becomes louder and more influential, while his works are still recognized by modern fans ... But let's not digress from the topic. So: this is the top hits of the inimitable Billy Joel, one of the six best-selling artists in the US in the history of the country!

"She's Always a Woman"

This is a song about intense love for a woman despite all her quirks and flaws... Billy wrote it for his then-wife Elizabeth Weberwith whom they divorced 1982 year.

Joel also says that when writing "She's Always a Woman" he was heavily influenced by the singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot

"My Life"

First single from the album 52nd Street 1978 of the year was also the most popular song from it - it soared to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100! It's hard not to succumb to the self-satisfied melody, which, in fact, is a whole anthem ...

A couple of years later, the song became even more appealing when it was used as the theme song for a TV series. "Bosom friends"! What could be better than a combination Billy Joel and Tom Hanks…?

"Only the Good Die Young"

Some radio stations banned this song back in 1977 year (this is due to the lines related to Catholicism ...) But as usual, the controversy surrounding the song only helped to sell more copies of it! It is worth noting that she was inspired by Billy's real love for a Catholic girl named Virginia ...

In many ways this song is a good addition to the classic Bruce Springsteen 1973 "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)". In both cases, the bad guys are trying to get a young woman out of her house against the wishes of her strict parents!

Vienna

Album Billy Joel 1977 of the year The Stranger forever changed his life. The record spawned five hit singles that played on the radio for decades ... But "Vienna" is not one of those songs. stuck in between Scenes from an Italian Restaurant and "Only the Good Die Young", it unfortunately didn't get much love from the public at the time... Today, Billy Joel says it's one of his favorite creations, and many fans now agree...

Joel's father spent most of his life in Vienna, and the song was inspired by Billy's frequent visits to this wonderful city...

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

It's not just one of the longest songs Billy Joel, but also one of his favorites (although it was never a single)! The composition tells the story of school sweethearts Brands and Eddie:

For years, fans have been wondering exactly which Italian restaurant he's singing about, and only recently Joel named it: it's Fontana di Trevi in New York! Once the waiter said: “A bottle of white, a bottle of red, maybe a bottle of pink instead?” It ignited a spark in the head of a musical genius...

"It's Still Rock and Roll To Me"

Track "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" explores the reasons behind the artist's declining fame and the evolution of the musical tastes of the general public over time...

The song became a number one hit, staying at the top of the charts for two weeks in the summer. 1980 of the year, and eventually reaching platinum status as a single...

Allentown

Less than two months after the release of the song, the mayor of the present Allentown gave the pianist the key to the city...

"Uptown Girl"

"Uptown Girl" is a song in which the narrator, a working-class guy, tries to woo a richer, more sophisticated woman...

Ultimately, the composition took 3rd place on the charts and spawned a music video featuring Joel and model Christie Brinkley, whom the singer married two years later.

"Big Shot"

Like "My Life", "Big Shot" also soared on the charts and contributed to the success of 52nd Street: at the Grammys 1979 of the year it became the best album of the year!

Although Billy initially denied that the song was about the drunken adventures of his first wife Mick Jagger, Bianchi, he later admitted that he wrote the song after dinner with a couple...

"A Matter of Trust"

Track "A Matter of Trust" differs from most of Joel's hits in that it is built around the electric guitar rather than the piano...

The music video includes footage of Billy Joel's band performing in the basement of a building in New York City. Eventually a crowd gathers around to watch them perform. Wife Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley, appears in the video with their little daughter Alexa

"The River of Dreams"

Title track from the album of the same name 1993 years with a fabulous sound...

"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"

Second single from The Stranger, "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" was so popular that it inspired the creation of an entire Broadway musical of the same name, in which from 2002 to 2005 more than 1300 performances!

"Piano Man"

In the end 1972 of the year a new pianist named Bill Martin began playing regularly at the Executive Room bar in Los Angeles. Few knew that this was a New Yorker named Billy Joel, who released his debut album Cold Spring Harbor last year... He was only in the bar for a few months, but that was enough to inspire the song "Piano Man". The musician claims that the characters were taken from real life...

The song became his first big hit, and in the decades that followed the release of "Piano Man" he closed countless shows with it!

Goodnight Saigon

Billy Joel did not participate in the Vietnam War. He immediately thought of fleeing to Canada when the "draft lottery" broke out:

“Many of my friends went,” he recalls. "I felt bad. I do not agree with the political reasons for that war to this day!”

A few years after his friends returned home, he had a beer together and the friends told Billy their war stories and encouraged him to write a song about it:

"They said, 'We'll tell you what happened to us, and you'll write a song about it!'" Joel recalls.

He did not want to write an anti-war song, choosing to talk about the experiences of the soldiers. The result was Goodnight Saigon, which appeared on his 1982 LP The Nylon Curtain. The single never rose above No. 56 in America, but has since become one of his most popular live songs!

New York State of Mind

In the middle 1970's Joel spent three years in Los Angeles. Staying there inspired the musician to one of his most famous songs (we are talking about "Piano Man"), but he never felt at home there...

Many songs on Turnstiles describe in detail his joy of leaving Los Angeles! And according to Billy, he started writing New York State of Mind in a Greyhound bus when passing along the river line Hudson… Since then, the track has become the unofficial anthem of the city!

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