Top Ten Greatest Billy Joel Songs

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1Piano Man

Emotional, Touching, Incredible and Beautiful
One of the very few songs that have such amazing lyrics.
This song is probably one of the greatest songs of the 70's

Most emotional sensitive and touching song I have ever heard in my life... Thanks billy for making this song so special.. The lyrics are wonderful too... Love it

Simply the way in which Billy Joel yells "And the piano sounds like a carnival! " The way he tails off at the end of carnival is just the greatest thing my ears have ever witnessed, period.

His best song and most popular.

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2Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

Played this at my 14 yr olds funeral her favourite song of all time always made her grin when she played it

What can you say? This was Billy's Stairway To Heaven, Freebird, Won't Get Fooled Again, 2112, his epic masterstroke. He's written lots of great songs that have come close to this, but has never quite eclipsed it. - joshapkin

I love Billy Joel songs because a lot of them have messages or stories with in them and Scenes from an Italian Restaurant is one of the best songs that really puts the message across

You want to introduce someone to Billy Joel, don't play Piano Man, play this and just let them hear it for themselves.

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3We Didn't Start the Fire

Coolest song on Earth! Woot Woot! Who needs U. S. History with a song like this!?

Piano Man is absolutely and undoubtedly brilliant. We Didn't Start the Fire is much lighter and not nearly as deep in meaning. That said, it is a magnificent tune and a song I so much like, I would put even before Piano Man in my personal list of top Billy Joel songs.

a perfect song to sing and dance to...

Not Palestine Israel

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4Only the Good Die Young

ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG FOR THE WIN FWI BILLY JOEL IS THE BEST SINGER-SONGWRITER EV ER I LOVE BILLY JOEL HE IS AWESOME AND ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG IS BETTER THAN PIANO MAN BY -- THIS MUCH

So sad and true but uplifting at the same time. The song really makes me wonder what life is all about. - comicoco

This song make me feel good. Great lyrics sung by the best billy joel-voice ever.

This is a good song

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5Movin' Out

Movin' out is incredibly underrated though I think it should be in the top 5. The melody is great, the lyrics are not typical and the song makes me move... Not "out" of course))))))

There's no reason for Movin' Out to be so low on this list. The song is so accurate and easy to relate to; its among his best. No excuse for this being outside the top five.

Movin Out there's a reason it was used as the Name for the Broadway Hit. Hard to make a top 10 List There is more then 20 top songs

Why is this so damn high up? It's good but it isn't in the top ten.

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6Vienna

This is my favorite Billy Joel song. It should be higher up on the list because it is very simple and it has a strong message and the song itself is really beautiful.

The intro to this song is so beautiful! And the rest of the song is incredible... The lyrics are so deep and meaningful... This is his most underrated song!

Most meaningful and most touching song I ever heard. You just don't find true artists like Billy Joel anymore.

The second best song of all time - ATiM

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7New York State of Mind

It's a song that isn't fast but will get stuck in your head. Billy Joel's best work.

I don't even like New York, but this is my favorite song!

Really? This one is probably one of his worst.

The piano speaks for it self

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8Uptown Girl

The catchiest song ever written! My friends and I sing and dance to this song incessantly.

I lose my mind every time I hear this, can't help but dance, no matter how weird I might look

Love song, rock song, whatever you want to call it, there is no denying the wonder of this song...

The Best And Most Famous - oldfashionedmickeymousecol1995

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9Just The Way You Are

This song is so real and perfect in every way! So much better than Bruno Mars's "just the way you are"

I love this song. I never tire of it. The music is so smooth, and the lyrics are so simple, yet so honest, and reflect what everyone wants when it comes to love: "I love you just the way you are".

Everyone has faults but if you really care about someone you see beyond the issues and accept that person as they are.

Number eight? Come on, this or Piano Man has to be number one...

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10The Longest Time

Theme song of many peoples' lives, including mine! I am only 13 years old and I absolutely adore all of Billy Joel's songs! My favorite happens to be Vienna, I am truly surprised that this amazing tune was not included on the list. Only the good Die young is a beautiful song also. ITS TOO HARD TO CHOOSE

A great song sung by Ted Mosby and Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. As you can see by the episode "The Time Travelers, " the harmonics are amazing and sung perfectly by the future Ted's and Barney's.

I have absolutely no idea how this could possibly be so low on the list! The longest time is by far one of the top three best songs by Billy Joel. The song is out of this world.

I love this song

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11Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway)

For a song that is about the final night of New York City's existence, Billy Joel does a marvelous job at telling the story through the intro and outro, as well as the events being mentioned. Power is turned off, the Empire State Building is demolished, churches are burned, the skyline comes down, and Manhattan is sunk into the sea. Therefore, a concert is thrown that is trying to be stopped, yet the people just don't care. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

Oh man, I love this song! It was such a great concept song way back in 1975, and it was so eerily prophetic of 9/11. A real masterpiece!

One of the greatest songs ever put out by Billy Joel behind only Prelude/Angry Young Man and New York State of Mind

Great song. Turnstiles is my second favorite, after The Stranger of course.

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12Honesty

"When I'm deep inside of me I know, I know that Honesty is the best song..."

It's a really touching song. First time I heard it I cried.

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13She's Always a Woman

The best definition of a women that I have came across till date.

Definitely my favorite Billy Joel song.. And also Only The Good Die Young, Uptown Girl, My Life and Honesty..

This song can get stuck in my head for days and always brings tears to my eyes.

This song should take Movin' Out's place. If they switched, this list would be more accurate.

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14You May Be Right

I like his punk rock and roll album, "Glass Houses". But his top 2nd or 3rd best on Glass Houses is You May Be Right.

15Summer Highland Falls

Billy's personal favorite and just a great, beautiful song. His piano work in this song exceeds anything else he has created.

Beautiful song... I listen to it everyday and never get tired of it!

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16My Life

I can't believe this song is #9 on this list. This my second favorate song and should without a question be in the top 5 on this list. Along with movin out.

By far best song on 52nd street, which is an amazing album. Doesn't beat some stuff on the stranger, but deserves top five at least

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17The Downeaster Alexa

Listen to it brothers. Its such a great song with legendary music, and awesome lyrics and drum beats that gives me the chills. Reminds me of the hardship of fishermen out there in the coast

The voice of Billy Joel is the best it's ever been in this story. Something that could go on forever and no one would ever complain.

Must be Billy Joel's most underrated song, at least in my opinion

Number 15? That's an outrage it's probably the best vocalized song of all time

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18Captain Jack

This song, especially the live version, is incredible. One of my favorite songs of all time and even a bit better than Piano man, in my opinion

How is captain jack now up at #1 or 2? This song is one my favorite songs and it still gives me goosebumps when I listen to it.

19And So It Goes

I can't believe this wasn't on here! This is my favorite Billy Joel song by far. Even after I've heard it dozens of times, it still makes me cry.

Great song. Indeed under rated. When you truly love someone you'll understand these words.

This is by far Billy Joel's most beautiful and touching song - so under rated, underknown. Shame.

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20Big Shot

? This isn't up there already? I feel like everyone could relate to this song in some way.

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