Top Ten Greatest Billy Joel Albums

The Top Ten

1 The Stranger

Hard to choose between the Stranger & 52nd Street most of my favorites come from these two albums. On my top ten list of songs four are from the Stranger and four are from 52nd Street. I chose the Stranger because it was the first Billy Joel album I had. In my next group of ten favorites are more from the Stranger & 52nd Street as well as Glass Houses and River of Dreams. As many have said there's at least one song (usually more) from every album that I like to listen to.

Perfect from start to finish - it has some of the best classic billy joel songs like The Stranger, Just The Way You Are, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Movin' Out, She's Always A Woman and Only The Good Die Young

I Never get tired of listening to it all the way through all day long. Like Billy Joel's Own Version Of Abbey Road. - Beatlesboy9

One of the first albums I ever owned and still my favorite!

2 52nd Street

The Stranger is best, but I should get this Billy's 2nd best album higher! - Raccoon97

Great jazz album. My favorite songs are Rosalinda's Eyes, Zanzibar, Stiletto and Honesty...

Second only to The Stranger and Glass Houses comes third.

I love The Stranger but this album I think is way better.

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3 Turnstiles

I think of this as Billy Joel's Revolver or Hunky Dory--somewhat overshadowed by the classic it preceded, but every bit as good. - PetSounds

Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway) on the album is one of the most underappreciated songs of all time!

Good Album

4 An Innocent Man

If you only had one album on a desert island - this is it!

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5 Piano Man

An amazing album, and definitely his best album. Billy joel literally became famous with this album. From up-beat songs like "Worst comes to worst", and "Ain't no crime", to Billy Joel classics like "The Ballad Of Billy The Kid", "Captain Jack", and of course, his greatest song of all time, "Piano Man". Billy Joel wrote this album when he was down on his luck, and working at a piano bar. He changed his career with this album. Deserves #1 spot for sure! A top three: Piano man, The Stranger, and 52nd Street. - The_Acid_Queen

Look no further, simply the best of a good bunch 👍

6 The Nylon Curtain

Goodnight Saigon. Laura. Need I say anymore?

7 Glass Houses

Every song on this album is complete gold. Deserves Top 3 AT LEAST

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Although most people say The Stranger is their favourite, this one was actually his highest ranked back when it originally came out.

8 River of Dreams

An amazing album with so many gems on it - No Man's Land, Two Thousand Years, Lullabye and the title track rank among his best songs in my humble opinion. So much more focused and captivating than the somewhat lukewarm 52nd Street. Probably what put many fans off was Joel's more hard rock attitude and sound but this is how I like him best.

Pretty Good

9 Storm Front

It has many of today's favorites, like we didn't start the fire.

Some great tunes on this one!Downeaster Alexa and Leningrad!

10 The Bridge

This album for some reason is one of my favories. I cannot tell you why exactly, but I think it is an amazing LP

The Bridge doesn’t have the popular appeal of some other albums, but it might be the catchiest album, with underappreciated songs songs like “Code of Silence” and “Pressure”, as well as “Getting Closer” and “Temptation”. Pure greatness.

The Contenders

11 Cold Spring Harbor

I think this album gets way too much hate than it deserves, even by Billy Joel himself. Yes, it sounds a bit odd, but this album includes classics and fan favourites like "She's Got A Way" or "Everybody Loves You Now". Some other great songs are "You Can Make Me Free", "Why Judy Why", "You Look So Good To Me" or "Tomorrow Is Today", which he wrote off his own suicide note. The only mediocre song on this album is "Turn Around", but if you consider that "The Stranger"�'s last two songs are pretty forgettable as well, this should be up there with "The Stranger" and "52nd Street". An almost perfect little album, that ought to not be overshadowed by "Piano Man", which is actually not as good in my opinion.

Underrated asf

12 Streetlife Serenade
13 Songs in the Attic

Best one so far. The only one id say might be better is the nylon curtain or piano man

14 Fantasies & Delusions
15 Collected Additional Masters
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