Top Ten Greatest Billy Joel Songs


The Top Ten

1 Piano 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.

Because it’s overplayed it’s lost some of its touch for me but I still really enjoy listening to it - JoshHarmer25

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2 Scenes 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

This song is better than any other song ever.

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3 We 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...

My favorite!

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4 Movin' 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

My wife's favourite! Great energy.

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5 Only the Good Die Young


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

This one is my favorite. I admit that Piano man belongs at the top of this list, but this this one gets my vote.

Greatest Billy Joel song of all time! Glad Liberty DeVitto helped make this song the way it is

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6 Uptown 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...

My favorite song.always dance to this.gets and pub or do going

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7 Vienna

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.

Best BJ song ever!

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8 New York State of Mind

The piano speaks for it self

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!

Are you guys CRAZY! have you not heard song billy s best work period

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9 Just 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.

My favorite song dedicated to my other half that Past away 4 yrs. ago!

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10 My 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

This is such an amazing song! How is it below We Didn't Start the Fire?

Good Song - kjr

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The Contenders

11 Miami 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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12 The 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.

Bitch I cry every damn time listening to this why isn't it number one hjkfacnhbjkefadhbj

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13 She'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.

My favourite Billy Joel song...and obviously this song is the perfect definition of a woman.

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14 You May Be Right

Why's this so low? By far his greatest, easy to dance to, Billy Joel's vocals are perfect for the style, it's just fantastic.

It is Billy Joel's best song. What is wrong with you people?

Ist my favorite song


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15 Captain 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.

Tough call as Billy has many a good song. But I'll go with Captain Jack.

great song

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16 Honesty

Such a lonely world...

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

Can listen over and over!

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

17 Summer, Highland Falls

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

Very underrated, all the lyrics are meaning full and true.

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

A simple phrase, but one that can resonate with everyone "sadness or euphoria"

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18 The 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

What a powerful song, so good!

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19 Tell Her About It

It's simply amazing, telling a young man love advice. It is overall a great song, and my personal favorite of his.

Simply a great song. Like amazing.

This should definitely be 10th!

One of his best. Definite top 10

20 And 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.

Best b j song

21 Goodnight Saigon

This song is another testament to Billy's talent. It is a chillingly powerful piece. It's even more hauntingly beautiful when performed live. I'm so glad I've seen it in person. I get goosebumps just thinking of it.

It's all about the lyrics with this song. The emotional picture painted through the verses, which build with intensity throughout the song, is simply amazing. This song should be much higher on the list.

Easily one of his top 3 songs, and my personal favorite by far. If you haven't heard this, go listen to it!

My number 1 favorite

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22 It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

How would you not included this song. Catchy and fun to listen to! Should be number 3 for sure!

Best Billy Joel song ever. Makes me wanna get my groove on.

One of the best, Billy did a great job with this song

Way too low

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23 Big Shot

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

Surprising this isn't too 10. Great song.

24 The Stranger

Awesome song by Billy Joel. It has an amazing fast paced tempo. I think it should at least be in the top 10.

Absolutely beautiful intro. It also turns out that the rest of the song is awesome as well. Extremely catchy, and has a great beat as well as some pretty insightful lyrics.

This song is AMAZING... Billy Joel's most memorable tune...if you haven't heard "The Stranger" well then go hear it today... Do do do do do

Greatest Billy Joel song!

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25 She's Got a Way

Really does deserve to be higher on the list. So should Goodnight Saigon, Leningrad, and All About Soul.

Really? It's at #48 right now? What a beautiful love song!

26 Prelude / Angry Young Man

This song shows off Billy's musicianship better than any other of his pieces, or any other keyboard player in rock/pop. I go crazy when I here it, because I love the complexity of the "Prelude", and the message of "Angry Young Man". My sentimental favorite is "Piano Man", but this piece vies for the top spot, on the basis of the pure virtuosity of Billy Joel.

So entertaining! The subtle and not-so-subtle attacks on the angry young man are hilarious and profound.

I stood open mouthed, dumbstruck and awe struck when I first heard him play this song in concert. By far, his best!

He should have won a nobel price for the intro!

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27 The Ballad of Billy the Kid

Cozy western song!

28 Allentown

Easily one of the best Billy Joel songs from both a lyrical and melodic stand point. The sound and music is upbeat, but the lyrics are melancholy, and that really fits the theme of the song well. The sound effects and instruments that are used are all wonderful, and yeah this song is just so underrated!

One of the most underrated songs I've heard. This deserves a spot in maybe the top 20 at most or below!

This song will always remind me of high school. Has a great beat.

The saddest song.

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29 The Entertainer

This is a great song that tells about the heart of the artist and how the music industry destroys their soul. If you have never heard the song, go listen now. Disk 1 of Joel's 2 cd greatest hits is amazing.

Funny song! It pokes fun at Piano Man and how it was shortened!

Let this be higher on the list! Most songs nowadays are just constant repetitivety (if that's how you spell it), and this song proves that repetitive songs can be good as heck. Absolute beauty.

It's basically him explains the good things about being a rock star and the bad things. For example, he talks about getting money from performing, but then he talks straight after that that his name will be forgotten and but in the discount rack like another can of beans.

This song was also completely the same the whole way through so the record companies could take out a part of the song and it would still play like nothing was cut at all. Billy Joel, sir, you are a genius.

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30 Pressure

Best Billy Joel song about dealing with psychological and emotional issues and don't so with clever easy to remember lyrics. Momentum of song changes sound adds to the atmosphere. Superb!

Another great song by Billy, and is an epic song in concert.

Another great billy Joel song

I love the pressure music :D

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31 Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

Beautiful, sing it with my 6 year old, she knows all the words.

So sweet and tender. It should be played for every child at bedtime.

Beautiful song... If I have kids, I will sing them this song!

Absolutly the best song ever!

32 All About Soul

One of my personal favorites... Definitely doesn't deserve to be this low.

33 A Matter of Trust

This song shows how Billy Joel is an amazing singer and song writer.

This song is perfect

I love this song.It should in the top ten.

34 Keeping the Faith

Maybe the youth today just don't get it, or even appreciate Billy Joel's roots.

35 An Innocent Man

Billy Joel's voice really shines in this piece. Very beautiful vocals and tender, well-crafted lyrics.

Great vocals, as always with Billy Joel!

No words can do...


36 Stiletto

This song is so cool and full of attitude. I want to put on my leather jacket and 3 inch stiletto heals and snap my fingers. So much fun. A great listen.

37 Shades of Grey
38 The Great Suburban Showdown
39 Leningrad

Great song! Probably some of his deepest lyrics, underrated

I love this song I love all of the parts it's gotta be my favorite song and I wanted to mention I am a big fan of billy joel and I have all volumes 1,2 and 3 -madhav

Woohooo communism

Great song

40 I've Loved These Days

Amazing song... It talks about how you shouldn't be so involved in self-comfort.

41 Leave a Tender Moment Alone

Great song! One of the first Joel songs I've ever heard

Incredible lyrics

Brilliant underplayed song!

There are so much Great Billy Joel Songs out there.. and this One ja truly a masterpiece! Sadly So underrated.. Everything fits so well
The lyrics ( which is Really Deep and meaningfull) the Melody and his Singing Voice.. he should sing it again even without the Great Toots Thielman

42 Don't Ask Me Why

This is one of those songs which has to be heard live. Billy and his band are incredible performers. I'm lucky to have seen them. - PetSounds

Amazing song, that's all I gotta say

43 Sometimes a Fantasy

The true meaning of this song is not the best, but I have always loved the vocals and beat of this song!

44 Say Goodbye to Hollywood

Has anybody heard this song?

I can't believe this isn't in the top 10
this is one of billy joel's best works with a catchy beat and great lyrics

45 Souvenir

Should be in top 10.

Such a beautiful song.
One really feels the loneliness in billy joel's heart

46 All for Leyna

The bass line on this one rocks. From Glass Houses when Billy Joel was more a member of a rock band rather than a supported piano lead.

Is a good song

47 She's Right On Time
48 Root Beer Rag
49 Modern Woman

Funky and catchy song.

50 Rosalinda's Eyes

I've heard Billy Joel's songs so many times, I never want to hear them again!

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1. She's Got a Way
2. New York State of Mind
3. Piano Man
1. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
2. Movin' Out
3. Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
1. And So It Goes
2. Vienna
3. Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

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