Top Ten Greatest Billy Joel Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Piano Man Piano Man

My favourite song

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

I'm learning this song it is so good - fwed

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

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2 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant 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

Such a brilliant song

Best beat ever

Very moving song

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3 We Didn't Start the Fire We Didn't Start the Fire

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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.

My favorite!

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4 Just the Way You Are

Takes a lot from 10cc I'm not in love and probably the better song of the two

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.

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5 Movin' Out

The songs upbeat, energetic and relatable!

I love the feel of this song. It just puts me in a really good mood.

My wife's favourite! Great energy.

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))))))

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6 Vienna

One of the best songs & in concert that he does. Should be above We Didn't Start the Fire at #3 in my humble opinion

Puts me in my feels

Best song ever

Best BJ song ever!

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7 Uptown Girl

So catchy and so fresh for their time, this is Number 1 for me. - 80sGreatestOffice

Amazing song!

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

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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!

Really? This one is probably one of his worst.

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9 Only the Good Die Young

This song is playful, rocking, and even a bit naughty! Billy Joel is always brilliant but this song is just the most fun song he ever recorded! I'd dance to this anytime!

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

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

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10 My Life

A beautiful song, creatively written, and one of Billy Joel's best works

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?

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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

Extremely underrated song! My personal favorite!

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12 The Longest Time

It is just brilliant

Best song

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.

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13 Captain Jack

Good song

great song

Ridiculously low.

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

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14 The Downeaster Alexa

This is by far the best Billy Joel song

Dudes I was named after this song so ya

What a powerful song, so good!

Probably his most underrated song. Really quite stirring. - truckturner

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15 You May Be Right

Great

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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16 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

17 Honesty

Such a lonely world...

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

How is this not in the top 3?!
most epic words ever, just amazing.

Can listen over and over!

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18 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

19 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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20 She's Always a Woman

A great all-around track with Billy showing off both his class on the piano and also his great voice.
Maybe not his best, but definitely a top 10 song, not 20!

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.

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21 It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

THIS IS AWESOME

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

Way too low

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

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22 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.

23 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

This is by far his best creation, EVER!

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24 Goodnight Saigon

My number 1 favorite

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!

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25 Prelude / Angry Young Man

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

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.

Angry Young Man should be at least be # 10 on the list.

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26 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.

Remember stealing my brothers cd and this was my favorite song

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27 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 this song. It's so intense, and herky-jerky and true. It makes me laugh. Haven't we all been driven crazy by the pressures in our lives?

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28 Leningrad

Voting for this one because I think it's underrated. - emraldYE

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

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29 Keeping the Faith

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

30 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!

31 I Go to Extremes
32 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.

33 Shades of Grey
34 Leave a Tender Moment Alone

One of my favorite songs of all time!

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

Incredible lyrics

Brilliant underplayed song!

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35 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

36 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.

Best song ever.

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37 All About Soul

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

38 A Matter of Trust

This song has a catchy hook. The music and the vocal are locked on. Even enjoyed the music video for this one

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.

39 She's Right On Time
40 Souvenir

Should be in top 10.

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

41 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

42 Modern Woman

Funky and catchy song.

43 Zanzibar

Oh, come on! This should be Number One!

The best song from Billy Joel’s second best album behind Turnstiles! It has emotion, spirit, and a catchy jazz section. This might be his most jazzy song! This should be Number One! Number Two would be Prelude/Angry Young Man.

I mean, most billy joel songs, if not all, are absolutely AMAZING, but I never expected zanzibar to be this low on the list!

Good song

44 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!

45 I've Loved These Days

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

46 An Innocent Man

Billy Joel sings songs about MY life
The Man is an Incredible and Understated Human Being...
We should all love this Man so much
more... Thank You God for Billy Joel XXX.

Top 5 song, u guys sleeping on this song

No words can do...

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

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47 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

48 Until the Night

Love Love Love this song!

49 Famous Last Words

His very last song released on his last album... Billy quit while he was ahead and I think that's what makes him such a great artist. He leaves fans with all these wonderful songs instead of allowing his quality of music decline with age like so many artists do.
Overall a wonderful song. Very catchy and you can really feel the bitter-sweet feelings that Joel has in making his last song.

Best cd ever, wil cherish arriving in NYC renting a car and driving towards Philadelphia listenning to River of Dreams, wow

50 Why Should I Worry?

One of the best Disney songs of all time! Although my personal favorite from Oliver & Company is actually Once Upon a Time in New York City. In fact, I love all the songs from the movie.

Awesome song. Billy Joel at his finest.

Great song from a great film

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