Top Ten Greatest Billy Joel Songs

The Top Ten

1 Piano Man Piano Man Cover Art

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.

Billy Joel is so talented. Eliciting emotions from a song is the sign of a true artist. He does that in this song. It's a very emotional song and one people can relate to.

2 Scenes from an Italian Restaurant Scenes from an Italian Restaurant Cover Art

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

Piano Man is great and will be my favourite in my heart, but this is easily, from a critical point of view, his best song. At least in my opinion

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.

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

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

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...

When I saw Billy Joel a few months ago, he described this as "the worst melody I ever wrote". I have to agree with him. WHY is it above so many better songs?

4 Uptown Girl Uptown Girl Cover Art

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...

Amazing song, pure Billy Joel. I love it since the first time I heard it. No matter how many times you listen to it, you like it more and more!

5 Just the Way You Are Just the Way You Are Cover Art

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.

6 Movin' Out Movin' Out Cover Art

Better than Piano Man. People who just obsess over it haven't listened to other songs from him

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.

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

7 Vienna Vienna Cover Art

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

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.

8 New York State of Mind New York State of Mind Cover Art

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.

9 Only the Good Die Young Only the Good Die Young Cover Art

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!

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.

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

10 The Longest Time The Longest Time Cover Art

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.

How I Met Your Mother introduced me to this song, and for 6 years it's been in my head. It's wonderful.

The Contenders

11 My Life My Life Cover Art

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?

12 Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) Cover Art

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.

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!

13 Captain Jack Captain Jack Cover Art

How this is not in the top 5 is astonishing. Odd subject but probably my favorite of his songs.

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.

14 The Downeaster Alexa The Downeaster Alexa Cover Art

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

Something meaningful he is telling his story in this song must listen to this specially if you are travelling

15 It's Still Rock and Roll to Me It's Still Rock and Roll to Me Cover Art

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

The first Billy Joel song I ever heard, and also my favorite.

16 Tell Her About It Tell Her About It Cover Art

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

17 You May Be Right You May Be Right Cover Art

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

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.

18 She's Always a Woman She's Always a Woman Cover Art

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.

19 And So It Goes And So It Goes Cover Art

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

20 Honesty Honesty Cover Art

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.

21 Summer, Highland Falls Summer, Highland Falls Cover Art

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"

22 Big Shot Big Shot Cover Art

? 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 Keeping the Faith Keeping the Faith Cover Art

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

24 The Stranger The Stranger Cover Art

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!

25 This is the Time This is the Time Cover Art

This is such an awesome and magical song! I can't believe its not on the list!

I love this song so much... I want this to be my wedding song!

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