Top Ten Greatest Billy Joel Songs

The Top Ten Greatest Billy Joel Songs

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.

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

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

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 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.

5 Movin' Out

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

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

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...

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!

7 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

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

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

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!


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 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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11 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.

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

12 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.

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 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

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

14 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

15 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

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.

16 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.

Ridiculously low.

17 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

18 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.

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"

20 Keeping the Faith

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

21 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.

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

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

23 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.

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

This is by far his best creation, EVER!

25 This is the Time

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!

26 Leningrad

Great song! Probably some of his deepest lyrics, underrated

Voting for this one because I think it's 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

27 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!

28 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.

Amazing song, that's all I gotta say

29 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

30 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

31 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?

32 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!

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

33 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.

34 Shades of Grey
35 Leave a Tender Moment Alone

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

Incredible lyrics

One of my favorite songs of all time!

Brilliant underplayed song!

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.

37 All About Soul

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

38 I Go to Extremes
39 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.

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...

40 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!

41 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.

42 She's Right On Time
43 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

44 Souvenir

Should be in top 10.

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

45 Modern Woman

Funky and catchy song.

46 Zanzibar

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

Oh, come on! This should be Number One!

Damn is this an underrated one

Good song

47 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!

48 I've Loved These Days

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

49 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

50 Until the Night

Love Love Love this song!

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