Top Ten Greatest Billy Joel Songs

The Top Ten
1 Piano Man

I'm listening to this for the second time right now. Now, I haven't many of Billy's magnificent songs, but after hearing this, I definitely want to. It's such a beautifully crafted piece. Totally going on my iPod.

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.

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

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

New York State of Mind is my favourite, but I must say Scenes is the best Billy Joel song. It is practically every Billy Joel style joined together into one song. The middle section has a perfect rhythm, but even more, did anyone realise that the beginning of that section's rich instrumental accompaniment is nothing more than drums, a basso ostinato and piano? This shows how good of a pianist Billy Joel is. The melody is beautifully addictive, theres no way anyone would forget.

This is the greatest soul song of all time. Billy has 6 greats,
1: Scenes
2: Piano Man
3: You May Be Write
4: Only The Good Die Young
5: Vienna
6: Back In The U.S.S.R.

Scenes is special. It's the truth. To people who once loved each other meeting up, going through past memories, and beginning to feel like there's something thereā€¦
But then they come into realization. The realization that it can't ever be the same. Like the title of the S.E. Hinton classic, "That Was Then, This Is Now".
It stands out from a lot if the other 80's love scene, at least it seems like that, I wasn't alive then. Nor in the 90s. Early 2001.

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.

One of my favorite songs of all time. He has an uncanny ability to make you feel that the song is about your life, about how you grew up or about the people and places you know.

3 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".

Love the music/tune and the lyrics and the chordal arrangements that thread thru all. And so... If the tune and lyrics are labelled great then this definitely is a great song. Mwaningful

Everyone has faults but if you really care about someone you see beyond the issues and accept that person as they are.

An unbelieveble series of chord and a unic saxophone solist with a most tender, simple lyrics. This is the best pop love song but have a jazz quality which only few genius can do. And sorry for my english

4 We Didn't Start the Fire

I like the song in concert even better than just listening. The images that flash during the song along with the words are really cool

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.

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?

This should be number one because this song talks about the environment!

5 Uptown Girl

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!

The catchiest song ever written! My friends and I sing and dance to this song incessantly.

The first I listened to this song was the westlife version and loved it! The original only gets better! a truly brilliant song! Love you uptown girl

I'm 14 years old and I listen to Uptown Girl with my grandmom and think it's the number one song from old school Billy Joel.

6 Movin' Out

Moving out has one of the coolest rhythms and ostinatos of all billy joel songs. Also the harmony which is often ignored is fun to hear. This song deserves its place right now!

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

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

7 Vienna

Hands down the best song Billy Joel ever wrote.
I used to think I was alone thinking this, but my daughter, now 20, is in complete agreement after pulling The Stranger out of one of my old CD sleeves.

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!

Vienna is definitely top 5 from Billy joel. As one of his calmer songs, this song is the symbol of art, beauty and elegance. The harmonica interlude has classical implementations, making this song THE SECOND ARTISTIC THING ON EARTH, first being the city itself.

8 Only the Good Die Young

Only the good die young's lyrics goes two ways. Though ironically criticising the "good", it gives the audience a second option of comprehension. People say this song is supposed to be fun because the instrumentation, rhythm and melody. I think not. This is clearly one of the saddest songs from billy joel. The piano intro suggests nothing close to "sinners are much more fun". Being in the "the stranger" album, we can understand that in every song there are more than one side or perspective.

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!

Billy may not have become what he was if it weren't for the controversy that this song sparked. Such a melody.

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

9 New York State of Mind

This is my favorite billy joel song, and has my favorite piano intro of all. Theres no need to explain. See for yourself what its like listening to this song during the pandemic. "I'm taking a greyhound on the Hudson river line"

It's a song that isn't fast but will get stuck in your head. Billy Joel's best work.

Great song. Absolutely fantastic. One of many great songs on his fourth album.

I don't even like New York, but this is my favorite song!

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. Gotta knock out "We Didn't Start the Fire".

The Contenders
11 The Longest Time

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.

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Great song, my favorite billy joel song. It takes me back to the good old days of doo wop music. I wish they would make more songs like this.

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

12 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!

This beautiful song is by far his best.
"She only reveals what she wants you to see"...
Actually, this song is the perfect definition of a woman.

Definitely my favorite Billy Joel song.. And also Only The Good Die Young, Uptown Girl, My Life and Honesty..

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

13 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!

Should be played at every concert he does. Even better live than on the album.

Great song. Turnstiles is my second favorite, after The Stranger of course.

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.

One of the best songs lyrically speaking.

Simply a great song. Like amazing.

This should definitely be 10th!

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.

One of his best straight-up rock songs. Glass Houses proved he could rock just as hard as the Stones, Zeppelin, etc.

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.

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

16 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.

A hauntingly beautiful song - this is my favorite or all of his.

18? This is the most beautiful sounding song, vocally, of all time.

17 Captain Jack

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.

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

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

18 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.

19 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!

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

This was the first billy Joel song I heard. It's a great song.

Easily one of his best. Deserves Top 8 if not Top 5.

20 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.

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

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

This is probably his greatest song.

21 Honesty

Such a lonely world...

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

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

Can listen over and over!

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

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.

Most classic Billy Joel rock song I guess? One of the best lyrics I've ever read because it's so true yet nobody mentions it.

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

I love the emotion in this song. It was touching to read he wrote it after his suicide attempt.

24 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!

25 Leningrad

Meaningful song, serves as a reminder that Billy Joel was the first western musician who performed in Soviet Russia, when the cold war tensions wore off during Gorbachev. First in a long time, in his performance, when Russians wove the American and Soviet flags side by side. Theres a nice documentary about their tour.

One of his very best ballads from a time where he wasn't really doing ballads anymore.

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

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