Billy Joel Songs
Whether you’re into old school or modern music, you probably heard some of the most popular Billy Joel Songs. Billy Joel is a multi-awarded singer and songwriter with a successful career spanning from the 1970’s up to the 1990’s. Even by the 2000’s Billy Joel still continued to release albums such as “Fantasies and Delusions,” and “The Essential Billy Joel.” The man was a hit-maker, 16 of his albums reached platinum status in the U.S. His memorable songs early in his career during the 1970’s have helped cement his status as one of the most iconic artists in the U.S.
- “Piano Man” was released under the “Piano Man” album in 1972. It is considered as one of Billy Joel’s best works along the other tracks in the album such as “Captain Jack” and “The Ballad of Billy the Kid.” It is especially remembered for its driven lyrics, harmonica melody, and Billy Joel’s own very passionate singing.
- “The Entertainer” was a song written in a similar vein with the “Piano Man.” It relates the struggles of artists in staying on the charts, paying off bills, and generally “staying in line” with how the entertainment business goes. It also mentions how his best songs were cropped to fit within 3:05 to be played on the radio.
- “She’s Got a Way” was first released in 1971 under the “Cold Spring Harbor” album; however, it only became a hit in 1981 when it was re-released under the “Songs in the Attic” album. Since then, it became a one of Billy Joel’s favorite concert pieces.
- “New York State of Mind” is also a Billy Joel signature song. It was a nostalgic song about going home back to New York. It referenced various New York landmarks such as the Hudson River, China town, Riverside, as well as The New York Times, Daily News, and the Greyhound bus. It is perhaps one of the most covered songs by other artists.
- “It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me” is Billy Joel’s response to the emergence of new wave during the early 1980’s. Billy Joel is adamant that in spite of the new music trend, he still prefers rock and roll. The lyrics of the song criticize the fashion trends that came along with new wave. It went on to become Billy Joel’s first Billboard #1 song for 1980.