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Top 20 Billy Joel Hits

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William Martin Joel was born in Hicksville, Long Island, New York in 1949.In 1964, he joined his first band, The Echoes, at the age of 14.The Echoes became The Emeralds in 1965 and then the Lost Souls.

After joining the Long Island group, The Hassels in the late 60’s, they released two albums and four singles.Joel and Hassels drummer Jon Small formed Attila, but they disbanded after only one album.

Billy Joel went solo and signed with the Family Productions label in 1971 and released one album, “ColdSpringHarbor,” named after a Long Island town.However, this album also went unnoticed.

Joel moved to California in 1972 and did a gig at a piano bar on Wilshire Boulevard, where he composed his classic tune, “Piano Man.”

Columbia Records executive, Herb Gordon, became aware of Joel’s talent and signed him to a recording contract, releasing his first album, “Piano Man.”The title track was released as a single in 1974 and gave Joel his first top 40 hit, making it to #25 on the weekly Billboard charts.

Joel followed that album with “The Entertainer”, releasing the title track and giving him his second top 40 single in 1975.

When Joel teamed up with producer Phil Ramone, the album “The Stranger” was recorded and that’s when the hits started coming.Billy Joel went top 40 over 30 times on the Billboard singles charts, topping the charts three times.

Here are Billy Joel’s 20 biggest hits, according to Billboard magazine:

1. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – 1980 – his first number one single.

2. We Didn’t Start The Fire – 1989

3. Tell Her About It – 1983

4. Just The Way You Are – 1978 – written for his wife, at the time, Elizabeth and won Grammy’s Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

5. My Life – 1979 – used as the opening theme to the sitcom “Bosom Buddies” starring Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari.

6. Uptown Girl – 1983 – written about future wife Christie Brinkley.

7. The River Of Dreams – 1993 – Joel’s last hit to make it into the Top 10.

8. I Go To Extremes – 1990

9. You May Be Right – 1980 – covered by Southside Johnny and used for the opening theme for the CBS sitcom, “Dave’s World.”

10. You’re Only Human (Second Wind) – 1985 – one of two singles recorded especially to be included in the Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 album.

11. An Innocent Man – 1984 – the title track from the album that was written as a tribute to the music of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

12. A Matter Of Trust – 1986 –

13. Modern Woman – 1986 – included in the film “Ruthless People” starring Bette Midler and Danny DeVito.

14. The Longest Time – 1984

15. Big Shot – 1979

16. Allentown – 1983 – from the Nylon Curtain album.

17. She’s Always A Woman – 1978 – One of four top 25 singles from “The Stranger” album.

18. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) – 1978

19. Say Goodbye To Hollywood – 1981 – from the “Songs In The Attic” album.

20. This Is The Time – 1987 – a favorite on the prom circuit.

Billy Joel was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in 1982.In 1985, he married supermodel, Christie Brinkley.He was the first American rock act to perform in Russia, in 1987, since before the Berlin Wall was constructed.

Billy Joel won Grammy’s Legend Award in 1990 and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1999.He still tours today, sometimes with Elton John.

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