Billy Joel

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William Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer. Since releasing his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973, Joel has become the sixth-best-selling recording artist and the third-best-selling solo artist in the United States. His compilation album Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 is one of the best-selling albums in the US.

Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the US, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts. With the exception of the 2007 songs "All My Life" and "Christmas in Fallujah", Joel stopped writing and releasing pop/rock material after 1993's River of Dreams. However, he continues to tour, and he plays songs from all eras of his solo career in his concerts.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Cold Spring Harbor Billy Joel 4.5 3
1973 Piano Man Billy Joel 5 16
1974 Streetlife Serenade Billy Joel 3.5 8
1976 Turnstiles Billy Joel 8
1977 The Stranger Billy Joel 4.25 17
1978 52nd Street Billy Joel 5 18
1980 Glass Houses Billy Joel 10
1982 The Nylon Curtain Billy Joel 5 12
1983 An Innocent Man Billy Joel 10
1986 The Bridge Billy Joel 4 6
1989 Storm Front Billy Joel 9
1993 River of Dreams Billy Joel 3 9
1993 We Didn't Start The Fire Billy Joel 1
1997 To Make You Feel My Love Billy Joel 1
2001 Fantasies & Delusions Billy Joel 2
2007 x2 an Innocent Man / River of Dreams Billy Joel 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Greatest Hits, Volume I & Volume II Billy Joel 3 11
1997 Greatest Hits, Volume III Billy Joel 4
1997 The Complete Hits Collection: 1973-1997 Billy Joel 2
1999 Early Years, Volume 2 Billy Joel 1
2000 The Ultimate Collection Billy Joel 6
2001 The Essential Billy Joel Billy Joel 2
2004 Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel Billy Joel 4
2005 My Lives Billy Joel 1
2010 The Hits Billy Joel 1
2010 She's Always A Woman: Love Songs Billy Joel 1
2011 Further Than Heaven Billy Joel 1
2011 The Complete Albums Collection Billy Joel 1
2013 She's Got a Way: Love Songs Billy Joel 1
Billboard Hits U.S.A. Billy Joel 1
Retold, Volume 1: The Bridge to 52nd Street Billy Joel 1
Retold, Volume 2: The Piano Man From the Harbor Billy Joel 1
Retold, Volume 3 Billy Joel 1
Sings (Early Demo's) Billy Joel 1
The Essential Billy Joel Billy Joel 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Songs in the Attic Billy Joel 7
1981 Songs in the Attic Billy Joel 1
1987 Концерт Billy Joel 8
2000 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert Billy Joel 4
2000 Live at Yankee Stadium Billy Joel 2
2001 Face to Face Live in Vancouver 2001 Elton John & Billy Joel 1
2003 Face to Face Live in Columbia 2003 Elton John & Billy Joel 1
2006 12 Gardens Live Billy Joel 4
2009 The Piano Men: Live in Tokyo Elton John & Billy Joel 2
2011 Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert Billy Joel 2
2011 Live On Air Billy Joel 1
Face to Face Elton John & Billy Joel 2
Live Billy Joel 1
Live USA Billy Joel 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Movin’ Out (Original Broadway Cast) Billy Joel 1

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