It took a while for Billy Joel’s career to start – six years and four albums. But once it took off, it didn’t stop. Joel spent the early part of the 1970s as a singer who wrote about what he knew: New York City, girls, love. He scored a minor but critical hit in 1973 with ‘Piano Man,’ which became his signature song. But it wasn’t until 1977’s ‘The Stranger’ that his records started selling in the millions and topping the charts. His next two albums went to No. 1; so did a pair in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, right around the time he retired from making pop records (though he still tours regularly and released an album of classical songs since). He got tough (1980’s ‘Glass Houses’), political (1982’s ‘The Nylon Curtain’) and nostalgic (1983’s ‘An Innocent Man’). But Joel is at his best singing about the loves of his life.
Explore Billy Joel's New York 'Landmarks' on New Interactive Map
"New York State of Mind" site highlights businesses, addresses and venues crucial to singer's life and songs.
Reissue Roundup: Fall Sets From David Bowie, Billy Joel and More
Deluxe box sets, expanded classic LPs and other treasures highlight the latest batch of archival releases.
Watch Dave Grohl's Kazoo-Heavy Cover of Billy Joel's 'Big Shot'
He and producer Greg Kurstin are six entries into their eight-day Hanukkah Sessions covers series.
Hear an Early Version of Billy Joel's 'New York State of Mind'
Live rendition was recorded several months before final album version.
Billy Joel Plays Human Jukebox During Lively Austin Show: Review
Singer headlined Austin's Formula One U.S. Grand Prix this past weekend.
Watch Billy Joel's New 'Scenes From an Italian Restaurant' Video
Video arrives ahead of 'The Vinyl Collection, Vol. 1' box set.
When John Mellencamp Got a Surprise Phone Call From Billy Joel
“You never forget something like that.”
Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ Sheet Music ‘Horribly Wrong’ for Years
Songwriter's musical director says paperwork is to blame for people thinking “I guess I suck.”
When Billy Joel Lashed Back With ‘It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me'
His first No.1 single was a dig at music industry misdirection - and the critics who wanted to classify him as “adult contemporary.”