Billy Joel is such a fitting choice to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He's one of the greatest American songwriters, whose body of work certainly warrants this prestigious lifetime achievement award.
Joel is the sixth person to receive this award, following in the footsteps of Carole King, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. He'll receive the Gershwin Prize in November.
In honor of the occasion, we decided to rank Joel's Top 10 songs. It was a tall task, given the fact that he has roughly a hundred or so truly amazing songs, but we accomplished it nonetheless. Here are our results.
1. "Piano Man" (1973) -- His first single is still his best.
2. "Only the Good Die Young" (1977) -- Put this in a time capsule, so that future generations can hear what rock 'n' roll was all about.
3. "Just the Way You Are" (1977) -- So many incredible ballads to choose from.
4. "She's Got a Way" (1971) — Ditto
5. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" (1980) -- The song keeps getting better with age.
6. "She's Always a Woman" (1977) -- An absolutely stunning number.
7. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" (1977) -- It's one of the best showcases of Joel's vocals
8. —Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" (1977) -- Another example of Joel's talents as a storyteller.
9. "New York State of Mind" (1976) -- A great anthem for the Big Apple.
10. "We Didn't Start the Fire" (1989) -- It's not quite as good as R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," but it's still a definite keeper.
Those are our picks. What are yours? Feel free to comment below about your favorite Billy Joel tracks.
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