Billy Joel - The Hits

Billy Joel - The Hits
Release Date:
November 16, 2010
Recording Date:
1971 - 1993
Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Album Rock
The Hits

The inaugural release in the Columbia/Legacy 2011 Billy Joel reissue series, The Hits is the first-ever U.S. single-disc overview of the piano man’s full career. Even his first compilation, 1986’s Greatest Hits, Vols.

1-2, was a double-LP set and so was 2001's The Essential, so just having a 19-track summation of Joel’s career is useful, but fortunately, The Hits accomplishes its job well. True, it bends the rules a little -- the opening “Everybody Loves You Now” never charted, nor did “New York State of Mind,” and there are some notable absences, chief among them his first Top Ten hit “Just the Way You Are” and “Uptown Girl,” along with the anthem “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” -- but what’s here constitutes Billy’s basic canon: “Piano Man,” “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “Only the Good Die Young,” “My Life,” “You May Be Right,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Allentown,” “Pressure,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Those double-disc sets dig deeper, offering other hits and album tracks, but there’s always been a need for a single disc with most of Joel’s hits, and that’s what The Hits delivers.

Everybody Loves You Now / Billy JoelBilly Joel2:51
Piano Man / Billy JoelBilly Joel5:39
The Entertainer / Billy JoelBilly Joel3:41
New York State of Mind / Billy JoelBilly Joel6:04
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) / Billy JoelBilly Joel3:30
Only the Good Die Young / Billy JoelBilly Joel3:56
My Life / Billy JoelBilly Joel4:43
Big Shot / Billy JoelBilly Joel4:02
You May Be Right / Billy JoelBilly Joel4:13
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me / Billy JoelBilly Joel2:58
Say Goodbye to Hollywood [Live Attic Version] / Billy JoelBilly Joel4:27
Allentown / Billy JoelBilly Joel3:51
Pressure / Billy JoelBilly Joel4:40
The Longest Time / Billy JoelBilly Joel3:39
Tell Her About It / Billy JoelBilly Joel3:51
A Matter of Trust / Billy JoelBilly Joel4:07
We Didn't Start the Fire / Billy JoelBilly Joel4:51
I Go to Extremes / Billy JoelBilly Joel4:23
The River of Dreams / Billy JoelBilly Joel4:05

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