This past Monday was the 35th anniversary of Billy Joel’s album 52nd Street. That being said, I thought it was only fitting for me to share my love for Billy Joel with the world. When I was 10 years old my Mom took me to my first concert ever: Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York. Despite the foul language of some gentlemen behind me and getting beer spilled all over my Dallas Cowboys Starter Jacket, it was one of the most memorable experiences of my formidable years. I had no idea what the songs were about, or who this man really was, but I loved every second of it.
Now here’s my list of the 11 reasons why you should spend the rest of the day listening to Billy Joel.
1. To Chill Out For a Bit
If this song doesn’t help you calm down for a few minutes, I don’t know what will. Vienna by Billy Joel is one of those songs that sticks with you for a while. For you youngsters who don’t quite believe me, check out Ariana Grande’s cover of Vienna below:
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2. To Decide What Type Of Wine To Drink
“A bottle Of white, a bottle of red…” I grew up with this song on repeat. Looking back now, growing up listening to a song about a divorce probably isn’t the best thing but whatever. This song is great from start to finish. When you’re looking for somebody to sympathize with your poor decision making skills, this is the guy to do it.
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3. Because… Broadway!
Let’s face it; you’re doing something right when your music gets turned in to a Broadway theatrical play. So it didn’t do that well… Oh well. The song is still great!
4. To Fit a History Lesson In Your Busy Schedule
When I was in 8th grade my U.S. History teacher, Mr. Fox, had us spend an entire class watching the music video for “We Didn’t Start The Fire” and also having us memorize the lyrics. By the end of the class, we were all singing along and I haven’t forgotten a word since. This song is basically a summary of the history from 1949-1989. For a more in depth look, click here to check out this awesome article.
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5. Billy is a Mets Fan
Okay, so this is more of a personal reason I suppose. But still, you’ve got to sympathize with any Mets fan that isn’t drinking themselves half to death. Oh wait, Billy did that a few times…
6. He’s A Romantic
A whole album of love songs? Hell yeah! And a personal favorite below.
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7. He’s Got Superhuman Strength & Piano Flipping Abilities
Yeah, let’s see you flip a piano.
8. He Offers Some Great Advice On Life
I’m not going to lie, I’m angry. Why? Because a quick Google search for “Only The Good Die Young” revealed more pictures related to the TV show Glee than Billy Joel pictures. Get your heads out of your asses, kids. This catchy tune off of Billy Joel’s album, The Stranger is a nice uplifting song; that is until you learn what it’s really about.
The song was originally inspired by a high school crush of Billy Joel’s, Virginia Callahan. The singer believes that the girl is refusing him because she comes from a religious Catholic family and she believes sex before marriage is sinful. The song went on to cause much controversy and was protested to be removed from radio station playlists around the world. Not long after the song was banned, the album shot up the charts and became a huge success.
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9. To Have Deep Inner Discussions On What These Songs Are Really About
There has been quite some discussion on the meaning of this song. From rumors of it being an auto-biography on Joel’s younger years of drinking and making bad choices, to it being about a drug dealer named Captain Jack on Long Island who used to sell Heroin to kids. Either way, it’s a great song that’s definitely open to interpretation.
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10. Because… Nick Kroll!
11. It’s Better Than This:
… but really