2022 marks the 45th anniversary of one of Billy Joel’s greatest albums, “The Stranger“. The “Piano Man” created one of those rare albums that was essentially an instant “greatest hits.”
If you’ve ever wondered why many (if not most) consider Billy Joel’s “The Stranger” is his best album, then you’re not alone. The 1970s were a golden age for the singer and songwriter, and his Stranger is a timeless classic. The acoustic guitar swells in the background and the lyrics are surprisingly witty. The album is full of catchy songs, such as “Just the Way You Are,” and its title track is a memorable track.
The title track is a heart-wrenching tearjerker, with piano accompaniment. This piano-driven song, with its ethereal chorus, is one of Joel’s most empathetic compositions. “Vienna” reflects on growing up and learning to accept things the way they are. Although Billy Joel sounds a bit bitter in this song, it’s a lovely tune.
The Stranger has been a controversial album from the start. Columbia considered dropping Billy Joel if his next album didn’t sell well. The Stranger features three original songs that evoke the nuances of love and life, including “Come out, Virginia” and “Only the Good Die Young.”
This album has since become one of Joel’s most successful albums. It has become one of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling albums of all time, and is now considered by many fans as the artist’s greatest. It is also considered one of the most universally recognizable albums of all time. That’s why most people believe it’s Billy Joel’s best album. It has a timeless quality that is difficult to find in any other album.
SAMPLE ONE OF HIS GREATEST SONGS:
Featured photo of piano by Amir Doreh.