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Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 70/500!
The Stranger is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy
Joel, released on September 29, 1977, by Columbia Records. While his four
previous albums had been moderately successful, The Stranger became Joel's true
critical and commercial breakthrough, spending six weeks at number 2 on the US
albums chart. Considered his magnum opus, it remains his best-selling
non-compilation album to date, and was ranked number 70 on Rolling Stone's list
of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Four singles from the LP charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the following
order: "Just the Way You Are" (#3), "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" (#17), "Only
the Good Die Young" (#24), and "She's Always a Woman" (#17). "Just The Way You
Are" won the Grammy for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most
popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout
the years, Joel's songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for
millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that "meant
something during the time in which I lived … and transcended that time."
Billy Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his
first solo recording contract in 1972. In 1990, he was presented with a Grammy
Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, Joel was
presented with the Johnny Mercer Award, the organization's highest honor, in
2001. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has
received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, presented
for albums that have sold over 10 million copies.
"Billy Joel had been on the verge throughout the mid-Seventies. But his
fifth album had the recipe for success: a bottle of red, a bottle of white and a
sharp eye for the local color of New York street life. The piano man hones his
storytelling gifts with a Scorsese-style sense of humor and compassion, whether
he's singing about a down-and-out Little Italy hustler in 'Movin' Out (Anthony's
Song),' the femme fatale in 'She's Always a Woman to Me' or the doomed Long
Island greaser couple Brenda and Eddie in 'Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.'
Meanwhile, he hit the pop charts with the Grammy-winning 'Just the Way You Are'
(written for his first wife and manager, Elizabeth), which became a wedding-band
standard." - Rolling Stone
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1. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
2. The Stranger
3. Just The Way You Are
4. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant Side B:
2. Only The Good Die Young
3. She's Always A Woman
4. Get It Right The First Time
5. Everybody Has A Dream