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The Best Billy Joel Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 2.1k votes 475 voters 7.4k views14 items

List RulesThis list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

Widely acclaimed for his array of hits in the 1970s and 1980s, Billy Joel is considered one of the great piano rock artists of all time.  This list of the best Billy Joel albums includes pictures of the album covers when available. The Billy Joel discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Billy Joel albums can be found at the top of the list. Though the Bronx-born "Piano Man" is best loved for his earlier work, he had hits into the '90s with albums like The River of Dreams. Joel is a member of both Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

To make voting for your favorite records easier, we haven't included Billy Joel singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Billy Joel album isn't ranked highly enough, vote for it so it receives proper credit. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Billy Joel album, vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know what is the best Billy Joel album of all time, this list will answer your question. Albums range from The Stranger (1977) to 52nd Street (1978) to The Bridge (1986). These popular Billy Joel CDs have been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order isn't just one person's opinion. 

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  • The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Billy Joel Albums of All Time
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    • Release Date: 1977
    • Artist: Billy Joel
    • Producer: Phil Ramone
    • Tracks: Everybody Has a Dream, Vienna, Just the Way You Are
    • Length (mins): 00:42:49
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Pop music, Soft rock, Pop rock
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  • 52nd Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Billy Joel Albums of All Time
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    • Release Date: 1978
    • Artist: Billy Joel
    • Tracks: Stiletto, Honesty, Rosalinda’s Eyes
    • Genres (Music): Rock music
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    • Release Date: 1976
    • Artist: Billy Joel
    • Tracks: New York State of Mind, I've Loved These Days, James
    • Length (mins): 00:36:30
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, Soft rock, Pop rock
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  • Glass Houses is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Billy Joel Albums of All Time
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    • Release Date: 1980
    • Artist: Billy Joel
    • Producer: Phil Ramone
    • Tracks: All for Leyna, Sleeping With the Television On, You May Be Right
    • Length (mins): 00:35:09
    • Genres (Music): Rock music, New Wave
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