All The Most Underrated Song In Every Billy Joel Album

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Billy Joel, the maestro of timeless hits, has left an indelible mark on the music industry with a catalog spanning from 1971 to 1993. While many of his singles have rightly claimed their place in the limelight, there are hidden treasures in his albums that often go unnoticed.

In exploring these underrated tracks, one discovers the depth and diversity within Billy Joel’s discography, proving that sometimes the hidden gems are the true treasures.

Unveiling Hidden Gems: 12 Underrated Billy Joel Songs That Deserve Your Attention

1. “Why Judy Why” (Cold Spring Harbor, 1971)

Despite a mastering glitch on Cold Spring Harbor, “Why Judy Why” shines with a Beatlesque melody. The helium-like effect on Joel’s vocals, coupled with simple lyrics, transports listeners to the late ’60s, making it a hidden baroque pop gem.

2. “You’re My Home” (Piano Man, 1973)

Amidst the hits of Piano Man, “You’re My Home” stands out as a pleasant, country-tinged surprise. It’s a testament to Joel’s versatility and a hidden gem that deserves recognition.

3. “Souvenir” (Streetlife Serenade, 1974)

In Streetlife Serenade, often overshadowed by other albums, “Souvenir” emerges as a two-minute masterpiece. It beautifully muses on the passage of time, offering a short but sweet artistic detour.

4. “Summer, Highland Falls” (Turnstiles, 1976)

Turnstiles marked Joel’s artistic evolution, and “Summer, Highland Falls” sets a contemplative tone. Exploring the internal struggles that lead to conflicts with loved ones, this track is part of an underrated album filled with should-have-been hits.

5. “Vienna” (The Stranger, 1977)

While The Stranger catapulted Joel to superstardom, “Vienna” often remains overlooked. Joel’s insightful advice to a friend racing through life captures the essence of this underrated track.

6. “Stiletto” (52nd Street, 1978)

“Stiletto” may be a typical song about an irresistible significant other, but the borrowed piano hook from Traffic adds a sizzling dimension. Joel’s fabulous keyboard work elevates this track from the usual fare.

7. “Sleeping with the Television On” (Glass Houses, 1980)

Embracing literate New Wave, this track channels the spirit of Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson. A narrator tries to coax a reticent partner out of her romantic shell, enhanced by a synth solo with a Farfisa organ feel.

8. “Laura” (The Nylon Curtain, 1982)

From the dark depths of The Nylon Curtain, “Laura” is a character sketch filled with emotional intensity. The woozy ballad, reminiscent of The Beatles circa ’67, showcases Joel’s biting vocal delivery.

9. “Christie Lee” (An Innocent Man, 1983)

An Innocent Man pays homage to the ’50s and ’60s, but “Christie Lee” stands out with riotous fun. Joel channels Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard in a manicured yet lively portrayal.

10. “Big Man on Mulberry Street” (The Bridge, 1986)

In The Bridge, “Big Man on Mulberry Street” showcases Joel’s genre-blending prowess. A big band sound infused with Joel’s distinct personality, it gained recognition from its appearance on the show Moonlighting.

11. “Leningrad” (Storm Front, 1989)

Inspired by Joel’s visit to Russia, “Leningrad” weaves Russian classical music themes into its melody. The lyrics advocate against judging people we haven’t met, adding depth to this hidden gem.

12. “Famous Last Words” (River of Dreams, 1993)

Closing River of Dreams, “Famous Last Words” marks the end of an era for Joel’s pop/rock-oriented albums. An elegiac masterpiece, it hints at his journey toward new musical frontiers.