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The Stranger (album) by Billy Joel 

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The Stranger
The Stranger by Billy Joel (1977)
Overall rank: 281st   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 564 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1977 (12th)
Top 100 albums of the 1970s (75th)
Top 500 albums of all time (281st)

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The Stranger is ranked as the best album by Billy Joel.

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81/100 (from 564 votes)
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From MetaKoopa99 11/05/2017 04:35
Billy Joel doesn't get enough love on this site. This is one of the greatest albums of all time. The first seven songs are instantly recognizable classics, and the final two tracks are two of Joel's best and most underrated tunes. It's no wonder most people consider this to be his finest works. I think my favorite song from the Piano Man is Vienna. It's just so beautiful.
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From Faroresdragn 09/01/2017 15:11
Definitely has his best songs on here, but I really dont feel like this is his best album. I was first introduced to Billy joel as a kid with one of his greatest hits albums. And I was impressed that almost all of the songs on this album were on there, but thats just what it sounds like: a compilation. Its just a bunch of singles to me with no cohesion at all. REALLY GREAT singles, dont get me wrong: Scenes is actually on my "Top Ten Favorite Songs of All Time" playlist on my phone. But as an ALBUM it doesnt really impress me more than the greatest hits album did. Ill always like 52nd street better as a whole album, but any single song here beats any single song on 52 street (except maybe the last two tracks). Maybe thats a weird opinion to have but there you go.
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From michael44bishop 12/17/2016 20:30
It's fascinating to me how successful an album could be. I am so happy that this album has received all the critical acclaim it did. The singles from this album are still favorites and I only wish he still played some of them in concert.
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From danmarzella 11/18/2016 17:03
Hands down, his best album from start to finish!
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From Yipyapper 11/08/2016 15:32
No track isn't at least great on this album, and every moment on them feels too natural, almost as if they were all live without sacrificing the production quality.

Key Cuts: Just the Way You Are, Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, Only the Good Die Young
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From HarryLuke 08/11/2016 05:25
Wow wow wow I love billy joel! And this is his finest effort yet. Scenes from Italian restaurant, Shes always a woman and only the good die young are all out of this world. Please listen to this album.
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From AwaitingAndrew 06/09/2016 01:01
Solid classic album, but the first half is far superior to the end. Just the Way You Are might be Billy Joel's best song if you ask me.
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From garycottier 04/04/2016 23:42
Easily Billy Joel's best album. The stranger, sees Joel at the peak of his songwriting powers, in a record that contains all that's great about an incredibly underrated songwriter. Movin'out, kicks the album off in superb style. The title track, another Joel classic, precedes one of his most celebrated pieces. Just the way you are, wasn't originally intended to be on the LP, but fortunately for Joel, was persuaded otherwise. It's slick, extremely sentimental, but it is lovely. The original first side ends with the centrepiece of the album. Scenes from an Italian restaurant, is one of, if not the greatest of all Billy Joel compositions. Epic in scale, it was inspired by the medley on the second side of the Beatles masterpiece, Abbey road, this is his Italian/American version. Vienna opens the second side, another excellent cut. It's followed by two more Joel stunners. She's always a woman, is a beautiful folk ballad, another of his best, and that's followed by the catchy, only the good die young, wonderful. If there is a weak moment, it's probably the penultimate track, get it right the first time. It's still a good song, but it's not in the same class as the rest. The intro also sounds like the theme tune to the old children's t.v. show, rainbow. The album ends on a spectacular note. Everybody has a dream, is a moving ballad about someone living in their imagination, but hoping his dreams come true, it's fantastic. And that's it. If you haven't heard this album before, give it a go. If you appreciate great songwriting, you will love it. Excellent.
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From poppmusic 01/25/2016 10:24
His image is more refined than his music, which can get too "pop" at times ("Only the Good Die Young", "The Stranger"). But at others it is genuinely touching ("Just the Way You Are", "Vienna").
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From GthanSwagson 08/27/2015 02:08
Billy Joel is highly underrated on this site! I love This album! It's his best effort and in my top 20 favorite albums of all time. He was a talented songwriter and it's amazing how his sound evolved over the years.
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