The Stranger (studio album) by Billy Joel

The Stranger by Billy Joel
Year: 1977
Overall rank: 239th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 800 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1977 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (57th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (239th)
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82/100 (from 800 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.9/100, a mean average of 80.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.7.

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85/100
From 05/13/2022 05:21
The instrumentals here are superb and they fit very well with his voice and songwriting.
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From 05/12/2022 17:58
One of the finest collections of pop and rock melodies ever conceived.
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From 04/25/2022 11:58
From start to finish this album goes on a journey and deserves way more love than it gets.
This was the album that made me fall in love with Billy Joel as an artist and is definitely him at his best. It's clever, emotional, gentle, raw, rich, energetic and calming.
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From 04/13/2022 15:20
An often underrated and under-appreciated album of sheer quality. The songwriting focuses hard on sing-along catchy piano ballads that have a level of edge and intricacy. Easily Joel's best album.
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From 04/13/2022 05:29
Amazing album, short and focused, without a single bad track. Not much else to say.
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From 03/09/2022 16:17
This album is so unforgettable that it’s back on the Billboard top 200 right now. So many timeless tracks, and despite an average sounding final track this album really is just a quality record.
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From 12/21/2021 12:53
This is an amazing album, no weak tracks just plain art in the singer-songwriter profession.
It is also a grower that will grab you from the balls more with each listening.
Joel is a master of making catchy songs with great hooks and lyrics. His ballads are one of the best ever made.
Recommended, this is fresh and never gets old.
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From 09/26/2021 02:41
A closing track short of perfect, but still a masterpiece. Amazing album.
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From 09/24/2021 23:14
Im coming back again and how is this Amazing Album at 63 in 1970's????????

yeah this is the greatest decade in music
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80/100
From 09/08/2021 16:34
jazz piano-driven pop blockbusters
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