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The Stranger (album) by Billy Joel 

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The Stranger
The Stranger by Billy Joel (1977)
Overall rank: 286th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 615 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1977 (12th)
Top 100 albums of the 1970s (77th)
Top 500 albums of all time (286th)

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

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 615 votes)
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82/100

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From BLO 08/16/2018 00:36
Extremely consistent, and enough variation between energetic and soft to keep one involved. Aside from You Don't Mess Around With Jim and Sunflower, probably the most underrated album on this site.
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From Medelsvensson 06/06/2018 01:42
This album is SHOCKINGLY underrated in the overall score. Jesus christ people, look at the average ratings for the songs and compare it to others who score around 80-82 overall. I mean, I let a lot of stuff go on here, but COME ONNN
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From Goliath 05/10/2018 20:10
BJ's finest hour and my wife's favorite album, in my top 100.
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From planetneutral 04/16/2018 23:45
This is one of my all-time favorite albums.
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From SamNassiri98 03/27/2018 20:47
This might as well be a Greatest Hits album, one amazing song after the other! Definitely underrated on this site.
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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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