The Stranger

Billy Joel - The Stranger
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Based on 3 reviews
1977 Ratings: #41 / 99
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Based on 188 ratings
1977 Ratings: #9
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Even if his melodies sound more Broadway than Beatles ... there's no denying that the melodies of each song on The Stranger are memorable, so much so that they strengthen the weaker portions of the album. Joel rarely wrote a set of songs better than those on The Stranger, nor did he often deliver an album as consistently listenable.

Slant Magazine

Billy Joel’s seminal 1977 release The Stranger is a concept album of sorts, an ode to the singer’s native New York underscored by his paranoid obsession (and resistance) to change.


In France, being a Billy Joel fan is no picnic. In this country, the simple evocation of "Piano Man" is necessarily accompanied by an embarrassed silence or by a "WHAT!???! This guy's a fucking 'has-been', SHAME ON YOU!". Here, frenchie pitchforks often calls him "the worst pop singer of all time", some pretentious intellectuals even speak of "a plague on sound waves more contagious than the West Nile virus" ... read more

"The Stranger" by Billy Joel (1977) {Pop Rock}

This is the quintessential Billy Joel album, and also his best. His commercial break-though, as well as his creative peak; "The Stranger" offers a track list that reads like a greatest hits album. Where it lack in being experimental or pushing new ground, the reason why it's my joint AOTY of 1977 as well as a perfect album in my eyes is because it is an emotional pop masterpiece, and it pushes it with such ... read more
This is an album I have been streaming so much lately, I’m really getting into different music more while I’m here enjoying my time as a student. It’s such a different life and I’m really enjoying it so far, what this does mean is that I have a little less time on my hands to listen to music.

This album resonates with me on so many levels, it’s incredible. I don’t even know where to start.. is it the incredibly beautiful and lively instrumentals? Is it the ... read more
This album really solidified Billy Joel as one of my favorite songwriters ever. This album is filled with such delicate sorrowful instrumentals, not 1 bad song and nothing short of a excellent performance from Joel in every track. Beautiful.
‪One of the greatest singer songwriter albums I’ve heard. The themes as well as depth of love and identity on top of the production and Joel’s performance was absolutely enthralling. So happy I finally gave this a go.‬
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Track List

  1. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
  2. The Stranger
  3. Just The Way You Are
  4. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
  5. Vienna
  6. Only The Good Die Young
  7. She's Always A Woman
  8. Get It Right The First Time
  9. Everybody Has A Dream
  10. Untitled
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Added on: January 2, 2015