The Essential Billy Joel

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The Essential Billy Joel
Greatest hits album by Billy Joel
Released October 2, 2001
Recorded 1973 - 2001
Genre Rock
Length 154:43
Label Sony BMG
Billy Joel chronology
Fantasies & Delusions
(2001)
The Essential Billy Joel
(2001)
Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel
(2005)
International Edition
International/European cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Essential Billy Joel is a Sony music compilation of songs by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel. It was released on October 2, 2001, and has been certified Double Platinum by the RIAA.[2] In conjunction with the release of the album, The Essential Video Collection was released, comprising Joel's most popular music videos.

On August 26, 2008, The Essential 3.0 was released containing a third disc with seven additional tracks.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Billy Joel.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Piano Man" – 5:36
  2. "You're My Home" – 3:11
  3. "Captain Jack" – 7:16
  4. "The Entertainer" – 3:39
  5. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" – 4:36
  6. "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" – 5:12
  7. "New York State of Mind" – 6:02
  8. "She's Always a Woman" – 3:19
  9. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" – 3:27
  10. "Only the Good Die Young" – 3:53
  11. "Just the Way You Are" – 4:48
  12. "Honesty" – 3:51
  13. "My Life" – 4:42
  14. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" – 2:57
  15. "You May Be Right" – 4:11
  16. "Don't Ask Me Why" – 2:57
  17. "She's Got a Way" (Live) – 2:59
  18. "Allentown" – 3:50

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Goodnight Saigon" – 7:02
  2. "An Innocent Man" – 5:18
  3. "Uptown Girl" – 3:14
  4. "The Longest Time" – 3:36
  5. "Tell Her About It" – 3:49
  6. "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" – 3:51
  7. "A Matter of Trust" – 4:08
  8. "Baby Grand" – 4:03
  9. "I Go to Extremes" – 4:20
  10. "We Didn't Start the Fire" – 4:48
  11. "Leningrad" – 4:03
  12. "The Downeaster "Alexa"" – 3:42
  13. "And So It Goes" – 3:36
  14. "The River of Dreams" – 4:06
  15. "All About Soul" – 5:57
  16. "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" – 3:30
  17. "Waltz no. 1 (Nunley's Carousel)" – 6:52
  18. "Invention in C minor" – 0:59

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Worse Comes to Worst" – 3:13
  2. "Prelude/Angry Young Man" – 5:16
  3. "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" – 7:34
  4. "Big Shot" – 4:02
  5. "All for Leyna" – 4:12
  6. "Pressure" – 4:39
  7. "This Is the Time" – 4:59

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
USA Billboard 200 29 [4]
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australia 50 [5]
New Zealand 14 [6]
Chart (2013) Peak
position
Ireland 66 [7]
USA Billboard 200 15 [8]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[9] 2× Platinum 140,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[10] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 2× Platinum 1,658,000[8]

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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