An Innocent Man (song)

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"An Innocent Man"
An Innocent Man single.jpg
Single by Billy Joel
from the album An Innocent Man
B-side"I'll Cry Instead" (live)
ReleasedDecember 1983
GenrePop rock, soft rock, blue-eyed soul
Songwriter(s)Billy Joel
Producer(s)Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"Uptown Girl"
"An Innocent Man"
"The Longest Time"

"An Innocent Man" is a 1983 song performed by Billy Joel and the third single from his album of the same name.

The song, whose musical style is an homage to Ben E. King and The Drifters, reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the third consecutive top 10 single from the album.[1] It also spent one week at #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[2]

Joel was quoted in a 1997 interview describing the high notes he sang during the song: "I had a suspicion that was going to be the last time I was going to be able to hit those notes, so why not go out in a blaze of glory? That was the end of Billy's high note."[2]

No music video was made for this song.[citation needed]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 23
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 16
Irish Singles Chart 3
New Zealand Singles Chart 24
UK Singles Chart 8
US Billboard Hot 100 10
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Year-end chart (1984) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[5] 72


Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[6] Silver April 1, 1984 200,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Talent Almanac 1985: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 51. December 22, 1984. p. TA-19.
  6. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved September 2, 2008)

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