Don't Ask Me Why (Billy Joel song)

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"Don't Ask Me Why"
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Single by Billy Joel
from the album Glass Houses
Released July 24, 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1980
Genre Pop rock, soft rock, folk rock
Length 2:59
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
(1980)
"Don't Ask Me Why"
(1980)
"Sometimes a Fantasy"
(1980)

"Don't Ask Me Why" is a Billy Joel song released in 1980. The lyrics talk about the oddities of life that have become obvious over time. It is more characteristic of a track that would have appeared on Joel's earlier albums in that it has a lighter folk sound as compared to the harder, more rock oriented tracks found throughout the album; the song supported public perception that Joel was a middle-of-the-road artist.[1] The background track contains all acoustic and Latin percussion instruments performing in an Afro-Cuban rhythmic style. An eclectic, instrumental "Latin Ballroom" piano solo, played over the bridge section after the second verse, is also featured in part of the song; Joel states that the mix for the midsection includes "fifteen pianos overdubbed on top of each other."[1] The song spent two weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

It was released as the third single from the album Glass Houses and later included on Greatest Hits Volume 2.

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Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
position
Canada RPM Top Singles[3] 4
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[4] 1
Dutch Singles Chart 42
French Singles Chart[5] 42
US Billboard Hot 100 19
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
US Cash Box Top 100 21

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Rank
Canada[6] 45
US (Joel Whitburn's Pop Annual)[7] 122

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