The Essential Billy Joel

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The Essential Billy Joel
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Greatest hits album by Billy Joel
Released October 2, 2001
Recorded 1973 - 2001
Genre Rock
Length 154:43
188:48 (reissue)
Label Sony BMG
Billy Joel chronology
Fantasies & Delusions
(2001)
The Essential Billy Joel
(2001)
Piano Man: The Very Best of Billy Joel
(2004)
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 Triple 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]

No. Title Original album Length
1. "Piano Man" Piano Man, 1973 5:36
2. "You're My Home" Piano Man 3:11
3. "Captain Jack" Piano Man 7:16
4. "The Entertainer" Streetlife Serenade, 1974 3:39
5. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" Turnstiles, 1976 4:36
6. "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" Turnstiles 5:12
7. "New York State of Mind" Turnstiles 6:02
8. "She's Always a Woman" The Stranger, 1977 3:19
9. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" The Stranger 3:27
10. "Only the Good Die Young" The Stranger 3:53
11. "Just the Way You Are" The Stranger 4:48
12. "Honesty" 52nd Street, 1978 3:51
13. "My Life" 52nd Street 4:42
14. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" Glass Houses, 1980 2:57
15. "You May Be Right" Glass Houses 4:11
16. "Don't Ask Me Why" Glass Houses 2:57
17. "She's Got a Way (Live)" Songs in the Attic, 1981; originally from Cold Spring Harbor, 1971 2:59
18. "Allentown" The Nylon Curtain, 1982 3:50

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Original album Length
1. "Goodnight Saigon" The Nylon Curtain 7:02
2. "An Innocent Man" An Innocent Man, 1983 5:18
3. "Uptown Girl" An Innocent Man 3:14
4. "The Longest Time" An Innocent Man 3:36
5. "Tell Her About It" An Innocent Man 3:49
6. "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" An Innocent Man 3:51
7. "A Matter of Trust" The Bridge, 1986 4:08
8. "Baby Grand" (Duet with Ray Charles) The Bridge 4:03
9. "I Go to Extremes" Storm Front, 1989 4:20
10. "We Didn't Start the Fire" Storm Front 4:48
11. "Leningrad" Storm Front 4:03
12. "The Downeaster "Alexa"" Storm Front 3:42
13. "And So It Goes" Storm Front 3:36
14. "The River of Dreams" River of Dreams, 1993 4:06
15. "All About Soul (Remix)" Exclusive to the "All About Soul" single, 1993; originally from River of Dreams 5:57
16. "Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)" River of Dreams 3:30
17. "Waltz no. 1 (Nunley's Carousel)" Fantasies & Delusions, 2001 6:52
18. "Invention in C minor" Fantasies & Delusions 0:59

Disc three[edit]

No. Title Original album Length
1. "Worse Comes to Worst" Piano Man 3:13
2. "Prelude/Angry Young Man" Turnstiles 5:16
3. "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" The Stranger 7:34
4. "Big Shot" 52nd Street 4:02
5. "All for Leyna" Glass Houses 4:12
6. "Pressure" The Nylon Curtain 4:39
7. "This Is the Time" The Bridge 4:59

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[4] 29
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 50
New Zealand Albums (RIANZ)[6] 14
Chart (2013) Peak
position
Irish Albums (IRMA)[7] 66
US Billboard 200[8] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] 3× Platinum 210,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[10] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] 3× Platinum 1,658,000[8]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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