The Stranger (song)

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"The Stranger"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album The Stranger
B-side "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
Released May 21, 1978 (Japan)
Format 7"
Recorded A & R Recording Inc., New York City, 1977
Genre Rock
Length 5:10
Label Columbia
CBS Sony (Japan)
Writer(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"She's Always a Woman"
"The Stranger"
"My Life"

"The Stranger" is a song by rock artist Billy Joel from his 1977 album of the same name, The Stranger.[1] The song was released as a single in Japan where it became very popular and peaked at #2 on the Oricon chart. It charted in Australia too. It was the last single from the album in Japan, while the US and UK saw "She's Always a Woman", released the previous year, as the last single from the album.

The single is featured on Joel's greatest hits album, Greatest Hits - Volume I & II.[2]

An untitled two-minute instrumental "hidden track" reprise of this song is featured at the end of the The Stranger album, after "Everybody Has a Dream".[3]

Billy Joel originally wanted the melody to be played by some kind of wind instrument, but after Joel demonstrated the melody by whistling it, producer Phil Ramone convinced Joel to scrap the idea of a wind instrument and whistle instead.[4]

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl (CBS)[edit]

  1. "The Stranger"
  2. "Just The Way You Are"

Japanese 7" vinyl[edit]

  1. "The Stranger" [5:10]
  2. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" [3:27]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 59
French Singles Chart[5] 59
Japan Oricon Singles Chart 2


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