This Is the Time (song)

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"This Is the Time"
This Is the Time.jpg
Single by Billy Joel
from the album The Bridge
B-side "Code of Silence"
Released 1986
Format 7", CD single
Genre Pop, rock
Length 4:56
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"A Matter of Trust"
"This Is the Time"
"Baby Grand"
"A Matter of Trust"
"This Is the Time"
"Baby Grand"

"This Is the Time" is a song performed by Billy Joel released as the third single from his album The Bridge.

The song reached #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart,[1].

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 73
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 26
Italian Singles Chart[3] 33
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 32

In pop culture[edit]

The song was featured on the NBA VHS NBA Superstars, in a segment showcasing Hall of Fame players from the 1950s to the 1970s.[citation needed] It was also played during Larry Bird's retirement ceremony at the Boston Garden in 1993, this time honoring past players of the Boston Celtics.[citation needed]

"This Is the Time" is the title of a 2014 season 2 episode of The Carrie Diaries in which Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) attends her senior prom. Joel's song is referenced by character Donna LaDonna (Chloe Bridges) during her prom queen acceptance speech as the music begins to play in the background. It is mentioned twice more in conversations shortly thereafter. The Correatown cover version of the song also plays in the closing minutes of this penultimate episode.

In Italy this song was used as opening and closing theme for the soap-opera "Guiding Light" (In Italy called "Sentieri") from 1986 to 2007.[4]


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Preceded by
"Love Is Forever" by Billy Ocean
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
January 10, 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"At This Moment" by Billy Vera & The Beaters