You May Be Right (song)

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"You May Be Right"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album Glass Houses
Released March 7, 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1979
Genre Rock, new wave[1]
Length 4:15
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Billy Joel
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"All for Leyna"
"You May Be Right"
"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
Music sample

"You May Be Right" is a single written and performed by rock singer Billy Joel from his 1980 album Glass Houses. The song reached #7 on the US charts, but failed to chart in the UK unlike his preceding and succeeding singles "All for Leyna" (UK #40) and "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" (UK #14). The Japanese single features 'Close to the Borderline' as a B-side.

"You May Be Right" can also be found on disc 2 of Billy Joel's Greatest Hits - Volumes I and II album. The song famously begins with the sound of broken glass. The featured riff of the song loosely borrows from the Buffalo Springfield hit "Rock and Roll Woman" on the Buffalo Springfield Again album.

The song was used as the theme song for the television show Dave's World, as sung by Southside Johnny. The song was performed by Garth Brooks on the live video This Is Garth Brooks recorded in Dallas, Texas, and at Brooks's 1997 New York concert with Joel as a special guest.[citation needed]

The song has been covered by AVAIL, Alvin and the Chipmunks,[2] Keith Urban, The Vindictives, the New Directions glee club on Glee, Southside Johnny, and the Rock Bottom Remainders.[citation needed]


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1980-1981) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 28
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 6
Japan Oricon Singles Chart 60
New Zealand Singles Chart 23
South African Singles Chart[4] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 38


  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Glass Houses by Billy Joel". 
  2. ^ Chipmunk Punk Allmusic. Retrieved 10 July 2011
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  4. ^ ""You May Be Right" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. August 30, 1980. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 

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