1. MOVIN’ OUT (ANTHONY’S SONG)
Billy Joel has become the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. He has had multiple Top 10 hits in the ’80s and ’90s, all of which he wrote singlehandedly. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner, has sold over 100 million records worldwide and was inducted into almost every Hall of Fame there exists. Joel retired from recording pop music in 1993 but continues to tour, often with Elton John.
The Stranger is his fifth studio album, originally released in 1977. While his four previous albums had been moderate chart successes, this was his breakthrough album. It remains Joel’s best-selling non-compilation album to date. The Stranger contains nine songs, many of which are now considered ‘classic Joel’. Much of the album’s success is attributed to Joel’s collaboration with producer Phil Ramone, whose innovative production methods complemented Joel’s songs. This fruitful collaboration would continue for a decade.