Editors’ Notes The Essential Billy Joel is the most inclusive Billy Joel compilation, following him from his early years through to his foray into classical music. It has a flow that helps an album recorded over many years sound natural, telling the story of Joel's career as one of the 20th century's most popular and accomplished songwriters. "Piano Man" sounds as if it had always existed. "Captain Jack" details a time and place now long past. "New York State of Mind" has become an anthem. "Just the Way You Are" shows a touch of gentleness from a rough character. "My Life" and "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" prove that Joel can rock. "An Innocent Man," "Uptown Girl," "The Longest Time," and "Tell Her About It" gave Joel a second wind in the '80s, with a sound that recalled old-time rock 'n' roll at a time when many rockers were looking out of place. 

SONG
Piano Man
1
5:39
 
You're My Home
2
3:13
 
Captain Jack
3
7:17
 
The Entertainer
4
3:40
 
Say Goodbye To Hollywood
5
4:37
 
Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway)
6
5:14
 
New York State of Mind
7
6:03
 
She's Always a Woman
8
3:22
 
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
9
3:30
 
Only the Good Die Young (Single Version)
10
3:55
 
Just the Way You Are
11
4:50
 
Honesty
12
3:54
 
My Life
13
4:45
 
It's Still Rock and Roll To Me
14
2:57
 
You May Be Right
15
4:16
 
Don't Ask Me Why
16
2:59
 
She's Got a Way (Live)
17
3:00
 
Allentown
18
3:52
 
Goodnight Saigon
1
7:06
 
An Innocent Man
2
5:18
 
Uptown Girl
3
3:18
 
The Longest Time
4
3:43
 
Tell Her About It
5
3:55
 
Leave a Tender Moment Alone
6
3:57
 
A Matter Of Trust
7
4:12
 
Baby Grand (with Ray Charles) [duet with Ray Charles]
8
4:04
 
I Go To Extremes
9
4:23
 
We Didn't Start the Fire
10
4:51
 
Leningrad
11
4:06
 
The Downeaster "Alexa"
12
3:45
 
And So It Goes
13
3:40
 
The River of Dreams
14
4:05
 
All About Soul (Remix)
15
5:59
 
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
16
3:33
 
Waltz no. 1 (Nunley's Carousel)
17
6:58
 
Invention In C minor
18
1:04