500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Billy Joel, '52nd Street'
500
354/500

354. Billy Joel, '52nd Street'

Columbia, 1978

The heavy roadwork dictated by the success of The Stranger produced a leaner, rock-oriented follow-up. Like Elton John, Joel assimilated whatever styles (jazz, Latin rhythms) suited his purpose. "I don't want to limit my diet," he said, "sampling only one vegetable in the garden."

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