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Weekend Rock Question: What Is Billy Joel's Best Song?

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November 30, 2012 5:20 PM ET
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Billy Joel
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Billy Joel has stayed largely off the stage for the better part of three years but, on December 12th, he's playing a 45-minute set at the 12-12-12 Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden. Last month, he resurfaced on NBC's Sandy telethon to perform "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)." He was in tremendous shape vocally, and many fans are hoping that next year, he'll go on a long-awaited tour. He hasn't released a new album in 20 years, but he has more than enough songs to fill out a show.

Flashback: Billy Joel Performs 'Piano Man' on the BBC in 1975

Now we have a question for you: What is your favorite Billy Joel song? Are you into love ballads like "Just the Way You Are" or "She's Always a Woman?" Do you dig rockers like "You May Be Right" and "I Go to Extremes," or maybe hidden old-school gems like "Summer Highland Falls" or "Los Angelenos?" Vote for whatever you want, but please only vote once and only for a single song.

You can vote here in the comments, on facebook/com/rollingstone or on Twitter using the #weekend rock hashtag.

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