6. 'Songs in the Attic'
The first four Billy Joel albums are full of great songs, but when Joel listens back to them he often cringes. Producers refused to let him record with his touring band, and the first album was even mastered at the wrong speed. Joel threw it down the block like a Frisbee the first time he heard it. So when he didn't have a new album to give Columbia in 1981 he had the rather brilliant idea of creating a live album from his early material. Huge hits like "My Life" and "Only the Good Die Young" were kept off Songs in the Attic in favor of hidden gems like "Everybody Loves You Now," "You're My Home" and "Summer, Highland Falls." This was how Joel wanted fans to hear the songs, and it's far and away the best live album of his career.