Readers' Poll: The Ten Best Billy Joel AlbumsPicks include 'Glass Houses,' 'River of Dreams' and 'Turnstiles'
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9. 'Storm Front'
Billy Joel was ready for a big change when he made 1989's Storm Front. He'd been working with producer Phil Ramone for over a decade and together they created the best music of his career, but 1986's The Bridge was a creative and commercial disappointment. Joel wanted to try working with new people, and they parted ways on good terms. Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones was brought in to produce Storm Front, and he helped create a modern album that sounded unlike anything else in the Billy Joel catalog. First single "We Didn't Start the Fire," a rapid-fire history lesson, shot to Number One, and the album stayed high on the charts for months. The LP firmly re-established Joel as a hitmaker, though some fans felt he strayed too far from his roots. Radio disagreed, playing the shit out of "We Didn't Start the Fire," "I Go to Extremes" and "The Downeaster Alexa."