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Readers’ Poll: The Best Billy Joel Songs of All Time

Selections include ‘Vienna,’ ‘Captain Jack’ and ‘Goodnight Saigon’

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Billy Joel hasn’t released a new album in nearly 20 years, but he hasn’t been inactive. He’s earned the equivalent of the gross national product of a medium-sized country by playing his old hits at basketball arenas. The rock critics of the 1970s and 1980s have been proven wrong: his songs have endured, and Joel gets more and more respect as the years roll on. Few men alive have written more famous songs, and we expected a huge response when we asked our readers last week to vote for their favorites. Seventy separate songs got votes, even if “James,” “You’re My Home” and the nonexistent title track to Cold Spring Harbor all got a single vote. Click through to see the top 10. 

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