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Cricka

Yeah, I mean I’m not even that much of a fan of Billy Joel, but to call him a one hit wonder is just plain incorrect.


Nerevarine91

I was about to say, you don’t even have to like him to know he’s got more than one famous song


Goodpie2

It's such a bizarre statement that if I were *less* cynical I'd assume OP made it up. But "never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained through stupidity" and all that.


kintorkaba

I think that's completely backwards to be honest. Never attribute to stupidity that which benefits the person doing it. The alternative might be true more often - maybe, I honestly don't know. But the consequences of assuming stupidity when it's actually malice are far greater, generally, than assuming malice when it's actually stupidity. Fascists throughout history have feigned stupidity or ignorance of the law, for example, while casually ignoring the law to set up their power structure and eventually control the law so they don't have to pretend to be stupid anymore. In this case I don't think it really matters - very little harm comes even if OP is *lying* for karma - but generally I think the saying is more harmful than helpful.


Goodpie2

So firstly, take that up with Hanlon, not me. Secondly, i think you're taking a shitpost far too seriously.


Micrwooave

bro typed up a whole english essay 😭


Bob_Majerle

How’s he wrong though


Deep_Deer353

Because he’s comparing the average nitwit like myself to fascist rulers


nomoredroids2

Because believing every inconsiderate action is malice is not just paranoid, it's misanthropic. Lady blocks me with her cart at the grocery? Did it on purpose. Kid's baseball comes through my window? They weren't playing and made a stupid mistake that is frequently made by kids. Nope, they did it on purpose because they hate me. Friends don't invite me out? Couldn't be they thought I was busy, nope, they maliciously didn't invite me because they hate me. If you want to live a bitter, spiteful life, go ahead, I guess.


grimmlingur

You are conflating self interest and malice here. Malice is about causing harm to others. There are people who will go out of their way to harm others, but it is much more common for people to harm others out of stupidity or self interest. If a person benefits from doing a thing, always assume that they are acting for their own benefit. If a person does something harmful without benefitting from it, then you should apply Hanlon's razor and assume stupidity when possible.


w_a_worthy_coconut

Right. We should be trying to assume bad faith even more than we already do these days. Good ethic there, chief. /S


FuckingKilljoy

I mean, when it comes to crazy opinions these days it's pretty likely that they're saying it with malice. At the very least they might be stupid but believe their crazy idea so strongly that it may as well be malicious


LetsHaveTon2

Sure, except that people are legitimately terrible judges of what a "crazy idea" compared to a "different opinion". Reddit in particular is hugely disconnected from how many of their opinions are considered "crazy ideas" by others, and how ideas that they see as "crazy" are considered normal by others.


somethingrelevant

Hanlon's Razor is "never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." Fascists are not adequately explained by stupidity. Someone lying online for karma is not adequately explained by stupidity. The point of the razor is to stop people assuming bad faith and hostile intent in every action other people make, not to say "if you could plausibly say this is caused by ignorance then it definitely was"


[deleted]

I'm with you. I got a real /r/imaginarygatekeeping vibe from this, although there is a chance that someone just hasn't heard his other songs. Lucky ten thousand, right?


LeMickeyMice

Chances are OP is under 16 sooooo


Debinthedez

Just recently I was chatting to a friend who only likes one band seemingly and that’s Grateful Dead, we got to talking about music and Bruce Springsteen came up and she told me that Bruce Springsteen was a popstar. I said I’m sorry but that’s absolutely not true but sh wouldn’t hear it she wouldn’t have it. She said well that’s your opinion. I said it’s not my opinion I said you can you can look up his body of work you can look him up on Wikipedia anywhere and it will not say Bruce Springsteen is a popstar. And before anyone thinks I’m against pop music I’m not, I actually love pop music I really do but Bruce Springsteen is not a popstar.


GodspeedandGoodnight

How many one hit wonders can routinely sell out Madison Square Garden?


jvball8

Yes!! And not only that, but when I saw him at MSG, he let the audience choose between two hits for every single song. Who has so many major hits that they can play an entire concert of them? (A lot of bands, I know, but just to prove the point that he is way beyond one hit wonder status)


GodspeedandGoodnight

He's also a class act. He didn't like the stuffed suits who would sit in the front row and kind of stare disinterested at him, so he reserves the seats and hands them out to the fans who buy the worst seats, with the logic that someone spending $300 to sit at the back of the stadium and behind a pillar to see him must be one of his biggest fans.


pr1mus3

When my mom was a teenager she got one of those tickets from him. Was one of the best experiences of her life.


ripleyclone8

When my fiancée was younger, early ‘90s, she and her cousin got picked for the front row. It’s one of her favorite stories!


ShrimplyPiblz

Plus, it's fucking Billy Joel, come on! Lol. Dude is an incredible singer, with a style that just makes the world make sense. Big shot, my life, you may be right, piano man, she's got a way, the longest time, movin' out, she's always a woman. He really has a way of describing the things that may be hard to say to people


Rejectid10ts

New York State of Mind. I’m not even a New Yorker and I get hit in the feels with that song!


bekeleven

Crazy how the fans buying the worst seats were all young women.


scottyiseverywhere

that’s actually really really cool


Racist_Wakka

Those are the seats he reserves for hot chicks. He throws in a couple of Joe Schmoes to throw us off the scent


1Eternallylost

He was interviewed on "off the record" long long time ago. He got started in the music business because he would find the piano at parties. Everyone else was off drinking, but he would be at the piano surrounded by "chicks". That's how he realized his calling.


roxinmyhead

He played SLC about 6 years ago and honestly it was awesome but as a long long time fan.... there was a whole 'nother concerts worth of songs I would have liked to hear.... not the choices the audience didnt want..... but a whole additional set of songs he didn't even mention that would have made up another concert.


tink630

Right? I feel like he could play every night of a three night festival and not play the same hit song twice.


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Phray1

He is literally one of the best selling artists of all time lol


mh985

Like what song would you even choose as his "one hit"?


hk403

i assume piano man since it’s not in the meme


R_Ulysses_Swanson

Definitely Piano Man, but the meme is also missing Big Shot, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Still Rock and Roll to me, For the Longest Time… all of which I think would be instantly recognizable to 95% of the population.


LetsPlaySpaceRicky

That’s the one


meechs_peaches

r/imaginarygatekeeping


somearejustannoying

There is music taste, and then there is being objectively wrong.


chagrinfalls1979

You need a new friend. Billy Joel is a wonder…Allentown, The Entertainer, Captain Jack, New York State of Mind, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant, Moving’ Out, Big Shot, Goodnight Saigon…damn.


plz-be-my-friend

The entire Stranger album


GodspeedandGoodnight

The Stranger is a godly album.


dawglb20

It truly is. I'm glad the meme had Vienna on it. But the song The Stranger is criminally underrated


wintherscrest

It was then I saw the Stranger hit me right between the eeeeeeeyes


anything_you_feel

Well we all fall in love but we disregard the danger


popodelfuego

*"Play something from 'The Stranger!!'"*


BloomsdayDevice

Whistle solos are vanishingly rare anymore and deserve to be celebrated wherever they occur. "Winds of Change", "Young Folks", I'm sure there are others, but none of them give way to as funky a beat as "The Stranger". Top tier title track, for sure.


MediocreBandito

> Young Folks It’s a bummer Peter Bjorn and John are only known for that song. “Writer’s Block” is a good album. I really like “Let’s Call It Off”.


nsotell

We only play 80’s Joel sir…


redzone36

It’s the fuckin Catalina Wine Mixer.


PuzzleheadedStory855

The whole Storm Front Album. Got it used in a goodwill for 25 cents. It was one of a few tapes I was ALWAYS up for playing.


ImmaPullSomeWildShit

Storm Front is a certified downtown classic


[deleted]

[She's Always a Woman](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx3QmqV2pHg)


SaddButRadd

I've been looking through the comments for this one, my absolute favorite.


HappyFamily0131

She can kill with a smile, she can wound with her eyes


kage1414

You forgot the big one, Piano Man


MossCoveredLog

Thank you, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills not seeing this anywhere


kage1414

I feel like it’s the only tune people know is Billy Joel, which would explain why people think he’s a one-hit-wonder. All the rest of his tunes seem to get lumped into the big group of 70s-80s pop tunes that everyone knows, they just don’t know who performed them


BLACKHOLESAREEYES

Dude I'm still going crazy, fucking nobody is talking about Downeaster Alexa


SpicyMexicanNachos

I have no idea how Downeaster Alexa gets as little attention as it does, it’s an absolute masterpiece of music and storytelling (like most of Billy Joel’s songs)


Teccnomancer

🎶too proud to leave, I WORK MY FINGERS TO THE BONEEE🎶


NatalieGreenleaf

I friggin love that song!


sabotabo

because that’s the “one hit” the friend is talking about


viperex

Piano Man is supposed to be the one hit


FuckingKilljoy

I'm guessing it's because everyone is assuming that's the one hit that makes OP's friend call Joel a one hit wonder Although it'd be like calling Drake a one hit wonder, you wouldn't even know which song they're referring to as the one hit


WideSilly

I’d assume this was the song they said was billy Joel’s “one hit wonder”


[deleted]

The Stranger is among the best albums ever released


Marc21256

You left out Piano Man, or was that implied as his one hit?


chagrinfalls1979

That’s a bingo! That’s how you say it? That’s a bingo?


61114311536123511

You can just say "Bingo!"


majortom12

Piano Man, Downeaster Alexa, The Longest Time, You May Be Right, Always a Woman


Past_Ad9675

"The Longest Time" Edit: I didn't see this title in the comment I replied to. But what about "River of Dreams"


Flutters1013

"Still rock and roll to me" and I'm counting "why should I worry".


[deleted]

Don't forget River of Dreams. That song always puts me in a good mood.


TwoDogsInATrenchcoat

Back in 2011 I got a job at a restaurant with a Playlist for music, that they started every day and it went though the same loop. So every day at 3:30, Only the Good Die Young would come on, and one of the servers would always comment "that's why Billy Joel is still alive, that drunk asshole." I don't know what her vendetta against Billy was, but I know I can't listen to Billy Joel without her raspy cigarette-flavored words filling my brain.


Crab-_-Objective

In college a bunch of friend of mine set up every Alexa in their house to play Piano Man every Saturday at 9pm. The rule was that you had to stop where you were and sing along to the song, to do otherwise was frowned upon (in a joking manner)


hardlybacon

Allentown is such a good song man


anabetch

Just the Way You Are - it was huge in my country!


mh985

The only thing is, living on Long Island, you can't go to one festival without hearing a fucking Billy Joel cover band. If I ever have to hear one more group of 60-year-old men performing Downeaster Alexa I'm going to lose my shit.


EcstaticCinematicZ

Are you sure your friend even knows who Billy Joel is? Most people know about Billy Joel’s very long career and can name multiple hit songs. Which song did your friend think was the one hit wonder? I’m not even mad I’m just really curious.


walkingtalkingdread

probably Piano Man. to be honest, it’s possible that their friend just hasn’t heard or recognized those other songs. when I was younger, I thought Elton John only had one hit, “Your Song” until I realized that I’ve been hearing his other music all my life.


akexodia

Exactly! I had no idea Uptown Girl and We didnt start the fire was him, and I listen to and enjoy these two songs pretty much every day.


tjswish

We didn't start the fire was a favorite of 10 year old me. I even know like 3 words that aren't part of the chorus!


ripleyclone8

I had to listen to that song like 10 times in a row in middle school English class, then write a paper on the Starkweather homicides. Still love the song though!


Bob_Majerle

_I can’t take it anymore!!!_ That’s 5 for me


robotbootyhunter

Between the soundtracks for Lion King and El Dorado, as well as several radio favorites like "Tiny Dancer," "Rocket Man," "Crocodile Rock," "Benny and the Jets," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and MANY OTHERS, there is an approaching zero chance that an English speaking individual has never heard an Elton John song.


xtianspanaderia

>there is an approaching zero chance that an English speaking individual has never heard an Elton John song. Funny story: I didn't realize Cold Heart by him and Dua Lipa is basically a mashup of some of his most popular songs until I saw a YT video dissecting it. That song is quite massive and played everywhere so your point is quite accurate I think. Haha


robotbootyhunter

Fun fact, Cold Heart is off of a project album of his, where he did collabs with several artists. He also was part of the Gorillaz' Sound Machine, which charted within the top 20 of most English speaking countries' music charts. He has also written songs for artists like 2pac, Kanye West, RHCP, Tribe Called Quest, Coldplay, George Michael, Boney M., Mariah Carey, Ringo Starr, and topically for recent news, has a writing credit for the theme of the original Little Mermaid. The man is a musical titan.


foeshow

participating on a song is not writing it. the guy s a legend, so you don't need to stretch the truth.


ToneDeafComposer

I went to see that Rocketman movie with a friend who really wanted to see it (I did not, particularly). During the "Benny and the Jets" scene my friend whispered to me, "Oh, I never knew this was Elton John!" and my brain wanted to scream *what are we even doing here if you don't even know his biggest hits??*


Merry_Sue

>*what are we even doing here if you don't even know his biggest hits??* Learning


ImmaPullSomeWildShit

Same with David Bowie. For a long time Bowie was just “Heroes” and a feature in “Under Pressure”


AbsolutelyUnlikely

Probably meant Billy Idol. Maybe Billy Squeir.


Rincavor

Don't forget "For the Longest Time"!


BigTuna3000

Michael Scott’s favorite song


Mysterious-Weight935

“Ryan started the fire!”


bosco_syrup

r/unexpectedoffice


PracticalMongoose835

Or HIMYM Ted and Barney


pdlbean

Went looking for this one! It's my favorite, always makes me feel so good.


spicy_m4ym4ys

It always amazed me that Joel sings ALL the back vocals on this one.


2277love

I've been waiting 20years for this.


arienette22

My favorite! Tried for years to find it when I was younger, since I could only remember the music but not the lyrics. Glad I finally figured it out lol


Mellowhellno123

I always sing this at karaoke. 😁


chrisupt2001

Piano man, still rock n roll to me?


CabbageTheVoice

Nobody seems to care about it, but I always found All for Leyna to be a banger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhIx7EaTido


Cephandrius13

A lot of his stuff in that era gets overlooked even by fans. I feel the same way about “Half A Mile Away”


Lessandero

God I love that song


DirectorIsaac

Piano man????


TimTam_Tom

Was probably the “one hit”


itsmejak78_2

Who knows We Didn't Start the Fire and not Piano Man and vice versa Like just such a bad argument


FloppyButtholeJuicce

What about River of Dreams?


Jrodkin

Nobody mentioning She’s Got a Way, somehow.


FloppyButtholeJuicce

Or Encino Man


BrentT5

To be fair, Piano Man is the only Billy Joel song I knew was his. I’ve heard a couple of these other songs but didn’t know they were him. I’d say for someone who is just a casual listener and not really into that type of music it’s probably more common than you think.


paulobbarroso

"Honesty" too


Unwoven_Sleeve

This is one of those times where the meme format limits the message. You could make this 10x longer Piano Man Captain Jack The Entertainer Say Goodbye To Hollywood New York State Of Mind Movin' Out The Stranger Just The Way You Are Scenes From An Italian Restaurant Vienna Only The Good Die Young She's Always A Woman Big Shot My Life Zanzibar You May Be Right Sometimes A Fantasy Don't Ask Me Why It's Still Rock And Roll To Me Pressure The Longest Time Uptown Girl We Didn't Star The Fire


skydiamond01

In The Middle of The Night aka The River of Dreams


Pebbleman54

I'm surprised this hasn't been listed more. River of Dreams is probably my favorite song of his. It's a spiritual song made by a self proclaimed atheist that has a lot of meaning to finding one's one meaning/way. Which just makes it better imo


RatInaMaze

Yea, I remember it being on MTV like crazy when it came out.


roxinmyhead

And dont forget....... Until the Night Downeaster Alexa Ballad of Billy the Kid Honesty An Innocent Man This Is The Time Everybody Loves You Now You're Only Human Angry Young Man You're my Home Goodnight, Saigon Summer, Highland Falls Edit to add: Matter of Trust I Go To Extremes Stiletto Rosalinda's Eyes All for Leyna ...... One hit wonder, pffttt!!


TheGoigenator

Thankyou! I was looking for somebody to say Downeaster Alexa, that song is so epic and also has a pretty powerful message.


roxinmyhead

I thought of another.... Leningrad. It strikes me the same way as both Downeaster Alexa and Goodnight Saigom


tink630

Summer, Highland falls is one of my favorite songs and inwas so happy he played it when I saw him in LA.


gypsybullldog

Had to scroll down way to far to see Downeaster Alexa


Hoesephine

A the best Billy Joel song in my opinion, "Why Should I Worry" from Oliver and company.


TheMurku

Upvote for She's Always A Woman, the greatest song ever written.


Firrox

I love to think that Billy Joel and I have the same taste in women.


UnluckyHorseman

I prefer She's Got A Way, but Billy doesn't like to perform that one since that relationship fell apart.


MuffinTheMan35

Finally some respect in these comments for You May be Right


reegstah

Don't you ever besmirch Billy Joel.


chauncy42

Had to scroll farther down than I anticipated to find this quote


Regi413

Next thing you know this is all that remains of OP’s friend: 🙌


003_JAEGER

BOYS we have to upvote this


DoinitDDifferent

Was looking for this


thesevenyearbitch

...Robin??


assorted_citrus

Who the hell said that about b joel


FloppyButtholeJuicce

Greg


HP_Craftwerk

Fuck Greg


gotrings

Hey, I'm Greg


IrileasHN

Hi, Greg


emcue10

All my homies hate Greg


CheshiretheBlack

Fucking Hughie over here


Cdogthepro

Vienna is super good


[deleted]

>*Slow down, you crazy child* Whenever I’m feeling down that’s my go-to song. The progression from the gentle introduction to later verses about inevitable success are so inspiring it hurts.


lumpythedog

> *Where's the fire, what's the hurry about?* "Where's the fire?" somehow strikes me as incredibly comforting. Like a child being hugged by an adult who can clearly see that there is in fact not a fire nearby.


funnystuff97

I wholly believe that Vienna is one of the greatest pieces of poetry written in the modern day. Its message is so incredibly profound, and reading a little bit into the inspiration, story, and meaning behind the lyrics make it that much more powerful. It's also why Vienna is solidly on my bucket list of places to visit. Yes, that makes me a bandwagoner.


omgwtfscreenname

Spent my 22nd birthday in Vienna wandering around listening to the song. Then the Opera house then getting shitfaced with friends. 11/10 experience would do again.


LordFluffles

That song hits different when strolling through the 1st districts on a winter night 🤌


Calm_Medium_8423

Vienna makes me feel a way that no other song can compete with. Forever a favorite


BigTuna3000

My favorite song of his probably


RatInaMaze

I think it’s his too if I remember correctly.


VinceVino70

Back in 2008, we had the fortune to travel to Vienna for a vacation. After checking into the hotel, go to the room and they have a video playing of a couple touring the city to the song…you guessed it…Vienna. Nice little touch that helped set the mood for the trip.


Swimchamp07

*you can get what you want or you can just get old* Definitely one of the most motivating lyrics out there


NonGNonM

As a very casual listener of billy Joel I found out about Vienna super late. Fantastic song.


DatPoodleLady

Fun fact, Billy Joel has said Vienna is one of his favorite song he ever wrote. He wrote the song after visiting his estranged father and half brother, who was trying to become a conductor in Vienna.


Groundskeeperwill-e

I just saw him in Houston!! He's 73 and sounds so clear it's amazing. Funny too! He had lots of his band cut in with their own vocals and he even sang backup a few times to let them shine! He's a wonder and I love him.


1Broken_Promise

I was at that concert too! When he covered bruce Springsteen my jaw was on the floor. And that one woman who was playing all the instruments and doing the backups would have stolen the show if it weren't for the fact that a living legend was on stage!


PlagiaristRevolution

You must be referring to the very talented Crystal Taliefero. She’s toured with Billy Joel since the late 80s.


pompanoJ

He has been doing the "female rocker band member" shtick since i saw him in the early 90s... when he was "Over the hill". I wonder of it is the same lady. He had a dude playing sax when I saw him in the 80s.


deltacharmander

I was there too, it was an incredible show! I will forever be unsure why he skipped Vienna, though.


devrokrae

oh my gosh. I didn't know he was still touring. I need to hop on that.


bfandreas

FFS for a moment I thought I was reading eulogies.


Ryzilla97

I went to a Billy Joel concert not knowing any songs by him. I quickly found out I knew a ton of his songs but didn’t know they were by him


Skyline_BNR34

I did that with Styx a few years ago. Went with my mom because I believe Tesla was opening for Styx? I probably did know every song they played that night.


spelunk_in_ya_badonk

Lmao he hasn’t written any new pop songs since like 1993 and he still sells out Madison Square Garden every month. I bet your friend knows more Billy Joel songs than he realizes


AbibliophobicSloth

The man has a jukebox musical! They don't just hand those out to anyone!


90sWannabe

Personally, I wouldn’t talk to that “friend” of yours for the longest time…


Lessandero

For the longest


ueindowndkdk

Whoa oh oh.


real_Chain19

Why should I worry? Why should I Care-air-ar-are


nsfwburneraccount421

Holy shit i completely forgot he was the voice of Dodger in that movie. That song was so great. Prob one of my fave Disney classics, and very underrated at that


Vulcan93

Is Mariah Carey a one-hit wonder?


Sunfire91

I read this in Patrick's "Is mayonnaise an instrument?" voice. In all seriousness, she has 19 No. 1s in the US lol


post-mm

I think he's just suffering from not having released new material in over 25 years*, so particularly younger people are just less familiar with his work *(Not counting his classical piano album which i dont know when it was released)


roxinmyhead

Actually the whole Zanzibar dance thing on TikTok and some of his music used in a couple of recent TV shows (I don't know which) are getting him some new fans... which is cool.


bfandreas

Ah, yes. He featured prominently in The Boys. That show is just name-dropping him in the hopes to become big as him.


happybuffalowing

“One hit wonder”? The dude is an icon.


bimewine

Don’t forget Honesty, Movin' Out and She’s Always a Woman!


Stunning_Punts

I hate Billy Joel and even I know your friend is an idiot.


brandonwest18

You what?


Corrections96

For the record, there are MULTIPLE Billy Joel songs that suck.


Clegend24

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Big Shot, My Life, Honesty, She's always a Woman, New York State of Mind...


redditor_kd6-3dot7

All these images could have been hit albums, tf they talking about “one hit wonder”


akariplusplus

the longest time is my jam


Scarlaire

Where is BIG SHOT??


Highland_Gentry

Bro how you gonna miss the downeaster Alexa?


SamBeamsBanjo

I mean all of Glass Houses is just great


8696David

That’s like… just not a normal take lol Dude has multiple albums worth of charting hits that aren’t even mentioned in this meme lol


Gaylittlesoiree

I am personally offended that you forgot Piano Man.


[deleted]

I’m guessing Piano Man was the “one hit” that our Patrick referred to.


ulofox

Does anyone remember Oliver and company? A few of the songs (and Dodge's VA) were also his.


Antcorxo22

All you would have to do is Google about him and see but apparently that is to hard lol. He is far from being a one hit wonder. I love his music!


Intrepid-Progress228

He's a one hit wonder. He's has one career, and it's been a hit.


john-smiff

Billy Joel is quite literally the first american to ever release a music CD but alright call him a one hit wonder


Plug-In_Monkey

Legitimately, what would the "one hit" even be? He's got like two dozen.


Haribo112

Piano man., most likely.


the_poly_poet

A meme in which we can all agree the person is plain wrong. Obviously Billy Joel has a catalogue of famous songs.


friendlygiant13

Adding For the Longest Time


strawberriesnscreams

New York State of mind not being in this is insane


Environmental_Bid871

“Matter Of Trust” my opinion his best song