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The Hits by Billy Joel
Released: Nov 2010
Label: Columbia/Legacy
The Hits isn't as comprehensive as The Essential Billy Joel or the 21-times-platinum beast that is Greatest Hits Volumes I & II. However, there's something about whittling down the Piano Man's oeuvre to his all-time biggest hits that makes total sense. After all, he is one of pop's great singles artists, a songwriter capable of making millions whistle tunes they hate whistling -- yet they can't, for the life of them, stop whistling them. In just under 20 tracks, every phase of Joel's career is addressed, from soft-rock Dylan to show tune folkie to retro-pop tunesmith to feisty horn-rocker.
Justin Farrar

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