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Billy Joel's wife gives birth to daughter; Vulture gives birth to ultimate Billy Joel song ranking

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Published Aug. 13, 2015

Congratulations to Billy Joel and his wife Alexis on the birth of their daughter Della Rose. Before you ask, Joel is 66; Alexis is 33. Still keeping the faith there, Billy.

Earlier this year, the Vulture Blog (amazing - you should be reading it every day) ranked every one of Joel's songs, from 1 to 121. The writer, Christopher Bonanos, added commentary and explanation for each song's ranking. Below, I've pulled all the '80s songs that appeared in the Top 20 of the list, along with a snippet of the author's comments.

Sadly missing: And So It Goes from 1989's Storm Front album. Probably my all-time favorite Billy Joel song, just swimming in a pool of honey-thick sentiment.

And in case you're wondering, the No. 1 song was - rightfully - Scenes from an Italian Restaurant from The Stranger in 1977, an album every one of us probably owned at some point. (And not just because it's name-checked in St. Elmo's Fire.) The writer's love of the album An Innocent Man is a little baffling - easily one of my least favorite pieces of work - but to each his own. Still an amazing venture from Vulture.


4. Sleeping with the Television On (Glass Houses, 1980): "The best Billy Joel song that was never a hit."

5. An Innocent Man (An Innocent Man, 1983): "Hard to think of a rock star as an innocent, but he really was — don't forget that he was repeatedly conned out of millions of dollars by his managers and handlers."

9. I Don't Want to Be Alone, (Glass Houses, 1980): "A great next-phase–New Wave pop song, one that deserves to come out of the trunk."

10. The Longest Time (An Innocent Man, 1983): "Not profound, but a superior piece of pop craftsmanship."

11. Leave a Tender Moment Alone (An Innocent Man, 1983): "Arguably the best vocal recording he ever made: His voice is really supple, midway between his early quavery thing and his later baritone."

18. It's Still Rock and Roll to Me (Glass Houses, 1980): "Most fans would put this one much higher on the list. It does have about the purest, cleanest production he ever had."

20. This Is the Time (The Bridge, 1986): "Another '80s-prom anthem, and I think you have to be a real churl to hate it."