Don’t Ask Me Why (as made famous by Billy Joel)

“Don’t Ask Me Why” is a Billy Joel song released in 1980. The lyrics talk about the oddities of life that have become obvious over time. It is more characteristic of a track that would have appeared on Joel’s earlier albums in that it has a lighter folk sound as compared to the harder, more rock oriented tracks found throughout the album; the song supported public perception that Joel was a middle-of-the-road artist.[need quotation to verify]. The background track contains all acoustic and Latin percussion instruments performing in an Afro-Cuban rhythmic style. An eclectic, instrumental “Latin Ballroom” piano solo, played over the bridge section after the second verse, is also featured in part of the song; Joel states that the mix for the midsection includes “fifteen pianos overdubbed on top of each other.”[1] The song spent two weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

It was released as the third single from the album Glass Houses and later included on Greatest Hits Volume 2.

Billy Joel – vocals, piano, Yamaha electric grand piano, acoustic guitar
David Brown – acoustic guitar
Liberty DeVitto – maracas, bass drum, triangle, claves, ratchet, temple blocks
Russell Javors – acoustic guitar
Doug Stegmeyer – bass

It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me (as made famous by Billy Joel)

“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” is a hit 1980 song performed by Billy Joel, from the hit album Glass Houses. The song was number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two weeks, from July 19 through August 1, 1980. The song spent 11 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and was the 7th biggest hit of 1980 according to American Top 40. The song is an examination of the themes of a musician’s declining fame and changing public tastes that were expressed in his 1975 hit “The Entertainer”.

The single eventually reached Platinum status from the RIAA for sales of over 1 million copies in the United States.[3]

The song is a cynical look at the music industry as a publicist/manager begs the protagonist to remain hip for the younger crowd (“What’s the matter with the car I’m driving?” / “Can’t you tell that it’s out of style?”), and the protagonist’s refusal to change, claiming his music will remain relevant regardless of his appearance. The song was a reaction by Joel at the new music genres that were around in the late 1970s (punk, funk, new wave). It was inspired by Joel reading a review about a particular (unnamed) band, and realizing that he had no idea what their music sounded like.[citation needed] The song also includes the line “Alright Rico!” to kick off the saxophone solo performed by Richie Cannata.

Billy Joel – vocals, piano and electric piano
Dave Brown – electric guitar
Richie Cannata – saxophone solo
Liberty DeVitto – drums and percussion
Russell Javors – electric guitar
Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar

You May Be Right (as made famous by Billy Joel)

“You May Be Right” is a single written and performed by rock singer Billy Joel from his 1980 album Glass Houses. The song reached #7 on the US charts and #6 in Canada. It failed to chart, however, in the UK unlike his preceding and succeeding singles “All for Leyna” (UK #40) and “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (UK #14). The Japanese single features ‘Close to the Borderline’ as a B-side.

“You May Be Right” can also be found on disc 2 of Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits – Volumes I and II and Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert albums. The song famously begins with the sound of broken glass. The featured riff of the song loosely borrows from the Buffalo Springfield hit “Rock and Roll Woman” on the Buffalo Springfield Again album.

The song was used as the theme song for the television show Dave’s World, as sung by Southside Johnny. The song was performed by Garth Brooks on the live video This Is Garth Brooks recorded in Dallas, Texas, and at Brooks’s 1997 New York concert with Joel as a special guest.[citation needed]

The song has been covered by AVAIL, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Keith Urban, The Vindictives, the New Directions glee club on Glee, Southside Johnny, and the Rock Bottom Remainders.[2][3][4][5][6]

Billy Joel – vocals, piano and harmonica
Dave Brown – electric guitar
Richie Cannata – saxophone solo
Liberty DiVitto – drums and percussion
Russell Javors – electric guitar
Doug Stegmeyer – bass guitar