Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"You May Be Right" by Billy Joel

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0091
Date:  03/15/1980
Debut:  53
Peak:  7
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop, Rock



Pop Bits:  Billy Joel started the 80s just coming off his double triumph of "The Stranger" and his Grammy-winning Album of the Year "52nd Street." Of course with all the attention there has to be the inevitable backlash, so the best they could come up with for criticism was labeling him as a balladeer and categorizing his music as soft rock. His response to this was "Glass Houses," an album where his focus was on rockin' the house. This lead track and first single sent the shot over the bow and it seemed to silence the critics and please listeners. The album would be his second #1 in a row.

ReduxReview:  With the glass breaking at the start and the Beatlesque opening riff, you can definitely tell that Joel was ready to come out rockin'. It also sounds like he had been paying attention to the radio with the song's new wave feel. I like it, but a rock Billy Joel is not my favorite. To me it always sounds forced and a bit over the top. Love the guitar lick though.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Behind Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the Eagles "Greatest Hits," Billy Joel's "Greatest Hits Vol. 1-Vol. 2" is the 3rd best-selling album in the US by Platinum status (currently tied with Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and "Led Zeppelin IV" at 23x Platinum).

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