Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" by Billy Joel

#1 Alert
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0190
Date:  05/24/1980
Debut:  38
Peak:  1 (2 weeks)
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  Debuting inside the Top 40 was an impressive start to this second single from Joel's "Glass Houses" album. It would go on to become his first #1 hit on the chart and help him to win the Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal in 1981, which was for the "Glass Houses" album.

ReduxReview:  This song has grown on me over the years. I really didn't like it when it first came out. In fact, I think I pretty much hated it. But times change and I have an appreciation for the song these days. Still not one of my favorite Joel songs, but it is probably the closest thing to a rock song that he wrote and performed well.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song is Joel's statement about the changing styles of music, particularly punk and new wave. The lyrics are basically a conversation between a musician and his manager where the manager is trying to get the artist to adopt to the latest trends, fads, and sounds.


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