The Hits
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The Hits

November 16, 2010

Song Title
Everybody Loves You Now (Album Version)
Piano Man (Album Version)
The Entertainer
New York State Of Mind
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) (Album Version)
Only the Good Die Young (Single Version)
My Life
Big Shot (Album Version)
You May Be Right (Album Version)
It's Still Rock And Roll To Me
Say Goodbye to Hollywood (Live)
Allentown (Album Version)
Pressure (Album Version)
The Longest Time (Album Version)
Tell Her About It
A Matter of Trust (Album Version)
We Didn't Start the Fire (Album Version)
I Go to Extremes (Album Version)
The River of Dreams (Album Version)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 12, 2010
  • Release Date: November 12, 2010
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 1:19:20
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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82 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Direct your anger to the right place, people... November 16, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Folks, this isn't Billy's decision. least not directly. A lot of this catalog crap is 100% a record label decision. Especially in Billy's case, where he hasn't put any real pop albums out in almost two decades. The record company will keep putting these out to get money out of people.

Sure, Billy won't turn down the residuals. Who would?

But please know this about record labels...they can (and will) do this as often as they want. And these simplistic collections (not expansive box sets) are easy to produce and actually sucker people in to buy. And people actually will buy them. If you're a real fan, you already have these songs and don't need them on another disc. (Count me in that group.) But stop with the anger at Billy for being greedy or trying to trick us. This is a record label thing, plain and simple. Direct all of your scorn at them.

I'll still give it a decent rating because I love this music that I already own.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New November 16, 2010
By John
Format:Audio CD
Billy Joel is an amazing composer and performer. That being said, there is nothing new on this CD and there are already several Greatest Hits compilations (including boxed sets) that are superior to this one. I suppose it would be a good purchase for someone who is unfamiliar with Billy Joel's work and wants a small sampling. In fact, a better title for this CD would be "The Billy Joel Sampler." That would better support truth in advertising.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good primer, but.... December 24, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Normally, I would say that this compilation is a good, cheap, single disc primer for the uninitiated. And it is. If you've never heard of Billy Joel before, this isn't a bad place to start. Theoretically.

The problem is, I've lost count of how many "best of" compilations Columbia/Sony has put out there...most of them more comprehensive than this. The 2-disc "The Essential..." is only $1.50 more than this here on Amazon. "Essential 3.0..." (even more comprehensive), is just another $5 more.

Old fans already have everything here, and new fans are better served by other compilations that are only slightly more expensive. So the point of this new "Hits" compilation is....?

What Sony should be doing is putting out QUALITY remasters of Billy's back catalog (the 30th anniversary "The Stranger" does NOT qualify as "quality"; WAY too loud). Credit must be given that the last round of remasters from the late 90's were done well (excluding the annoying tiny video clips), but technology has moved on since then and the discography is in dire need of a good update. This the fans would probably appreciate.

Or Billy should just get off his duff and start writing songs again and put out a new album. For a man who has "retired", he sure tours with the old workhorses a lot.

Still, if you MUST own ONLY a single disc compilation...if you're "merely curious" and don't want to dive in...I guess this is a good as any. There's nothing but quality music here. But it is a sorely incomplete picture of his career (as any single disc would be), and you can get better for just a little bit more. And you'll want more; trust me on that. Your money is best spent elsewhere.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 Music
I paid some attention when "Piano Man" came out, but not too much. But when "The Stranger" came out and "Just The Way You Are" and "Only the Good Die Young" started getting airplay, that's when I started listening. And I liked what I heard. I've bought all his original studio albums (except "Cold Spring Harbor), a couple of his live albums ("Songs In the Attic" and "Kohuept"). And all three volumes of his Greatest Hits. So THIS album is extraneous for me.

It's missing "Uptown Girl", it's missing "All About Soul", "Just the Way You Are", "Innocent Man", "Baby Grand".

Frankly, for $5 it's not that bad, but you would be better buying any of his albums of original studio materials.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BIGGEST SHOTS April 13, 2014
Format:Audio CD
BILLY JOEL-THE HITS: For most people, BILLY JOEL has always been a love him or hate him proposition...perhaps "hate" is too strong a word...some merely choose to dismiss the middle of the road performer's accomplishments. For casual fans, this single platter encapsulation of most (but hardly all) of his greatest hits will probably work better than his many double disc anthologies. However, any sampler that leaves off JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, probably his most famous piece of work, and UPTOWN GIRL, the best song FRANKIE VALLI never did, is lacking something. Those caveats aside, the Bronx born belter's autobiographical breakthrough PIANO MAN, credibility attempt IT'S STILL ROCK & ROLL TO ME and tongue twisting historical laundry list WE DIDN'T START THE FIRE are still fun to revist even if you've heard 'em hundreds of times. While not as prolific as fellow ivory tickler (and occasional touring partner) ELTON JOHN, BILLY JOEL was the closest thing America ever had; with its summery mix of soothing ballads and playful pop punches, THE HITS more than delivers on its title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It will bring you back March 12, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's the brilliant Billy Joel at his best. You will recognize all of these songs. Need I say more? Nope.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing February 22, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good choices of songs, however quality of recording sounds like old tracks. Disappointing recording for Billy Joel long time Billy Joel fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars His record co. Screws him again!
Another best of???????? The hits???? Does not include Just The Way You Are? Does not include "Tell Her About it????" Nuff Said!
Published 2 months ago by Geo
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Joel
Great compilation of the hits of Billy Joel. This album is well worth the cost for any Billy Joel fan.
Published 2 months ago by SR8586
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST
It's a copy of past sucesses but still VERY GOOD!

Billy is a musical genius!

Piano Man alone is worth the price!
Published 3 months ago by Phil Rice
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Hits
The cd is just what I wanted - a collection of all of Billy Joel's biggest hits on one cd.
Published 3 months ago by MLB
5.0 out of 5 stars What else to say?
It's Billy Joel! Who else but perhaps Sinatra has released album after album after album, with the vast majority of all songs on each and every album being a song you can get lost... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Erik
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few albums from my childhood that holds up
I bought this album the same time as a bunch of other albums on sale and this one holds up in the style department better than the rest. Props to Billy.
Published 8 months ago by Alan L. White
4.0 out of 5 stars wdelta12
I purchased this album because I wanted a very good collect of Billy Joel's music. I got that a good price. Read more
Published 8 months ago by WDelta
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A COLLECTION!
All the hits are here. This is a top-notch Joel collection. Perfect for long-time fans and newcomers alike. A definite buy.
Published 8 months ago by Brian Lacharite
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
I never realized I liked Billy Joel until I noticed that I loved his songs and didn't always know they were by him. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Caitlin W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Its got the hits
All my favorites plus some. Its Billy Joel and growing up in the 80's a must have. I have enjoyed the retro...
Published 10 months ago by D. Pitman
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