The Hits

November 16, 2010 | Format: MP3

$6.99
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
2:49
2
5:39
3
3:40
4
6:02
5
3:29
6
3:55
7
4:42
8
4:02
9
4:13
10
2:57
11
4:25
12
3:50
13
4:40
14
3:39
15
3:50
16
4:09
17
4:51
18
4:23
19
4:05

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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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  • ASIN: B004AXOBCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,173 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Even our teenagers love this CD!
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It is a great collection of songs, well worth the money.
Steven Griffis
Great collection of Billy Joel songs!
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82 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Robdaddy on November 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Folks, this isn't Billy's decision. Well...at 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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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John on November 16, 2010
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 By Thomas Downey on 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 By Dr R M. Siegfried on March 29, 2011
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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By D. Schrumpf on July 12, 2014
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Love Billie Joe and this album has many of his most popular recordings.
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By Richard A. Schreck on July 7, 2014
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Awesome music
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Great cd! Contains some of my all Time favorite songs. Could have contained more but it was worth the money. :-)
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By dmbook on May 24, 2014
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Great way to pass the time. Relaxing and enjoyable. The ordering experience was user friendly and quick. Thanks for take the stress off ordering on line
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