The Hits is a single CD collection of nineteen of Billy Joel's biggest hits. While this collection does not contain any new songs or new versions of songs, and there were already existing collections (e.g., The Essential Billy Joel) that are more comprehensive, this is a good collection for one looking for a single CD of Billy's hit (though in the age of the MP3 player and smartphone, it seems CDs are on their way out). It features most of Billy's biggest hits and more popular songs. The Hits collection is for the casual fan and listener, like a Whitman's Sampler of Billy's most recognized songs. If, however, you want a full course meal, then a better introduction to Billy Joel's music would be Greatest Hits I & II, even if it does not have his post-1984 music. The Hits does, however, have one of the better Billy Joel album covers.
Two of the more notable hits missing from The Hits are "Just The Way You Are" and "Uptown Girl." One can just buy the MP3s for these two songs and make their own The Hits playlist. But the addition of "Everybody Loves You Now" and "New York State of Mind" to The Hits, which were never released as singles, is welcome.
The album was released in November 2010, and was supposed to kick off the 40th anniversary of Billy Joel's first album, Cold Spring Harbor, and the re-release of the full catalog of Billy Joel albums beginning in 2011. While a remastered Legacy version of Piano Man was released in 2011, no other new versions of Billy's studio albums were released (other than the ones on The Complete Albums). A special edition of The Stranger had been released in 2008.
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1. Everbody Loves You Now (1971)
2. Piano Man (1973)
3. The Entertainer (1974)
4. New York State of Mind (1976)
5. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) (1977)
6. Only The Good Die Young (1977)
7. My Life (1978)
8. Big Shot (1978)
9. You May Be Right (1980)
10. It's Still Rock and Roll To Me (1980) 11. Say Goodbye To Hollywood (1981)
12. Allentown (1982)
13. Pressure (1982)
14. The Longest Time (1983)
15. Tell Her About It (1983)
16. A Matter of Trust (1986)
17. We Didn't Start The Fire (1989)
18. I Go To Extremes (1989)
19. The River of Dreams (1993)