5 Times Billy Joel Influenced Your Favorite Rapper


Born on May 9, 1949, singer Billy Joel took the 1970s and ’80s by storm, releasing successful albums like Streetlife Serenade (1974), The Stranger (1977) and 52nd Street (1978). He generated hits like “Piano Man,” “Uptown Girl” and “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” With a career that spans decades, record sales that top 150 million, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, Joel’s musical influence is unparalleled. It should come as no surprise, then, that the musician has been sampled by countless rappers. Check out our five favorite songs that sampled the “Piano Man” himself.

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