* CriticalDissonance: He's never been a critical favorite, but is still a major star.
* CoveredUp: "Shameless" and "To Make You Feel My Love" are both more famous through their covers by Music/GarthBrooks.
** "To Make You Feel My Love" wasn't even a Joel original- it was written and first performed by BobDylan... meaning that Joel was on both ends of this trope with the same song.
* EarWorm: "We didn't start the fire, it was always burning since the world's been turning..." Even worse [[SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein if you know the lyrics]].
** "Pressure", "Allentown", "Uptown Girl", "Tell Her About It", "My Life", "Big Shot", "Piano Man", "Just The Way You Are", "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me"---he is a king of ear worm-writers.
** No mention of I Go To Extremes? That sound is mindblowingly catchy.
** "Only the Good Die Young" is one of the catchiest songs of all time.
* GrowingTheBeard: His 1973 album, ''Piano Man'', containing such classics as "Captain Jack", "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" and of course "[[TitleTrack Piano Man]]".
* HarsherInHindsight: "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)" is about the violent destruction of New York, despite being written before 9/11/2001. Joel sang the song at a number of 9/11 tribute concerts to defy the trope.
** More recently he sang it again at an NBC benefit concert telethon for victims of Hurricane Sandy. He even changed one line of lyrics to reference the serious damage sustained by Staten Island in the storm.
* HoYay: [[WordOfGod Billy observes]] that there is a lot of it in the shower scenes in his "Allentown" video, something he didn't notice at the time.
* MagnumOpus: His 1977 album ''The Stranger''.
* MemeticMutation:
** "We Didn't Start The Fire" tends to be [[WeDidntStartTheBillyJoelParodies parodied quite a bit]] on the internet.
** There are tons of YouTube videos of pianists doing their rendition of the "Prelude" to "Angry Young Man".
* NarmCharm[=/=]SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The video for "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" is corny beyond all belief, but doesn't detract from the song's message.
* NightmareFuel: The video for "Pressure".
* PainfulRhyme: "Uptown Girl" features the world/girl combination.
* ParanoiaFuel: "Movin' Out" is a mostly harmless song, but the sound effects of screeching tires can be heard in the middle of the song... which is not exactly a kind thing for drivers to hear on the radio.
* {{Squick}}: The "instant pleasuredome" line in "You're My Home."
** "Captain Jack" counts as well.
* TearJerker: If you live in New York--or really anywhere in the New York metro area--then "Miami 2017 (I've Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway)" can definitely be this.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: "Big Shot" sings about attending hot spots like Elaine's (it closed in 2011) and wearing Halston original dresses (Haltson died in 1990).
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