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Who is the better piano man: Billy Joel or Elton John?

Asked by ddude1116 (5575points) April 3rd, 2011

I’m partial to Billy Joel myself, but I like Sir Elton, too, and got curious. Simple as that.

I’m under the impression that since Joel’s a lyricist, too, and Elton really isn’t, Joel is better, so who wrote what is irrelevant. My question is who’s music is better.

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KateTheGreat's avatar

I like Billy Joel better. There’s just something really weird about Elton John and I despise his music.

Seelix's avatar

I like both of them, but my vote has to go to Billy Joel. He’s so versatile and a ton of his songs are timeless – “Only The Good Die Young” is one of my all-time favourite songs.

And you just can’t beat his factory-beatboxing in “Allentown”.

KateTheGreat's avatar

I’m surprised that more people haven’t answered this question. It’s definitely a good one!

blueiiznh's avatar

I like the songbook of Billy Joel much better.

His musical compositions are truly amazing. I don’t think he gets enough credit for the depth of the composition.

Sound like it shall be a Captain Jack night.

zenvelo's avatar

Elton John, by far. Billy Joel is stuck in essentially “Billy Joel” style. Elton Johns output is so diverse, from Jamaica Jerk Off to Funeral for a Friend to Your Song.

Joker94's avatar

Even though I absolutely love Elton, I think Billy Joel is just a tad better in my mind.

Ah, Allentown. Remember Allentown, @ddude1116?

ddude1116's avatar

@zenvelo they’re both pretty limited to their own styles, I think, Elton John’s got a consistent pop-theme in his music that follows similar keys
@KatetheGreat Elton John’s music is weird, but I dig that, though I need to be in an Elton sort of mood, whereas Billy Joel just rocks my socks
@Seelix I totally agree, so many of his songs just ring true to my heart, especially New York State Of Mind and Leave A Tender Moment Alone
@blueiiznh and his compositions are totally in sync with his lyrics, too, except for the original She’s Got A Way, the slower ballad he played and rerecorded live is much better…
@Joker94 I remember Allentown, Billy Joel is so Allentown…

Joker94's avatar

@ddude1116 Extremely Allentown..

ddude1116's avatar

@Joker94 Elton John’s Allentown levels are dangerously low..

blueiiznh's avatar

@ddude1116 Summer Highland Falls and Vienna and on and on.
Now I am not taking anything away from Sir Elton, but Billy rises above for me.

ddude1116's avatar

@blueiiznh I completely agree! Elton had a lot of fun music, but Joel’s music had more meaning overall, and a lot of it was still fun (My Life, anyone?). And I must admit, Funeral For a Friend, I’ve Seen That Movie Too, and such Elton songs had a lot of meaning and are definitely some of my favorites, but Joel just had a more consistent amount that was also more relevant to me at the time.

Seelix's avatar

A while ago I set my Facebook status to:

Seelix works at Mr. Cacciatore’s down on Sullivan Street, across from the medical centre.

I got a lot of comments about my new job. There’s not enough Billy Joel in this world.

marinelife's avatar

Billy Joel. I love his songs more.

zenvelo's avatar

I think I’m a bit out numbered here.

blueiiznh's avatar

@zenvelo Don’t have a heart attack, ack, ack, ack, ack, ack over it

ddude1116's avatar

@Seelix I would have liked the shit outta that status…but hey, if that’s what it’s all about..

SavoirFaire's avatar

I prefer Billy Joel. Also, the only times I’ve seen him in concert were when he was touring with Elton John. So I have been able to compare them side-by-side.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Between those two, I prefer Elton John because I like his singing voice better, but, honestly, my fave rave is a different piano man, Ben Folds.

Seelix's avatar

@aprilsimnel – Oh yeah. I’d marry Ben Folds in a second.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I would say they are probably equally as gifted as each other but personally, I prefer Billy Joel.

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