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The Piano Man's Top 5

Billy Joel on the Billy Joel songs he likes best


If you want to toast Billy Joel's favorite Billy Joel song, all you've got to do is order some wine—a bottle of red, a bottle of white—and wave goodbye to Brenda and Eddie.

Perched on the couch last night at "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," the 67-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer revealed that 1977's "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" tops his list of the five best tunes from his own catalog.

"I actually think about that when I'm on stage, what would I want to see me do," he told Colbert. "I tend to like the album tracks, not the ones that are the hit singles."

That said, Joel cited his 1980 Top 10 hit "You May Be Right" as his No. 3 choice, ahead of "Vienna" and "And So It Goes." His No. 2 pick: "She's Right on Time," a relatively obscure cut from 1982's "Nylon Curtain" album.

The chipper Joel also agreed to play a time-sensitive request from his host, "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"—but not before he made a startling admission about his signature hit. "'Piano Man' was originally about a superhero character," he claimed during a bit dubbed "True Stories Behind the Hits," "and I wanted to make a movie where he teamed up with Elton John's 'Rocket Man' to fight Bob Dylan's 'Tamborine Man.'"