Who's the real piano man: Billy Joel or Elton John?
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Who's the real piano man: Billy Joel or Elton John?

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Billy Joel and Elton John are both iconic soft-rock singer-songwriters. The New York Times described them as "two gifted, idiosyncratic artists who exist... between pop and rock, where Broadway show tunes, classical compositions, ragtime, gospel and rock-and-roll mingle freely." They've toured together seven times and even feuded for several years (at one point arguing about who had a tougher time in rehab). Which one is truly the greatest music legend? 🎹

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Six-time Grammy award winner Billy Joel shot to stardom with his famous autobiographical song "Piano Man" in 1973, and is now the sixth best-selling recording artist and the third best-selling solo artist in the United States. Joel scored 33 Top 40 hits in the U.S., all of which he wrote himself. Joel broke Sir Elton’s record for playing the most solo performances—a whopping 65!—at Madison Square Garden, according to Billboard.

Flamboyant and controversial, Elton John's career has spanned more than five decades. Along with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, John has sold more than 300 million records—making him one of the best-selling music artists in history, with more than fifty Top 40 hits (including seven consecutive No. 1 U.S. albums).

His 1997 version "Candle in the Wind," rewritten in dedication to the late Princess Diana, sold over 33 million copies worldwide and holds the record as the best-selling single in the history of the U.K. and U.S. singles charts. He won an Academy Award in 1995 for the "The Lion King" theme song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight."

Joel fans point to the fact that he has always penned all of his songs. He also gets points for being married to supermodel Christie Brinkley.

Joel's fans like his down-to-earth style, but detractors say his stage presence is nothing compared to Sir Elton's.

Sir Elton wins points for his performance acumen and those fabulous costumes. While Joel stopped writing songs in the mid-'90s, Sir Elton has continued to produce new material up to the present day. As one commenter noted:

For me it's not even close. Elton is my favorite piano man. Hate to say it, but Billy's music just doesn't move me. Not a dig against an extraordinarily talented man, just a personal preference. I do like some of his stuff, but it just doesn't compare to Benny and the Jets, Candle in the Wind, Rocket Man, etc. I realize Bernie was the writer, but Elton's singing and playing is top notch.
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