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Revisiting Billy Joel’s ‘Storm Front’ Album 25 Years Later

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Storm Front, Billy Joel's eleventh studio album, which hit #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified 4x Platinum in the United States. The album, co-produced by Mick Jones, came at a time of transition for Billy, but “it made for good material … that's why the album ended up being called Storm Front,” he explained.

The album's chart peak was propelled by the #1 single “We Didn't Start The Fire,” where Billy uncharacteristically wrote the lyrics first, before writing the music, to create a song that covered the major events between the year he was born, in 1949, through 1989. “We Didn't Start The Fire” became such a hit that it was used by Scholastic Magazine to create an in-school program to teach U.S. history. The song received Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The album produced a number of hit singles for Billy. Here is a selection of videos from Storm Front: