Billy Joel Goes Back To Billboard Top 100 Since 1997

Billy Joel Goes Back To Billboard Top 100 Since 1997 | Society Of Rock Videos

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In a surprising return, Billy Joel reclaims his spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time since 1997. His latest track, “Turn the Lights Back On,” entered the chart at No. 62 on February 17.

This marks Joel’s first appearance on the Hot 100 since October 1997, when his rendition of Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love” concluded its run at No. 50. Joel’s initial breakthrough on the Hot 100 was with his iconic hit “Piano Man,” which debuted in February 1974.

“Turn the Lights Back On” premiered on February 1, with Joel debuting the song live at the 2024 Grammys on February 4. Co-written by Joel along with Freddy Wexler, Arthur Bacon, and Wayne Hector, the track is produced by Wexler, marking Joel’s first original release since 2007.

More Insight into Joel’s Chart Success

Throughout his career, Joel has seen 43 of his songs grace the Billboard Hot 100, with 40 of them solely penned by him. “Turn the Lights Back On” stands out as the only co-written piece by Joel to make it onto the Hot 100. Additionally, the song surged from No. 11 to No. 5 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart, while maintaining its position at No. 11 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Upcoming CBS Concert Special

In a forthcoming CBS special, viewers will witness Joel’s 100th performance from his Madison Square Garden residency in New York. Titled ‘The 100th: Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden – The Greatest Arena Run of All Time,’ this two-hour spectacle, filmed on March 28, marks Joel’s inaugural concert broadcast on a major network. Scheduled for April 14 at 9 p.m. ET, the program will also be accessible for live streaming and on-demand viewing via Paramount+.

Tour Plans for 2024

Joel will conclude his long-standing Madison Square Garden residency on July 25. His upcoming engagements include a co-headlining show with Sting in Tampa, Florida, on February 24, followed by four joint performances with Sting, two with Stevie Nicks, and one with Rod Stewart. Additionally, he has headline shows lined up in Seattle, Denver, and Cardiff, U.K. For Joel’s complete tour schedule, visit

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