The Stranger
is the fifth album by Billy Joel, it was released in summer, 1977 and was his breakthrough album that established him to become completely mainstream.  The album was his first to enter the top 10 on the billboard charts.  This was also the first album to have Phil Ramone as producer, whom Joel selected after disagreements about his band with Beatles producer, George Martin.  Ramone would eventually be fired by Joel in 1989.


  1. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" – 3:30
  2. "The Stranger" – 5:06
  3. "Just the Way You Are" – 4:50
  4. "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" – 7:35

Side BEdit

  1. "Vienna" – 3:34
  2. "Only the Good Die Young" – 3:54
  3. "She's Always a Woman" – 3:19
  4. "Get it Right the First Time" – 3:54
  5. "Everybody Has a Dream" – 4:35 / "The Stranger (reprise)" – 2:02

Hit SinglesEdit


  • Billy Joel: piano, vocals
  • Howie Emerson: guitar
  • Doug Stegmeyer: bass guitar
  • Russell Javors: rythm & accoustic guitar
  • Richie Cannata: organs, saxaphone
  • Liberty DeVitto: drums

  • Phil Ramone: producer
  • Kathy Kurs: production assistance
  • Jim Boyer: engineer
  • Ted Jensen: mastering at Sterling Sound, NY
  • Jim Houghton: photography


  • Hugh McCracken: accoustic guitar– Just the Way You AreScenes From an Italian Restaurant; Get it Right the First TimeEverybody Has a Dream
  • Ralph MacDonald: percussion– The StrangerJust the Way You AreGet it Right the First TimeEverybody Has a Dream
  • Phil Woods: saxophone Just the Way You Are