Who Sang It: Elton John or Billy Joel?

By: Brittany Rowland
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Who Sang It 4 "We Didn't Start the Fire" gave listeners a history lesson! Who sang it?
Billy Joel
"We Didn't Start the Fire" famously alludes to over 100 historical events from Billy Joel's lifetime, from Harry Truman's election to "rock-and-roller cola wars" in the late 1980s.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 8 "Bennie and the Jets" is a song by which artist?
Billy Joel
Elton John
"Bennie and the Jets" appeared on "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and is one of Elton John's most recognizable tunes. Funnily enough, Elton John was reluctant to release it as a single, thinking it wouldn't succeed.

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Who Sang It 12 Who sang this song: "She's Always a Woman"?
Billy Joel
Billy Joel wrote "She's Always a Woman" about his first wife, Elizabeth Weber, who also served as his manager until their divorce. The song describes his love for her, flaws and all.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 3 Is it lonely up in space? And do you remember which artist sings "Rocket Man"?
Billy Joel
Elton John
One of Elton John's most recognizable hits, "Rocket Man" appeared on his 1972 album "Honky Chateau." The song describes a lonely astronaut's mixed feelings about his space travels.

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Who Sang It 10 Can you name the singer who sang "Only the Good Die Young"?
Billy Joel
"Only the Good Die Young" stirred up some controversy because of its subject matter — a boy trying to convince a Catholic girl to lose her virginity to him. But the song became a hit regardless.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 18 Who's the singer who rocks out to "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"?
Billy Joel
Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" was one of the top hits of 1980. The song, which appeared on the album "Glass Houses," explores the idea that public taste in music changes over time.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 1 "Sing us a song, you're the piano man!" Who sang "Piano Man"?
Billy Joel
Go into any bar and start playing this song; the odds are good others will join in! In Billy Joel's 1973 song "Piano Man," he describes the real-life people he met as a lounge musician.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 15 "Levon" is a song by which artist?
Billy Joel
Elton John
According to Elton John's record producer, "Levon" likely got its name from Levon Helm, the drummer from the Band. However, the lyricist, Bernie Taupin, disputes this idea and says the name was random.

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Who Sang It 13 Can you name the artist who croons "New York State of Mind"?
Billy Joel
"New York State of Mind," from the 1976 album "Turnstiles," wasn't a single, but it quickly became a fan favorite. Billy Joel famously played it at a benefit concert following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 22 Do you know who sang "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road"?
Billy Joel
Elton John
Elton John released "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" in 1973 on the album of the same name. The nostalgic soft rock song is one of John's best and contains imagery from "The Wizard of Oz."

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Who Sang It 11 "Tiny Dancer" is by which musician?
Billy Joel
Elton John
"Tiny Dancer" was a single from Elton John's album "Madman Across the Water." It was popularized again when director Cameron Crowe used it in a pivotal scene in his movie "Almost Famous."

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Who Sang It 34 Who sang it: "Daniel"?
Billy Joel
Elton John
According to Bernie Taupin, "Daniel" was about the servicemen returning home from the Vietnam War and trying to regain a sense of normalcy. The song climbed the charts in both the UK and the US in 1973.

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Who Sang It 2 Do you remember who released "Crocodile Rock"?
Billy Joel
Elton John
The 1972 song "Crocodile Rock" pays tribute to the early rock songs of the 1950s and '60s, like "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and His Comets. It was John's first number-one single in the US.

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Who Sang It 7 Time to wave your lighter for "Candle in the Wind." Who sang it?
Billy Joel
Elton John
"Candle in the Wind" famously pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe, referred to by her real name, Norma Jean, in the song. When his friend Princess Diana died in 1997, Elton John sang a new version of the song for her.

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Who Sang It 31 Who plaintively sang "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"?
Billy Joel
Elton John
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" first appeared on the album "Caribou." A decade later, Elton John and George Michael performed it together at a Live Aid concert, making the song a hit again.

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Who Sang It 14 Which singer tickles the ivories on "Honky Cat"?
Billy Joel
Elton John
Elton John released "Honky Cat" on his 1972 album "Honky Chateau." The song soon became a hit on both sides of the pond, particularly in the US. It's well known for John's funky piano playing.

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Who Sang It 16 If you remember Brenda and Eddie, can you name the singer of "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"?
Billy Joel
At over seven minutes long, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" is nevertheless one of Billy Joel's biggest hits. It fuses three sections into one song, including the story of high-school sweethearts.
Elton John

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Billy Joel Do you remember who sang "A Matter of Trust"?
Billy Joel
"A Matter of Trust" has a harder edge to it than most other Billy Joel songs, making use of the electric guitar. The music video has cameos by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Joel's wife and baby.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 33 Which singer sang the melancholy "And So It Goes"?
Billy Joel
Billy Joel wrote the somber "And So It Goes" about his failed relationship with Elle Macpherson. The song lends itself to choir renditions because of its hymn-like melody and style.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 21 Can you name the singer of "Movin' Out"?
Billy Joel
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" was on Billy Joel's 1977 album "The Stranger." The song explores the extremes working-class families in New York go to to climb the ladder socially and economically.
Elton John

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Billy Joel Who sang the catchy "Prelude/Angry Young Man"?
Billy Joel
Billy Joel usually plays "Prelude/Angry Young Man" early in his concerts because the rapid-fire piano playing requires a lot of energy. The second part of the song describes a rebellious, stubborn youth.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 20 "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" according to which artist?
Billy Joel
Elton John
The first single from "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" describes the teenage scene in Great Britain, including raucous partying and fistfights, of course.

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Who Sang It 30 If you remember "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," can you tell us who sang it?
Billy Joel
Elton John
"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" was the only single from Elton John's album "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy." The song is personal for John because it describes a suicide attempt.

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Who Sang It 6 We'd be "lion" if we said we didn't love "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." Who sang it?
Billy Joel
Elton John
Elton John composed the music and Tim Rice wrote the lyrics for this famous love song from "The Lion King." It racked up awards, too, including an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1995!

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Who Sang It 5 Do you know who sang "Just the Way You Are"?
Billy Joel
Billy Joel was reluctant to include "Just the Way You Are" on his album "The Stranger," but Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow asked him to. He also stopped performing it in the period following his divorce.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 24 "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" is a memorable song by which singer?
Billy Joel
Billy Joel's 1976 album "Turnstiles" includes the song "Say Goodbye to Hollywood." After living in Los Angeles for a time, Joel decided to return to New York City. We guess he was in a New York state of mind.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 28 Do you know which singer crooned "I Want Love"?
Billy Joel
Elton John
"I Want Love" is one of Elton John's more recent songs, released in 2001 on "Songs from the West Coast." The memorable music video features Robert Downey Jr. lip-syncing to the lyrics.

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The Ultimate Billy Joel Lyrics Quiz 3 "Summer, Highland Falls" is a song by which artist?
Billy Joel
"It's either sadness or euphoria," sings Billy Joel in "Summer, Highland Falls," one of his favorite songs he's written. The song appears on "Turnstiles" and reflects a period of his life in NYC.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 17 "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" told the story of an infamous outlaw. Who sang it?
Billy Joel
"The Ballad of Billy the Kid" appeared on Billy Joel's album "Piano Man." Despite its rousing instrumentation and singing, Billy Joel has admitted that he fictionalized Billy the Kid's story.
Elton John

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Who Sang It 23 "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" starts out with some powerful organ playing. Who sang it?
Billy Joel
Elton John
The bombastic "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding" opens Elton John's album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road." The song combines a mournful piece fit for a funeral and a bitter breakup song.

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Who Sang It 19 Which singer got a little countrified for "Country Comfort"?
Billy Joel
Elton John
Elton John's third album, "Tumbleweed Connection," was a concept album that blended country and western styles. "Country Comfort," with its catchy chorus, was a hit in both the US and the UK.

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Who Sang It 26 Which singer sang about "Vienna"?
Billy Joel
"Vienna" is one of Billy Joel's favorite songs in his repertoire, and it notably appears in both an episode of "Taxi" and the movie "13 Going on 30." The song advocates slowing down and savoring life more.
Elton John

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The Ultimate Billy Joel Lyrics Quiz 1 Can you tell us who sang "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters"?
Billy Joel
Elton John
Elton John has called "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" one of his favorite songs of his. He performed the song as a tribute to the first responders at the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks.

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Who Sang It 35 Sounds like someone needs directions in "Where to Now St. Peter?" Who sang it?
Billy Joel
Elton John
Elton John explored country and Americana themes in the underrated "Tumbleweed Connection," his third studio album. In "Where to Now St. Peter?" a dying soldier ponders his final destination in the afterlife.

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Who Sang It 9 Which singer sang "Why Should I Worry?" for a Disney film?
Billy Joel
Billy Joel voiced Dodger, a mutt with "street savoir-faire," in Disney's 1988 film "Oliver & Company." The pooch even dons some sunglasses like Joel's and plays a piano with his tail!
Elton John

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