This Billy Joel classic refers to more than 100 headline events between 1949 and 1989! Joel an admitted history buff got the idea for this song when he had just turned 40.
He was in a recording studio and met a friend of Sean Lennon who had just turned 21. In their conversation the 21 year old commented to Joel, that it was tougher growing up in his era because so much was happening were as for people like Joel, born in the 50s didn’t have as much to deal with.
Joel’s response lead to this catalogue of historic events that had taken place since the date of his birth to 1989.
The song went to #1