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52nd Street is the sixth studio album by Billy Joel, released in 1978. It was also the first of many Joel albums to top the Billboard charts, along with his third and fourth Grammy win. (see 1978 in music). 52nd Street also became, in 1982, the first album to be released on compact disc by Sony Music Entertainment. However the first CD to be manufactured was "The Visitors" by ABBA on Aug. 17th 1982.

Three songs reached the Top 40 in the United States, helping to boost the success of the album. "My Life" reached #3, "Big Shot" reached #14, and "Honesty" reached #24. The album was also successful with critics, winning the 1979 Grammy for Album of the Year.

Allmusic credits Joel for expanding on the style of The Stranger, making it "more sophisticated and somewhat jazzy." (Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard guests on "Zanzibar.") The title is a reference to the street that was one of New York City's jazz centers in the middle of the century. Joel's label was headquartered on 52nd Street (in the CBS Building) at the time of the album's release. 52nd Street on Manhattan's west side is called "Swing Street" for a series of jazz clubs located there.

The track "My Life" was featured as the theme to the situation comedy Bosom Buddies (performed by a different singer).

In 2003, the album was ranked number 352 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, [1] while many critics consider it one of the best 10 "pop/rock" albums of all time.[2].

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