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Billy Joel

We Didn't Start the Fire (4:49)

"We Didn't Start the Fire" is a song by Billy Joel. Its lyrics include brief, rapid-fire allusions to more than 100 headline events between January 1949 (Joel was born on May 9 of that year) and 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. The song was a No. 1 hit in the US. It peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the Autumn of 1989.

Joel got the idea for the song when he had just turned 40.…

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  • i know this song since i am three years old... probably the first song i've used to know. still love it.
  • Do you also hear the similarities in http://www.lastfm.de/music/Big+Audio+Dynamite/_/E=MC2 ? Or is it just me?
  • This is my thesis writing soundtrack because it's the only song I know that mentions Syngman Rhee. \\o/
  • still smokin ready to catch
  • trop bien
  • That's how history should be taught :)
  • Timeless!
  • @Spazmo9000: Eh, I don't think so. Lol.

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