Billy Joel is releasing his first new music in nearly 20 years

Billy Joel is releasing his first new music in nearly 20 years

Billy Joel, the prolific singer-songwriter with iconic hits including “Piano Man” and “Uptown Girl,” announced Tuesday he’s releasing his first new single in 17 years.

Dropping Feb. 1, “Turn the Lights Back On” is his first new music since 2007 (the single “All My Life”) and only his second release since 1996 (when he recorded Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Hey Girl” and Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love” for his 1997 album “Greatest Hits Volume III”).

His last full-length album was 2001’s “Fantasies & Dreams,” solely classical compositions that are a bit of a departure from the vibrant pop and story-like lyricism fans know him for. His last pop record was 1993’s “River of Dreams.”

Which is not to say the Poet of Long Island has been resting on his laurels all these years — Joel has kept plenty busy with frequent performances and several residencies at Madison Square Garden. He’ll end his current residency there in July with his 150th show.

Joel, 74, alluded to the new song on TikTok following his debut on the platform, per a press release on his official website. 

If you’re a record collector, the single will be pressed onto a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl. Fans can preorder or pre-save the new song at

“In the lyrics, he asks, ‘Did I wait too long … to turn the lights back on?’” reads the official press release. We think we can speak for other fans when we say: It’s never too late for new Billy Joel music!

This story was originally published by Taylor Kuether at