We Didn’t Start the Fire: A Deep Dive into Billy Joel’s Monster Hit

Every now and then, we like to go on a deep dive into certain songs (and musicians) and really get into the nitty-gritty about what it (or he/she) is all about. I think it’s fair to say that Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ is worth the drive.

It’s been 30 years since Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ debuted from his Grammy-nominated album, ‘Storm Front.’ The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a radio mainstay for quite a while. This monster hit of a song was written when Joel had just turned 40.

Musician Billy Joel performs in concert at the newly renovated NYCB live

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And it must have been a year that really resonated with him because he had a heck of a lot to say about the world. The nearly 5-minute song chronicles about a half-century of major events and history and pop culture, from Joel’s birth year, 1949, to the release of the song in 1989.

But do you know what he means by “We didn’t start the fire?” Do you know about the references in each verse? Find out now…