We Didn't Start the Fire

1989 list song and single by Billy Joel

"We Didn't Start the Fire" is a song by American musician Billy Joel. Its lyrics included more than 100 key events that happened between 1949 and 1989. 1949 is when Joel was born and 1989 is when the song was released. The song was released on his album Storm Front. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The song was also a No.1 hit in the United States in late 1989.

"We Didn't Start the Fire"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album Storm Front
B-side"House of Blue Light"
ReleasedSeptember 27, 1989
Format
RecordedJuly 1989
GenreNew wave, pop rock
Length4:49 (Album version) 4:29 (Single version)
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Billy Joel
Producer(s)
Billy Joel singles chronology
"Baby Grand"
(1987)
"We Didn't Start the Fire"
(1989)
"Leningrad"
(1989)
Storm Front track listing
"That's Not Her Style"
(1)
"We Didn't Start the Fire"
(2)
"The Downeaster 'Alexa'"
(3)
Music video
"We Didn't Start the Fire" at YouTube

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1989-1990) Peak
position
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[1] 69
Canada RPM Top Singles 2
Dutch Top 40[2] 11
Irish Singles Chart 3
Japanese Singles Chart[3] 11

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1989) Position
Canada RPM Top Singles[4] 77
German Singles Chart[5] 49
UK Singles Chart 72
Chart (1990) Position
Australian Singles Chart 37
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 50
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 35

All-time chartsEdit

Chart (1958-2018) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 354

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Billy+Joel&titel=We+Didn%27t+Start+The+Fire&cat=s (Retrieved September 17, 2012)
  2. Jans, Micha (updated April 23, 2009) Dutch Top 40 1989, MichaJans.nl, Jaarlijsten/1989. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  3. Oricon Singles Chart Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved November 2, 2012)
  4. "Canada RPM Top Singles of 1989". Retrieved August 9, 2010.
  5. "INFINITY CHARTS: German Top 20". uni-wuerzburg.de. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  6. "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  7. "Billboard Top 100 – 1990". Retrieved September 15, 2009.
  8. "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.

Other websitesEdit