5 Billy Joel Life Lessons for the Next ‘American Idol’ (VIDEO)

american idolWhether or not covering hits from the Billy Joel songbook will help any of the contestants on American Idol actually win the competition remains to be seen. But last night's experience can still help all of the contestants once they become "big shot" famous musicians -- they just have to remember the wisdom of Billy Joel's words.

Listen to the lessons in his lyrics and live by them.

There's a Billy Joel quote for pretty much every situation a pop star ever has to deal with:


Idol Issue #1: The stress of constantly being in high demand

Billy Joel song: "Pressure"

You have to learn to pace yourself/Pressure!/You’re just like everybody else/Pressure!

Idol Issue #2: Trying to justify your excessive rock 'n' roll lifestyle

Billy Joel song: "Only the Good Die Young"

I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints/The sinners are much more fun/Only the good die young

Idol Issue #3: Realizing that fans are fickle and you won't be on top forever

Billy Joel song: "The Entertainer"

I am the entertainer/and I know just where I stand/another serenade/another long-haired band/today I am your champion/I may have won your heart/but I know the game you’ll forget my name/if I don’t stay on the charts

Idol Issue #4: Dealing with friends and family who think you're getting out of control

Billy Joel song: "My Life"

I don't need you to worry for me cause I'm all right/I don't want you to tell me it's time to come home/I don't care what you say anymore this is my life/Go ahead with your own life leave me alone

Idol Issue #5: Starting over after the inevitable stint in rehab

Billy Joel song: "The Stranger"

Don't be afraid to try again./Everyone goes south every now and then/You've done it/Why can't someone else?/You should know by now/You've been there yourself

See what I mean? Listen to the Piano Man, Idols!

Which Billy Joel song would you tell American Idol contestants to remember?

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