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You May Be Right (song)

"You May Be Right" is a single written and performed by rock singer Billy Joel from his 1980 album Glass Houses. The song reached #7 on the US charts and #6 in Canada. It failed to chart, however, in the UK unlike his preceding and succeeding singles "All for Leyna" (UK #40) and "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" (UK #14). The Japanese single features "Close to the Borderline" as a B-side.

"You May Be Right"
Single by Billy Joel
from the album Glass Houses
B-side"Close to the Borderline"
ReleasedMarch 7, 1980
GenreRock, new wave[1]
Songwriter(s)Billy Joel
Producer(s)Phil Ramone
Billy Joel singles chronology
"All for Leyna"
"You May Be Right"
"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"
Audio sample
"You May Be Right"

"You May Be Right" can also be found on disc 2 of Billy Joel's Greatest Hits - Volumes I and II and Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert albums. The song begins with the sound of broken glass.

Music videoEdit

The video version differs from the album version, notably at the intro, where the sound of broken glass is replaced with "one, two, one, two, three, four".


Chart performanceEdit

Cover versionsEdit

The song was used as the theme song for the television show Dave's World, as sung by Southside Johnny.

The song was performed by Garth Brooks on the live video This Is Garth Brooks recorded in Dallas, Texas, and at Brooks's 1997 New York concert with Joel as a special guest.[citation needed]

The song has also been covered by AVAIL, Keith Urban, The Vindictives, the New Directions glee club on Glee, the folk-punk band AJJ, the Rock Bottom Remainders and by Alvin and the Chipmunks on their 1980 album Chipmunk Punk.[6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ "iTunes - Music - Glass Houses by Billy Joel".
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  3. ^ ""You May Be Right" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. August 30, 1980. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  4. ^ "Top 100 Singles (1980)". RPM. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  5. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  6. ^ "Rock Bottom Remainders | Mitch Albom sings Billy Joel". YouTube.
  7. ^ "'Glee's' Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet Cover Billy Joel (Exclusive Audio)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ "Partytime for Assholes - Vindictives". Liberation. 8 April 1996. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  9. ^ "See Kenny Chesney's Surprise Duet with Billy Joel". Rolling Stone.

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