“Uptown Girl” is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel. It was released on September 29, 1983 with “Careless Talk” on the B-side as the second single from his ninth studio album “An Innocent Man.” “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel was a significant commercial success. The song reached the top of the Official Singles Chart in the UK, and #3 on Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States for five consecutive weeks. “Uptown Girl” received widespread radio airplay and became one of Billy Joel’s most recognizable and enduring songs. Its catchy melody, upbeat tempo, and relatable lyrics about love and social differences resonated with a broad audience, contributing to its commercial success. The song remains a staple of Billy Joel’s discography and is often included in his live performances and greatest hits compilations.
In “Uptown Girl,” Billy Joel sings about his romantic interest in a woman from a higher social class, portraying himself as a working-class guy who is captivated by her charm and elegance. The song features a vibrant piano melody and showcases Joel’s distinctive vocal style. The song’s lyrics are playful and convey themes of love, attraction, and the desire to bridge the gap between different social backgrounds. “Uptown Girl” is celebrated for its upbeat and infectious sound, making it one of Billy Joel’s signature hits from the 1980s.
The video video was directed by Jay Dublin. depicts Joel and his backup singers working as working-class mechanics. American model Christie Brinkley, who was Joel’s real-life girlfriend at the time, arrives in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce as Joel and the mechanics dance with her. A poster of Brinkley can be seen in the garage as well as on a billboard above the garage advertising “Uptown Cosmetics”.