Stephen Colbert Sings a Medley of His Favorite Billy Joel Songs, Joel Rocks 'Miami 2017': Watch

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Billy Joel on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' on Jan. 9, 2017 in New York. 

Billy Joel got comfortable on the couch on The Late Show Monday night (Jan. 9), chilling out for three segments and patiently watching as host Stephen Colbert performed a medley of his favorite tunes by the Piano Man, then offering Colbert his best Tony Bennett impersonation, telling a great Bruce Springsteen story, ranking his favorite compositions and capping it all off by performing "Miami 2017" at Colbert's request.

First up was Colbert's attempt to prove his deep Billy Joel knowledge with a rapid-fire medley of greatest hits. "Wow, Billy Joel, I don't know how to explain to you what an important thing this is for me to have you on the show," Colbert said. "I can sing every single one of your hits, like, from beginning to end without pause." And, just to prove it, Colbert busted out a medley including "Piano Man," "New York State of Mind," "I Love You Just The Way You Are," "Movin' Out," "Only the Good Die Young" and so many more.

Once Colbert took a breath, Joel talked about the huge influence the Beatles had on him as a teenager, what it felt like to close out Shea Stadium in 2008 accompanied by Paul McCartney and the time he snuck in to see a Jimi Hendrix show by faking a British accent and pretending to be part of the guitar legend's road crew.

Joel also explained an odd prop Colbert pulled out: the voltage regulator from the motorcycle on which Billy's pal Bruce Springsteen broke down on Veterans Day while riding a machine Joel had custom made for The Boss. "I built Bruce a couple of bikes... and this was the voltage regulator from the Moto Guzzi," he said, doing a pitch-perfect Springsteen impression, followed by a pretty great Tony Bennett impersonation.

The highlight, though, was when Colbert asked Joel to rank his top five songs from his career. Joel, ever the contrarian, said he actually favors album tracks over the hit singles, naming off the following: "Vienna," "And So It Goes," "You May Be Right," "She's Right on Time" and "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant." The pair also shared the totally "True Stories Behind the Hits" (spoiler alert: these are not the true stories.)

The special appearance was capped by a stirring performance of "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)."

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