Glass Houses is the seventh album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released in March 1980 (see 1980 in music). It features Joel's first song to peak at #1 on Billboard's Pop Singles chart, "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me." The album itself topped the Pop Albums chart for six weeks and was ranked number 4 on Billboard's 1980 year-end album chart. The album is the 41st best selling album of the 1980s, with sales of 7.1 million copies in the US alone. In 1981, Joel won a Grammy award for "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance" for his work on Glass Houses.
Opening with the sound of glass shattering, Glass Houses has more of a hard rock feel than Joel's previous albums. The cover shows Joel poised to throw a rock through the two-story window of his real-life waterfront glass house in Oyster Bay. On the back, Joel is shown looking through a jagged hole he supposedly made with the rock he threw. This alludes to the fact that "people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones", a famous old saying.
Joel has been quoted as saying he recorded the album to throw a rock at his 'pop-crooner' image.Some reviewers, like Stephen Thomas Erlewine, believe that the album was Joel's response to New