Now we’re getting down to it. Only 16 possible firestarters remain. The winner will be tragically mourned as the reason the modern world is like this.
It’s worth mentioning, too, the things that the song DOESN’T mention. (This is shooting fish in a barrel, but bear with me.) Men vastly outnumber women. No form of music other than rock is ever explicitly named, although Toscanini conducted classical music. An alien listening to this song without any frame of reference wouldn’t know that the internet existed, or even computers. Billy Joel wanted to make a song about the first 40 years of his life, but the story he actually wanted to TELL was about the first 15.