"We Didn't Start the Fire" is a song by Billy Joel. Its lyrics include brief, rapid-fire allusions to more than 100 headline events between January 1949 (Joel was born on May 9 of that year) and 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. The song was a No. 1 hit in the US. It peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the Autumn of 1989.
Joel got the idea for the song when he had just turned 40. He was in a recording studio .