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Saturday, June 9, 2007


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Tonight I stumbled onto a VH1 broadcast entitled "The 40 Most Softsational Soft Rock Songs." This is my nirvana. A few years back I burned 4 mix CDs in a series I called "Soft Rock That Doesn't Suck." I'm grudgingly starting to admit that it might be my favorite genre of all-time.


This countdown spotlighted several songs that I hadn't heard in years, which I immediately downloaded for what will soon become Vol. 5 of my Soft Rock series:

Juice Newton, Angel Of the Morning
Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson, Tonight I Celebrate My Love
Journey, Open Arms
Barry Manilow, Mandy

Journey are the kings of soft rock. Steve Perry might be the best male vocalist ever. That's right. Fuck you, Pavarotti.

As for VH1's talking heads, they continue to decline in quality with each new show the network produces. The best of the batch this time were a comedian I'd never heard of called Lisa Arch, Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone, former MTV VJ Dave Holmes.

Here's the full list:

40. Bertie Higgins - "Key Largo"
39. David Soul - "Don’t Give Up On Us"
38. Peter Frampton - "Baby, I Love Your Way"
37. Leo Sayer - "When I Need You "
36. 10cc - "I’m Not in Love"
35. Extreme - "More Than Words"
34. Dan Hill - "Sometimes When We Touch"
33. Cat Stevens - "Peace Train"
32. Kenny Loggins - "This is It"
31. Richard Marx - "Hold On To The Nights"
30. Andrew Gold - "Lonely Boy"
29. Debby Boone - "You Light Up My Life"
28. America - "Horse With No Name"
27. Lionel Richie - "Hello"
26. Harry Chapin - "Cat's In The Cradle"
25. Anne Murray - "You Needed Me"
24. Phil Collins - "One More Night"
23. REO Speedwagon - "I Can't Fight This Feeling"
22. Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson - "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love"
21. Orleans - "Still the One"
20. Captain & Tennille - "Do That To Me One More Time"
19. Michael Bolton - "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"
18. Toto - "Rosanna"
17. Juice Newton - "Angel Of The Morning"
16. Bread - "Baby I’m - A Want You"
15. Journey - "Open Arms"
14. Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze"
13. Carpenters - "Superstar"
12. Starland Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight"
11. Olivia Newton-John - "I Honestly Love You"
10. Chuck Mangione - "Feels So Good"
09. Hall and Oates - "One On One"
08. The Doobie Brothers - "What A Fool Believes"
07. Kansas - "Dust In The Wind"
06. Air Supply - "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All"
05. Chicago - "If You Leave Me Now"
04. Barry Manilow - "Mandy"
03. Rupert Holmes - "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"
02. Styx - "Babe"
01. Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

I'm not crazy about all the '70s schlock on there. There are so many omissions (hello, The Lady in Red?) that I may be forced to do my own list sometime soon...


BeckEye said...

I got sucked into this too. And I was thinking the same thing...I'm going to have to make my own list. I made a similar one a while back, but it was my favorite Overly Dramatic songs. I guess a good soft rock song doesn't necessarily have to be dramatic, but it's always preferable.

Scott said...

Hmmm, was Heart's All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You on the list of overly dramatic songs? That would be my favorite.

BeckEye said...

No...and now you've forced me to self-promote. Ha ha. Here's the post.

Air Supply made #1 of course. OF COURSE.