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VH1's 40 Most Soft-sational Soft Rock Songs

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This show is like someone made a version of crack that soothes you....

 

1. Christopher Cross, Sailing

 

2. Styx, Babe

 

3. Rupert Holmes, Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - I'd complain about this not being tops...

 

4. Barry Manilow, Mandy - ...except Barry is the king of all that is soft and mellow

 

5. Chicago, If You Leave Me Now - these guys deserve some sort of career achievement award; I'd have gone with "Addicted to You" myself

 

6. Air Supply, Making Love out of Nothing At All - proof that it is possible to make Manilow seem as ruggedly mannish as Ted Nugent

 

7. Kansas, Dust in the Wind - what was worse, their sappy balladeering or pseudo-prog rock? You be the judge..

 

8. The Doobie Brothers, What a Fool Believes

 

9. Hall and Oates, One On One

 

10. Chuck Mangione, Feels So Good

 

11. Olivia Newton-John, I Honestly Love You - right up there with Sally Field's "You really like me!" as far as sincere declaration that would have best been left unsaid

 

12. Starland Vocal Band, Afternoon Delight

 

13. Carpenters, Superstar - personally, I like this one, even though "baby baby baby oh baby oh baby" is about the laziest lyric writing I've ever seen

 

14. Seals & Crofts, Summer Breeze

 

15. Journey, Open Arms

 

16. Bread, Baby I’m - A Want You

 

17. Juice Newton, Angel of the Morning

 

18. Toto, Rosanna

 

19. Michael Bolton, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You

 

20. Captain & Tennille, Do That To Me One More Time

 

21. Orleans, Still the One

 

22. Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson, Tonight, I Celebrate My Love

 

23. REO Speedwagon, I Can’t Fight This Feeling

 

24. Phil Collins, One More Night

 

25. Anne Murray, You Needed Me - "Our apartment was so small, that mother made me play in the oven. Late at night I would listen to the voices of the American masters, Tony Tennille, Debby Boone, Anne Murray who was actually a Canadian working in the American idiom. And then there were the crypto-homo rockers: Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bowie who was actually an idiom working in America and Canada"

 

26. Harry Chapin, Cat’s in the Cradle

 

27. Lionel Richie, Hello

 

28. America, Horse with No Name - either the best or the worst Neil Young ripoff; probably the worst because it's such a perfect imitation

 

29. Debby Boone, You Light Up My Life

 

30. Andrew Gold, Lonely Boy

 

31. Richard Marx, Hold on to the Nights - :holdslighterintheair:

 

32. Kenny Loggins, This is It

 

33. Cat Stevens, Peace Train

 

34. Dan Hill, Sometimes When We Touch

 

35. Extreme, More Than Words

 

36. 10cc, I’m Not in Love

 

37. Leo Sayer, When I Need You

 

38. Peter Frampton, Baby, I Love Your Way - ah, this song sucks, but Frampton doesn't deserve the ignominy of this list

 

39. David Soul, Don’t Give Up On Us

 

40. Bertie Higgins, Key Largo

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"Skyrockets in flight, afternoon deliiight. Ah ah afternoon delight". :D

 

For some reason that song gives me nightmares. Probably in my top 5 of lamest tunes ever.

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With a couple exceptions, this list reads like the muzak they probably play in Hell's waiting room. :D

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Well, that is list of songs that I know every single one of.

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That list reminds me of my Dentist's office :D

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With a couple exceptions, this list reads like the muzak they probably play in Hell's waiting room. :D

 

:D True dat.

 

About the only one I can stomach is Harry Chapin's Cat's In The Cradle (only because as a parent I can relate).

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25. Anne Murray, You Needed Me - "Our apartment was so small, that mother made me play in the oven. Late at night I would listen to the voices of the American masters, Tony Tennille, Debby Boone, Anne Murray who was actually a Canadian working in the American idiom. And then there were the crypto-homo rockers: Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bowie who was actually an idiom working in America and Canada"

 

 

John Cameron Mitchell is taking Hedwig back out on the road this summer. :D

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7. Kansas, Dust in the Wind - what was worse, their sappy balladeering or pseudo-prog rock? You be the judge..

 

 

Generally, I perfer the sappy balladeering comparitive to crappy prog rock from the 70s, as the lesser of two evils. I have fond memories of being 4-8 years old, vinyl and/or 8-tracks, listening to Carpenter's, Captain and Teinille (sp), and John Denver. At least they were good songwriters despite the sappiness and crappiness of the music. There has been some decent to great music written in recent times (Elliot Smith, Jayhawks, Superdrag, Teenage Fanclub, Brian Jonestown Massacre) influenced by the crappy sappy, but great tunes nonetheless.

 

With recent prog rock, you might get a rarity like Tool (who were great in 1990 and have become increasingly boring with time IMO) but mainly a bunch of talented wankers who couldn't write a decent riff, let alone a song, if there technical ability on their respecitive instruments depended on it.

 

The best rock bands generally have ultra-talented people playing ultra-basic music. They get it. It's hard for the mindless noodlers not to keep noodling away.

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I burned a CD and titled it "Songs I'm Embarrassed I Like." On this CD, one will find the song, "Making Love Out of Nothing at All."

 

[rockon]I can make the runner stumble

I can make the final block

And I can make every tackle at the sound of the whistle,

I can make all the stadiums rock

 

I can make tonight forever

Or I can make it disappear by the dawn

And I can make you every promise that has ever been made

And I can make all your demons be gone

 

But I'm never gonna make it without you

Do you really wanna see me crawl

And I'm never gonna make it like you do

Making love out of nothing at all[/rockon]

 

As an aside, this song was written by Jim Steinman, the same guy who wrote all of meatloaf's hits. He also wrote "Tonight is what it means to be young" from Streets of Fire and he wrote "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

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For years, I assumed Neil Young had partnered with America for that song, until I was rudely set straight. :D

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Hall & Oates at #9? Blasphemy!!

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1. Christopher Cross, Sailing I dig this tune and still have the Album. never bought a CC CD though

 

2. Styx, BabeI dug this tune

 

3. Rupert Holmes, Escape (The Pina Colada Song)I dig this tune

 

4. Barry Manilow, Mandy I dug this tune. Now I dig Copacabana

 

5. Chicago, If You Leave Me NowI dig this tune

 

6. Air Supply, Making Love out of Nothing At All meh

 

7. Kansas, Dust in the Wind I dig this tune and still have the 45

 

8. The Doobie Brothers, What a Fool Believes Classic

 

9. Hall and Oates, One On OneI dig this tune but should have been She's Gone

 

10. Chuck Mangione, Feels So Good Does it get any better than 9 minutes of the flugelhorn? I think not.

 

11. Olivia Newton-John, I Honestly Love You I dug this song

 

12. Starland Vocal Band, Afternoon Delight Still got the 45.

 

13. Carpenters, SuperstarI dig the Carpenters and like Rainy Days and Mondays better

 

14. Seals & Crofts, Summer Breeze A classic

 

15. Journey, Open Arms meh

 

16. Bread, Baby I’m - A Want You I dig this tune buy Guitar Man is better

 

17. Juice Newton, Angel of the Morning meh

 

18. Toto, Rosanna A classic

 

19. Michael Bolton, How Am I Supposed to Live Without You meh

 

20. Captain & Tennille, Do That To Me One More Time I dug this tune

 

21. Orleans, Still the One and the lead singer just won a Congressional seat!

 

22. Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson, Tonight, I Celebrate My Love meh

 

23. REO Speedwagon, I Can’t Fight This Feeling A classic

 

24. Phil Collins, One More Night I dig this tune

 

25. Anne Murray, You Needed Me I dug this tune

 

26. Harry Chapin, Cat’s in the Cradle A classic. WOLD and Taxi are better though

 

27. Lionel Richie, Hello I dug this tune, now I'd flip stations

 

28. America, Horse with No Name Classic but like Horse with no Mane ... :D

 

29. Debby Boone, You Light Up My Life My Mom bought the 45. I don't like her music.

 

30. Andrew Gold, Lonely Boy I bought this 45

 

31. Richard Marx, Hold on to the Nights meh

 

32. Kenny Loggins, This is It I dig this tune

 

33. Cat Stevens, Peace Train A classic

 

34. Dan Hill, Sometimes When We Touch I dig this tune

 

35. Extreme, More Than Words I dug this tune until she left

 

36. 10cc, I’m Not in Love A classic

 

37. Leo Sayer, When I Need You I dig this tune

 

38. Peter Frampton, Baby, I Love Your Way I dig this tune

 

39. David Soul, Don’t Give Up On Us another of Mom's 45s

 

40. Bertie Higgins, Key Largo I dug this tune

 

I watched this show and was shocked at the Climax Blues Band's Couldn't Get It Right not making. As well as Alan O'Day's Undercover Angel

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For even posting this list I want to put a bullet in your head.

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Best songs on that list, IMHO, are #10 (Chuck Mangione, love that tune and haven't heard it in years), #26 (Harry Chapin, a local Long Island boy), #28 (always liked America, so shoot me), and #33 (Cat Stevens - I like all his stuff, it's a shame he quit).

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17. Juice Newton, Angel of the Morning

 

 

A terrible ripoff/cover of what was actually a decent song.

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10. Chuck Mangione, Feels So Good

 

 

 

If you, or anyone you know, can play the guitar solo from Feel So Good, or anything even close to it, let me know so I can buy your CD.

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how can "how much i feel" by ambrosia not be on that list? great harmonizing, great emotion, great song. also omitted was "i just want to stop" by gino vanelli. what gives?? barry manilow is still a great one, though i think "could it be magic" is a much more poignant song.

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besides the two I mentioned above, others worthy of inclusion:

 

You're the Biggest Part of Me - Ambrosia

Time In a Bottle - Jim Croce

Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra

California Dreamin' - Mamas and the Papas

Fire and Rain - James Taylor

Mrs.Robinson - Simon and Garfunkle

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I watched this show and was shocked at the Climax Blues Band's Couldn't Get It Right not making. As well as Alan O'Day's Undercover Angel

 

 

 

I would have to say that "I Love You" by Climax Blues Band would be a better choice...

 

"Since then, I never looked back,

It's almost like living a dream...

and ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh I love you"

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every single elevator in the world has played at least 50% of the top 40 songs listed

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besides the two I mentioned above, others worthy of inclusion:

 

You're the Biggest Part of Me - Ambrosia

Time In a Bottle - Jim Croce

Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra

California Dreamin' - Mamas and the Papas

Fire and Rain - James Taylor

Mrs.Robinson - Simon and Garfunkle

 

 

Leave it to loaf to make the list better.

 

Although I prefer :

 

Can't Get It Out Of My Head - ELO Fantastic when you add Eldorado from that LP

 

Bridge Over Troubled Water- Simon and Garfunkle

 

And almost anything by James Taylor, but I love your choice

 

 

I would have to say that "I Love You" by Climax Blues Band would be a better choice...

 

"Since then, I never looked back,

It's almost like living a dream...

and ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh I love you"

 

 

Is that who did that song?!!! I love that tune.

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I agree with loaf Jim Croce should be on that list.

 

Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels) -- 1972

One Less Set of Footsteps -- 1973

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown -- 1973I Got A Name -- 1973

Time In A Bottle -- 1973

I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song --1974

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