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Old 06-04-07, 02:41 AM
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vh1: 40 most softsational soft rock songs

01. Christopher Cross - "Sailing"
02. Styx - "Babe"
03. Rupert Holmes - "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"
04. Barry Manilow - "Mandy"
05. Chicago - "If You Leave Me Now"
06. Air Supply - "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All"
07. Kansas - "Dust In The Wind"
08. The Doobie Brothers - "What A Fool Believes"
09. Hall and Oates - "One On One"
10. Chuck Mangione - "Feels So Good"
11. Olivia Newton-John - "I Honestly Love You"
12. Starland Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight"
13. Carpenters - "Superstar"
14. Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze"
15. Journey - "Open Arms"
16. Bread - "Baby Iím - 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"
26. Harry Chapin - "Cat's In The Cradle"
27. Lionel Richie - "Hello"
28. America - "Horse With No Name"
29. Debby Boone - "You Light Up My Life"
30. Andrew Gold - "Lonely Boy"
31. Richard Marx - "Hold On To The Nights"
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 - "Iím Not in Love"
37. Leo Sayer - "When I Need You "
38. Peter Frampton - "Baby, I Love Your Way"
39. David Soul - "Donít Give Up On Us"
40. Bertie Higgins - "Key Largo"

sad to see obvious choices missing (steely dan, mr. mister) while poor choices stand for groups that have smoother tunes (hall & oates, america), but still gets credit for the involvement of the guys from yacht rock.
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I saw this the other day and thought it was okay. I thought surely "How Deep is your Love" by the Bee Gees would be number one, but they didn't even make the list. They showed them in a clip, so it's not as if they forgot about them.

I would have chosen "Africa" instead of "Rosanna" for Toto. "Rosanna" isn't really soft IMHO.

I had never heard of that Pina Colada song.

What was it that Dennis DeYoung said he got for a year after "Babe?" Something like "slapping tail?"
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Out of all the Air Supply songs, they chose the one I've heard the least. I would've picked "Every Woman in the World", but that's probably because I've been watching Slither a lot lately.
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My wife and I agreed that the the guys in that countdown were ugly as shit. I saw more than a few Geico Caveman lookalikes.
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There are some songs on there I like, but I'd have to pick over listening to that list in full.

On the other hand, the live version of "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" is awesome.
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wait no 'Arthur's Theme - The Best That You Can Do' come on 'Sailing' maybe number one, but this not included at all ... hmmm.
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and where's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'
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Incomplete without "You Make Lovin' Fun" by Fleetwood Mac
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Originally Posted by Giles
and where's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'
I agree, how can you do a list of ballads mostly from the 1980's and overlook this one, one of the best ballads ever.
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and Dan Fogelberg's 'Longer'

'Stronger than any mountain cathedral
Truer than any tree ever grew
Deeper than any forest primeval
I am in love with you'


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there's some good stuff, and some crap on the list.

I don't get why people are so hard on the Peter Cetera ballads when it comes to Chicago. Okay, I can see why people would hate them after he left, but the early/mid 1980's Chicago was awesome (yes, I know If You Leave Me Now was 1976, but it was kind of the start of the Cetera-ballad era that really exploded in the 80's). Hard Habit To Break, Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away and Love Me Tomorrow all represent 1980's sappy ballads that :::gasp::: didn't suck and were actually good.

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and Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville's 'Don't Know Much'

??

actually I love the whole album: 'Cry Like a Rainstorm - Howl Like the Wind'
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Originally Posted by nothingfails
there's some good stuff, and some crap on the list.

I don't get why people are so hard on the Peter Cetera ballads when it comes to Chicago. Okay, I can see why people would hate them after he left, but the early/mid 1980's Chicago was awesome (yes, I know If You Leave Me Now was 1976, but it was kind of the start of the Cetera-ballad era that really exploded in the 80's). Hard Habit To Break, Hard To Say I'm Sorry/Get Away and Love Me Tomorrow all represent 1980's sappy ballads that :::gasp::: didn't suck and were actually good.
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and where's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'
Seriously. I just want to see the creepy video again. That flying kid with the glowing eyes gave me nightmares when I was younger.
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Criss Cross (Air Supply, Manilow, etc...) mentioned in any sort of rock =

Might as well throw in Celine Dion
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Vanessa Williams' 'Save the Best for Last'
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Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
Seriously. I just want to see the creepy video again. That flying kid with the glowing eyes gave me nightmares when I was younger.
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Originally Posted by The Cow
Criss Cross (Air Supply, Manilow, etc...) mentioned in any sort of rock =

Might as well throw in Celine Dion
hey! no rude comments bout Celine...
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I missed seeing what number one was when this aired but, seeing how the list was going, I guessed correctly.
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Originally Posted by The Cow
Criss Cross (Air Supply, Manilow, etc...) mentioned in any sort of rock =
don't forget the "and I can make all the stadiums rock!!! ::guitar lead part::" in Air Supply's Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
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Originally Posted by Giles
wait no 'Arthur's Theme - The Best That You Can Do' come on 'Sailing' maybe number one, but this not included at all ... hmmm.
They limited it to one song per artist. It was really more about the artists than the songs themselves.
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I was impressed they had Key Largo in there.
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Originally Posted by Drexl
They limited it to one song per artist. It was really more about the artists than the songs themselves.
in that case, the likes of Air Supply, Chicago, The Carpenters, Barry Manilow and the sort should be higher than Christopher Cross, because Cross only had about four or five really big hit singles. You can fill a two-disc set of Manilow hits.
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Shouldn't "Soft Rock" be considered an oxymoron?

Having said that, "Beth" by KISS is pretty soft...
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Originally Posted by Drexl
They limited it to one song per artist. It was really more about the artists than the songs themselves.
that would explain the lack of loggins & messina, and solo material from michael mcdonald & peter cetera.
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