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100 Essential AOR Albums

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This is a list of 100 albums that I believe any self-respecting AOR or melodic rock fan should own, or at least have heard. Here I've mostly focused on widely available/major label releases, to see some of my favorite indie/small label albums check out the "100 Great & Unknown AOR Albums"

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AGENT

Agent

(1986)

ARCANGEL

Arcangel

(1983)

B.E.TAYLOR GROUP

Our World

(1986)

BRIAN McDONALD GROUP

Desperate Business

(1987)

DREAMER

We've Got The Power

(2008)

FORTUNE

Fortune

(1985)

HONEYMOON SUITE

Racing After Midnight

(1988)

I-TEN

Taking A Cold Look

(1983)

JOURNEY

Raised On Radio

(1986)

LITTLE RIVER BAND

Playing To Win

(1984)

MICHAEL SEMBELLO

Without Walls

(1986)

ORPHAN

Lonely At Night

(1983)

PHIL CRISTIAN

No Prisoner

(1988)

PROTOTYPE

Prototype

(1983)

RPM

RPM

(1982)

SHY

Excess All Areas

(1987)

STREETS

Crimes In Mind

(1985)

THE ARROWS

Talk Talk:The Best of The Arrows

(1995)

TORONTO

Girls Night Out

(1983)

TRIUMPH

Surveillance

(1987)

ALDO NOVA

Twitch

(1985)

ASIA

Alpha

(1983)

BEAU COUP

Born & Raised On Rock 'n' Roll

(1987)

BYSTANDER

Not So Innocent

(1987)

FATE

A Matter of Attitude

(1986)

FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS

Makin' the Point

(1984)

HOUSTON

II

(2013)

JIM FOSTER

Power Lines

(1986)

KEVIN WELLS

Little Acts of Treason

(1985)

LOVERBOY

Keep It Up

(1983)

MONRO

Monro

(1987)

PABLO CRUISE

Part Of The Game

(1979)

PREVIEW

Preview

(1983)

RED DAWN

Never Say Surrender

(1993)

SEVEN

7

(2014)

SKAGARACK

Hungry for a Game

(1988)

SUGARCREEK

Rock the Night Away

(1984)

THE INNOCENT

Livin' In The Street

(1985)

TOTO

Isolation

(1984)

VAN STEPHENSON

Righteous Anger

(1984)

ALIEN

Alien

(1988)

AVIATOR

Aviator

(1986)

BEAU GESTE

Another Night In The City

(1986)

CHARLIE

Charlie

(1983)

FEE WAYBILL

Read My Lips

(1984)

HAYWIRE

Bad Boys

(1986)

HUGHES/THRALL

Hughes/Thrall

(1982)

JOE LYNN TURNER

Rescue You

(1985)

KING KOBRA

Thrill of a Lifetime

(1986)

MAGNUM

On a Storyteller's Night

(1985)

MPG

MPG

(1981)

PATRICK SIMMONS

Arcade

(1983)

PRIDE OF LIONS

Pride Of Lions

(2003)

RENEGADE

On The Edge

(2004)

SHARON O'NEILL

Foreign Affairs

(1983)

SKAGARACK

Skagarack

(1986)

SURVIVOR

Caught In The Game

(1983)

THE LADDER

The Ladder

(1986)

TOUR DE FORCE

World On Fire

(1995)

VAN ZANT

Van Zant

(1985)

ALLIANCE

Alliance

(1982)

BALANCE

Balance

(1981)

BERNIE LaBARGE

Bargin' In

(1984)

DAKOTA

Runaway

(1984)

FM

Indiscreet

(1986)

H.E.A.T

Address The Nation

(2012)

ICON

Night of the Crime

(1985)

JOHN WARREN

One Heart

(1990)

LE ROUX

So Fired Up

(1983)

MARK FREE

Long Way From Love

(1993)

NIELSEN/PEARSON

Blind Luck

(1983)

PAUL DAVIS

Cool Night

(1981)

PRISM

Beat Street

(1983)

RESCUE

Rescue

(1990)

SHELTER

First Stop

(1983)

SPYS

Spys

(1982)

SURVIVOR

Vital Signs

(1984)

THE SHERBS

Shaping Up

(1982)

TRADIA

Trade Winds

(1988)

WALK ON FIRE

Blind Faith

(1989)

ALLIES

Allies

(1985)

BALANCE

In For The Count

(1982)

BOSTON

Boston

(1976)

DAN HARTMAN

I Can Dream About You

(1984)

FOREIGNER

4

(1981)

H.E.A.T

Freedom Rock

(2010)

IDLE CURE

Idle Cure

(1986)

JON STEVENS

Jon Stevens

(1982)

LIONHEART

Hot Tonight

(1984)

MICHAEL BOLTON

Michael Bolton

(1983)

NIGHT RANGER

Dawn Patrol

(1982)

PAUL JANZ

High Strung

(1984)

PROPHET

Prophet

(1985)

RICK SPRINGFIELD

Living In Oz

(1983)

SHOOTING STAR

Silent Scream

(1985)

STAN MEISSNER

Dangerous Games

(1984)

SWEET COMFORT BAND

Cutting Edge

(1982)

THE VU

Phoenix Rising

(2000)

TREAT

Dreamhunter

(1987)

WRABIT

Tracks

(1982)

Miss Behaviour

Ghost Play

(2016)

Bob Wheeler - s/t

(1986/2016)

Fury - s/t

(1985/2016)

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