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Top 100 Classic AOR Songs

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This is my personal list of the 100 greatest AOR melodic rock songs ever recorded, with the emphasis on "personal". These kind of lists should of course always be taken with a grain of salt, as there is no possible way compiling a list like this without leaving out hundreds and hundreds of equally classic/great songs in the meantime.

Rather, the ambition of this list is to spark a discussion and perhaps serve as a beginner's guide to the wealth of hidden (and not so hidden) melodic rock gems out there.

Also, please note that the emphasis here is on classic AOR from the 70's and 80's (the "golden age") and that selection past the year 1990 has been kept to a minimum.

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#

Band

Song

Year

Album

YouTube

1

Dakota

"Runaway"

1984

Runaway

Audio

2

Steve Perry

"Oh Sherrie"

1984

Street Talk

Audio / Video

3

Balance

"In For The Count"

1982

In For The Count

Audio

4

Jefferson Starship

"No Way Out"

1984

Nuclear Furniture

Audio / Video

5

Lionheart

"Towers Of Silver"

1984

Hot Tonight

Audio

6

Shooting Star

"Summer Sun"

1985

Silent Scream

Audio / Video

7

Touch

"Don't You Know What Love Is"

1980

Touch

Audio

8

Firefall

"Always"

1982

Break Of Dawn

Audio / Video

9

Survivor

"High On You"

1984

Vital Signs

Audio / Video

10

Point Blank

"Great White Line"

1982

On A Roll

Audio

11

Kansas

"Play The Game Tonight"

1982

Vinyl Confessions

Audio / Video

12

Luba

"Scarlet Letter"

1982

Luba

Audio

13

Alliance

"Make It Right"

1982

Alliance

Audio

14

Skagarack

"I'm Alone"

1986

Skagarack

Audio / Video

15

Franke & The Knockouts

"Come Rain Or Shine"

1984

Makin' The Point

Audio

16

Toto

"Hold The Line"

1978

Toto

Audio / Video

17

Le Roux

"You Know How Those Boys Are"

1982

Last Safe Place

Audio

18

Little River Band

"Playing To Win"

1984

Playing To Win

Audio / Video

19

Survivor

"Poor Man's Son"

1981

Premonition

Audio

20

Beau Coup

"Somewhere Out In The Night"

1987

Born & Raised On Rock 'n' Roll

Audio

21

Stan Bush & Barrage

"Crank That Radio"

1987

Stan Bush & Barrage

Audio

22

FM

"Frozen Heart"

1986

Indiscreet

Audio / Video

23

Van Stephenson

"Modern Day Delilah"

1984

Righteous Anger

Audio / Video

24

Seven

"Inside Love"

1990

Inside Love/Till Then (single)

Audio / Video

25

Fortune

"Stacy"

1985

Fortune

Audio

26

Boston

"Smokin"

1976

Boston

Audio

27

Beau Coup

"Sweet Rachel"

1987

Born & Raised On Rock 'n' Roll

Audio / Video

28

Survivor

"It's The Singer Not The Song"

1984

Vital Signs

Audio

29

FM

"American Girls"

1986

Indiscreet

Audio

30

Bystander

"Welcome To The Real World"

1987

Not So Innocent

Audio

31

Mike Thomas Band

"I Can't Wait"

1989

Circular Motion

Audio

32

Dreamer

"Journey To Romance"

1982

Dreamer

Audio

33

Mariner

"Don't Get Fooled Again"

1983

Mariner

Video

34

Sugarcreek

"Conquest For The Commoner"

1982

Fortune

Audio

35

Foreigner

"Break It Up"

1981

4

Audio / Video

36

The Ladder

"Double Shot Of Love"

1986

The Ladder

Audio

37

John Warren

"The Chosen Few"

1990

One Heart

Audio

38

KISS

"Shandi"

1980

Unmasked

Audio / Video

39

Journey

"Seperate Ways (Worlds Apart"

1983

Frontiers

Audio / Video

40

Zoid

"From Here To L.A"

1987

Zoid

Audio

41

Fortune

"Dearborn Station"

1985

Fortune

Audio / Video

42

Van Zant

"You've Got To Believe In Love"

1985

Van Zant

Audio

43

Arcangel

"Sidelines"

1983

Arcangel

Audio

44

Foreigner

"Waiting For A Girl Like You"

1981

4

Audio / Video

45

Aviator

"Magic"

1986

Aviator

Audio

46

John Parr

"Love Grammar"

1984

John Parr

Audio / Video

47

Boulevard

"Far From Over"

1988

Boulevard

Audio / Video

48

Preview

"All Night"

1983

Preview

Audio

49

Ambrosia

"How Can You Love Me"

1982

Road Island

Audio / Video

50

David Kent

"Jealousy"

1982

David Kent

Audio

51

King Kobra

"Second Time Around"

1986

Thrill Of A Lifetime

Audio

52

Survivor

"Oceans"

1986

When Seconds Count

Audio

53

David Roberts

"Someone Like You"

1982

All Dressed Up

Audio

54

Night Ranger

"Don't Tell Me You Love Me"

1982

Dawn Patrol

Audio

55

B.E. Taylor Group

"Question Of Love"

1986

Our World

Audio

56

Shyster

"Bernadeane"

1984

Shyster

Audio / Video

57

Farrenheit

"Fool In Love"

1987

Farrenheit

Audio / Video

58

Streek

"Fantasy"

1981

Streek

Audio

59

Jefferson Starship

"Jane"

1979

Freedom At Point Zero

Audio / Video

60

R.E.O Speedwagon

"Keep On Loving You"

1980

Hi Infidelity

Audio / Video

61

Benny Mardones

"Into The Night"

1989

Benny Mardones

Audio

62

Shelter

"Underneath Your Make-Up"

1983

First Stop

Audio

63

The Cauze

"No Way"

1987

The Cauze

Audio / Video

64

Giuffria

"Change Of Heart"

1986

Silk + Steel

Audio

65

Streets

"Broken Glass"

1985

Crimes In Mind

Audio

66

Kevin Wells

"Stronger Than The City"

1985

Little Acts Of Treason

Audio

67

Avalon

"Deeper Than The Heart"

1982

Everyman A King

Audio

68

Zappacosta

"Nothing Can Stand In Your Way"

1986

A To Z

Audio / Video

69

I-Ten

"Lonely In Each Other's Arms"

1983

Taking A Cold Look

Audio

70

The VU

"Keys To The City"

2000

Phoenix Rising

Audio

71

Toto

"Endless"

1984

Isolation

Audio

72

James Anderson

"Strangest Feeling"

1982

Strangest Feeling

Audio

73

Sheriff

"Elisa"

1982

Sheriff

Audio

74

BJ Thomas

"Midnight Minute"

1989

Midnight Minute

Audio

75

Tim Feehan

"Where's The Fire"

1987

Tim Feehan

Audio / Video

76

Jay Ferguson

"The Heat Of The Night"

1982

White Noise

Audio

77

Tradia

"Don't Play Your Ace"

1988

Trade Winds

Audio

78

Silver Condor

"You Could Take My Heart Away"

1981

Silver Condor

Audio

79

Breathless

"Takin' It Back"

1979

Breathless

Audio

80

Stan Bush

"Time Isn't Changing You"

1983

Stan Bush

Audio

81

Vinnie Vincent Invasion

"Back On The Streets"

1986

Vinnie Vincent Invasion

Audio

82

Kansas

"All I Wanted"

1986

Power

Audio / Video

83

Brock Walsh

"Paper Doll"

1983

Dateline: Tokyo

Audio

84

Joe Lynn Turner

"Young Hearts"

1985

Rescue You

Audio

85

Frontrunner

"Nite Train"

1984

Runner In The Night

Audio

86

Le Roux

"Carrie's Gone"

1983

So Fired Up

Audio / Video

87

Alias

"One More Chance"

1990

Alias

Audio

88

Honeymoon Suite

"Fast Company"

1988

Racing After Midnight

Audio

89

Airrace

"Brief Encounter"

1984

Shaft Of Light

Audio

90

Bricklin

"She's Not My Girl"

1986

Bricklin

Audio

91

Michael Bolton

"Fool's Game"

1983

Michael Bolton

Audio / Video

92

Orphan

"Miracle"

1983

Lonely At Night

Audio

93

RPM

"Firestarter"

1982

RPM

Audio

94

Stan Meissner

"Heart Of The Fire"

1984

Dangerous Games

Audio

95

Mark Free

"The Last Time"

1993

Long Way From Love

Audio

96

Pablo Cruise

"Part Of The Game"

1979

Part Of The Game

Audio

97

Roadmaster

"Sweet Music"

1977

Sweet Music

Audio

98

A=440

"Take Me To Heart"

1986

A=440

Audio

99

White Sister

"Promises"

1984

White Sister

Audio

100

Russ Ballard

"A Woman Like You"

1984

Russ Ballard

Audio

Miss Behaviour

Ghost Play

Bob Wheeler - s/t

Fury - s/t

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