You forgot 1981!!
Posted by: koogles ()
Date: January 03, 2001 10:11AM

Hey! You left out 1981. The year that Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx and Foreigner all hit no.1 with career-defining albums. Add in vital works by Rick Springfield, Loverboy and Billy Squier, and you had one hell of a year!

1990 and 1991? What's that all about? A lot of glam, but AOR/melodic hard rock was passe by then. Night Ranger, Survivor, Journey, Boston, Rick Springfield, Kansas... who wasn't buried under the perma-frost of hair metal back then? And then there was Toto, Styx and REO who released some of their worst material to date in 1990.

In my opinion, the heyday of AOR was between 1981 and 1986, when a bloke like John Parr could hit no. 1 and a mediocre Huey Lewis tune called "Jacob's Ladder" could rise to similar heights. If I had to isolate one year, I would say 1985. Survivor, Night Ranger, Journey, John Parr, Giuffria, Don Henley, Loverboy, Foreigner, Asia, The Cars, Shooting Star, Mr. Mister, Starship, Heart, Bryan Adams, Rick Springfield... all these acts were on the charts back then and it was a good time to be nearby a radio.

koogles

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Best years for AOR/Melodic rock? 149 Jason 01/03/2001 08:37AM
RE: Best years for AOR/Melodic rock? 114 coco 01/03/2001 09:56AM
RE: Best years for AOR/Melodic rock? 115 DantheCDman 01/03/2001 09:57AM
You forgot 1981!!128 koogles 01/03/2001 10:11AM
RE: You forgot 1981!! 116 Jason 01/03/2001 10:48AM
Shadow King blows 112 koogles 01/03/2001 01:40PM
Shadow King: Great Band..... 119Kris01/03/2001 01:44PM
RE: Shadow King: Great Band, NOT. 120 mike 01/03/2001 02:38PM
RE: Shadow King: Great Band, 95 Tahir Bise 10/07/2002 12:27AM
Yeah, so good they only made one CD! 136 koogles 01/03/2001 02:46PM
Are you serious? I hope not.... 101Kris01/03/2001 03:19PM
You need some quality control, buddy!! 114 koogles 01/03/2001 11:48PM
Come back to reality 96Kris01/04/2001 12:24AM
I'm back to reality... and only Mike is here! 101 koogles 01/04/2001 08:58AM
RE: Shadow King: Great Band..... 104John Q01/03/2001 06:57PM
RE: Shadow King: Great Band..... 82 DantheCDman 01/03/2001 07:41PM
Well I like it! 103 Andrew 01/03/2001 09:10PM
And I love it ! 108 Sven 01/03/2001 11:02PM
No wonder, you're listening to Loverboy's VI! 106 koogles 01/03/2001 11:56PM
Koogles opinion...... 102Captain Chaos01/04/2001 12:33AM
Why don't you take a side for once, Chaos? 104 koogles 01/04/2001 09:14AM
I'm always on the side of "truth and justice& 96Captain Chaos01/05/2001 05:12AM
Loverboy VI 89 Sven 01/04/2001 01:32AM
Wait till you hear "Get Lucky", "LE 112 koogles 01/04/2001 09:22AM
RE: Wait till you hear "Get Lucky", &quo 100 Jason 01/04/2001 11:50AM
Blue Tears vs. Shadow King 95 koogles 01/04/2001 11:50PM
RE: Blue Tears vs. Shadow King 112 Jason 01/05/2001 01:20AM
RE: Blue Tears vs. Shadow King 116Captain Chaos01/05/2001 06:05AM
RE: Blue Tears vs. Shadow King 115 DantheCDman 01/05/2001 09:30AM
RE: No wonder, you're listening to Loverboy's VI! 109 DantheCDman 01/04/2001 10:18AM
Looks DO Matter 96Kris01/04/2001 12:07AM
Me & HOL 97John Q01/04/2001 06:30AM
RE: Me & HOL 100 Dany 01/06/2001 05:58PM
That whole looks vs. musicianship thing 120 Dany 01/06/2001 06:14PM
RE: Shadow King blows 104 Mister Pomp 01/04/2001 07:18AM
RE: Best years for AOR/Melodic rock? 117richie01/03/2001 07:24PM
RE: Best years for AOR/Melodic rock? 107 Mister Pomp 01/04/2001 07:16AM


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