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? 290 Jason 01/03/2001 08:37AM
RE: Best years for AOR/Melodic rock? 156 coco 01/03/2001 09:56AM
RE: Best years for AOR/Melodic rock? 156 DantheCDman 01/03/2001 09:57AM
You forgot 1981!!165 koogles 01/03/2001 10:11AM
RE: You forgot 1981!! 158 Jason 01/03/2001 10:48AM
Shadow King blows 177 koogles 01/03/2001 01:40PM
Shadow King: Great Band..... 160Kris01/03/2001 01:44PM
RE: Shadow King: Great Band, NOT. 182 mike 01/03/2001 02:38PM
RE: Shadow King: Great Band, 150 Tahir Bise 10/07/2002 12:27AM
Yeah, so good they only made one CD! 186 koogles 01/03/2001 02:46PM
Are you serious? I hope not.... 185Kris01/03/2001 03:19PM
You need some quality control, buddy!! 153 koogles 01/03/2001 11:48PM
Come back to reality 134Kris01/04/2001 12:24AM
I'm back to reality... and only Mike is here! 175 koogles 01/04/2001 08:58AM
RE: Shadow King: Great Band..... 165John Q01/03/2001 06:57PM
RE: Shadow King: Great Band..... 151 DantheCDman 01/03/2001 07:41PM
Well I like it! 157 Andrew 01/03/2001 09:10PM
And I love it ! 174 Sven 01/03/2001 11:02PM
No wonder, you're listening to Loverboy's VI! 159 koogles 01/03/2001 11:56PM
Koogles opinion...... 162Captain Chaos01/04/2001 12:33AM
Why don't you take a side for once, Chaos? 181 koogles 01/04/2001 09:14AM
I'm always on the side of "truth and justice& 161Captain Chaos01/05/2001 05:12AM
Loverboy VI 136 Sven 01/04/2001 01:32AM
Wait till you hear "Get Lucky", "LE 176 koogles 01/04/2001 09:22AM
RE: Wait till you hear "Get Lucky", &quo 139 Jason 01/04/2001 11:50AM
Blue Tears vs. Shadow King 155 koogles 01/04/2001 11:50PM
RE: Blue Tears vs. Shadow King 162 Jason 01/05/2001 01:20AM
RE: Blue Tears vs. Shadow King 196Captain Chaos01/05/2001 06:05AM
RE: Blue Tears vs. Shadow King 183 DantheCDman 01/05/2001 09:30AM
RE: No wonder, you're listening to Loverboy's VI! 190 DantheCDman 01/04/2001 10:18AM
Looks DO Matter 141Kris01/04/2001 12:07AM
Me & HOL 159John Q01/04/2001 06:30AM
RE: Me & HOL 147 Dany 01/06/2001 05:58PM
That whole looks vs. musicianship thing 227 Dany 01/06/2001 06:14PM
RE: Shadow King blows 140 Mister Pomp 01/04/2001 07:18AM
RE: Best years for AOR/Melodic rock? 149richie01/03/2001 07:24PM
RE: Best years for AOR/Melodic rock? 156 Mister Pomp 01/04/2001 07:16AM


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