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VH1’s 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs

By Stereogum / May 31, 2007

Actually this list itself ain’t bad, it’s just most of the songs that are shitty. But not all, of course — there’s plenty of yacht rock to love. And who better to rank these tunes than VH1? There must be some holdovers from before the celebreality pox. Tomorrow night, Video Hits 1 will air their televised countdown of the Top 40 soft rock tunes, but go ahead and take a gander now and see if they hit the Marx.

40. Bertie Higgins – “Key Largo”
39. David Soul – “Don’t Give Up On Us”
38. Peter Frampton – “Baby, I Love Your Way”
37. Leo Sayer – “When I Need You “
36. 10cc – “I’m Not in Love”
35. Extreme – “More Than Words”
34. Dan Hill – “Sometimes When We Touch”
33. Cat Stevens – “Peace Train”
32. Kenny Loggins – “This is It”
31. Richard Marx – “Hold On To The Nights”
30. Andrew Gold – “Lonely Boy”
29. Debby Boone – “You Light Up My Life”
28. America – “Horse With No Name”
27. Lionel Richie – “Hello”
26. Harry Chapin – “Cat’s In The Cradle”
25. Anne Murray – “You Needed Me”
24. Phil Collins – “One More Night”
23. REO Speedwagon – “I Can’t Fight This Feeling”
22. Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson – “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love”
21. Orleans – “Still the One”

20. Captain & Tennille – “Do That To Me One More Time”
19. Michael Bolton – “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”
18. Toto – “Rosanna”
17. Juice Newton – “Angel Of The Morning”
16. Bread – “Baby I’m – A Want You”
15. Journey – “Open Arms”
14. Seals & Crofts – “Summer Breeze”
13. Carpenters – “Superstar”

12. Starland Vocal Band – “Afternoon Delight”
11. Olivia Newton-John – “I Honestly Love You”
10. Chuck Mangione – “Feels So Good”
09. Hall and Oates – “One On One”
08. The Doobie Brothers – “What A Fool Believes”
07. Kansas – “Dust In The Wind”
06. Air Supply – “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All”
05. Chicago – “If You Leave Me Now”

04. Barry Manilow – “Mandy”
03. Rupert Holmes – “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”
02. Styx – “Babe”
01. Christopher Cross – “Sailing”

Say what you will about this list, but we’re with #1 (love us some Chris Cross). Also, whatever happened to the Yacht Rock guys? Weren’t they developing something for VH1? Maybe they’ll talk about it when it airs tomorrow. Too bad we won’t be watching.