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.

 
Comments (107)
  1. Ju Bean  |   Posted on May 31st, 2007 0

    What! No “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister?

  2. campfirewood1980  |   Posted on May 31st, 2007 0

    I think the VH1/Yacht Rock collab was Acceptable.tv…

    And that sounds like a fantastic list.

  3. Is it weird that I like almost every song on this list? However, I can’t abide putting Richard Marx’s “Hold on to the Nights” on the list over “Right Here Waiting.” That’s just wrong.

  4. “Pina Colada” at number three…sweet.

  5. annie onymous  |   Posted on May 31st, 2007 0

    i gotta admit, i love quite a few on this list.

  6. Um, no England Dan and John Ford Coley? No Steely Dan? No “Time Passages”? No Gary Wright? Ambrosia? Gerry Rafferty? Firefall? Lobo?

    This list sucks.

  7. gonna take you by the hand and make you understand  |   Posted on May 31st, 2007 0

    Boston’s “Amanda”

    the end.

  8. Kurt  |   Posted on May 31st, 2007 0

    Reading that list made my ears bleed. Ewsh.

  9. Stephen  |   Posted on May 31st, 2007 0

    Bill P said it all. This list is seriously lacking. Also, “A Horse With No Name” for America? That song is no match for the smoothness of “Sister Golden Hair” or “Ventura Highway.”

  10. Butters  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2007 0

    No “I wanna know what love is”??

    Scandalous.

  11. b.LOUD  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2007 0

    Butters is right, Foreigner should’ve been at least Top 5, but personally, I would’ve put Billy Joel’s “Just The Way You Are” at #1. A great song, btw. At least “Piano Man” should be on there. I’m also surprised that Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” didn’t make it. I guess her 5 – or whatever – octave range isn’t considered “easy listening”.

    I never even heard of “Superstar” by The Carpenters. Was that like a Burt Bacharach b-side, or something. What not “Close To You”?

    How about Mike and The Mechanics, “The Living Years”?

  12. b.LOUD  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2007 0

    I guess Yacht Rock bailed when they found out that Kenny Loggins or Loggins & Messina weren’t gonna be #1.

    Does that Air Supply song have the chorus that goes, “I’m all out of love / I’m so lost without you / I know you were right . . . . . . ?

  13. Chris  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2007 0

    I wholeheartedly reject any list of soft rock songs that does not contain “Glory of Love.”

  14. That’s not really a list of top soft rock.. more rubbish ballads.

  15. I try not to plug my own stuff, but if more than three of these songs are guilty pleasures for you, you should probably check out my series, Adventures Through The Mines Of Mellow Gold.

    http://jasonhare.com/category/mellow-gold/

  16. Actually, the guys from Yacht Rock are on this special.

    It is on right now, and I just saw Hollywood Steve.

  17. Holy adult situations! This list is like floating on a cloud of titties.

  18. Shouldn’t like at least 5 of the top ten be Hall and Oates songs? Or am I thinking of the greatest songs of all time list.

  19. sean  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2007 0

    No “How Long” by Ace? Bully-bully-bullshit.

  20. b.LOUD- “Superstar” is the one that goes “Don’t you remember you told me you love me bay-bay?” Also, you’re thinking of a different Air Supply song.

    I would have swapped Orleans songs, “Dance With Me” is way smoother than “Still the One”.

    Also, good call on Firefall, bill p. “You Are the Woman” got jobbed.

  21. Matt  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2007 0

    One word: “Brandy.” By Looking Glass. Ok, four words.

  22. It is a good compilation. I love those songs.

  23. Rachel C  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2007 0

    I totally agree with Bill P. They didn’t even scratch the surface. I was just waiting for some Paul Davis :(

  24. Michael Randle  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2007 0

    I like the majority of the songs, but what happened to I Can’t Tell You Why by The Eagles or Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship.

  25. conrad  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2007 0

    those songs make my work day go by so fucking slowly.

  26. Doc Wino  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2007 0

    No Lionel Richie’s ‘Easy like Sunday Morning’;
    No Earth, Wind and Fire’s ‘September’….

    Are you f***ing with me?!

  27. scott  |   Posted on Jun 2nd, 2007 0

    Does anyone know if this is available on CD??

  28. scott, good idea, but it’ll never happen thanks to rights, etc. you could put it together on bittorrent in an afternoon. not that you should, but you could. or you could do a totally legal playlist on lala.com.

  29. Brandy  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    does anybody kno what song thATS CALLED WER THEY ARE PLAYING THE WHOLE SAXOPHONE I KNOW ITS A SONG DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHATS ITS CALLED

  30. Jason  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    I’m filing an official protest over this list on account of its lack of “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins. Way more softsational than “One More Night.”

  31. th  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    lets not forget the most irritating song ever: “Feelings” or “Achy Breaky Heart”.

    Of course anything by that assclown michael bolton makes me want to hurl

    I also heard some really retarded song, where the chorus was something like “weeoh” over and over again. That should be added to the top 10 make me hurl list.

  32. th  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    “does anybody kno what song thATS CALLED WER THEY ARE PLAYING THE WHOLE SAXOPHONE I KNOW ITS A SONG DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHATS ITS CALLED”

    There is some really nauseating songs by KennyG, who plays soprano sax

    Boots Randolph has some big his also on sax, probably the most famous is “Yakity Sax” which is featured on Benny Hill, but this song is pretty upbeat and fun, and does not fit the category of this list.

  33. Brooke  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    umm…Its good…my family loved it

  34. No “Waiting For A Girl like You”, huh? The song that took a flying whip-knot to Foreigner’s testicles?

    Okay. Whatever.
    DwD

  35. Andrea Bocelli  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    “I also heard some really retarded song, where the chorus was something like ‘weeoh’ over and over again. That should be added to the top 10 make me hurl list.”

    That sounds like a Police song, the title of which I cannot recall right now. As a graphic designer, I like it.

  36. stoner  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    ok, ok, what about walter egan’s magnet and steel? hello??? they should’ve called it “the 30 something most soft-sational songs from the 70s with a few from the early 80s and 1 from the 90s”….

  37. stoner  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    what about walter egan’s magnet and steel? and the countdown should’ve been called “30 odd soft rock songs with a few from the 80s and 1 from the 90s”

  38. Sherry  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    How about “Reunited” by Peaches and Herb? C’mon, it doesn’t get more soft and sugary than that–like musical cotton candy.

    I’m also partial to “I Love You” by Climax Blues Band. May be more in the ballad category, but still a great love song.

  39. Ummmmm, no!  |   Posted on Jun 3rd, 2007 0

    I think they should let The Donnas have a little more screen time on these specials.
    And what about “At This Moment” by Billy Vera and the Beaters?

  40. Milano  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2007 0

    Must be just a 70′s, 80′s and 90′s list
    Because you couldnt excuse LET IT BE
    from this list, or justify not one Beatles tune!

  41. Jefferson  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2007 0

    No James Taylor!!! whats up with that?

  42. All the Complaining about this list or thinking that these songs are not good, well FAGGOTS!!!!

  43. John S  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2007 0

    a k a “all The Songs You Thought Were Really Romantic Until You Hit Puberty.”

    I have very strong memories of being about 10 hearing “I Love You” by the CBB and thinking “That’s what it’s going to be like when I get engaged.” The song is about an alcoholic whose girl “saves” him.

  44. Ugly Duckling  |   Posted on Jun 4th, 2007 0

    Janis Ian “Seventeen” definately number 1.

  45. Missing in action is … Double’s “Captain Of Her Heart.”

  46. dan  |   Posted on Jun 5th, 2007 0

    no minnie “loving you is easy cause youre beautiful” ripperton?

  47. Linda  |   Posted on Jun 6th, 2007 0

    Song with weeoh sung a lot is probably “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” by The Police. Definitely NOT soft rock.

    The all sax song from this special is Chuck Mangione “Feels So Good”.

    Some of the songs suggested by the commenters, IMHO, are love songs. Some of the ones on the list are also love songs, but some aren’t. I think you could do a whole list of the 100 cheesiest soft rock love songs too.

    Though many commenters have great suggestions like “Loving You”, Firefall, James Taylor, “Easy” by the Commodores!

    Thanks for posting the list!

  48. dan  |   Posted on Jun 6th, 2007 0

    where is randy crawford’s “One Hello”!

  49. dan  |   Posted on Jun 6th, 2007 0

    or sergio mendez’s “Rainbows End”

  50. That ain’t so sax Chuck Mangione’s playing. That’s a flugelhorn, dammit.

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