Songs

Discover the stories behind the Classic songs from the show. Click on the spotify link to listen to your favorites!

  • Poison

    “Nothin’ But A Good Time”

    The first single from the glam metal band Poison's second studio album Open Up and Say... Ahh!

    The song was released as a single in 1988 on Enigma Records and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on the Mainstream rock charts. It also charted at number 10 on the Australian charts and number 35 on the UK Singles chart.

  • Night Ranger

    “Sister Christian”

    A power ballad by the American hard rock band Night Ranger.

    It was released in June 1984 as the second single from their album Midnight Madness. It was ranked number 32 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s. It was written and sung by the band’s drummer, Kelly Keagy, for his sister. It was the band’s biggest hit, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, and staying on the charts for 24 weeks. The song was also featured in Friday the 13th, Boogie Nights and Superstar.

  • Starship

    “We Built This City”

    Originally recorded by the American rock group Starship and released as its debut single on August 1, 1985.

    The single version reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 16, 1985, and also number one on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart and number twelve in the United Kingdom. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1986.

  • Twisted Sister

    “I Wanna Rock”

    From the album Stay Hungry (1984)

    In 2009 it was named the 17th VH1 Greatest Hard Rock Songs by VH1. The song was also covered by the pop punk band Lit on 2001 Twisted Sister tribute album, Twisted Forever.

  • Twisted Sister

    “We’re Not Gonna Take It”

    Also from Stay Hungry, and was first released as a single on April 27, 1984

    The Stay Hungry album was released two weeks later, on May 10, 1984. The single reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, making it Twisted Sister’s only Top 40 single. The song was ranked No. 47 on 100 Greatest 80’s Songs and No. 21 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

  • Extreme

    “More Than Words”

    Released in 1990 on the album Extreme II: Pornograffiti.

    The song marked a departure from the funk metal that had permeated the band’s style previous to its release. It was described as a song warning that the phrase “I love you” was becoming meaningless: “People use it so easily and so lightly that they think you can say that and fix everything, or you can say that and everything’s OK. Sometimes you have to do more and you have to show it - there’s other ways to say 'I love you'.”

  • Mr. Big

    “To Be With You”

    The 11th and final track from the 1991 album Lean into It.

    The song charted in over 20 countries, many of them at number one, such as on the United States Billboard Hot 100. It also reached a peak of number three in the UK.

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    “Wanted Dead Or Alive”

    From the album Slippery When Wet, this song was written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora and was released in 1987 as the album’s third single.

    The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #13 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making it the third single from the album to reach the Top 10 of the Hot 100. As a result, Slippery When Wet became the first hard rock album to have 3 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • Foreigner

    “I Want to Know What Love Is”

    A 1984 power ballad recorded by the British-American rock band Foreigner.

    The song hit #1 in both the United Kingdom and the United States and is the group’s biggest hit to date. It remains one of the band’s best known songs and most enduring radio hits charting in the top 25 in 2000, 2001, and 2002 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents chart.

  • Slade

    “Cum On Feel The Noize”

    Written by Jim Lea and Noddy Holder and produced by Chas Chandler, Cum On Feel the Noize was Slade’s fourth number-one single in the UK.

    The entered at the top slot in both the UK and Irish charts, which was quite a rare feat at the time and was the first occasion this had happened since The Beatles’ Get Back in 1969. The song went on to spend four weeks at the top of the chart in March 1973.

  • Whitesnake

    “Here I Go Again”

    #1 hit song originally released on their 1982 album, Saints & Sinners, the song was re-recorded for their eponymous 1987 album Whitesnake.

    The song was re-recorded yet another time that year in a new "radio-mix" version. The 1987 album version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 10 October 1987, and number nine on the UK Singles Chart on 28 November 1987. The 1987 version also hit number one on the Canadian Singles Chart on 24 October 1987. In 2006, the 1987 version was ranked number 17 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s.

  • Europe

    “The Final Countdown”

    First released by the Swedish band in 1986.

    Written by Joey Tempest, it was the first single from the band’s third studio album which was also named The Final Countdown. The song reached No. 1 in 25 countries, including the United Kingdom, and was certified gold in the United Kingdom in 1986. In the United States the song peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 18 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart.

  • REO Speedwagon

    “Can't Fight This Feeling”

    Number-one power ballad released in 1985.

    The single remained three consecutive weeks at the number one position at the U.S. Hot 100 chart from March 9 to March 23, 1985.

  • Steve Perry

    “Oh Sherrie”

    Written by American singer Steve Perry, Randy Goodrum, Craig Krampf, and Bill Cuomo.

    This song was recorded and released on Perry’s Street Talk album in 1984, his first solo album which he released while still a member of Journey. The song is often regarded as an "honorary" Journey song, being credited to the band on several hit compilation albums and in other media, largely due to its resemblance to the band’s trademark sound, as well as their performances of the song on the Raised on Radio Tour, which proved to be Perry’s live swansong with the band.