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Back in the early 90s, when Nirvana were top of the charts, alternative rock became the ‘in-thing’ and suddenly, the so-called ‘corporate rock’ of the 80s was something to be disdained by the grunge generation. Despite being critically reviled, here are seven examples of great rock songs that deserve a revaluation.

Van Halen “Jump” (1983) – #1 on the US Billboard Charts. The video is memorable for Eddie’s goofy toothy grin. 

Kenny Loggins “Footloose” (1984) – #1 on the US Billboard Charts. Taken from the movie of the same name (starring Kevin Bacon and John Lithgow). A weird amalgam of Southern Rock and Synth-pop! (yup, the 80s sound)

REO Speedwagon “Take It On the Run” (1981) – #5 on the US Billboard Charts. Taken off the band’s Hi Infidelity LP, the biggest selling album of that year. 


Styx “The Best of Times” (1981) – #3 on the US Billboard Charts. Quite maligned by critics in their heyday, Styx managed to balance prog rock and melodic pop rather well. Deserves more respect!


J. Geils Band “Centerfold” (1981) – #1 on the US Billboard Charts. A massive hit at the time, the band itself has somewhat faded into obscurity, compared to some of their peers. 

Foreigner “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (1981) – #2 on the US Billboard Charts. Thomas Dolby plays the distinctive synth riff on this dreamy ballad. 

Journey “Faithfully” (1983) – #12 on the US Billboard Charts. The power ballad to end them all, which oddly enough does not feature a chorus! 

… still there’s more … 

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