Monday, February 3, 2020

Styx: Top 50 Songs

First posted 2/3/2020.

Styx

l to r: John Panozzo, James Young, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, Dennis DeYoung

Rock band from Chicago, IL. Active: 1969-1984, 1990-. Members: John Panozzo (d – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90; died of gastrointestinal hemorrhage on 7/16/96 at age 47), Chuck Panozzo (b – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-84,90-), Dennis DeYoung (v/k: 71-84,90-99), John Curulewski (g/v – TW4: 69-71; Styx: 71-76; died of an aneurysm in 1988), James Young (g/ v – TW4: 70-71; Styx: 71-84,90-; solo), Tommy Shaw (v/g: 76-84,95-), Glen Burtnik (v/g: 90; b: 00-04), Todd Sucherman (d: 95-), Lawrence Gowan (v/k: 00-), Ricky Phillips (b: 03-).

The Panozzo twin brothers started playing in their garage at the age of 12. Their neighbor, DeYoung, joined them. When the trio went to Chicago State University, they formed TW4 with Curulewski. Young joined in 1970. In 1971, Wooden Nickel Records heard them, signed them the following year, and Styx (named after river Hades in Greek mythology) was born. In 1975, the group signed with A&M after a revival of the song "Lady" restored their Styx II album from three years earlier. After their first A&M album (Equinox), Curulewski left the group; replaced by Shaw. Group broke up in ‘84. Shaw, DeYoung, and JY did solo projects. In 1990, Styx reunited. They toured in 1995, recorded a few more songs in the studio, and released their first studio album in nearly a decade in 1999.

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Top 50 Songs


In addition to Styx songs, this list includes solo material from Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw as well as Damn Yankees, which featured Shaw. Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs which hit #1 on various charts are noted. (Click for codes to singles charts.)

DMDB Top 5%:

1. Babe (1979) #1 US, CB, HR, RR, CL, CN
2. Come Sail Away (1977) #1 CL
3. The Best of Times (1981) #1 RR, CL, CN
4. Renegade (1978) #1 CL
5. Mr. Roboto (1983) #1 CB, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

6. Too Much Time on My Hands (1981)
7. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (1978)
8. Lady (1973)
9. Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977)
10. Lorelei (1975)
11. High Enough (Damn Yankees, 1990)

DMDB Top 20%:

12. Don’t Let It End (1983)
13. Mademoiselle (1976)
14. Why Me? (1979)
15. Desert Moon (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
16. Love Is the Ritual (1990)
17. Borrowed Time (1979)
18. Sing for the Day (1978)
19. Show Me the Way (1990)
20. Nothing Ever Goes As Planned (1981)

21. Love at First Sight (1990)
22. Come Again (Damn Yankees, 1990)
23. Girls with Guns (Tommy Shaw, 1984)
24. Music Time (1984)
25. Call Me (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
26. The Grand Illusion (1977)
27. Rockin’ the Paradise (1981)
28. Crystal Ball (1976)
29. Best Thing (1972)
30. Coming of Age (Damn Yankees, 1990)

31. Snowblind (1981)
32. Suite Madame Blue (1975)
33. You Need Love (1973)
34. Where You Goin’ Now (Damn Yankees, 1992)
35. Light Up (1975)
36. This Is the Time (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
37. Don’t Wait for Heroes (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
38. Silence Is Broken (Damn Yankees, 1992)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

39. What If (Remo’s Theme) (Tommy Shaw, 1985)
40. Lights (1979)

41. Miss America (1977)
42. High Time (1983)
43. Boat on the River (1979)
44. Fanfare for the Common Man (1972)
45. Mister Please (Damn Yankees, 1992)
46. Golden Lark (1974)
47. Dear John (1997)
48. Don’t Tread on Me (Damn Yankees, 1992)
49. What Has Come Between Us (1972)
50. My Hallucination (Shaw/Blades, 1995)


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