Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Styx et al: Top 100 Songs

Styx et al

Top 100 Songs

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.

This post has been updated in light of new albums from Styx and Dennis DeYoung in June 2021.

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Check out Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Best of Dennis DeYoung and Styx and Dave’s Music Database podcast: The Best of Tommy Shaw and Styx, both based on this list.

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Top 100 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

DMDB Top 10%:

2. Renegade (1978) #1 CL
3. Come Sail Away (1977) #1 CL
4. Lady (1973)
5. The Best of Times (1981) #1 RR, CL, CN
6. Mr. Roboto (1983) #1 CB, CN

DMDB Top 10%:

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

11. Mademoiselle (1976)
12. Desert Moon (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
13. Lorelei (1975)

DMDB Top 20%:

14. Don’t Let It End (1983)
15. Why Me? (1979)
16. Love Is the Ritual (1990)
17. Music Time (1984)
18. Sing for the Day (1978)
19. Suite Madame Blue (1975)
20. Call Me (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)

21. Nothing Ever Goes As Planned (1981)
22. Borrowed Time (1979)
23. Show Me the Way (1990)
24. Crystal Ball (1976)
25. Girls with Guns (Tommy Shaw, 1984)
26. Rockin’ the Paradise (1981)
27. Love at First Sight (1990)
28. Snowblind (1981)
29. Light Up (1975)
30. Come Again (Damn Yankees, 1990)

31. This Is the Time (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
32. The Grand Illusion (1977)
33. Best Thing (1972)
34. Don’t Wait for Heroes (Dennis DeYoung, 1984)
35. You Need Love (1973)
36. Coming of Age (Damn Yankees, 1990) #1 AR
37. Lights (1979)
38. Where You Goin’ Now (Damn Yankees, 1992)
39. Golden Lark (1974)
40. Silence Is Broken (Damn Yankees, 1992)

41. Miss America (1977)
42. Fanfare for the Common Man (1972)
43. What If (Remo’s Theme) (Tommy Shaw, 1985)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

44. High Time (1983)
45. What Has Come Between Us (1972)
46. Boat on the River (1979)
47. All in a Day’s Work (1990)
48. Dear John (1997)
49. Pieces of Eight (1978)
50. Father O.S.A. (1973)

51. Castle Walls (1977)
52. Earl of Roseland (1973)
53. Man in the Wilderness (1977)
54. Jennifer (1976)
55. Haven’t We Been Here Before (1983)
56. Mister Please (Damn Yankees, 1992)
57. Ballerina (1976)
58. Everything is Cool (1999)
59. Black Wall (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
60. Grove of Eglantine (1974)

61. Heavy Metal Poisoning (1983)
62. Put Me On (1976)
63. A Day (1973)
64. Don’t Tread on Me (Damn Yankees, 1992)
65. Lonely People (1981)
66. She Cares (1981)
67. Harry’s Hands (1989)
68. Southbound Ryan (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
69. Children of the Land (1972)
70. My Hallucination (Shaw/Blades, 1995)

71. First Time (1979)
72. This Old Man (1976)
73. Great White Hope (1978)
74. Half Penny, Two Penny (1981)
75. I’m O.K. (1978)
76. Man of Miracles (1974)
77. Lonely Child (1975)
78. Blue Collar Man @ 2120 (2005)
79. On My Way (1997)
80. A Song for Suzanne (1974)

81. I’m Gonna Make You Feel It (1973)
82. I Am the Walrus (2005)
83. Mother Dear (1975)
84. Queen of Spades (1978)
85. Double Life (1983)
86. You Better Ask (1973)
87. Paradise (1997)
88. Lords of the Ring (1978)
89. A.D. 1928 (1981)
90. Right Away (1972)

91. Mother Nature’s Matinee (1972)
92. Lonely School (Tommy Shaw, 1984)
93. Brave New World (1999)
94. Runaway (Damn Yankees, 1990)
95. Evil Eyes (1974)
96. Christopher Mr. Christopher (1974)
97. Winner Take All (1974)
98. Ever Since the World Began (Tommy Shaw, 1987)
99. A.D. 1958 (1981)
100. Gone, Gone, Gone (2017)


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First posted 2/3/2020; last updated 6/22/2021.