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.
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.
Awards for Styx:
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%:
DMDB Top 10%:
7. Fooling Yourself (Angry Young Man) (1977) (1977)
11. Mademoiselle (1976)
DMDB Top 20%:
14. Don’t Let It End (1983)
21. Nothing Ever Goes As Planned (1981)
31. This Is the Time (Dennis DeYoung, 1986)
41. Miss America (1977)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
44. High Time (1983)
51. Castle Walls (1977)
61. Heavy Metal Poisoning (1983)
71. First Time (1979)
81. I’m Gonna Make You Feel It (1973)
91. Mother Nature’s Matinee (1972)
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First posted 2/3/2020; last updated 6/22/2021.