Soft Rock Week Playlisticle: VH1's 40 MOST SOFT-SATIONAL SOFT ROCK SONGS [2007]

The show originally aired on June 3, 2007.  It was covered extensively in the blogosphere then.  HERC brings it back one. more. time.  With videos and a Spotify playlist.  You're welcome, blogoverse.

From  vh1.com

They're the titans of tenderness . the sultans of sensitivity . the monsters of mellow, and we're counting down 40 of their greatest songs. So dim that lava lamp, pour a chalice of white zin, and cuddle up to VH1's 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs - the velvety-smoothest two-hour special in channel history. We'll indulge in sax-heavy, irony-free classics from the likes of Lionel Richie, Bread, Captain & Tennille, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Phil Collins, Norah Jones, Gordon Lightfoot, Kenny Loggins, Chicago, Mr. Michael Bolton, and dozens of other gentle giants. It's all the awesomely smooth music you can stand, replete with expert commentary from an award-winning, non-threatening panel of celebrities, comedians, journalists and soft rock experts.

Here's the countdown with many featured video performances:

40. Bertie Higgins – “Key Largo”
39. David Soul – “Don’t Give Up On Us”

38. Peter Frampton – “Baby, I Love Your Way”
37. Leo Sayer – “When I Need You “
36. 10cc – “I’m Not in Love”
35. Extreme – “More Than Words”

34. Dan Hill – “Sometimes When We Touch”
33. Cat Stevens – “Peace Train”
32. Kenny Loggins – “This is It”
31. Richard Marx – “Hold On To The Nights”

30. Andrew Gold – “Lonely Boy”

29. Debby Boone – “You Light Up My Life”

28. America – “Horse With No Name”
27. Lionel Richie – “Hello”

26. Harry Chapin – “Cat’s In The Cradle”

25. Anne Murray – “You Needed Me”
24. Phil Collins – “One More Night”
23. REO Speedwagon – “I Can’t Fight This Feeling”
22. Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson – “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love”

21. Orleans – “Still the One”

20. Captain & Tennille – “Do That To Me One More Time”

19. Michael Bolton – “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”
18. Toto – “Rosanna”

17. Juice Newton – “Angel Of The Morning”

16. Bread – “Baby I’m – A Want You”
15. Journey – “Open Arms”

14. Seals & Crofts – “Summer Breeze”

13. Carpenters – “Superstar”

12. Starland Vocal Band – “Afternoon Delight”

11. Olivia Newton-John – “I Honestly Love You”

10. Chuck Mangione – “Feels So Good”

09. Hall and Oates – “One On One”
08. The Doobie Brothers – “What A Fool Believes”
07. Kansas – “Dust In The Wind”

06. Air Supply – “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All”

05. Chicago – “If You Leave Me Now”

04. Barry Manilow – “Mandy”

03. Rupert Holmes – “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”

02. Styx – “Babe”

01. Christopher Cross – “Sailing”

One song per artist and although HERC's personal picks would differ somewhat ("Still The One" and "Lonely Boy", just to name two that would be replaced by somewhat softer rockin' songs), he is in complete agreement with the choice of "If You Leave Me Now" by Chicago over all of the group's saccharine-sweet Eighties output.


  1. Wonderful! Thanks for posting this!

  2. Like all of this week's post, it's especially dedicated to my biggest fan: my Mom. Thanks for following the blog and thanks for the comment.

  3. Mr. Cross gets bonus points for wearing an iconic Columbia blue Earl Campbell jersey. Luv Ya Blue!