Starting life in the s as a politically charged and experimental rock band, they later moved to a totally different and softer sound, known for their power ballads alongside the soaring voice of Peter Cetera. They have sold over 40 million albums in the US alone, and have released 36 albums over the years. But these are our absolute favourite songs by them:. This was the song that brought Chicago to a truly mainstream audience, reaching the top spot in the UK and US in It remains one of the best break-up ballads of all time, and surprisingly doesn't actually contain a traditional chorus. Released in , this song gave Chicago a top 3 hit in the States, but only reached 14 in the UK. Cetera later revealed the song was originally intended for Kenny Rogers, but he eventually passed on it, so he took it for Chicago instead. This power ballad was a number one hit in the US, and reached the top five in the UK.
Chicago is an American rock band formed in in Chicago , Illinois , calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in before shortening the name in They began writing songs with politically charged lyrics, and later moved to a softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the s and s. In September , Billboard ranked Chicago at number thirteen in a list of the top artists of all time for Hot singles chart success, and ranked them at number fifteen on the same list produced in October To date, Chicago has sold over 40 million units in the U.
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Compiling a list of Top 10 Chicago Songs brought us back to the band's endlessly inventive beginnings in Then called the Chicago Transit Authority, they'd eventually take the merging of jazz and rock to new heights. Ask fellow Chicago natives the Buckinghams. Still, the idea of a fully functioning rock and roll band that included a horn section was. Though their debut album, released in the spring of , was full of great songs, the singles failed to catch. It would be the band's second release, simply titled Chicago , that would make the public take notice. Chicago's fortunes kept rising throughout the '70s though, by the following decade, they had become a faint vision of their former selves artistically. Despite several personnel changes over the years, Chicago has never stopped, and their fan base remains among the most loyal of all.
Look away, baby, look away. Perhaps best-remembered for its action-packed music video, "Stay the Night" was also one of the most striking singles of Chicago's early '80s pop period, captivating from its opening drum hits through to its staccato verse synths and melodic left turn at the chorus. Some of the song's more aggressive lyrics "I won't take no if that's your answer" haven't aged particularly well, but the sneering chorus cry remains such a brain-sticker that the dudes in Foreigner are probably still seething at not having thought of it first. Also perhaps hurting its case: Framing a song on the band's eighth album about never having been in love before. Well then what exactly were all those other songs about, Peter?!?? The trill-laden horn work here is strong, and the song has aged well as a fluttering warm-weather track. It an exciting song with message that is unfortunately a little too timeless. Oh, to have witnessed the confused faces of those who spun Chicago VII and had to wade through a solid 25 minutes of instrumentals before the vocals to finally kicked in.