More Than A Feeling: The 20 Greatest AOR Tracks Of All Time!
Do you agree with this list, compiled by Matthew Hamilton of www.rocksbackpages.com? Come inside for a taste of the rundown…
Classic Rock’s friends over at www.rocksbackpages.com have just released a list of what they reckon to be the Top 20 greatest AOR tracks of all time.
Writer Matthew Hamilton explains:
“I have found that most discussions of AOR get easily sidetracked unless it’s made clear which definition of the AOR acronym we’re using. The original meaning – ‘Album Orientated Rock’ – tends to make people think of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Whereas I’m going by the late-70s definition – ‘Adult-Orientated Rock’, i.e. catchy, immediate, radio-friendly arena rock with heavy keyboards, restrained but melodic guitar, and passionate, irony-free vocals of the kind made famous by Boston, Journey, REO and Foreigner.”
Here are tracks 20 to 11 to whet your appetite (or. alternatively, cause rumblings of disgruntlement in your gut):
20: ‘Is This Love?’ – Whitesnake (Watch it here)
19: ‘Only You Can Rock Me’ – UFO (Watch it here)
18: ‘Don’t Want To Wait Anymore’ – The Tubes (Watch it here)
17: ‘Innocent Days’ – Giant (Watch it here)
16: ‘Home By The Sea’ – Genesis (Watch it here)
15: ‘The Boys Of Summer’ – Don Henley (Watch it here)
14: ‘I Need You Tonight’ – ZZ Top (Watch it here)
13: ‘Stone Cold’ – Rainbow (Watch it here – and check out the smouldering performance from Joe Lynn Turner!)
12: ‘Broken Wings’ – Mr Mister (Watch it here)
11: ‘Dreams’ – Van Halen (Watch it here)
For the full list (including that all-important no.1) go to: http://www.rocksbackpages.com/article.html?ArticleID=14680
What do you reckon? Has Matthew Hamilton nailed the genre, or is he wide of the AOR mark? Post your comments!