Today's Classic: Tom Petty "Free Fallin'"

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"Free Fallin'" is the opening track from Tom Petty's 1989 solo album, Full Moon Fever. The song was written by Petty and his writing partner for the album, Jeff Lynne (and also features Lynne on backing vocals). The duo wrote and recorded the single in two days, making it the first song completed for Full Moon Fever. MORE

Today's Classic: REO Speedwagon "Keep on Loving You"

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"Keep On Loving You" is a hard rock power ballad written by Kevin Cronin and performed by American rock band REO Speedwagon. It features the lead guitar work of Gary Richrath. It was the first REO Speedwagon single to break the top 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching the number-one spot for one week in March 1981 and becoming the 500th song to do so in the process. The single was certified Platinum for U.S. sales of over 2 million copies. It peaked at number seven in the UK Singles Chart. MORE

Today's Classic: Greg Kihn Band "The Breakup Son (They Don't Write 'Em)"

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"The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)" is a single by The Greg Kihn Band released in 1981 from their album, Rockihnroll. The song reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart. It has been featured in several films, including Let Me In (2010) and The House of the Devil(2009) as well as the hit video game Grand Theft Auto V (2013). It was sampled in "Gone" by Yelawolf on his Arena Rap EP. MORE

Today's Classic: Pat Benatar "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"

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"Hit Me with Your Best Shot" was the second single from Pat Benatar's second album Crimes of Passion and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming her first Top 10 hit. The single sold one million copies, achieving a gold certification by the RIAA. The song is one of Benatar's most recognizable. It can be heard at many baseball and soccer games, and is featured on many of Benatar's greatest hits compilations. MORE

Today's Classic: Foreigner "Hot Blooded"

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"Hot Blooded" was released on Foreigner's second album Double Vision in 1978. The single reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that September and was later certified platinum. This was a big hit for Foreigner, but their biggest came in 1984 with the transatlantic #1 "I Want to Know What Love Is," which found the singer taking a much more sensitive tone. MORE

Today's Classic: Bon Jovi "Livin' on a Prayer"

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"Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second chart-topping 45 from their 12x platinum Slippery When Wet album. The single also became Bon Jovi's second consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit and has become the band's signature song, topping fan-voted lists and re-charting around the world decades after its release.  MORE

Today's Classic: Bachman-Turner Overdrive "Takin' Care of Business"

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"Takin' Care of Business" was released on Bachman–Turner Overdrive (BTO) for their 1973 albumBachman–Turner Overdrive II. The song is widely considered to be one of the driving anthems of rock, and features one of the most well known riffs in rock and roll. MORE

Today's Classic: Def Leppard "Photograph"

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"Photograph"was the lead single off Def Leppard's 1983 album Pyromania. Singer Joe Elliott described the song as generally about "something you can't ever get your hands on". When released as a single it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart and No. 12 on the Pop Singles chart. In 2006 the song was used in promotional ads for the DVD release of Blades of Glory. In 2009 it was named the 13th greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was also listed as the No. 17 greatest song of the past 25 years by VH1. MORE

Today's Classic: Steve Miller Band "Rock'n Me"

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"Rock'n Me" was Steve Miller Band's second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after it's release off the 1976 Fly Like an Eagle album.  MORE

Today's Classic: Heart "Magic Man"

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Heart's single "Magic Man" was released off their 1976 album Dreamboat Annie. The song was written by Ann and Nancy Wilson about a young girl seduced by an older man. Ann Wilson revealed the "Magic Man" was her then boyfriend, band manager Michael Fisher, and part of the song was an autobiographical tale of the beginnings of their relationship. MORE

Today's Classic: AC/DC "You Shook Me All Night Long"

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"You Shook Me All Night Long" is one of AC/DC's signature songs from their most successful album, Back in Black. It's also the first single to feature Brian Johnson as the band's lead singer. The song became one of the band's Top 40 singles in the US, reaching #35 on the Hot 100 pop singles chart in 1980. MORE

Today's Classic: Blue Oyster Cult "Burnin' For You"

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Blue Oyster Cult's "Burnin' For You" was released on their platinum Fire of Unknown Origin album, released in 1981. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart, and the single spent three weeks in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It was aided by a popular early MTV music video. The song, like Blue Oyster Cult's other hit songs "Godzilla" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", was sung by guitarist Buck Dharma, who also co-wrote the song.

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Today's Classic: Bryan Adams "Summer of '69"

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"Summer of '69" was released on Bryan Adams' fourth album, Reckless in 1984. Although now it's one of his biggest songs, Adams and writing partner Jim Vallance put the song through a number of changes because they weren't convinced it was strong enough to be featured on the album. MORE

Today's Classic: ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man"

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"Sharp Dressed Man" was released on ZZ Top's 1983 album Eliminator. The song has gone on to be one of their signature hits and has been covered by everyone from Nickelback to Debby Harry to Alvin and the Chipmunks.

The music video is part of ZZ Top's trilogy of music videos that continues the "male fantasy come to life". Each one has an attractive man who is experiencing frustration in his menial job who is then assisted in gaining social stature and prowess by a triad of very attractive and somewhat mysterious women traveling in ZZ Top's signature red car. ZZ Top themselves play a role in the narrative, both by playing themselves as performing band members and as rather ethereal spirits who encourage and assist the young man by providing him with the car keys that enable him to go for a very long drive with the women.

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Today's Classic: 38 Special "Caught Up In You"

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"Caught Up In You" was the first single released from 38 Special's 1982 album, Special Forces and went on to become the band's first #1 single on the Billboard Top Tracks rock chart.

 

It also became one of the band's two top ten pop hits, reaching #10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their other Top 10 single, "Second Chance", reached #6 in 1989.

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Today's Classic: Bon Jovi "Wanted Dead or Alive"

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The 1986 hit off Slippery When Wet, written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, was inspired by Bob Seger's "Turn the Page". The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #13 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making it the third single from the album to reach the Top 10 of the Hot 100. As a result, Slippery When Wet became the first hard rock album to have 3 top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. MORE

Today's Classic: Cars "My Best Friend's Girl"

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The Cars released "My Best Friend's Girl" as the second single off their 1978 self-titled album. It peaked at #35 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reached #3 in the UK.

 

The song appears on numerous compilation albums, such as the band's 1985 Greatest Hits, 1995's Just What I Needed: The Cars Anthology, and 2002's Complete Greatest Hits.

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Today's Classic: Billy Squier "Lonely Is The Night"

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One of Billy Squier's best known hits, "Lonely Is The Night" was released on his 1981 album Don't Say No and went on to become a massive radio hit, reaching #28 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1981.

 

Squier has performed the song live with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. The single is also used in Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s Guitar Hero 5.

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Today's Classic: U2 "New Year's Day"

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U2's "New Year's Day" was released on their 1983 album War. The song was written about the Polish Solidarity movement, the first non-Communist Party-controlled trade union in Poland.

 

The single was a huge success for U2 - their first UK hit single, peaking at #10, their first international hit, reaching #9 in Norway, #11 on the Dutch Top 40, #17 in Sweden. It also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States (just missing the Top 50) for the first time in their career.

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Today's Classic: John Mellencamp "Jack and Diane"

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"Jack and Diane", John Mellencamp's biggest career hit, is from the time he was "John Cougar". The song spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was chosen by RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century.  MORE

Today's Classic: Pat Benatar "Love Is a Battlefield"

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"Love Is a Battlefield" is one of Pat Benatar's biggest hits. The song sold millions of copies and was certified gold. The song was Benatar's second American million seller and is tied with "We Belong" as her highest charting single in the United States. MORE

Today's Classic: Police "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"

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Sting wrote The Police hit "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" back in 1976, but the song wasn't actually recorded until 1981. An early demo of the song can be heard on Sting's then-band, Strontium 90, album Strontium 90: Police Academy in 1977. The piano part was added by session keyboardist Jean Roussel, whom Sting had invited to play on the track against the wishes of his bandmates Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. MORE

Today's Classic: Eddie Money "Take Me Home Tonight"

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Eddie Money's hit "Take Me Home Tonight" was released in August 1986 as the lead single from his Can't Hold Back album. The song peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart. It also landed Money a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. MORE

Today's Classic: Grand Funk Railroad "We're An American Band"

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"We're An American Band" is the the title track off the We're An American Band album released in 1973. It was Grand Funk Railroad's first #1 single. The song, sung by drummer Don Brewer, was ranked 99 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. MORE

Today's Classic: Aerosmith "Sweet Emotion"

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Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" was released as a single in 1975 and went on to peak at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was the band's breakthrough single and their first ever Top 40 hit.  MORE