Year Released: 1981

Notable Songs: “Urgent”, “Waiting For a Girl Like You”, “Juke Box Hero”, “Break It Up”, “Luanne”

Album MVP: “Waiting For a Girl Like You”

Why I Loved It: To use a wrestling term – REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Styx, and Kansas were locked in fatal four-way to decide the early-to-mid 80’s commercial rock champions, with those last three actually touring America together. Even as a 10-11 year old I totally remember that shit! If you were around for this era and a fan of the genre, or even if you weren’t you’d hear “Urgent”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and “Juke Box Hero” all over the radio airwaves. Indeed, this album marked the start of Foreigner’s commercial peak. “Jukebox Hero” is easily one of the decade’s best rock guitar anthems while “Waiting For a Girl Like You” showed off Lou Gramm’s penetrating vocals and is one of my personal favorites.

“4” isn’t a historic album artistically by any means, but there’s songs on there I relished (and still do) listening to because in my mind, they impeccably captured 80’s rock music.

Commercial Success: Their fourth studio album, aptly titled “4” was a monster success commercially.  It would rise to number-one on the Billboard Top 200 and spend an astounding 10 weeks on top of the charts. “Urgent” landed at number-one on the Billboard Rock Track charts and four on the Billboard Hot 100.  “Waiting For a Girl Like You” did even better, also hitting the top of the Billboard Rock Tracks and number-two overall on the Billboard Hot 100.  “Jukebox Hero” reached three on the Billboard Rock Tracks and No. 26 on the Hot 100 while “Night Life”, “Break It Up” and “Luanne” also charted. This album sold more than seven million copies just in the United States.

Fun Facts: In a interview with Foreigner’s Mick Jones, he said That stemmed from an experience that we had, I think it was in Cincinnati. We’d gone to the arena for a sound check, and it was pouring down rain, and there were a bunch of fans waiting at the door when we went in. When we came back for the show later on, all that was left was one lonely fan, a young guy waiting out there in the rain, soaked to the skin. I thought, well, he’s waiting like five hours here, maybe we’ll take him in and give him a glimpse of what happens backstage at a show. And this kid was just mesmerized with everything. I saw this look in his eyes, and I thought, he’s seeing this for the first time, he’s having this experience. And I just imagined what was going through his mind. And I’d been toying with this title, ‘Juke Box Hero,’ I thought it was almost a satire on what we did and how it was perceived from an audience level, and public. That’s how it originated.”


 100.  Van Halen – OU812 

99. Stevie Wonder – In Squared Circle

98. Taylor Dayne – Can’t Fight Fate

97. Kool & The Gang – Emergency 

96. Stevie B – In My Eyes 

95. Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever 

94. Michael Bolton – Soul Provider 

93. Go Go’s – Beauty & The Beast 

92. LL Cool J – Bigger And Deffer (Bad) 

91. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry 

90. Def Leppard – Hysteria

89. New Edition – Heartbreak

88. Don Henley – Building A Perfect Beast

87. Beverly Hills Cop – Movie Soundtrack

86. Culture Club – Kissing To Be Clever 

85. Rolling Stones – Tattoo You

84. Asia – Asia 

83. Tiffany – Tiffany 

82. Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling

81. Barbara Streisand – Guilty 

80. Phil Collins – …But Seriously 

79. Air Supply – The One That You Love

78. J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame

77. Duran Duran – Rio 

76. Billy Ocean – Suddenly 

75. Run DMC – Raising Hell

74. Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion

73. John Cougar – American Fool

72. Huey Lewis and The News – Picture This

71. Top Gun – Movie Soundtrack

70. Steve Winwood – Back In The High Life

69. Air Supply – Lost In Love

68. LL Cool J – Radio

67. Journey – Frontiers 

66. Styxx – Paradise Theater

65. Madonna – Like A Prayer

64. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full 

63. Tears for Fears – Songs From The Big Chair

62. Tina Turner – Private Dancer 

61. Steve Nicks – Bella Donna

60. U2 – The Joshua Tree

59. Bon Jovi – New Jersey 

58. Huey Lewis and the News – Fore!

57. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814

56. Prince – 1999

55. ZZ Top – Eliminator 

54. Survivor – Vital Signs

53. New Edition – New Edition 

52. Dirty Dancing – Movie Soundtrack