There weren’t many female rock groups in the 80s capable of producing a superb rock power ballad. Ok, there were zero female rock groups in the 80s capable of producing a superb rock power ballad.
All except for Heart—-of course.
The 2013 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prepared a virtual smorgasbord when it came to awesome rock hits. From 70’s classics like “Barracuda”, “Crazy on You” and “Magic Man” to their continued success in the mid-80s with ditties such as “Never”, “These Dreams” and “What About Love”, Heart as much staying power on the rock scene as anyone, regardless of genre.
My favorite Heart song came off their 1987 “Bad Animals” album with “Alone”; the number 54 song on this countdown. Simply put, in my opinion no woman on earth before or since sings with more strength, believability and conviction than Ann Wilson. That’s never on display more than with this classic.
Chart Success: This song reached number-one on the Billboard Top 100 because why wouldn’t it? It spent three weeks in July at the top before being knocked off by Bob Segar’s “Shakedown”. In total it spent 21 weeks on the charts and finished 1987 ranked second on the year-end Billboard Top 100. “Walk Like An Egyptian” (spoiler alert—not on this countdown) by The Bangles finished first.
Great Lyrics: Wilson can sing just about anything and it would come off as good but vocal prowess aside this song had some outstandingly depressing lyrics.
“You don’t know how long I have wanted
To touch your lips and hold you tight, oh
You don’t know how long I have waited
And I was gonna tell you tonight
But the secret is still my own
And my love for you is still unknown
Fun Facts: Although Heart wrote many of their own songs, especially during the early part of their careers, “Alone’ was actually written by the songwriting team of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, who together penned other top hits in the 80s including “So Emotional” (Whitney Houston), “Like A Virgin” (Madonna) and “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles. “Alone” was one of two Heart number-one singles, with the other being “These Dreams”. The song caught on with a whole new generation of fans after Carrie Underwood performed it as a contestant on American Idol in 2004.
100. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can D0)
99. Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgetting
97. The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Does Is Magic
96. Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
94. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
93. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
92. Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
91. Night Ranger – Sister Christian
89. Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
87. Debbie Gibson – Foolish Beat
86. Glen Mederios – Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You
85. John Cougar – Jack and Diane
81. Billy Squier – Everybody Wants You
80. Debbie Gibson – Only In My Dreams
79. Shelia E. – The Glamorous Life
77. Whitney Houston – Greatest Love Of All
76. Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – Say Say Say
75. Flock of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
74. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It
73. Musical Youth – Pass The Dutchie
72. The Police – Every Breathe You Take
71. Survivor – The Search Is Over
70. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
69. Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams
68. Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
67. Kenny Loggins – Meet Me Halfway
66. Irene Cara – Flashdance…What A Feeling
65. Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
64. Phil Collins – One More Night
63. Europe – The Final Countdown
62. Patrick Swazye – She’s Like The Wind
61. Matthew Wilder – Break My Stride
60. Men Without Hats – Safety Dance
59. Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
58. Huey Lewis & The News – Power Of Love