Guilty Pleasures: The 6 Best Soft Rock Songs In The History Of The World

Guilty Pleasures: The 6 Best Soft Rock Songs In The History Of The World

Soft Rock is dead.  It's not sick.  It's not missing.  It's just plain dead.  If you're at least, say, 35 years old, you may remember the days when you'd flip on a hit radio station and hear a new song by James Taylor or Hall & Oates.  Not anymore.  Turn on your Lite-FM station and it's mostly the music you hear on your Top 40 station, just more female driven (except, of course, at Christmastime).  Let's step in our time machine and look back at the 6 best soft rock songs ever (pre-Rihanna and any American Idol winner).

Guilty Pleasures: The 6 Best Soft Rock Songs In The History Of The World

We have the best variety of artists to choose from, like Ambrosia, Christopher Cross, Genesis.  No Rap.  No hard stuff.  Just the best Soft Rock in town.

You can kind of see why Soft Rock died.  Just that description alone makes you cringe a bit.  How lame are we that we can't rock out to some Van Halen or Zeppelin (that's the "hard stuff") or hop our hips about the room to some Beastie Boys or Nelly?  We aren't that lame, are we?  If we are, we're gonna love this list.  If we aren't, we're still gonna love this list because it's easy to listen to anything we want nowadays at any time of day or night thanks to YouTube and Spotify, two of the best friends of any music fan.

Besides, if we can listen to our Guilty Pleasures within the privacy of our own ear buds, why not turn this up just a wee bit more than usual?

Let us now stop with our verbosity and focus on the 6 best Soft Rock songs in the history of the world (which means of all-time).  

1.  "Sailing" by Christopher Cross

2.  "Miracles" by Jefferson Starship

3.  "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

4.  "Biggest Part Of Me" by Ambrosia

5.  "Copperline" by James Taylor

6.  "Sirius/Eye In The Sky" by Alan Parsons Project

7.  "Summer Breeze" by Seals and Crofts

8.  "Maneater" by Hall & Oates

9.  "That's All" by Genesis

10. "Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder

That's right.  We promised the 6 best and we gave you 10.  Sue us.  We dare you.

While you dial up your lawyer, think about the list.  What would you say we were missing?  Any particular artist?  Commodores?  Earth, Wind & Fire?  Billy Joel?  Fleetwood Mac?  If you think so, what would you replace up above.  C'mon.  Don't be shy.  We'd love to know what you think.

Dave Philp is Assistant Professor of Music Management at William Paterson University and Chief Organizer Guy of YouChoose, a live events music fundraising and social media company that has raised many, many thousands of dollars for non-profit causes. Join the good fight and help change your corner of the world by visiting YouChoose now: To sign up for our email newsletter, click HERE. Mmkay?


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