Starting life in the s as a politically charged and experimental rock band, they later moved to a totally different and softer sound, known for their power ballads alongside the soaring voice of Peter Cetera. They have sold over 40 million albums in the US alone, and have released 36 albums over the years. But these are our absolute favourite songs by them:. This was the song that brought Chicago to a truly mainstream audience, reaching the top spot in the UK and US in It remains one of the best break-up ballads of all time, and surprisingly doesn't actually contain a traditional chorus. Released in , this song gave Chicago a top 3 hit in the States, but only reached 14 in the UK.
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Chicago is an American rock band formed in in Chicago , Illinois , calling themselves the Chicago Transit Authority in before shortening the name in They began writing songs with politically charged lyrics, and later moved to a softer sound, generating several hit ballads. The group had a steady stream of hits throughout the s and s. In September , Billboard ranked Chicago at number thirteen in a list of the top artists of all time for Hot singles chart success, and ranked them at number fifteen on the same list produced in October To date, Chicago has sold over 40 million units in the U. Kath, Parazaider, and Seraphine had played together previously in two other groups—Jimmy Ford and the Executives, and the Missing Links. Realizing the need for both a tenor to complement baritones Lamm and Kath, and a bass player because Lamm's use of organ bass pedals did not provide "adequate bass sound", local tenor and bassist Peter Cetera was invited to join the Big Thing in late While gaining some success as a cover band, the group began working on original songs. Their first record April , Chicago Transit Authority , is a double album, which is rare for a band's first release.
Compiling a list of Top 10 Chicago Songs brought us back to the band's endlessly inventive beginnings in Then called the Chicago Transit Authority, they'd eventually take the merging of jazz and rock to new heights. Ask fellow Chicago natives the Buckinghams. Still, the idea of a fully functioning rock and roll band that included a horn section was. Though their debut album, released in the spring of , was full of great songs, the singles failed to catch.
Look away, baby, look away. Perhaps best-remembered for its action-packed music video, "Stay the Night" was also one of the most striking singles of Chicago's early '80s pop period, captivating from its opening drum hits through to its staccato verse synths and melodic left turn at the chorus. Some of the song's more aggressive lyrics "I won't take no if that's your answer" haven't aged particularly well, but the sneering chorus cry remains such a brain-sticker that the dudes in Foreigner are probably still seething at not having thought of it first. Also perhaps hurting its case: Framing a song on the band's eighth album about never having been in love before. Well then what exactly were all those other songs about, Peter?!??