Y&T-Don't Stop Runnin' ( 1984)
Bay area-based Y&T, best known for the track "Summertime Girls," should have been at least as popular as Quiet Riot--whose two major AOR hits were remakes of Slade songs--and White Lion. Dave Meniketti, IMHO, was/ is as good of a Metal voice as anyone
and really could rip the guitar. Anyway, this track--hokey, but entertaining, video and all--is still the best of their AOR hits to me. 1983 AOR hit "Mean Streak" is also recommended.
Y&T - Don't Stop Runnin' - YouTube
The Jayhawks-Waiting For The Sun (1993)
The only AOR hit for this Minneapolis-based band. Sadly, they've been relegated to AAA radio since then, which, IMHO, represents everything wrong with commercial AOR today--Unless you are either a legendary band (read: Van Halen) or a Post-Grunge Metal band, or you are the Foo Fighters or Nickelback, you will rarely, if ever, gain airplay today with newer, if even older, material. No wonder so many younger people have such a small perspective of what AOR truly means.
The Jayhawks - Waiting for the Sun - YouTube
Saga-The Flyer (1983)
Best known for the '82 AOR/Pop/MTV hit "On The Loose" from the LP "Worlds Apart," Saga also scored AOR hits with "Wind Him Up"--the follow-up to "On The Loose"--"What Do I Know," --IMHO, the weakest of them all--and this great track from the "Heads Or Tails" LP. Much like fellow Canadian band Honeymoon Suite, Saga was very popular in Canada, and it seems as if few remember the band by name here.
Saga - The Flyer - YouTube
As always, Rock On, Redszone!
Adieu from R4Blue.