Anthrax - Only (1993)
While the true Metal aficionados will almost certainly tell you that this track may well not be representative of this band's best work, this track from the CD Sound Of White Noise
, nevertheless, was the first Anthrax track to receive major nationwide AOR airplay, followed by the track "Black Lodge" from the same CD.
The 2011 CD Worship Music
also yielded two AOR hits. It's going to be interesting to see if the revival of Anthrax as a player on AOR radio, coupled with fellow Metal band Machine Head's recent AOR hit "Darkness Within" finally opens the floodgates for Thrash Metal bands not named Metallica, Megadeath or Pantera to start receiving some AOR love. The Million dollar question is why said scenario did not play out years ago, even before Grunge.
Seal & Jeff Beck - Manic Depression (1994)
IMHO, this lost AOR hit from the Stone Free: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix
CD is a really good remake. What's not to like? Jeff Beck delivers his usual home run here, and Seal is also solid here in one of his few forays into AOR radio.
Steel Breeze - You Don't Want Me Anymore (1982)
If you were even as young as Elementary School age in the Fall of '82, you are likely to at least have a vague recollection of this former Pop/AOR hit. The mean guitar licks are what separate this from the standard Synth/Power Pop of the time, which also explains why this was actually a bigger AOR hit (#9 peak) than a Pop/Top 40 (#16 peak) hit.
While this Band, named after the Classic line from "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", is often mistaken as a One Hit Wonder band, it is not the case. Their follow up single "Dreamin' is Easy", which few recall, peaked at #30 on Billboards Pop/Top 40 chart, but received little (if any) AOR airplay.
Tune in tomorrow for more lost AOR hits.