Our Top 10 Argent songs list takes a look at a band formed in the late 60s by Rod Argent. While the band Argent may not be a household name, multiple members of the group have ties to some of the most famous groups in Rock and Roll history. The group’s founding member named Rod Argent was a member of the Zombies who were another very short-lived group, yet a classic rock band that is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band Argent released their first album in 1970 entitled Argent. While the band did not enjoy any successful singles from the record, there was a song on the album entitled “Liar,” written by Russ Ballard. The song would become a big hit for the band Three Dog Night one year later.
In 1971, the band Argent went into London’s Abbey Road Studios to record the third album. A little of that Beatles magic must have rubbed off on the band, because the third album entitled All Together Now contained Argent’s biggest hit. The song “Hold Your Head Up,” was a top 10 hit in both the United States and United Kingdom in 1972.
The band’s follow up album to All Together Now was released in 1973 entitled In Deep. Those two albums would be the only Argent records to enter the top 100 album charts in both the United States and United Kingdom. It would also be the last Argent album to chart in the United Kingdom. The next Argent album would be released in 1974 entitled Nexus. The follow-up album to Nexus would be entitled Circus. That would be the last Argent album for CBS records.
In 1975, the band Argent would sign with CBS records rival RCA Records. That record deal would deliver one last studio album entitled Counterpoints. The album would also feature Phil Collins on drums on some of the tracks. Besides their six studio albums Argent would also release three live albums and five compilations. They were not a band that changed members often. The bands four original members Rod Argent, Russ Ballard, Jim Rodford and Robert Henrit remained with the band throughout the entire decade of the 1970s for the most part.
# 10 – The Coming of Kohoutek
We open up our top 10 Arjent songs list with the opening track to their album Nexus. The album was released in 1974. This great instrumental song showcases the progressivism of the band Argent. The band Argent has a large following of progressive rock bands. Listen to the great Rod Argent keyboard work on this instrumental track. His organ tears it up
# 9 – Be Glad
Listen to the opening piano riff on this great tune. The smoking blues piano grooving riff then catapults itself into an ensemble of rock and roll musicians who are on fire. This is great stuff and so underrated in the story of rock and roll. Argent’s “Be Glad,” was the opening track to side two of their album In Deep.
# 8 – Schoolgirl
The Argent song “Schoolgirl,” was released on the album Argent. It was the band’s first record. It was released in 1970. The song “Schoolgirl,”was written by original band member Russ Ballard. As Argent’s lead singer and guitarist Russ Ballard would also enjoy success as a songwriter outside of his work with Argent. Ballard was responsible for composing the song “New York Groove,” which was a hit for Ace Frehley when Kiss released their four solo albums.
Russ Ballard also composed Santana’s 1981 hit “Winning.” He worked with The Who’s Roger Daltrey composing the songs’ “Breaking Down Paradise,” “Free Me,” “Just A Dream Away,” and a few others. Russ Ballard was also responsible for writing America’s huge hit “You Can Do Magic.”
# 7 – Pleasure
Continuing with our Top 10 Argent songs list we turn to the Argent album entitled Ring Of Hands. The album was released in 1971. The song “Pleasure,” was written by Rod Argent and Chris White. Ring Of Hands was Argent’s second album release.
# 6 – Thunder and Lightning
The classic Argent song “Thunder and Lightning,” was released on the Nexus album. The song was written by Russ Ballard. “Thunder and Lightning,” was the album’s opening track on the record’s second side. Nexus was probably the band’s most progressive rock record.
# 5 – Keep On Rollin
All Together Now was Argent’s most commercially successful album. The record did extremely well on the album charts reaching number 16 in the United Kingdom and number 23 in the United States. Of course, the success of the album was due to the big time single “Hold Your Head Up.” Nonetheless that album was filled with great Argent songs including the one we have placed here entitled “Keep On Rollin.”
# 4 – Liar
Most classic rock fans know this one from the Three Dog Night version. Argent’s original version is quite different from Three Dog Nights, which by the way was a top 10 hit in the United States. The song “Liar,” was written by Russ Ballard. The song was released on Argent’s debut album in 1970 entitled Argent.
# 3 – Tragedy
“Tragedy,” has always been one of our favorite Argent songs. The track was released on their legendary album All Together Now. The song was written by Russ Ballard.
# 2 – God Gave Rock and Roll To You
Like the Argent song “Liar,” which was made more popular by the group Three Dog Night, Argent’s song “God Gave Rock and Roll To You,” would become more popular when it was recorded by the New York based band Kiss. Argent’s original version was released on the album In Deep.
# 1 – Hold Your Head Up
Well there was no doubt about this one. The Argent song “Hold Your Head Up,” was released on the band’s third albums. It was by far the band’s biggest hit. It reached the top 10 on both the United States Billboard Hot 100 and The United Kingdom music charts. It was Rod Argent’s biggest hit since his work with the Zombies. “Hold Your Head Up,” stands as one of the premier songs of the classic rock era.