Our Top 10 Bob Welch songs list takes a look at the solo career of the ex-Fleetwood Mac legendary songwriter and guitarist. Most the songs on this list are based on the songs he released as a solo artist with the exception of just a couple. Bob Welch had replaced guitarist Jeremy Spencer in Fleetwood Mac in 1971. Bob Welch would spent four years with Fleetwood Mac leaving the group in 1974. After forming the bands Head East and Paris that were not that successful, Bob Welch would release his first solo album in 1977 entitled French Kiss. The album would become a monster hit eventually going platinum in sales. Bob Welch would release seven solo albums during his solo career. Our top 10 Bob Welch songs list takes a look at some of the best Bob Welch songs ever released.
# 10 – American Girls
We open up our Bob Welch songs list with this great tune entitled “American girls.” As this song is in the plural, it has nothing to do with the famous Tom Petty and Heartbreakers song “American Girl.” Nonetheless this great song was released in the spring of 1983 on the album entitled Eye Contact. The song was never released as a single but it has always stood out as one of the strongest songs on the record. The record company must have felt the same way because they placed it in the opening slot on the album. A spot usually reserved for one of the best if not the best songs on an album. If you don’t get the listener right away with the first track they’re probably not going to stick around for anything more. It’s also the same reason why we opened up our top 10 Bob Welch songs list this with this fantastic track.
# 9 – Easy To Fall
Moving along on our Bob Welch songs list we turn to Bob Welch’s most successful solo album he ever released entitled French Kiss. This is an album that will make many appearances on our top 10 Bob Welch songs list. It’s just too strong of a record containing too many great songs to only look at once. The first song to appear from this album is entitled “Easy To Fall.” The French Kiss album was released in 1977. I can’t tell you how popular this album was that year. Interestingly, it was also the same year Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was released. The great song presented here is entitled “Easy To Fall,” It was never released as a single but it was one of the most popular songs on the album as it was placed in the number two slot on side one right after the lead single and classic Fleetwood Mac song “Sentimental Lady,” that Bob Welch had wrote when he was in the band.
# 8 – Two To Do
In the number 8 spot on our Bob Welch songs list we present a great Bob Welch recording entitled “Two To Do.” This would become the last Bob Welch song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 but it would actually chart just outside of it at 107. The song was released in 1981 on the album entitled Bob Welch. It was also the last Bob Welch album to chart on the Billboard Top 200 albums charts, and once again it charted just outside of it at 201 on the top 200. Nonetheless, Bob Welch was on fire on this great album. Take a listen to his guitar solo at about 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The song was written by Michael Clark. The song also opened up the album.
# 7 – Church
This is an interesting Bob Welch song. It’s a bit of an outlier on this Bob Welch songs list in the song’s production and style. Still, that Bob Welch vocal style is very prominent. It’s a little reminiscent of the great Bob Welch song “Sentimental Lady.” The song was released on Bob Welch’s second solo studio album entitled Three Hearts. It was released as the album’s second single.
# 6 – Hot Love Cold World
Once again we return to the great Bob Welch album entitled French Kiss. Appearing in the number six spot on our Bob Webb songs list is the killer track “Hot Love, Cold World.” The title on this one pretty much says it all. The song “Hot Love, Cold World,” was released as the third single from the album. The song did well on the US Billboard top 100 breaking the top 40 and peaking at number 31.
# 5 – 3 Hearts
You got to love the great opening guitar lick of this fantastic track entitled “Three Hearts.” This great song by Bob Welch was the title track to his third solo album entitled Three Hearts, although the single was spelled with a number while the album title had the number spelled out. The album was released in February of 1979. The song “3 Hearts,” was the first single released from the record. The song was also placed as the opening track on the
album. This fantastic album also featured appearances by Bob Welch’s former band mates Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie, as well as one his replacements in the form of Stevie Nicks.
# 4 – Precious Love
In the number four spot on our Bob Welch songs list is the smashing track entitled “Precious Love.” From the song’s opening beat this one had hit written all over it. The song was released on the album Three Hearts. The song was released as the album’s lead single. It was a huge hit for Bob Welch. The song hit number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would become his third top 20 hit on the Hot 100 between 1977 and 1978.
# 3 – Ebony Eyes
“Ebony Eyes,” stands as the greatest Bob Welch song released during his post Fleetwood Mac years. Yes it’s only number three on this list so that statements might not make sense, but the 1 and 2 spot were reserved for his biggest songs he wrote for Fleetwood Mac one of which he had a hit with again as a solo artist. Nonetheless, this great track “Ebony Eyes,” was released as the second single from the French Kiss album. It was a top 20 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as a top 10 hit in Canada and Australia. The song was produced by Carter who also produced some of the great 1970s Sammy Hagar albums. This is such a driving rock and roll pop songs full of melody and great chord changes. The pinnacle of professional hit songwriting with substance.
# 2 – Hypnotized
In the number two spot on our Bob Welch songs list is the classic song Bob Welch wrote as a member of Fleetwood Mac entitled “Hypnotized.” The song was originally released on Fleetwood Mac’s 1973 album entitled Mystery To Me. Even though this Bob Welch song list is focused on the songs he released as a solo artist, we just could not leave this one out.
# 1 – Sentimental Lady
In the number one spot on our Bob Welch songs list is the songwriters legendary song entitled “Sentimental Lady.” The song was originally released as a Fleetwood Mac song on the album Bare Trees. However, Bob Welch would record the song again as a solo artist in 1977 and release it as the first single from his album French Kiss. It would become an even bigger hit than he had with Fleetwood Mac. In fact, it would become the biggest hit single he had during his solo career as the song “Sentimental Lady,” would break into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10.
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