Tom Scholz’s guitar sound along with the incredible vocal range and powerhouse vocals of Brad Delp delivered a sound that blew anyone away the first time they heard it. There have been debut albums in rock history that lit the world on fire, but Boston’s debut album stands at least in the top 10. Just about every song on their debut album is spectacular. Sadly, with the exception of just a few songs, the band has never released anything that has come close to the material on the first record.
It took us a long time to put into motion a Top 10 Boston songs list because just about all of their best material is from the first album. The band did not release many records after their debut album. Boston has for the most part been a product of just Tom Scholz. Nonetheless, the impact that the first album had on rock and roll history and the joy that so many of those great songs brought us, motivates classicrockhistoy.com to celebrate their music. We just wish they had released more of it.
# 10 – Cool The Engines
We start out our Top 10 Boston Songs list with a great track from the band’s third album entitled Third Stage. “Cool The Engines,” was easily the standout rocking track on the record, and in our opinion the last great original rock and roll Boston song. The album Third Stage was released in 1986, eight years after the release of their second album. Legal issues between Tom Scholz and CBS records had prevented the band Boston from releasing new material for a long time. Third Stage was eagerly anticipated by Boston fans. However, for most of us, it was a huge disappointment. It’s lack of material defined that the band’s hiatus from releasing new songs may not have been related to just legal issues.
# 9 – Feelin’ Satisfied
The Boston song “Feelin Satisfied,” was the second single released from the second album entitled Don’t Look Back. The album was released in August of 1978.
# 8 – Hitch A Ride
Well, it did not take long to get to the band’s debut album on this Top 10 Boston Songs list. Just about every one of the eight Boston songs released on their first album should have made this list. We narrowed it down to six to make room for some of their other records. The song “Hitch a Ride,” appeared on side two of the record, placed in the third spot.
# 7 – Amanda
In the summer of 2017, I saw Boston in a double bill with Joan Jett. When Tom Scholz introduced the song “Amanda,” Tom Scholz told the audience that the song was responsible for millions of girls being named “Amanda.” Well, it was a big hit for the band, but we are not so sure about Tom Scholz’s claim. Actually, we never really like this song all that much, but we have included it here for historical purposes in honor of the song’s commercial success.
# 6 – Rock and Roll Band
The great Boston song “Rock and Roll Band,” was the opening track on side two of the band’s debut album Boston.
# 5 – Don’t Look Back
One of the most eagerly anticipated follow up albums in rock and roll history was Boston’s second album Don’t Look Back. It took two years between their debut album and their sophomore release. In modern times, that may not be too big a deal since most artists release albums in the current period every two to four years. However, in the 1970’s most record contracts had band’s releasing records every six months to a year. Elton John released incredible albums every six months and singles in between. When Don’t Look Back was finally released, most fans were happy with the albums title track and lead single. However, the rest of the album was not as strong as their debut, although it was still a very good rock record. Sadly, it would be the last great Boston album.
# 4 – Smokin’
“Smokin’ was released on the band’s debut album. The song contains one of our favorite rock and roll organ solos of all time. This was such a killer song on an album filled with killer songs.
# 3 – Foreplay/Long Time
The final three songs on our Top 10 Boston songs list form the entire opening side of the band’s debut album. In essence, side one of Boston debut album could easily be argued to be one of the greatest album sides in classic rock history.
# 2 – Piece of Mind
We flipped back and forth between the top two songs on this Boston Songs list. “Piece of Mind,” was the second track on the Boston record and if it were not for the sentimentality of the impact that “More Than A Feeling,” had on generation, “Piece of Mind,” would have been number one.
# 1 – More Than A Feeling
“More Than A Feeling,” was the song that made Boston a household name. It was a song that merged the art of musicianship, production, and songwriting to another level. The song was so brilliant, it had fans thinking that Boston would be a band that would release incredible music for years to come. So much promise, so much potential. We could not wait to hear what they would do next.
“More Than A Feeling,” turned out to be a once in a lifetime song for the band and a generation of rock fans. Interpret that any way you wish. In the end, we are grateful to the band for releasing such an incredible piece of music.