Top 10 Bryan Adams Albums

Bryan Adams Albums

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Our Top 10 Bryan Adams Albums list looks at the albums and songs of one of Canada’s most successful songwriters and artists. Bryan Adams has had a fabulous career, releasing a catalog of big time selling albums that spawned many number-one hit singles.  The man arrived on the scene in 1980 when he released his first album. One can’t mention the music of Bryan Admas without also making sure to give credit to his songwriting partner, Jim Vallance.

Bryan Adams has released 14 studio albums and 69 singles. Of course, many compilation albums have also been released over the years. It was tough to pick only 10 of these Bryan Adams albums to write about because they’re all great. We hope you enjoy our Bryan Adams albums list and that it opens your eyes to how many great songs the artist has released over the past 40 years. Wow, has it been 40 years? It feels like just yesterday when we sang “Straight To the Heart.”

# 10 – Get Up

We open up our top 10 Bryan Adams Albums list with one of Bryan Adams most recent albums entitled Get Up. The album was released in 2015. While it did not chart well in the U.S., peaking at number ninety nine 99, it hit number one in Switzerland. This a great album produced by ElO’s legendary artist and producer, Jeff Lynne. Most songs were written with Bryan Adams’s longtime songwriting partner, Jim Vallance. Check out the extraordinary songs “Do What Ya Gotta Do,” “Brand New Day,” and “You Belong to Me.”

# 9 –You Want It, You Got It

At number nine on our top 10 Bryan Adams albums list, we turn to Bryan Adams’s second album, You Want It, You Got It. The album was released in 1981. Many fans brought this album after discovering Bryan Adams from his huge hit album Cuts Like A Knife. Fans wanted to hear more, and so this one and his debut began to sell well after the huge success of Cuts Like A Knife. Our favorite track is side two’s opener, “Jealousy.”

# 8 – On a Day Like Today

Continuing with our list of the top 10 Bryan Adams albums, we present the album On a Day Like Today. This was the Bryan Adams album that got away because it was poorly promoted in the USA, and many fans didn’t even realize it had been released. In Canada, it was a different story where the album was a huge hit, in which the title track became a number-one hit. The On a Day Like Today album was released in 1998.

# 7 – 11

When rock stars name their albums after numbers, those numbers usually define their age or the number of albums they released. In this case the Bryan Adams album entitled 11  stood for his eleventh album release. The 11 album was released in 2008. The record went straight to number one in Canada. Two big singles were released from the album titled “Tonight We Have the Stars” and “I Thought I’d Seen Everything.” 11 was a solid Bryan Adams album released during a time period when it was hard to find really good rock and roll records.

# 6 – Room Service

At number six on our Bryan Adams albums list is the great record Room Service. The album was released in 2004. It received a lot of unfair criticism from writers who just did not understand what Bryan Adams was doing. One does not have to reinvent themselves on every  new album. Bryan Adams was delivering what Bryan Adams fans wanted, great sounding new Bryan Adams songs. This album was full of them.

# 5 – Into The Fire

Critics have never been fair to Bryan Adams. After the huge success of Reckless they were just waiting to jump on the chance to rip Bryan Adams apart. Into The Fire served as the follow-up to the great Reckless album. And, of course, the critics sunk their teeth into Bryan Adams over this one. Into The Fire was an excellent Bryan Adams album. It defined the art of pop-rock songwriting perfectly. The album was loaded with great songs, including “Heat of the Night,” “Hearts on Fire,” “Victim of Love,” “Only the Strong Survive,” “Into the Fire,” and “Another Day.” The album also went straight to number one in Canada and few other countries worldwide. Let’s see one of those critics write their album and hit number one. Yeah right

# 4 –Waking Up the Neighbours

Waking Up The Neighbours was a Bryan Adams album that rocked hard and we loved it. And so did everybody else as Waking Up The Neighbours hit number one in eight countries. That, my friends, is a successful album. Album sales were fueled by the inclusion on the album of one of the most successful songs ever written in the Bryan Adams track “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.” The song Hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for seven weeks. That is pretty much unheard of in pop history. Not only was the song successful on the pop charts it also won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.

Waking Up The Neighbours spawned seven hit singles, including…..Can’t Stop This Thing We Started,” “There Will Never Be Another Tonight,” “Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven,” “All I Want Is You,” “Do I Have to Say the Words?” and “Touch the Hand.” The Waking Up The Neighbours album was released in 1991.

# 3 – 18 til I Die

As we were going through all of Bryan Adams albums for this Bryan Adams list we were just blown away by how many great songs Bryan Adams has written throughout his career. We’ve always been big-time Bryan Adams fans, but sometimes you forget about certain songs or certain records, and as we reviewed Bryan Adams’s catalog, it just simply stunned us. This man could write, he could sing, he could play, he was a hit making machine of pure genuine good Rock and Roll pop songs. One of the best ever.

The album 18 til I die it’s just one of those records you might have forgotten about but when you take a listen to it, it’s like wow I forgot all about these songs. These songs are amazing. The 18 til I Die album featured the singles…… “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?”“The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You,” “Let’s Make a Night to Remember,” “Star,” “18 til I Die,” “Do to You,” and “I’ll Always Be Right There.”

# 2 – Cuts Like a Knife

As we get close to the top of our Top 10 Bryan Adams albums list we go to our favorite Bryan Adams album of all time entitled Cuts Like A Knife. The Reckless album may have been much more successful and had many more hits, but from a personal standpoint this one was our favorite. This was only Bryan Adams third album of his career. Over time, he kept developing into a better singer, songwriter, and musician, perfecting his craft along with Jim Vallance. Yet, there was just something magical about this album. That magic was especially found in two stunning songs entitled “Cuts Like A Knife” and “Straight To The Heart.” The Cuts Like A Knife album was released in 1983. The album spawned five singles. It was one of the most popular albums of the year and stands as the album that really launched the long and fabulous career of Bryan Adams

# 1 – Reckless

In the number one spot on our top 10 Bryan Adams Albums list, we turn to the incredibly successful album Reckless. It’s hard to argue against this one being in the number one spot. Six singles were released from the album. Three of them were top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The song “Heaven,” also released on the soundtrack to the movie A Night In Heaven, went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984.The album opened up with the track “Run To You,” which had a guitar riff to die for. This was a dark song that everyone loved. Bryan Adams nailed it on this one. The song hit number six on the Billboard Hot 100. Perhaps the song that had the longest legs and became a part of pop culture more than any other Bryans Adams song was the great single “Summer Of 69.”

Bryan Adams Reckless album hit number one in both Canada and the United States. Reckless also broke into the UK Albums Charts top 10, peaking at number seven. It is one of the most successful albums of his career.  The album went Platinum in over five countries, including the USA, where it sold over five million copies, earning 5x Platinum status. Overall, it has sold over 12 million records worldwide, making it one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.

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