From 1977 to 1999, Eddie Money released ten albums. Most of Eddie Money’s chart success occurred in the late 1970s and the decade of the big 80s. The 1990s did not serve Eddie Money as well when the sounds of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden overtook the pop-rock sound of artists like Eddie Money. In 2007, Eddie Money released a comeback album of covers dedicated to the sounds of the 1960s. However, for a ten-year period, Eddie Money was one of the most popular solo artists in rock and roll. Our Top 10 Eddie Money songs list takes a look at some of his biggest hits.
Eddie Money passed away in 2019 due to esophageal cancer. He will be missed by his millions of fans. Thanks Eddy for the wonderful music you left us with.
# 10 – We Should Be Sleeping
We start out our Top 10 Eddie Money Songs list with the big 80’s sound of “We Should Be Sleeping.” A bit reminiscent of Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love,” Eddie’s “We Should Be Sleeping,” defines the sound of 1987. The song was the fourth single released from Eddie Money’s platinum album Can’t Hold Back.
# 9 – Walk On Water
Eddie Money’s “Walk On Water,” was released on his Nothing To Lose album. The record was released in 1988. The song was the opening track on the album. Once again, Eddie Money’s “Walk On Water,” represents the big sound of the ’80s. The drums are high in the mix bathed with heavy amounts of reverb. Keyboards dominate and the backing vocals have that cheer-leading type quality that we heard time and time again in the 1980s. Great song, big production, a sign of the times.
# 8 – Shakin’
Eddie Money’s “Shakin’ dominated MTV in the early ’80s A great track that was released on one of Eddies best albums called No Control. Great slick guitar work punctuated by a rollicking Eddie Money vocal made this an early favorite for our Eddie Money songs list.
# 7 – You Really Got A Hold On Me
Eddie Money covered many famous songs in his career, but this one was always our favorite cover. Eddie Money’s cover of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me was released on Eddie Money’s debut album in 1977. It was placed as the second track on the album and lined up nicely right behind the smash hit “Two Tickets To Paradise.” Eddie Money brought a fresh sound to a song that was written by a Motown legend and then covered by The Beatles.
# 6 – Gimme Some Water
Every artist has a song that’s a fan favorite and this one gets the vote of many. A fun song that takes Eddie Money’s enthusiasm to the top of the hypermeter. The song “Gimme Some Water,” was released on the Life For The Taking album in 1979. The album was Eddie Money’s follow-up to his smash debut album. “Gimme Some Water,” was never released as a single. The album’s two singles “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down,” and “Maybe I’m A Fool,” had only minor success on the charts. However, Eddie Money’s following albums would prove that he would not be just a one-hit wonder
# 5 – I Wanna Go Back
Continuing with our Eddie Money songs list, we turn to the mid-1980s. In 1986, Eddie Money issued an album that would see the release of four singles, three of which made our top 10 Eddie Money songs list. The album entitled Can’t Hold Back was produced by Eddie Money and Richie Zito. The great song “I Wanna Go Back,” was written by the band Billy Satellite. That band released the song on their debut album in 1984. Nonetheless, Eddie Money’s version in 1986 broke the Billboard top 20 peaking at number 14.
# 4 – Take Me Home Tonight
Not many people may realize that Eddie Money’s most successful single was a duet. Released in 1986 off the Can’t Hold Back Album, the single “Take Me Home Tonight,” reached all the way to the number 4 position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music charts. Eddie Money performed the duet with the legendary singer Ronnie Spector. The song used the hook from Ronnie Spector’s famous song “Be My Baby.” The performance served as a comeback for Ronnie who was retired at the time. A year later, Ronnie Spector recorded an EP produced by Joey Ramone. From that point on, Ronnie Spector would find herself involved in various projects that kept one of music’s most cherished voices in the spotlight.
# 3 – Two Tickets To Paradise
Many fans may argue that “Tickets To Paradise,” was Eddie Money’s most famous song. It’s a point we won’t argue with. However, as anyone who has read many of our lists already realizes, the top 10 songs list are really just an exercise in subjectivity and fun. We love this song. It’s the song that turned us all onto Eddie Money. It blew us away in early 1978 when it became a monster hit. It forced us all to go out and buy the album.
Imagine that; buying an album; remember those days? So, if you want to argue this should be placed in the number one spot on our top 10 Eddie Money songs list, please let us have it. We love it. We just happened to love two Eddie Money songs a little more.
# 2 – Baby Hold On
Eddie Money’s great song “Baby Hold On,” was the follow-up single to Eddie Money’s debut single “Two Tickets Two Paradise.”The song opened side two of the record. When listening back to Eddie Money’s album in order to create this list, we were reminded of just how great Eddie Money’s debut album was. The song was written by Eddie Money and his guitarist John Lyon. The song reached the number 11 spot on the Billboard Top 100.
# 1 – Think I’m In Love
It may surprise the casual Eddie Money fan that we choose “Think I’m In Love,” as the number one song on our Top 10 Eddie Money songs list. However die-hard Eddie Money fans have always gone crazy over this one. The song’s intense verses gave way to a kicking driving chorus that caught your attention the first time you heard it.
It’s simply just a fantastic song that defines the concept of pop rock. There is a guitar solo in the middle of the song by legendary studio guitarist Chuck Kirkpatrick that sounds like a Lynyrd Skynyrd guitar solo. It makes sense because the song was produced by Tom Dowd who produced so many of the great Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers albums.
Tom Dowd also produced Eric Clapton, The Eagles, J.Geils Band and so many others. Eddie Money’s song does not sound southern at all, but the production is top-notch because of Tom Dowd. The song had great commercial success. “Think I’m In Love,” became a top 10 Billboard hit.
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