If that were not enough, just a few months later in the Spring of 1977, another new fabulous band released their first record entitled Foreigner which spawned the jaw-dropping “Feels Like The First Time.” All these great new bands were launching their careers during a year in which we saw Led Zeppelin release Presence, Rush released 2112, Thin Lizzy issued Jailbreak and The Eagles released Hotel California. I was in high school at the time and I had no idea that I was living in a time period that was celebrating some of the greatest rock and roll albums ever released.
What Heart, Boston, and Foreigner all had in common was they were new bands releasing amazing albums with huge hits and songs sung by incredible new fresh voices with unbelievable ranges. Foreigner and especially Heart would continue on to have long and very successful careers. In the end, Boston was a disappointment, but that’s another story. This article takes a closer look at the music of the band Foreigner. Foreigner’s above-mentioned debut album was released in 1976.
The band returned quickly with a fantastic sophomore album in 1978 entitled Double Vision. For the next decade, the band continued to release strong albums always filled with great songs and mega-hits. Eventually, the sound of the 90’s alternative dark Nirvana / Pearl Jam era took its toll on the sound of classic 70s and 80s pop rock bands. Lead singer Lou Gramm left the band, returned and then left again. In 2017, the band Foreigner still continues to tour often as a headliner with other 70’s and 80’s bands such as Cheap Trick and Whitesnake.
Our Top 10 Foreigner Songs list looks back at a band that delivered some of the best material ever that merged the genres of pop and rock into a sound loved by everyone.
# 10 – Until The End Of Time
“Until The End of Time,” is the most recent Foreigner song to make our top 10 Foreigner songs list. The song was released on the Mr. Moonlight album in 1994. The Mr. Moonlight album is the last Foreigner album to feature Lou Gramm on lead Vocals. The band also did not record another record until the release of 2009’s Can’t Slow Down. That album featured a new singer named Kelly Hansen who had been serving as the band’s voice in concert since Lou Gramm left.
# 9 – Head Games
The hard-driving forceful song “Head Games,” was the title track of the band’s third album. The album Head Games was released in 1979. The album’s first single “Dirty White Boy,” reached the number 12 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it was the album’s second single and title track that we have chosen to place on our top 10 Foreigner songs list. “Head Games,” is a powerhouse song with a driving beat that bleeds intensity.
# 8 – Fool For You Anyway
The great grooving ballad “Fool For You Anyway,” is the only song on this top 10 Foreigner song list to have never been released as a single. However, a great song is a great song and all of Foreigner’s early albums were loaded with great tracks that were never released as singles. This one has always been one of our favorites. It was released on the band’s debut album in 1976. There is a bit of an Eagles feel to this one.
# 7 – Waiting For A Girl Like You
After releasing three albums loaded with huge hits singles, the band continued on with its string of hits with the release of “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” This one is fueled by a great keyboard line played at the song’s intro and in between verses.
The heartwarming song was issued on the band’s fourth album that the band released entitled appropriately Foreigner 4. The album was released in 1981.
# 6 – Urgent
Continuing with the Foreigner 4 album, we turn to another huge smash off the album entitled “Urgent.” This great track has a rowdy bouncy feel that is highly addictive. The Foreigner 4 album spawned three big singles. The album also featured guest appearances by Thomas Dolby, Mark Rivera of the Billy Joel band and Bob Mayo of the Peter Frampton band.
# 5 – Double Vision
The great album Double Vision was the brilliant follow-up to Foreigner’s debut album. The opening track with its slick guitar riff has always been one of our favorite Foreigner songs. Double Vision was the second single released from the album and peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. When we heard this one we knew Foreigner was not going to be a one-hit album band. They were the real deal!
# 4 – Cold As Ice
The opening piano hook of “Cold As Ice,” will always go down as one of the signature riffs in classic rock history. The song “Cold As Ice,” was the second single released from Foreigner’s debut album. It was the perfect follow-up choice to “Feel’s Like The First Time.” It was dynamically and melodically the complete opposite of the first single and served the album well as the second track on the record.
# 3 – Hot Blooded
The great track “Hot Blooded,” served as the first single from Foreigner’s second album. Just listen to that driving beat field by that smoking bass line and grooving drums. Mick Jones’ guitar licks are just astonishing as they cross the genres of pure and rock and roll and pop music in such perfect fashion. This was a monster hit during the summer of 78.
# 2 – I Want To Know What Love Is
There are some Foreigner fans that did not care much for the ballad “I Want To Know What Love Is.” That’s sad because in the end, the song really serves as the band’s masterpiece. There is a reason why the song became the band’s only number one hit in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It’s not our favorite Foreigner song but there is no denying its brilliance. The song’s production is simply stunning.
# 1 – Feels Like The First Time
There is no denying that these top 10 lists we publish are written from our own subjective point of view. If we were basing it on sales or chart success, then “I Want To Know What Love Is,” would have been the number one song on our top 10 Foreigner songs list. However, our favorite Foreigner song turns out to be the first one we ever heard. It’s probably just a sentimental choice. Nonetheless every time we hear this song, it still feels…….
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