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Our Top 10 Greg Kihn Band songs list looks back at some of the great Greg Kihn Band songs released during their initial 1980s run. The band had a massive hit single in 1983 entitled “Jeopardy.” While they never were able to archive the success of that hit single ever again, the Greg Kihn Band did release a large catalog of great rock and roll records while continuing to tour over the next four decades. There have been many lineup changes over the years, but the one constant has always been the very talented and entertaining Greg Kihn.
# 10 – Tear That City Down
We open up our top 10 Greg Kihn Band songs list with the groove filled song “Tear That City Down.” The song was released on the album Kihnspiracy. The song was written by Greg Kihn, Gary Phillips, Greg Douglass, Larry Lynch and Steve Wright. “Tear That City Down,” served as the follow up single to Greg Kihn’s massive hit entitled “Jeopardy.”
# 9 – Happy Man
Continuing with our top 10 Greg Kihn Band songs list we present the rocking single “Happy Man.” The song was released on their 1982 album Kihntinued. It was the second single released from the album. “Happy Man,” faired better than the first as it broke the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 30. You just sometimes never know what song will be greeted more friendly at radio.
# 8 – Testify
This one has a great guitar riff that you swear you heard before, but just cant pinpoint it. The song “Testify,” was released on the Greg Kihn Band album entitled Kihntinued. The album was released in 1982. The song “Testify,” was the first single released from the album. Although it failed to break the Billboard Hot 100, it did become a top 10 hit on the Billboard Album Tracks charts peaking at number five.
# 7 – Lucky
This is a great Greg Kihn Band song that should have been a bigger hit than it was. The groove and melody are completely addicting on this one. Its just one of those perfect summer songs. “Lucky,” was released on the 1985 album entitled Citizen Kihn. The song broke the Billboard Top 40 peaking at number 40. It would also be the last Greg Kihn Band song to ever break the Billboard Top 40
# 6 – Fascination
At number six on out top 10 Greg Kihn songs list is the new wave sounding track “Fascination.” For some reason there were a lot of songs being released in the early 1980s called “Fascination.” The song was released on the 1983 album Kihnspiracy. It was placed as the second track on the LP but was never released as a single. It’s one of those great deep tracks.
# 5 – Love And Rock And Roll
The Greg Kihn Band that recorded the album Love and Rock & Roll was an entirely new band of musicians with the exception of Greg Kihn. The most significant change in the lineup was the addition of a new guitarist named Joe Satriani. Pretty much unknown at the time, Joe Satriani would only record one album with the group before leaving to start his solo career. A career that would be jettisoned by his former student Steve Vai’s success and acknowledgement that Joe Satriani was his guitar teacher. Yes that’s a Joe Satriani guitar solo at 2:20 . It’s not a long guitar solo but it makes an immediate impact and helped define the new sound of the Greg Kihn Band making this one of the most exciting albums Greg Kihn ever released.
# 4 – Reunited
No this is not the Peaches and Herbs song, this is a great rock and roll original from the Greg Kihn Band. The song was released in 1984 on the album Kihntagious. The song and album served as the follow up to his mega selling 1983 album Kihnspiracy. The video also continued the storyline we saw at the end of the video Jeopardy, well sort off. The videos that the band did were not of the highest quality from a technical standpoint, but they were a product of their times and budget. Nonetheless we always enjoyed Greg Kihn Band videos. The band leader overacted to a point where he was fun to watch. Totally entertaining music and videos, especially this one. Where did that good witch come from?
# 3 – Another Girl Another Planet
This one lands in the number three spot for one reason….Joe Satriani. If you heard this one without knowing it was the Greg Kihn Band, you never would have guessed it was them. This is the outlier in their catalog and its amazing. From the opening moment all the way through, its Joe Satriani shining all over. The song was never released as a single, the album didn’t really sell well. In the end, no one really with the exception of die hard Greg Kihn fans know this song even exists. That’s why we are ClassicRockHistory.com. Yeah Baby!
# 2 – The Breakup Song
The world was introduced to the sound of the Greg Kihn band with this fabulous song entitled “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em).” For many, this is one of those forgotten early 80s gems that music fans loved when it first was released. The song “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” would become the Greg Kihn Band’s first top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and the first of only two times that the band would reach that high on the Top 100. The song reached even higher on the Billboard Rock Albums and Top Tracks charts where it peaked at number five. “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” was released on the album Rockihnroll. The album was released in 1981. “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” was written by Greg Kihn and Steve Wright
# 1 – Jeopardy
Our Top 10 Greg Kihn Band songs list comes to a close with Greg Kihn’s legendary song “Jeopardy.” There are a handful of songs that define certain periods of 1980’s music, “Jeopardy,” is one of them. “Jeopardy,” would become the biggest hit of Greg Kihn’s musical career. It also became one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. The song was released in 1983 on the album entitled Kihnspiracy. The song “Jeopardy,” broke the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 in 1983 reaching all the way up to number two on the charts. It was stopped from hitting number one by a song and an act that would have stopped anything. Michael Jackson’s earth shattering song “Beat It,” that featured Eddie Van Halen and Steve Lukather of Toto prevented “Jeopardy,” from gaining the number one spot. Still, after all these years it’s impossible to not mention the name Greg Kihn without bringing up his song “Jeopardy.”
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