Our Top 10 Little River Band Songs list takes a look at a band that had a magnificent string of pop hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The band was formed in Melbourne, Australia in the mid-1970s. The band’s sound bordered somewhere between rock and pop with light touches of jazz, southern, and some cajun soul mixed. Think of the organic sound of a band like Little Feat meeting the slick polished sound of a group like Level 42. It was a unique sound fueled by great musicians. Regardless of genres or musicians, for bands to have great success they need to compose great songs. The Little River Band had no problems in that category.
The most successful Little River Band songs were all released in the mid to late 1970s and early 1980s. After their initial period, the band went through many lineup changes over the years. Their first album was released in 1975 entitled Little River Band. The band released albums on an almost yearly basis until 1990. There have been sporadic albums released over the past twenty years with a lineup that is very different from the original band.
Our Top 10 Little River Band songs lists will attempt to showcase some of the band’s best material with a focus mostly on their earlier period with a few exceptions.
# 10 – If I Get Lucky
We open up our Top 10 Little River Band songs lists with a song from their 1990 album entitled Get Lucky. The song “If I Get Lucky,” was the opening track on the album. The song may not have been a big hit in the U.S., but there is no denying the song’s great groove and melody. It proved that The Little River Band were still turning out great songs fifteen years after their debut album. In 1990, music was seeing a dramatic change with bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and the entire grunge sound on the horizon. Groups like The Little River Band faced a tough time competing in a dramatically changing musical environment.
# 9 – Seine City
The great Little River Band song “Seine City,” was released on the Little River Band’s second album entitled After Hours. The album was not released in the United States at the time. However, the album enjoyed success in the band’s native country of Australia. Eventually, the album was released in the United States on CD. While this may not be a very popular song, it most definitely is a great one.
# 8 – Love Is A Bridge
Continuing with our top 10 Little River Band songs list we turn one more time to some of the band’s later work. It’s important to examine this period because even though the band was not enjoying the same chart success they did in the 1970s, they were still releasing great records. “Love Is A Bridge,” was released on the band’s tenth album entitled Monsoon. The record was released in 1988.
# 7 – It’s A Long Way There
One of our favorite Little River Band songs was released on the band’s debut album Little River Band. The Little River Band song “It’s A Long Way There,” was the album’s opening track. The band on the album consisted of Glenn Shorrock on lead vocals, Beeb Birtles on lead vocals, Ric Formosa playing guitars, Graham Goble on lead vocals, backing vocals, and guitars, Roger McLachlan on bass and Derek Pellicci on drums.
# 6 – Take It Easy On Me
While there is a very good chance that many people reading this top 10 Little River Band songs list may have never heard of some of the songs starting out this list, we would argue that the next set of songs will be the ones that you have heard many times before. The Little River Band’s songs “Take It Easy On Me,” was released on the album Time Exposure. The album was released in 1981. The song was issued as a single and was a top 10 hit in the United States. The song was produced by the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin
# 5 – Reminiscing
“Reminiscing,” was one of The Little River Band’s most successful songs from both a commercial and artistic standpoint. Not since Chicago’s “Saturday In The Park,” had there been a song about enjoying the beauty of the day, and life itself while strolling through the park that was so addicting to listen to. The Little River Band’s “Reminiscing,” was a top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1978. The song peaked at number three on the charts making it their highest charting single in the United States.
# 4 – Lonesome Loser
Tell me you did not love this song’s great acapella opening. The fantastic Little River Band song “Lonesome Loser,” was released in 1979 on the album entitled First Under the Wire. The album would become the band’s most successful record released in the United States and the only time any of their albums reached the top 10 album charts in the U.S. “Lonesome Loser,” was also a top 10 hit for the band peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979.
# 3 – Lady
The Little River Band song “Lady,” should not be confused with the Styx or Kenny Rogers songs of the same name. They sound nothing alike. This great Little River Band song was issued in 1978 on the album Sleeper Catcher. The song “Lady,” was the follow up single to the band’s biggest hit “Reminiscing.” Like “Reminiscing,” the song “Lady,” was a top 10 hit in the U.S. It should be noted that many of these Little River Band songs on this list were number one singles in the band’s native home of Australia as well as various other countries around the world.
# 2 – Cool Change
For many, “Cool Change,” was their favorite Little River Band song. The harmonies in this one were to die for. The melody, the arrangement, the production were all a shining example of how to write, record and produce a hit record that also overflowed with originality. “Cool Change,” was released on the First Under the Wire album in 1979. The song was written by the band’s legendary lead singer Glenn Shorrock.
# 1 – Help Is on Its Way
It was tough to pick a number one on this Top 10 Little River Band songs list. So many of the songs on this list could have easily landed in this spot. “Help Is On It’s Way,” was released in 1977. The song was issued on the album Diamantina Cocktail. The song was commercially successful as it reached the Billboard Top 20 but it did not chart as high as many of their other late 1970s singles. Nonetheless, in our humble opinion, it was the band’s best song.
Updated June 10, 2023
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