Top 10 Rick Springfield Songs

Rick Springfield Songs

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Our Top 10 Rick Springfield Songs looks back at one of the most popular and loved musical artists of the 1980s who had some huge hits. Rick Springfield had been making music for almost ten years before he hit in big in the early 1980s with his smash song “Jessie’s Girl.” His first single release entitled “Speak To The Sky,” was issued in 1971. This was after he left his first band called Zoot who he was with in the late 1960s. The 1970s brought mixed commercial success for Rick Springfield as only a few of his songs charted. In the 1970s the Australian artist also worked as an actor on television shows like The Six Million Dollar Man and The Rockford Files. His most celebrated role was that of Dr. Noah Drake on the television soap opera General Hospital. It was a role that he signed up for at the same time that he had become an unexpected rockstar with “Jessie’s Girl.” His name was often ridiculously confused with Bruce Springsteen in the early days causing him to write his song entitled “Bruce.”

Throughout the course of his musical career, Rick Springfield has released a large body of work including twenty two studio albums. The man has also released thirty four singles and two soundtrack albums. He is among the club of musical artists and then some who have celebrated having a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. Our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list presents ten of his best songs he has released over the past fifty years starting in 1971 to the present day in 2021.

# 10 – Speak To The Sky

We open up our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list with the fabulous acoustic style song entitled “Speak To The Sky.” This was the first single ever released by Rick Springfield. 1971 was a tough year to compete as a musical artist. The greats like Elton John, Three Dog Night, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, and so many more were tearing up the charts and selling tons of records. The song “Speak To The Sky,” was released on the album entitled  Beginnings. It was the first single released from the album. The album was released in 1971. The song was a top 10 hit on the Australian Music Charts hitting number six. The song also broke onto the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts peaking at number sixteen.

# 9 – Rock of Life

Continuing with our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list we jump seventeen years ahead in time and take a listen to the energetic song entitled “Rock of Life.” The song was released on the album also entitled Rock Of Life. The album was released in 1988. It was the first and only single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number twenty two.

# 8 – State of the Heart

In the number eight spot on our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list we present the mid-temp0 song entitled “State of the Heart.” The song was released on the album entitled Tao. The album was released in 1985. And yes this is so 80s sounding. It was the second single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number twenty two. The song was also a big hit on the Australian Music Charts reaching the number six position.

# 7 – Love Is Alright Tonite

In the number seven position on our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list is the rocking song entitled “Love Is Alright Tonite.” The song was released on the album entitled Working Class Dog. The album was released in 1981. It was the third and final single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number twenty. The song also found its way onto the soundtrack of the classic film Wet Hot American Summer that was released in 2001.

# 6 – Human Touch

Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list we present the song “Human Touch.”  This is not the same song as the Bruce Springsteen song that came out ten years later in 1993. The Rick Springfield song “Human Touch,” was released on the album entitled Living in Oz. The album was released in 1983.  It was the second single released from the album. The song was a top 20 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number eighteen. A pretty cheesy video though.

# 5 – Love Somebody

At the halfway point on our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list is the cranking song entitled “Love Somebody.” The song was issued on the album entitled Hard To Hold. The album was released in 1984. It was the first single released from the album. It was actually a really good soundtrack album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number five making it one of the biggest hits of Rick Springfield’s career in the United States. A great rip roaring song with a spectacular guitar solo in the middle. Rick Springfield was on top of the world in 1984. A year in which he was competing against Madonna, Prince and Bruce Springsteen for chart success. No easy feat that year.

# 4 – Affair of the Heart

At the number four spot on our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list we present the heavy synth song entitled “Affair of the Heart” The song was released on the album entitled Living in Oz. The album was released in 1983. The pulsating song “Affair of the Heart” was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number nine. This was one of the best and most mature singles Rick Springfield ever released. It was a pretty powerful one.

# 3 – I’ve Done Everything for You

Rocking along on our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list we present the song entitled  “I’ve Done Everything for You.” The great Sammy Hagar wrote this outrageous rocking  song. Rick Springfield’s cover of the Sammy Hagar song was released on the album entitled Working Class Dog. The album was released in 1981. It was the second single released from the album and also served as the follow up single to “Jessie’s Girl.” The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number eight.

# 2 – Don’t Talk to Strangers

Edging closer to the top spot on our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list we celebrate the dark but fun song entitled “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” This has such a great hook in both the verse and chorus. There is almost a bit of a Michael Mcdonald sound in the chorus. The song was released on the album entitled Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet. The album was released in 1982.  It was the first single released from the album. “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” would become the second biggest hit of Rock Springfield’s career. The song was a massive hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number two.

# 1 –  Jessie’s Girl

We close out our top 10 Rick Springfield songs list with the massive hit single entitled “Jessie’s Girl”  The song was released on the album entitled Working Class Dog The album was released in 1981. It was the first single released from the album. “Jessie’s Girl” would become Rick Springfield’s first and only number one hit single on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains one of the all time classic songs of the 1980s.

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