Top 10 Smokie Songs

Smokie Songs

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Our Top 10 Smokie Songs lists looks at the songs of a English Rock band who had great success in the UK and Australia and a few big hits in the U.S. Hailing from the city of Bradford, Yorkshire England, the group Smokie originally consisted of musicians Chris Norman, Terry Uttley, Pete Spencer and Alan Silson. The group worked with the famous songwriting team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn who had composed many songs from the band Sweet and the great Suzi Quatro. The group released their first album in 1975 entitled Pass It Around.  The group’s second album also released in 1975 entitled Changing All the Time would spawn the groups first big hit entitled “If You Think You Know How to Love Me.” It would become the group’s first charting song and a big hit in the United Kingdom. The song was also covered by Pat Benatar on her first album In The Heat Of The Night. It was composed by the team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn.

The group’s third album was released in 1976 entitled Midnight Café. While having nice chart success in the UK, the band had not yet become a household name. That would all change when the group released the single “Living Next Door To Alice.” The song became a worldwide hit and their highest charting song of their career in the United States. All it takes is one big hit to enjoy a successful rock and roll caree forever and Smokie had theirs. Nonetheless, they had plenty more singles and success in the UK and across Europe, but their success in the US was limited. From 1975 to 2010, the band Smokie released twenty one studio albums, three compilation albums, a pair of live records and twenty six singles. Our Smokie songs list presents ten of their most successful and popular songs this great band released during their rock and roll career.

# 10 – For a Few Dollars More

We open up our top 10 Smokie songs list with the great  mid tempo acoustic sounding song entitled “For a Few Dollars More.” The song was released on the album entitled The Montreux Album. It was the first single released from the album. The album was released in 1978. The song was very big in Austria, Norway and Germany where it hit number two in each one of those countries. The song was a hit on the United Kingdom Music Charts peaking at number seventeen. The song was a hit on the Australian Music Charts peaking at number fifty seven. “For a Few Dollars More,” was composed by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. This is a great one to start out our Smokie songs list.

# 9 – Do To Me

Continuing with our top 10 Smokie songs list we take a listen to the great song entitled “Do To Me.” This was a song that the band’s lead singer Chris Norman and drummer Pete Spencer wrote. I love this song. The song was released on the album entitled The Other Side of the Road. The album was released in 1979. It was the first single released from the album. “Do To Me,” was a top 10 hit in Austria, Germany and Switzerland peaking at number ten in Germany, seven in Switzerland and six in Austria.  The song was a hit on the Australian Music Charts peaking at number sixteen.

# 8 – Mexican Girl

In the number eight spot on our top 10 Smokie songs list we present the song entitled “Mexican Girl.” There is such a great groove played on this song and the harmonies as always are fantastic. The song was released on the album entitled The Montreux Album. The album was released in 1978. It was the third single released from the album. The song was a hit on the United Kingdom Music Charts peaking at number nineteen.  The song was a hit on the Australian Music Charts peaking also at nineteen. However, they loved the song in Germany where it went all the way to number one. It went to number two in Austria.

# 7 – Babe It’s Up to You

In the number seven position on our top 10 Smokie songs list is the song entitled “Babe It’s Up to You.”  Love the way the song is introduced in the video. This one stars out tender and then turns into an almost circus sounding rock and roll song. The song was released on the album entitled The Other Side of the Road. The album was released in 1979. It was the second single released from the album. “Babe It’s Up to You,” was a top ten hit in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. This one is real interesting.

# 6 – Something’s Been Making Me Blue

Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Smokie songs list we present the great rocking song “Something’s Been Making Me Blue.” This is one of those songs you just love from the opening beat. The song was released on the album entitled Midnight Café. The album was released in 1976. It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the United Kingdom Music Charts peaking at number seventeen. The song was a hit on the Sverigetopplistan  Music Charts (Sweden) peaking at number twenty. The great songwriters Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn composed the song.

# 5 – It’s Your Life

At the halfway point on our top 10 Smokie songs list is bouncing dance style song entitled “It’s Your Life.” The song was issued on the album entitled Bright Lights & Back Alleys. The album was released in 1977. “It’s Your Life,” was one of Smokie’s most successful single releases. It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the United Kingdom Music Charts peaking at number five. The song was a hit on the Australian Music Charts peaking at number seven.

# 4 – Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me

At the number four spot on our top 10 Smokie songs list we present the ultimate 70s sounding song entitled “Don’t Play Your Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me.” The band sounds a little like Dr Hook on the songs verses.  The song was released on the album entitled Changing All the Time. The album was released in 1975. It was the first single released from the album. The song was a hit on the United Kingdom Music Charts peaking at number eight. The song was a hit on the Australian Music Charts peaking at number fifty.

# 3 – Needles and Pins

Moving along on our top 10 Smokie songs list we present the classic song entitled “Needles and Pins.” The song was released on the album entitled Bright Lights & Back Alleys. The album was released in 1977. It was the second single released from the album. The song was a hit on the United Kingdom Music Charts peaking at number 10. The song also was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 reaching all the way up to number sixty eight. The song was a hit on the Australian Music Charts peaking at number seven.

“Needles and Pins,” is a classic rock song. The song was originally written by Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono. The song’s classic and original version was recorded and released by the great Jackie DeShannon who first released the song in 1963. The Searchers also covered the song in the 1960s as well as Del Shannon and Gene Clark. Later versions were also released by 70s legends The Ramones, Stevie Nicks and the great Tom Petty.

# 2 – If You Think You Know How to Love Me

Just of the number one spot on our top 10 Smokie songs list we celebrate the acoustic ballad entitled “If You Think You Know How to Love Me.” This was the band’s first big hit and first song to break onto the music charts. This is such a gorgeous song. The harmonies on the chorus are terrific. The song was released on the album entitled Changing All the Time. The album was released in 1975. It was the first single released from the album. The song charted the highest in Ireland and South Africa where it hit number two on the music charts in those countries.

The song was a hit on the United Kingdom Music Charts peaking all the way up at number three. The song also was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 just breaking in at number ninety six. The song was a hit on the Australian Music Charts peaking at number ninety eight. “If You Think You Know How to Love Me,” was composed by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn.

# 1 – Living Next Door to Alice

We close out our top 10 Smokie songs list with the group’s biggest hit of their career. Its a sad song entitled “Living Next Door to Alice.” These were the type of songs that were so popular in the early to mid 1970s. Bands like Paper Lace, Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, Harry Chapin and many more all had major hits with sad story songs usually written with over the top lyrics and dramatic stories.

“Living Next Door to Alice,” was released as a non album single. The record was released in 1972. The song was a hit on the United Kingdom Music Charts peaking at number five. It was Smokie’s highest charting single on the US Billboard Hot 100 reaching all the way up to number twenty five. However the song “Living Next Door to Alice,” hit number one in multiple countries including Ireland, Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, West Germany, and Switzerland.  On the Australian Music Sales Charts the song just missed the number one spot stalling at number two. “Living Next Door to Alice,” was composed by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn.

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