Top 10 ‘Til Tuesday Songs

'Til Tuesday Songs

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Our Top 10 ‘Til Tuesday Songs list looks at one of those 80s bands that caught your attention the first time you heard them. Their sound was fueled by the passionate vocals of Aimee Mann and the group’s balance of rock and roll and pop. Their sound was crisp, modern, and electrifying. Above all, they became a household name for a short while because of their massive hit single “Voices Carry.”  They could never repeat that hit single success but released a series of albums containing many pop gems that helped them develop a loyal following.

‘Til Tuesday released three albums between the years 1985 and 1989. Their debut album, titled ‘Til Tuesday, was released in 1985. The group followed that album quickly with their sophomore LP released in 1986 entitled Welcome Home.Til Tuesday’s final studio album was released in 1988 called Everything’s Different Now. Epic Records would release an excellent greatest hits compilation in 1996 entitled Coming Up Close: A Retrospective. Once Til Tuesday was disbanded, lead singer and songwriter Aimee Mann would embark on a solo career she still continues.

# 10 – Love In A Vacuum

We open our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list with the stirring song “Love in a Vacuum.” Anyone who purchased the first Til Tuesday album knows this track.”Love in a Vacuum” was the album’s opening track. The song opened with a very distinctive Yamaha DX7 bass riff. A sound that was very popular in the mid-1980s. The song “Love in a Vacuum” was composed by Aimee Mann, Michael Hausman, Robert Holmes, and Joey Pesce. “Love in a Vacuum.” was released as the third and final song from the album. The song hit number eighty-eight on the Cash Box Hot 100.

# 9 – Everything’s Different Now

We now go from the last single released on the band’s first album to the last single released on the band’s third album. Sadly, it was also the last single the band ever released. Continuing with our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list, we listen to the great song entitled  “Everything’s Different Now.” This brilliant song showed that the band had shifted directions in their sound and material. It set up Aimee Mann for her solo career’s direction as the music shifted from the 80s pop sound to a more polished folk rock pop style. The song “Everything’s Different Now” was composed by Jules Shear and Matthew Sweet.

# 8 – Coming Up Close

In the number eight spot on our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list, we present the stirring song “Coming Up Close.” The power of Aimee Mann’s lyrical writing shines powerfully on this one, as the lyrics just hit you hard. This is such a beautiful, intense, and emotional song. The song was released on the album entitled Welcome Home. The album was released in 1986. “Coming Up Close” was the second single released from the album. The song hit the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number fifty-nine.

# 7 – On Sunday

In the number seven position on our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list is the song entitled “On Sunday.” The band had made its name with the pop synth sound on their first album. The group’s second and third records seemed more inspired by 1960s-style pop and folk music. This is a great song from their second album, and it’s easily one of the band’s lost gems.

# 6 – Don’t Watch Me Bleed

Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list, we present the haunting song “Don’t Watch Me Bleed.” At times, Aimee Mann’s voice could cut right through you in such a mesmerizing way. This was one of those times. You can feel her pain as she sings these lyrics. We think Alanis Morissette was probably a big fan of this band, as she seems to have taken some of the anger and fire in her work from the style of Aimee Mann.

# 5 – The Other End (Of The Telescope)

At the halfway point on our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list is the song entitled “The Other End (Of The Telescope).” The song was issued on the album entitled Everything’s Different Now. The album was released in 1988. The band’s third album was very much underrated. It shows a great maturity in the songwriting and skill set of Aimee Mann. Aimee Mann and the excellent Elvis Costello wrote this beautiful song. The legendary songwriter also contributed backing vocals to the song.

# 4 – Looking Over My Shoulder

At number four on our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list, we present the pulsating song entitled “Looking Over My Shoulder.” The song was released on the album entitled ‘Til Tuesday. “Looking Over My Shoulder” served as the follow-up single to “Voices Carry.” It had such a tremendous, memorable chorus. The song was a minor hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number sixty-one. The band’s use of synthesizers heavily drove the song. The ending is fabulous.

# 3 – (Believed You Were) Lucky

It is amazing how music changed so much in only three years, from 1985 to 1988. Gone were the heavy pop synth sounds of the early to mid-1980s as alternative music began brewing in the colleges. ‘Til Tuesday’s lead single from their third album represented the starting shift. It also clearly defined that Aimee Mann was more of a solo star in the making. It’s all right here on this daunting song entitled “(Believed You Were) Lucky.” This song always reminded us of the great Lulu song “To Sir With Love” in the verses.

# 2 – What About Love

Just off the top spot on our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list, we deliver the cinematic song entitled “What About Love.” This was the much-anticipated follow-up that fans were waiting for. Everyone wanted to know if ‘Til Tuesday would be able to repeat the success of their stunning debut album and hit single “Voices Carry.” The band came through with this great single that pretty much repeated the formula of the song “Voices Carry.” The grooving song “What About Love” was the first single released from their second album. It would become the group’s second-highest charting single of their career. The song hit number twenty-six on the US Billboard Hot 100.

# 1 – Voices Carry

We close out our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list with the legendary and intoxicating song “Voices Carry.” Of course, this was the song that broke the band big time. It easily stands as the most popular ‘Til Tuesday’ song and one of the stand-out singles of the 1980s in general. It’s a defining moment in mid-80s pop music culture. Aimee Mann delivers a vocal performances on this song that is simply jaw dropping. The song was released on the album entitled ‘Til Tuesday. The album was released in 1985. “Voices Carry” was the first single released from the album. The song was a monster hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number eight. It would become the band’s only top-10 hit in the United States. The song was also a top twenty hit in Canada and Australia.

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