Our Top 10 ‘Til Tuesday Songs list takes a look at one of those 80s bands that caught your attention the first time you heard them, There 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 were never able to repeat that hit single success but they did release a series of albums that contained many pop gems that helped them develop a loyal following.
‘Til Tuesday released three albums between the years 1985 and 1989. There debut album titled ‘Til Tuesday was released in 1985. The group followed that album up 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 a nice 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 to this day.
# 10 – Love In A Vacuum
We open up our top 10 ‘Til Tuesday songs list with the stirring song entitled “Love in a Vacuum.” Anyone who purchased the first Til Tuesday album is very much aware of 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 take a 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 was actually setting up Aimee Mann for the direction her solo career would take as the music shifted away 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 entitled “Coming Up Close.” The power of Aimee Mann’s lyrical writing shines powerful 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 was a hit on 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.” While the band had made its name with their pop synth sound on their first album. The group’s second and third records seemed to be more inspired by 1960’s style pop and folk music. This is a great song from there 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 voice could cut right through you in such a mesmerizing way. This was one of those times. You could 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. This beautiful song was written by Aimee Mann and the great Elvis Costello. The legendary songwriter also contributed backing vocals to the song.
# 4 – Looking Over My Shoulder
At the number four spot 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 great memorable chorus. The song was a minor hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number sixty one. The song was heavily driven by the band’s use of synthesizers. The ending is fabulosus.
# 3 – (Believed You Were) Lucky
It amazing how music changed so much in only three years from 1985 to 1988. Gone was the heavy pop synth sounds of the early to mid 1980s as the sound of alternative music was beginning to brew in the colleges. ‘Til Tuesday’s lead single from their third album pretty much represented the shift that was just starting to happen. 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 of 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 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 entitled “Voices Carry.” Of course this was the song that broke the band big time. It easily stands as not just the most popular ‘Til Tuesday song, but also 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 of their career in the United States. The song was a also a top twenty hit in Canada and Australia.
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