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Best Chicago Songs

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Rated 15 points - posted 7 years ago by BradHemphill in category Music.
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Beginnings Report Abuse
138 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Great concert opening song.
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No question this should be toward the top of any Chicago's fan list. Kath's acoustic work here is so uplifting. You can really feel the emotion Robert Lamm pours into his lyrics and vocals. The line "When i kiss you, I feel a thousand different feelings" gets me every time. Songs finishes with nice horn jam with a latin beat coming in at the end.
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25 or 6 to 4 Report Abuse
132 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 4 comments
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Their signature encore song when Cetera was with the band.
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Oh yeah, possibly one of the best-ever rock songs. And it hasn't aged at all. Still top-shelf quality.
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Hearing Terry Kath's blistering guitar work on this makes me understand completely why Jimi Hendrix claimed that Terry was better then him.
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Hardest core Chicago ever. has that Babe I'm Gonna Leave You riff. No question closest they came to cool.
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Saturday in the Park Report Abuse
116 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 2 comments
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No, soft,soft rock. If its not on their first two albums it struggles to qualify.
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hella good breh
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Feelin' Stronger Everyday Report Abuse
Crescendoing horns elevate this song all the way through. If you don't have happy feet by the time it is over, you are dead.
114 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Cetera could rock with the best when he wanted to, which wasn't often enough.
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If You Leave Me Now Report Abuse
The horns are tremendous and this is easily the best vocal performance in the group's history which is saying a lot.
91 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 2 comments
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Again, cute song, but so soft that it could be called 'flaccid'.
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one of the most amazing songs ever
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Does Anybody Know What Time it Is? Report Abuse
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Make Me Smile Report Abuse
This has everything that made early Chicago great. Terry Kath's soulful vocals and usual great guitar work. The song really showcases Danny Seraphine's skill on drums and IMO the best work their horn section had done.
80 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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All elements of the band in its infancy are in full force on this 1970 masterpiece.
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Hard Habit To Break Report Abuse
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Hard to Say I'm Sorry Report Abuse
One of many monster hits from the 80's
69 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 2 comments
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IMO, one of the few 80's Chicago songs I can enjoy listening to. Why? The ballad is worth listening to for the great return-to-form jazz section at the end. Makes me want to dance every time!
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Makes you feel something from inside.
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You're the Inspiration Report Abuse
"When you love somebody" refrain at the end is pop perfection.
65 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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I loved this band, but I hated this song. Typical David Foster pablum.
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Wishing You Were Here Report Abuse
49 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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Great summer sound. Chicago and the Beach Boys should have done a whole studio album together.
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Dialogue, part 1 & 2 Report Abuse
Masterful lyrics, great call & response between Kath & Cetera, love the time signature change at the end.
44 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Underrated song, should have been a no. 1 hit.
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Colour My World Report Abuse
43 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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1970 prom favorite.
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Questions 67 & 68 Report Abuse
42 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Cetera's vocal really soars on this early song, that was the band's first single release.
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Just You and Me Report Abuse
40 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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1973 prom favorite.
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Old Days Report Abuse
39 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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Catchy tune. Cetera hated the "Howdy Doody" lyric.
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Will You Still Love me Report Abuse
After Cetera's departure, this song reaffirmed the band's confidence. Also served as a great intro to Jason Scheff.
38 points - added 5 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Cetera is irreplaceable. David Foster was not really happy with Jason Scheff's voice.
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Jason Scheff doing his best impersonation of Peter Cetera.
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Searching So Long Report Abuse
30 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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One of my personal favorites. Beautiful orchestration augmenting Cetera's mellifluous vocal.
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Listen Report Abuse
CTA's short and aggressive gem. Shows how great these guys were before they morphed into Peter Cetera's ballad hit machine of the 80's
29 points - added 6 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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Without a doubt one of the best Chicago songs you can really rock out there. Though no popular opinion, I think this one is up there with 25 or 6 to 4.
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Outstanding rock tune from the CTA album that went virtually unnoticed.
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Love Me Tomorrow Report Abuse
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Baby, What a Big Surprise Report Abuse
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Stay the Night Report Abuse
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I'm A Man Report Abuse
One of their best "rock" songs ... and one of THEIR favorites!
18 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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The only song from the original lineup era that wasn't penned by a member of the group. It's a Stevie Winwood song.
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Look Away Report Abuse
As good a pop song as anyone wrote in the decade.
17 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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A very embarrassing song for the kind of band like Chicago.
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Along Comes a Woman Report Abuse
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No Tell Lover Report Abuse
15 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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Lee Loughnane, who write "Call On Me", wrote this little gem.
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It Better End Soon (1st Movement) Report Abuse
The first minute of this song has one of the coolest jam sessions ever. Starts with each instrument coming in separately. .With Terry Kath belting out the politically charged lyrics that amazingly have as much, or more, meaning as they did 40 years ago. . ,
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Another Rainy Day in New York City Report Abuse
14 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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A very underrated song.
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If She Would Have Been Faithful Report Abuse
Their last big single. Familiar theme.
14 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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Not there last big single considering this was from Chicago 18 and Chicago 19 had about 5 singles one of which being "Look Away" which was song of the year 1989.
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Lowdown Report Abuse
Best 'wah-wah' guitar work by Terry Kath. Little played gem, worthy of blowing your speakers.
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I Don't Want to Live Without Your Love Report Abuse
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Alive Again Report Abuse
12 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Featuring Donnie Dacus on guitar. Damn that Terry Kath and his 9 mm.
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What KInd of Man Would I Be? Report Abuse
12 points - added 7 years ago by BradHemphill - 1 comment
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Another song that has kept the band from hall of fame induction.
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Call on Me Report Abuse
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Mah-Jong Report Abuse
Excellent entry from the overlooked album Stone of Sisyphus. Hard driving and powerful horn lines. Song's story line is exotic and exciting. Should be one of the top songs in the Chicago Catalog of hits.
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Stone of Sisyphus Report Abuse
Title song from the album that created a stir and return to the strong horn lines of the first albums released. Should not be overlooked!
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Introduction Report Abuse
Quintessential show opener from the debut album, Chicago Transit Authority.
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The Only One Report Abuse
7 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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This song is amazing!!!! The instruments and vocal harmonies make this song among the best even by Chicago's standards. [and that is a very high bar!] Not a big stretch, in my view, to call this one of most unappreciated songs ever!
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Harry Truman Report Abuse
4 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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This song cost the band a big part of its Japanese fan base, which had been huge. What was Lamm thinking?
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Wake Up Sunshine Report Abuse
Starts the classic side of two set LP Chicago II.
3 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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It should have been released as a single.
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Seaching so long Report Abuse
This song ranks among all these great Chicago songs and belongs on this list!
2 points - added 1 year ago by guest - 1 comment
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This song was already listed as No. 18.
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Happy cause i'm going home Report Abuse
2 points - added 2 years ago by guest - 2 comments
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The Carnegie Hall live version is awesome!
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It is not commercial but certainly an excellent piece
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