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Best Chicago Songs of the 1980s

Updated on April 10, 2013

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Chicago Songs Of The 1980s

I love the group Chicago. I listened to them as a youngster growing up, a teenager going through a first love, and a young mom in the 1980’s. The following is a list of my favorite Chicago songs. Many of them also happen to be on the Chicago Greatest Hits 1982 – 1989.

Hard To Say I'm Sorry

This song was the song of my first marriage. I guess it should have told me something that “our” song was “Hard To Say I’m Sorry.” From “Everybody needs a little time away” to “I’ll make it up to you, I promise to” it said a lot about my first marriage.

Baby What A Big Surprise

I loved this song. Just loved it. Sitting outside while my girls played, I would listen to this song. Maybe it was the thought of forbidden love that I liked so much – maybe it was just the song itself. I just know that I loved this song. Especially “Yesterday it seemed to me, my life was nothing more than wasted time, but here today you've softly changed my mind.”

Hard Habit To Break

I guess I really didn’t realize how many Chicago songs were lost love or break up songs…I like this one, too. Just some cool lyrics to listen to. “I’m addicted to you babe – you’re a hard habit to break!” Pure Chicago…

You're The Inspiration

My absolute favorite Chicago song ever! “You’re the meaning in my life, you’re the inspiration!” I sang this song for my girls – they were my meaning and my inspiration. They still are! (And now my husband, my new kids, and my grandkids!)

Love Me Tomorrow

“Love me tomorrow, hurry back can’t you see I need you more than yesterday!” Back in the ‘80’s I didn’t have the person to say that to. I am happy that I can say that I do have that man today! And I know that he will love me every tomorrow!

Along Comes A Woman

Many times in the ‘80’s I felt like the second verse in this song, “All alone, nothin’ seemed to matter, so alone, doesn’t get much better.” I was lucky I had my girls during those times. And Chicago – they knew how I felt! Life is better now - but nothing is better than a good Chicago song!

Look Away

I don’t know how many times I felt this way – especially waking up after a long night. I know that this isn’t what the song is all about, but “Don’t look at me, I don’t want you to see me this way!”

What Kind Of Man Would I Be

A couple of friends want to be good – want to do the right thing – but their significant others are making it difficult. “Temptation so strong not to mention the yearning inside.” Love those lyrics. Although I was never tempted in that way, the lyrics are perfect.

We Can Last Forever

“I love you today. Just ask me why, you're all I'll ever need, now that you're in my life I really think you should know, that I never wanna let you go.” Chicago knows how to say the right things! Kinda makes you melt hearing these lyrics!

Stay The Night

The group doesn’t mince words, that’s for sure. They say what they mean and what they want to say. I can see some sexy man saying to a beautiful woman, “Stay the night, there’s room enough for two, stay the night, I’d like to spend it with you.”

Best Chicago Songs Of The 1980s

This is just my list – and it’s in no particular order. Just Chicago songs I like from the 1980’s. As I said before, most of them come from the Chicago Greatest Hits 1982 – 1989. Take the time to listen to them again – you will enjoy every minute!

You're The Inspiration - Chicago

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    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      DIYmommy - thanks for reading! and for making me feel really old! lol! I was a young mom in the '80's and love the music from that time. I'm glad you and your husband do as well!

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      Julie 

      5 years ago

      While I was born towards the end of the 1980s, and my husband in 1983, we are absolutely obsessed with 1980s music. Recently, we've been finding ourselves listening to a lot of Journey, other '80s music and, of course, Chicago. Great compliation of songs here. I admit, I haven't heard them all yet, but I immediately went to YouTube and plugged a few of them in. Thanks for the great hub! :)

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      teaches - thanks for reading! I hadn't heard from them in awhile, either. That's why I decided to write about them!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      This is a group I haven't heard of in awhile. They were so popular in the 80's. Great review of their talent.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Mhatter- Thanks For Reading! This Is One Group I Would Love To See Live!

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great picks. Saw them live with Tower of Power at the Greek Amphitheater in Berkeley many moons ago.

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      always exploring - thanks for reading! The '80's had some great memories, that's for sure!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      What a great hub. I can relate to your thoughts, they are perfect for the songs and the times, aha the 80's they were the days! Thank's for a fun hub full of memories never forgotten...

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      jtrader - thanks for reading! I like You're the Inspiration, too!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Ruchira - thanks for reading! I had fun getting this list together!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      lovedoctor926 - Thanks for reading! I also like Air Supply and Journey. Thanks for the vote, as well!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Frank - thanks for reading! They are one of my favorite groups! Glad you liked it!

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      jtrader 

      5 years ago

      You're the Inspiration is my favorite.

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      Ruchira 

      5 years ago from United States

      I love this group too. Thanks justateacher for compiling them together.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      Awesome hub! You're the inspiration is one of my favorite songs as well as hard habit to break and baby, what a big surprise. Chicago is an awesome group. Air supply and Journey are among my favorites too. voted up!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Great Hub Justateacher, Chicago happens to be my all-time favorite group..

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill - thanks for almost always being the first to reply! I'm glad you enjoyed the trip!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great group! I loved them in the 70's and then kind of lost track of them afterwards. Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

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