Rocking Retro: Styx – Greatest Hits

My good friend Ryan introduced me to a lot of classic rock during our grade school years.  He was a CD collector at heart, grabbing everything he heard on 95.7 The Kar – KARX-FM in Amarillo, TX, the nearby classic rock station.  This was the late 90′s, so the format “classic rock” was still a pretty new thing, and the playlists were a lot deeper.  It was a good way to introduce myself to the past, even if most of it was album-oriented, 70′s music, and pretty generic overall.

Ryan and I would do the weekly album swap – he would grab my newer stuff, and I would burn CDs from his steadily growing classic rock stack.  Some of it he loved, some of it I hated, and vice versa.  One album in particular we couldn’t agree on was Greatest Hits by Styx.  Though it was his album, he didn’t much care for it, and so when I borrowed it for a length of time most would consider theft, he didn’t mind in the least.

I suppose it’s my affinity for late 70′s ballad-y, arena rock (“Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon is one of my all-time faves, and I’m pretty certain I was conceived to “Waiting For a Girl Like You” by Foreigner), but man, this compilation is still great, years later.  I remember the first time I listened to it all the way through, shocked at how many Styx songs I already knew…I just didn’t know they were Styx songs.  It’s great for road trips, karaoke picks, and general fist-pumping in the bar.  AOR was a great genre combining sheer talent and rock’s best trait – escapism.  And Styx delivered like no other.  Below are my favorites.

Styx – The Best of Times

Styx – Renegade

Styx – Come Sail Away

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