Album Oriented Rock (AOR) is an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock artists. AOR evolved from hard rock and progressive rock radio in the mid-1970s, using research and formal programming to create an album rock format with greater commercial appeal. Today let’s take a look at my top five Album Orientated Rock bands.
I grew up listening to their music in the ’90s as a kid. I first discovered Toto when I heard their hits Hold The Line, Rosanna, Africa, and a personal favorite of mine, Pamela. The way Toto played music was second to none and their vocals were always tight. It all goes back to the harmony and the catchy melodies their tunes provided. Their tunes were musical therapy to my ears. Toto’s music was truly a gift from some of the best musicians on the planet.
This band provided a lot of highlights for me. Whenever you would turn the radio on it seemed like a Journey song would come on and everyone knew the words to sing along! My favorite Journey anthems were Faithfully, Separate Ways, Don’t Stop Believin, Open Arms, and I’ll Be Alright Without You. Heck, I’m getting excited just talking about them now. Journey defines the mainstream smooth rock sound and their music still stands the test of time to this day.
A group that drew my attention right away was the band Foreigner. They could rock hard and rock soft with the ballads. A neat combination of American and English musicians. With their combined musical influences they took the world by storm, with all-time favorites like, Feels Like The First Time, Jukebox Hero, Urgent, Waiting For A Girl Like You, and I Want To Know What Love Is. Those iconic songs still give me chills when I hear them.
Many believe it was just all about their smash hit song, Eye Of The Tiger featured on the popular 1982 Film Rocky III that starred Sylvester Stallone. Survivor had been making music long before that dating back to 1978. My top Survivor playlist features Caught In The Game, Poor Man’s Son, Is This Love, I Can’t Hold Back, High On You, and of course Eye Of The Tiger. Survivor’s music was very motivating, to say the least. That’s why they deserved to be mentioned on the list. Because of their contributions to music and this genre of it.
From the first note of the main-riff, I was hooked and became addicted to Loverboy’s big hit Turn Me Loose. Instantly I became a fan of this band from Canada. They were leaving such a memorable impression on the audience in America and the World. All thanks to the MTV phenomenon that was featuring Music Videos back in the 1980s. Loverboy enjoyed enormous success with hit after hit. My favorites were Turn Me Loose, Workin’ For The Weekend, Lovin Every Minute Of It, and Heaven in Your Eyes. Heaven in Your Eyes was the song that was famously known for being on the 1986 classic film Top Gun. I definitely was a supporter of awesome music.
There you go! My personal Top 5 rock bands from what has been called, the “AOR” genre of music.
I would love to hear who would make your top five list of AOR bands. Let AEE know, your feedback is welcomed.