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One of the most popular North American rock bands of the 1980s, Loverboy scored a string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles with their canny blend of pop hooks and polished but energetic arena rock. Loverboy were formed in 1979 by vocalist Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean; both were veterans of Western Canada's rock scene (Reno had worked with the band Moxy, while Dean toured and recorded with Scrubbaloe Caine and Streetheart), and Dean was rehearsing with a new band in Calgary, Alberta. One of the musicians working with Dean invited Reno to stop by and jam with the group, and Reno quickly concluded he'd found the singer he'd been looking for. The two began writing songs together, and with the addition of Jim Clench on bass, Matt Frenette on drums, and Doug Johnson on keyboards, Reno and Dean's new band became Loverboy. After a few initial gigs (including a show opening for Kiss in Vancouver), Paul Clench left Loverboy, and Scott Smith became their new bassist, completing the band's definitive lineup. Loverboy's initial demos attracted no offers from American record labels, but Columbia's Canadian branch signed them, and the group shortly went into the studio with producer Bruce Fairbairn and engineer Bob Rock. The result was Loverboy's self-titled debut, which was an immediate hit in Canada, selling over 700,000 copies in a matter of months. Columbia then signed Loverboy for the United States as well, and on the strength of hit singles like "The Kid Is Hot Tonight" and "Turn Me Loose," the album climbed the charts in America while the group toured hard in support. Released in 1981, Get Lucky, also produced by Fairbairn, was even more successful, spawning the band's signature tune "Working for the Weekend" and rising to the Top Ten of the Billboard album charts. Get Lucky also won an unprecedented six Juno Awards, the Canadian music industry's highest honor. Issued in 1983, Keep It Up maintained the multi-platinum success of Loverboy's previous albums, and the band launched an eight-month world tour in support. In 1984, Reno took time out from the band's busy road schedule to record a duet with Ann Wilson of Heart, "Almost Paradise," for the soundtrack to the film Footloose; it became a major hit, rising to number seven on the Billboard singles charts. For their fourth album, 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It, Loverboy aimed for a harder sound with the help of producer Tom Allom, best known for his work with Judas Priest. However, while the album still fared well, it didn't sell as well as the first three LPs, and 1987's Wildside, which reunited the band with Fairbairn, was their first album not to go platinum. With sales down and Reno and Dean experiencing creative differences, Loverboy quietly broke up in 1988. Reno and Dean both released solo albums, and the band staged a short reunion tour in support of a 1989 greatest-hits album, Big Ones. In 1991, Brian MacLeod of the venerable Canadian band Chilliwack was diagnosed with cancer, and Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi staged a benefit concert to help with his medical expenses. Loverboy, who had worked with both acts in the past, reunited to join the bill, and enjoyed the experience so much that they booked full tours for both the United States and Canada in 1992 and 1993. Changing tastes stalled the band's recording career during this period (Reno has told more than one reporter, "Nirvana killed my career"), but in 1997, Loverboy returned to the studio to record VI, their first studio effort in ten years, and the band continued to tour periodically until November 30, 2000, when Scott Smith died as the result of a boating accident. In 2001, the band launched a tour dedicated to Smith, with new member Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve (formerly with Tom Cochrane, Red Rider, and Streethear t) joining in on bass. The same year, the band released Live, Loud & Loose, a collection of concert recordings taped between 1982 and 1986. A 25th anniversary tour was staged in 2005, and in 2007, Loverboy issued their seventh studio album, Just Getting Started. Loverboy were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2009, and in 2012 the band reunited with engineer Bob Rock to record a pair of new songs, "Heartbreaker" and "No Tomorrow." These two tracks, along with a third new tune, were featured on the album Rock ‘n' Roll Revival, which combined the new numbers with fresh studio recordings of nine Loverboy favorites. ~ Mark Deming
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Working for the Weekend
  3.   Turn Me Loose
  4.   Lovin' Every Minute of It
  5.   Almost Paradise
  6.   Hot Girls in Love
  7.   When It's Over
  8.   The Kid Is Hot Tonite
  9.   Heaven in Your Eyes
  10.   This Could Be the Night
  11.   Take Me to the Top
  12.   Turn Me Lose
  13.   Lucky Ones
  14.   Stranded
  15.   Lady of the 80's
  16.   Jump
  17.   The Kid Is Hot Tonight
  18.   D.O.A.
  19.   Gangs in the Street
  20.   It's Your Life
  21.   Your Town Saturday Night
  22.   Meltdown
  23.   As Good as It Gets
  24.   Friday Night
  25.   Fire Me Up
  26.   Wildside
  27.   Can't Get Much Better
  28.   Notorious
  29.   One-Sided Love Affair
  30.   Queen of the Broken Hearts
  31.   Strike Zone
  32.   Watch Out
  33.   Dangerous
  34.   Lead a Double Life
  35.   Destination Heartbreak
  36.   Crack of the Whip
  37.   What Makes You So Special
  38.   Queen of Broken Hearts
  39.   The One That Got Away
  40.   The Real Thing
  41.   Sword and Stone
  42.   Don't Keep Me in the Dark
  43.   Read My Lips
  44.   That's Where My Money Goes
  45.   Hometown Hero
  46.   Break It to Me Gently
  47.   Destruction
  48.   Emotional
  49.   Bullet in the Chamber
  50.   Too Much Too Soon
  51.   Lovin Every Minute
  52.   Heartbreaker
  53.   No Tomorrow
  54.   Rock 'N' Roll Revival
  55.   I'm Alive
  56.   Lost with You
  57.   Back for More
  58.   Just Getting Started
  59.   Don't Let Go
  60.   Walkin' on Fire
  61.   For You
  62.   Passion Pit
  63.   Prime of Your Life
  64.   Chance of a Lifetime
  65.   Come Undone
  66.   You Play the Star
  67.   Teenage Overdose
  68.   Slave
  69.   One of Them
  70.   Boy Likes the Girl
  71.   I Told You So
  72.   Love Will Rise Again
  73.   Too Hot
  74.   I Would Die for You
  75.   Countin' the Nights
  76.   Steal the Thunder
  77.   Doin' It the Hard Way
  78.   Ain't Such a Bad Thing
  79.   Fade to Black
  80.   Ain't Looking for Love
  81.   It's Never Easy
  82.   Always on My Mind
  83.   Little Girl
  84.   Prissy Prissy
  85.   It Don't Matter