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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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Stations Featuring
Loverboy

    Classic Rock

    Classic Rock
    4 songs

    Classic Hard Rock

    Classic Hard Rock
    4 songs

    Deep Classic Rock

    Deep Classic Rock
    3 songs

    Awesome '80s

    Awesome '80s
    4 songs

    Power Ballads

    1 song

    Movie Tracks

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    3 songs

    Sailing Away

    1 song

    Classic Hits

    1 song

    Love Songs

    1 song

Albums by
Loverboy

Top Songs by
Loverboy

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