Foreigner is the very definition of a rock band. They were formed in 1976, by guitarist/songwriter Mick Jones and scored a deal with for Atlantic Records. The rest they say is history. The band went on to score hit after hit and have sold more than 80 million records worldwide. Here’s our top five pick from Foreigner’s massive collection of hits.
1. “I Want To Know What Love Is”
Taken from Foreigner’s 1984 Triple platinum album Agent Provocateur, the single was actually released the next year in 1985. This was the bands biggest hit and took the no 1 spot in both the UK and the US. Written by Mick Jones, this unforgettable power ballad is a truly moving experience both in its lyrics, the band’s performance, and the addition of backing vocals from the New Jersey Mass Choir
2. “Cold As Ice”
Released as a single from the band’s 1977 debut album Foreigner, “Cold As Ice” peaked at no 6 on the charts. Written by singer Lou Gramm and Mick Jones, Gramm’s vocal is a standout, and hearing those famous piano chords at the beginning it’s hard to believe the song was initially released in some territories as the B-side to “Feels Like the First Time.”
3. “Feels Like The First Time”
As mentioned above this was another classic. Written by Mick Jones this track has classic rock written all over it. Released in 1977, this was how radio and fans first heard the band. Peaking at number four on the charts, this is still a rock classic
Produced by “Mutt” Lange of AC/DC and Def Leppard fame, “Urgent” was taken from the album Foreigner 4 and peaked at no 4. Written by Jones, the track also features a guest appearance by saxophone legend Junior Walker.
5. “Juke Box Hero”
Also taken from the 1981 album Foreigner 4, the track was written by Gramm and Mick Jones and peaked at no 26. The story has it that Foreigner invited a Cincinnati fan they met outside of soundcheck who didn’t have tickets, the band invited him inside to watch the show from the side of the stage. The events of that day went on to inspire our number five pick.