Top 5 songs from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Foreigner

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The British-American band Foreigner's legacy spans five decades, which has resulted in its becoming one of the bestselling classic rock bands of all time. The band formed in 1976 with Lou Gramm on vocals, Mick Jones on guitar, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboardist Al Greenwood, bassist Ed Gagliardi, and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald. In 2024, the band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Let's break down their top five songs in celebration.

"I Want To Know What Love Is" (1984)

The first and only No. 1 hit for the band is the 1984 release "I Want To Know What Love Is." The power ballad was featured on the fifth album, Agent Provocateur, and is Foreigner's best-known song which has been featured in several movies and covered by Tina Arena, Wynonna Judd, and Mariah Carey.

"Waiting For A Girl Like You" (1981)

Foreigner is well known for the power ballads sung with Gramm's powerful vocals. "Waiting For A Girl Like You" would just miss the top spot by settling at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. The song was featured on the Footloose soundtrack, and the distinctive synthesizer was played by Thomas Dolby, who was little known at the time.

"Feels Like The First Time" (1977)

The band's debut single, "Feels Like The First Time," topped at No. 4 on Billboard. Jones wrote the song during the formation of Foreigner, and it was inspired by his life change of becoming remarried and moving to America, signifying a new start.

"Urgent" (1981)

From the band's album 4, "Urgent" is a bouncy rock and roll jam that ranked No. 4 for the entire month of September 1981. The single topped the Billboard Rock Tracks Chart and held it for four weeks. Jones has rated "Urgent" as one of his 11 favorite Foreigner songs, praising it as "Another quirky soul song, with one of the greatest sax solos by the late great Jr. Walker, and the freaky riffs supplied by Thomas Dolby."

"Cold As Ice" (1977)

"Cold As Ice" reached No. 6 on the charts and was originally the B-side of "Feels Like The First Time." It's based on the stereotypical cold-hearted, bad girl but Jones has stated it wasn't aimed at a specific person. The piano riff at the beginning is considered one of the signature riffs of classic rock music.

In 2024, Foreigner announced a "Renegades & Juke Box Heroes Tour" with Styx and special guest John Waite. Beginning on May 3 in Abbotsford, Canada, with a final date of November 9 in Las Vegas at The Venetian, the last of an eight-night performance at the famed resort location.

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