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Round 2: REO vs. James Ingram



Our search for the saddest song of the 80s continues. Against All Odds trounced Separate Lives in the first round. So here we go again.

Today's contenders -- Just Once by James Ingram vs. Take It On the Run by REO Speedwagon. Yep, two songs by artists better known for bigger hits. REO had "Keep on Lovin' You" (also off the Hi Infidelity album) and Ingram had "Somewhere Out There" (for the soundtrack of the animated featured An American Tail)

Contestant No. 1: Take It on the Run:
Big seller: No. 5 in the U.S., No. 19 in the U.K in 1981
Movie tie-in: No noteworthy appearances that we can think of. (And why not?)
Longevity: This song screams 1981. And the lyrics can get annoying.
Lyrics: "If you leave tonight keep running. And you need never look back again"

Contestant No. 2: Just Once:
Big seller: Ingram's first big hit actually appeared on the Quincy Jones album "The Dude."
Movie tie-in: Best know to legions of 80s addicts as the song Gary is listening to on the radio as he drives away at the end of "Last American Virgin."
Longevity: Still brings tears to the eyes. (Poor Gary. Cheer up, you can do better than Karen!)
Lyrics: "I did my best. But I guess my best wasn't good enough. 'Cause here we are back where we were before."

And a trivia question: A song by one of these artists is the subject of a joke in the movie "The 40-year-old Virgin." Name the song.

Leave a comment with your vote on which song is sadder. Give us your recommendation too for songs for future rounds. And tune back in for round three.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]


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