In September of 1979, Styx released Babe as the lead single from their album Cornerstone. Babe would become their first and only number one song on the Hot 100 chart. That seems a travesty considering all the great songs Styx released over the years like Come Sail Away, The Best of Times, Too Much Time on My Hands, Mr. Roboto, Don’t Let It End, and Show Me the Way (All of these songs were top ten hits, but none made it to number one.) Babe finished at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-end chart for 1980.
Lead singer Dennis DeYoung wrote Babe as a birthday present for his wife Suzanne, and it wasn’t intended to be a Styx track, but guitarists J.Y. Young and Tommy Shaw convinced DeYoung to put the song on Cornerstone. Lucky for Styx he did as it has become one of their biggest hits, and one of the best love songs of the last 40 years.
Enjoy this look back at Styx performing Babe live in 1980!
Just for fun, here’s a look at videos of all the aforementioned Styx top ten songs. It’s still hard to believe none of these songs made it to the top. They’re all great songs!