Top Ten Songs by Peter Cetera

Peter Cetera, since he left Chicago in 1985, has had a number of top ten songs on the charts. But this article on Peter Cetera will feature my favorite top ten songs sung by this man, chart-topper or not. So here’s my top ten songs from Peter Cetera via his eight full-length solo works and from the several movie soundtracks that he’s released or been featured on to date. These songs will descend all the way down to my favorite Peter Cetera tune of all time

10. The End Of Camelot, originally from 1995’s One Clear Voice album

The first of my top ten songs by Peter Cetera has a bit of a modern country flavor to it, and it discusses the stress of a strained relationship. The End Of Camelot has a pretty fast and really smooth pace to it.

9. Where There’s No Tomorrow, originally from 1992’s World Falling Down album

This is another fast and smoothly paced tune from Peter Cetera’s 1992 release that speaks of a summer encounter and whether or not there’s any future for the lovers afterwards.

8. (I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight (Duet with Crystal Bernard) from 1995’s One Clear Voice album

This icon is well-known for his charting Billboard Top Ten duets, and this project with the former star of the television show Wings has a great give and take between the singers during the roughly four and half minutes of performance. (I Wanna Take) Forever Tonight broke the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in 1995.

7. After All (Duet with Cher), originally from 1989’s Chances Are movie soundtrack

Despite Cher singing like she’s being tortured, the honesty of this song with Peter Cetera still touches my heart. You won’t find this Number One Adult Contemporary Hit in any of Peter Cetera’s solo studio albums, but it’s a part of Cher’s Heart of Stone album.

6. One Clear Voice, originally from 1995’s One Clear Voice album

This tender ballad is sung with a lot of emotion and speaks about finding inner direction. One Clear Voice is a bit of a tear-jerker to listen to, and so it easily makes my top ten list of Peter Cetera sans Chicago songs.

5. Big Mistake, originally from 1986’s Solitude/Solitaire album

This 1987 Billboard Hot 100 Single sounds almost like a rant from Peter Cetera as you can feel his energetic angst while he sings about a smooth-talking, phony ladies’ man. This was purportedly to be the first single released from the album, but a certain song having to do with a Karate Kid got the honors instead.

4. Solitude/Solitaire, originally from 1986’s Solitude/Solitaire album

Here’s another frantically and agitatedly-sung personal top ten Cetera song of mine that goes on for roughly five minutes. It gives me the feeling that I’m on a really fast-paced journey. Some of the lyrics are even comical. They go:

“Caught in a panic
Trying not to look like a manic”

“Won’t you give me some bread, give me some water”

3. Glory of Love, originally from 1986’s The Karate Kid, Part II’s soundtrack and also on 1986’s Solitude/Solitaire album

Glory of Love reached Number One, with the help of a film called The Karate Kid, Part II. I really like the idealistic and overly-romantic lyrics of this song, including:

“Just like a knight in shining armor
From a long time ago
Just in time I will save the day
Take you to my castle far away”

2. The Next Time I Fall (Duet with Amy Grant), originally from 1986’s Solitude/Solitaire album

This Number One smash hit with Amy Grant is one of the most beautiful love songs out there. The resonance and emotion emanated by both superstars leaves a lasting impression. When it was first forced onto me by my local radio station’s trillion airplays per day during 1986, I couldn’t stand it. Yet over the years it’s grown on me, and has made it all the way to the Number Two spot on my personal Cetera top ten list.

1. World Falling Down, originally from 1992’s World Falling Down album

World Falling Down makes the top spot of my top ten Peter Cetera songs. It’s about moving on after a relationship ends, and is chased with a modern country sound and feel, but doesn’t overdo it. While the song’s lyrics have a lot in common with the modern country songs, it’s not so arrogant or in your face with its message and sound like much of today’s country music happens to be!

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