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The Very Best of Chicago - Only the Beginning, Chicago

Chicago

July 2nd, 2002

Formed:
February 15, 1967 in Chicago, IL

Genre:
Rock

Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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Chicago

Biography

According to Billboard chart statistics, Chicago is second only to the Beach Boys as the most successful American rock band of all time, in terms of both albums and singles. Judged by album sales, as certified by the R.I.A.A., the band does not rank quite so high, but it is still among the Top Ten best-selling U.S. groups ever. If such statements of fact surprise, that's because Chicago has been singularly underrated since the beginning of its long career, both because of its musical ambitions (to the musicians, rock is only one of several styles of music to be used and blended, along with classical, jazz, R&B, and pop) and because of its refusal to emphasize celebrity over the music. The result has been that fundamentalist rock critics have consistently failed to appreciate its music and that its media profile has always been low. At the same time, however, Chicago has succeeded in the ways it intended to. From the beginning of its emergence as a national act, it has been able to fill arenas with satisfied fans. And beyond the impressive sales and chart statistics, its music has endured, played constantly on the radio and instantly familiar to tens of millions. When, in 2002, Chicago's biggest hits were assembled together on the two-disc set The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning and the album debuted in the Top 50, giving the band the distinction of having had chart albums in five consecutive decades, the music industry and some music journalists may have been startled. But the fans who had been supporting Chicago for over 30 years were not.

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Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.
You're the Inspiration Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:50 $1.29
2.
25 or 6 to 4 Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 4:49 $1.29
3.
Hard to Say I'm Sorry / Get Away Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 5:06 $1.29
4.
If You Leave Me Now Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:56 $1.29
5.
Saturday In the Park (Remastered Ver.. Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:55 $1.29
6.
Does Anybody Really Know What Time I.. Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:19 $1.29
7.
Hard Habit to Break Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 4:44 $1.29
8.
Will You Still Love Me? (Single Vers.. Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 4:13 $1.29
9.
Colour My World Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:00 $1.29
10.
Look Away Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 4:01 $1.29
11.
Feelin' Stronger Every Day Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 4:14 $1.29
12.
Beginnings Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 6:26 $1.29
13.
Make Me Smile Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 4:27 $1.29
14.
I Don't Wanna Live Without Your .. Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:57 $1.29
15.
Just You 'n Me Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:42 $1.29
16.
Old Days Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:29 $1.29
17.
Hard to Say I'm Sorry Best of Chicago (40th Anniv.. 3:41 $1.29
18.
(I've Been) Searchin' So Lon.. Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 4:28 $1.29
19.
Saturday In the Park Chicago V (Remastered) 3:55 $1.29
20.
Wishing You Were Here Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 4:35 $1.29
21.
I'm a Man Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 5:41 $1.29
22.
Call On Me Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 4:02 $1.29
23.
Stay the Night Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:51 $1.29
24.
Love Me Tomorrow (Single Remastered .. Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:58 $1.29
25.
Baby, What a Big Surprise Very Best of Chicago – Only.. 3:02 $1.29

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