Ranking Bryan Adams’ American top forty hits

I knew ranking him would produce fascinating results: here’s a guy with a catalog vast enough to place in every category, and white enough to endure despite its natural redundancy. Resistant to scrutiny, obsequious to a work ethic that encompasses disco boogie, the AOR thud, and pop with an electronic gloss, Bryan Adams can’t help the crap he writes and sings. His rasp is his idea of reality. But he represented a middle ground between Def Leppard and Shania Twain in the Poppy Bush Interzone.

The Hague

Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?
Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
All For Love (with Sting and Rod Stewart)
I Finally Found Someone (with Barbra Streisand)

Meh

Summer of ’69
Please Forgive Me
Victim of Love
Let’s Make a Night to Remember
There Will Never Be Another Tonight
Cuts Like a Knife
Straight from the Heart
Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven
Hearts on Fire

Sound, Solid Entertainment

It’s Only Love (with Tina Turner)
One Night Love Affair
Do I Have to Say the Words?
Heat of the Night

Good to Great

Somebody
This Time
Run to You
Can’t Stop This We Started
Heaven

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