Hot Classic Rock by The Smooth Operators

Aurora De Leon
Classic rock is a radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. In the United States, the classic rock format features music ranging generally from the mid-1960s to the late 1980s, primarily focusing on commercially successful hard rock popularized in the 1970s.

The Smooth Operators emphasize the melodic or pop/rock side of the genre. The tracks we chose are tightly constructed, with no wasted space or prolonged detours from the melodic hooks. The production of the songs is clean, polished, and bright, making full use of the advances in recording technology and technique. In the 1990s, pop/rock became largely the province of well-established veterans, as alternative rock, urban R&B, hip-hop, and teen pop took over the pop charts to the exclusion of most everything else.


Roxy Music – Dance Away (1979)
Al Stewart – If It Doesn’t Come Naturally, Leave It (1976)
Jeff Harrington – Kristi (1975)
Heart – Dreamboat Annie (1976)
Dane Donohue – Can’t Be Seen (1978)
Larry Lee ‎– Don't Talk (1982)
Wings ‎– Listen To What The Man Said (1975)
The Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music (1972)
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop (1977)
REO Speedwagon – Out Of Season (1980)
Ninja Sex Party – Orgy For One (2018)
Night – Hot Summer Nights (1979)
Daryl Hall + John Oates – Family Man (1982)
Sweet ‎– Tom Tom Turnaround (1971)
The Walker Brothers ‎– Shutout (1978)
Boz Scaggs – Lido Shuffle (1976)
The Guess Who ‎– American Woman (1970)
Steve Miller Band – Take The Money And Run (1976)
Cate Bros. – Give It All To You (1976)
Edgar Winter Group – Free Ride (1973)
Toto – Pamela (1988)
Lauren Wood – Nothin’ But A Heartache (1979)
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Breakdown (1976)
Diesel – Sausolito Summernight (1980)
Christopher Cross – Ride Like The Wind (1979)
Sons of Champlin – For A While (1976)
ELO – Showdown (1973)
Carly Simon – You’re So Vain (1972)
Airplay – Nothin’ You Can Do About It (1980)
Santana – I’ll Be Waiting (1977)
Con Funk Shun – California 1 (1981)


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