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Styx weren’t the only guitar-heavy ’70s act to embrace synthesizers, but they were one of the most enduring and successful examples of rockers going New Wave. That spirit of adventure has been a Styx hallmark since Dennis DeYoung and his friends started playing music together in Chicago during the ’60s. After adding guitarist James “J.Y.” Young in 1970, the band scored some modest regional hits, but their popularity soared in 1975 when guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw joined the group and a major-label record deal propelled the dewy power ballad “Lady” into the Top 10. Grandiose hits such as “Come Sail Away,” which combined brittle piano pirouettes with brawny guitars, led to Styx storming arenas and radio with the pointed “Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)” and the outsider ode “Renegade.” The band enjoyed further commercial success with 1981’s Paradise Theatre and the 1983 LP Kilroy Was Here, which included the digital-prog hit “Mr. Roboto.” Numerous lineup changes ensued over the years, including DeYoung departing and Canadian rocker Lawrence Gowan entering the fold, but Styx have kept their vibrant creative spark alive—and in 2017, they released the prog-leaning hard-rock epic The Mission, a concept album telling the story of astronauts flying to Mars.

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Songs

Renegade

Come Sail Away

Babe

Mr. Roboto

Too Much Time On My Hands

Lady

Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)

The Best Of Times

The Grand Illusion

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"The Grand Illusion" (1977) marked Styx's North American breakthrough, peaking at No. 6 in the US and Canada.

"Come Sail Away" from the album became a top 10 hit in both countries.

"Pieces of Eight" (1978) followed with a No. 6 spot in the US and higher rankings in Canada due to hits like "Renegade" and "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)."

"Cornerstone" (1979) reached No. 2 in the US and Canada, driven by the No. 1 ballad "Babe."

"Babe" also achieved success in the UK, marking their first top 40 hit there.

"Paradise Theatre" (1981) became a No. 1 album in the US and Canada, with hits like "The Best of Times" and "Too Much Time on My Hands."

"Kilroy Was Here" (1983) was their last major hit album, reaching the top 3 in North America and top 10 in Scandinavia.

"Mr. Roboto" from the album became a chart-topper in Canada and a No. 3 hit in the US.

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