There’s no doubt that musician Peter Cetera has made a name for himself. Although he’s now retired, the legacy that he has left behind is nothing short of astounding. For the longest time, he was a key member of the successful band Chicago. With that band, he recorded no less than seventeen albums before launching a solo career that was equally successful. In that capacity, he recorded eight more albums with a number of hit songs. Here are ten of his most popular songs, ranked from number 10 to number one. There’s a YouTube link for each one, making it easy for you to simply click on it and listen to the song whenever you have a moment to do so.
10. Hard Habit to Break (1984)
The lyrics in this song deal with loss. In the song, two people have fallen in love, but the man keeps taking his girlfriend for granted, missing dates and failing to consider her feelings at virtually every turn, always assuming that she will continue to be there no matter what happens. Eventually, she gets tired of putting up with it and she leaves. The song then goes on to explain how he wishes that he had realized what he had before he lost it because now that she’s gone, he can’t cope with the idea of not having her by his side. In short, it’s a song that is meant to teach yourself to be grateful for what you have while you still have it as opposed to assuming that it will always be right there waiting for you.
9. Next Time I Fall (1986)
Here you have a song that talks about making a lot of mistakes in previous relationships. The individual in the song is telling a story about having had numerous relationships that didn’t work out in the past, things that he largely blames on his own errors. He goes on to talk about how he realizes what mistakes he’s made in the past and then when he has a new relationship, he’ll be sure not to make those same mistakes again in the future.
8. Forever Tonight (1995)
If you’ve ever had a relationship that is so important to you that you just want to be able to freeze time and enjoy the moment, then you will probably be able to resonate with the lyrics in this song. It talks about loving someone so much that there is this overwhelming desire to capture that particular moment so that two people can remain in that moment forever.
7. You’re the Inspiration (1984)
This is a song considered by many to be one of the best love songs ever written. Just as the title implies, it talks about a person’s significant other being the inspiration for them becoming a better person. The lyrics go on to mention the fact that because of this individual, the person telling the story is not only happier and more complete, but able to be at their personal best because they are inspired to do so on a daily basis.
6. If You Leave Me Now (1986)
This is a totally different take on a love song. It talks about a person being unable to cope if their significant other decides to leave them. At its core, it’s a song about the feeling that virtually all of us feel at one time or another, that fear that exists somewhere deep down inside that we may lose somebody that we are truly close to and nothing will ever be the same again. For all intents and purposes, it’s a song that resonates with a lot of people because most people have felt this fear at least a few times in their life.
5. Saturday in the Park (1972)
At the very surface, it seems like this is a song about observing an event, but it actually has much more to it than that. It is telling a story about people that have gathered in a park on a Saturday afternoon in order to simply enjoy being together. However, it goes on to chronicle the same types of get-togethers on various Saturday afternoons, over the passage of time. Ultimately, the song is about how these types of things change over time, especially as world events change around them. If you want to dig a little bit deeper, it’s a song about not taking the simple things in life for granted and enjoying those while you can because you never know when something is going to get in the way of the things that you treasure the most.
4. Will You Still Love Me? (1986)
The title of this song is fairly self-explanatory. The lyrics deal with falling in love, but also with that feeling of doubt that most of us have at one time or another, wondering if the person that we love will continue to love us well into our old age. That is especially true with regard to how things might change as time progresses. It’s a song about wanting to have that safety and security of knowing that you’re loved and you always will be, no matter what.
3. 25 or 6 to 4 (1970)
It’s interesting to note that this song is actually about the process of writing songs. If you’ve ever been interested in writing yourself or you just want to know more about the process and how other people approach it, this is a great song that can give you some potential insight.
2. After All (1989)
This is a love song about falling in and out of love, only to fall back in again. The lyrics talk about two people who were once very much in love and then broke up, only to find that life brings them back together again years later. The song goes on to discuss how they rekindle their love and discover that deep down inside, they were in love with one another all along, even when they were apart.
1. Glory of Love (1986)
Here you have a song that talks about not always being able to be physically next to the person that you love the most, yet making a promise to both them and to yourself that you will achieve that goal, no matter what it takes. It’s a song about overcoming obstacles and finding the opportunity to be together in order to honor the person that you truly love, regardless of how much time it takes or how hard it might be to do so. As the title implies, it’s a song that discusses how wonderful and glorious love really is and how it can conquer anything that gets in its way.