The 2010 comedy Grown Ups might have taken a lashing from the critics, but despite the dire reviews, it still managed to take enough at the box office ($271 million) to get the go-ahead for a sequel. As for the soundtrack, it’s an all round winner, featuring an exhaustive lineup of classic rock moments from the likes of AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, The Kinks, and more besides. If you’re ready to revisit some of the finest tunes of the ’70s and ’80s, here’s our ranking of all the songs on the Grown Ups soundtrack.
32. Stan the Man – Adam Sandler
What would the soundtrack to an Adam Sandler movie be without a contribution from the funny man himself?
31. Raga for a Whale – Kamal Engels
Songs don’t get much more relaxing than this eastern-flavored, whale accompanied instrumental.
30. Still Dreaming – After Hours
Find this excellent rock song on After Hours’ debut album, Take Off.
29. I Still Want You – The Del Fuegos
I Still Want You was one of Boston garage rock band’s The Del Fuegos’ biggest hits.
28. To the Night – After Hours
They might not be well remembered these days, but After Hours gave us some standout rock moments back in the ’80s.
27. A Night Like This – The Romantics
A Night Like This might not have broken into the charts, but it’s still one of The Romantics’ best-loved hits.
26. Love Is Alive – Gary Wright
Love Is Alive took Gary Wright to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.
25. When Things Go Wrong – Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
Robin Lane & The Chartbusters released a ton of albums in the early ’80s, but are still remembered best for their single When Things Go Wrong.
24. American Fun – The Stompers
The Stompers have never made much of an inroad in the charts, but they’ve given us some great rock moments over the years, including this classic song from the Grown Ups soundtrack.
23. Count on Me – Jefferson Starship
Jefferson Starship might not have been as critically successful as Jefferson Airplane, but they trumped them in the charts. Released in March 1978, Count on Me gave the band yet another top ten hit to add to their collection.
22. I Could Be Good for You – 707
I Could Be Good For You is one of early 80’s rock band 707’s most memorable hits.
21. Lay It on the Line – Triumph
Lay It on the Line from Triumph’s third studio album Just a Game has been an FM radio staple ever since its release in 1979.
20. Escape (The Piña Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
After slowly climbing up the charts over two months, Escape (The Piña Colada Song) became the last US number one song of the 1970s.
19. Time for Me to Fly – REO Speedwagon
Time for Me to Fly took REO Speedwagon’s lead singer Kevin Cronin 10 years to write. Fortunately, it was worth the wait.
18. Just Can’t Wait – The J. Geils Band
This fusion of old-school rock and synth-pop is one of the highlights of The J. Geils Band’s ninth studio album, Love Stinks.
17. Rock and Roll Never Forgets – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Since reaching the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1997, Rock and Roll Never Forgets has become a staple of classic rock radio.
16. Two Tickets to Paradise – Eddie Money
Up next is Eddie Money’s signature song, Two Tickets to Paradise, which reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.
15. Every 1’s a Winner – Hot Chocolate
It might not be a classic rock moment, but there’s something irresistible about this upbeat confection from Hot Chocolate.
14. Sentimental Lady – Bob Welch
Sentimental Lady first popped up on Fleetwood Mac’s 1972 album Bare Trees, but is best known for the version that appears on Bob Welsh’s debut solo album from 1977, French Kiss.
13. Come Back – The J. Geils Band
Described by NJ 101.5 as an “overlooked 1980 J. Geils gem,” Come Back spent five weeks in the Top 40 in 1980.
12. Devil Woman – Cliff Richard
This song was a worldwide hit for Cliff Richard in 1976.
11. I Do – The J. Geils Band
Another fine contribution from The J. Geils Band next, this time the lovely I Do.
10. Better Things – The Kinks
Ranked by American Songwriter as one of the best break-up songs of all time, 1981’s Better Things gave the Kinks their first entry on the UK charts since 1972.
9. A Life of Illusion – Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh has always been more than just an on-off member of the Eagles, as this solo hit from 1981 proves beyond doubt.
8. Last Child – Aerosmith
Rocks, Aerosmith’s fourth album, captured them at their most raw and most enjoyable. Last Child is one of its highlights.
7. Goodnight Tonight – Wings
Wings might not have been the best band Paul McCartney ever played with, but they still treated us to some top tunes, including this disco-inflected gem from the 1979 album, Back to the Egg.
6. Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
Redbone became the first Native American band to reach the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to this 1974 hit.
5. The Party’s Over – Journey
You can find this classic rock moment on Journey’s first live album, Captured.
4. Just Got Back – Cheap Trick
Just Got Back didn’t chart when it was released as a single in 1980, but it quickly established itself as a firm favorite among Cheap Trick fans.
3. Ready for Love – Bad Company
Catch Ready For Love on Bad Campany’s triumphant debut album, which has certified five-times platinum since its release in 1974.
2. Walk All Over You – AC/DC
Hard rock albums don’t get much better than Highway to Hell. Walk All Over You might not be the best-known song from the album, but it’s still dynamite.
1. Monday Morning – Fleetwood Mac
Album openers don’t get much better than this track from Fleetwood Mac’s multi-platinum selling eponymous album from 1975.