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5 Best Styx Songs Written By Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung celebrates his birthday today (February 18.)

While he may not be with Styx anymore, he’s responsible for some of the band’s biggest hits.  In honor of his birthday, here are the five best Styx songs written by DeYoung.


5.  “Mr. Roboto”

Thanks to this song, most of us know at least one Japanese phrase, and for that, we say, “Dōmo.”

Styx - Mr. Roboto (Relaid Audio)

Music video by Styx performing Mr. Roboto. (C) 1983 A&M Records Best of Styx: Subscribe here:


4.  “The Grand Illusion”

It makes sense that the intro to “The Grand Illusion” is, in fact, ridiculously grand.

Styx ~ Grand Illusion (Live)

The Grand Illusion is the seventh studio album by Styx, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). It became the band's first Triple Platinum album, and spawned the Top 10 hit "Come Sail Away" and the Top 30 hit "Fooling Yourself".


3.  “Babe”

If you don’t think “Babe” is one of the best ballads ever, then I must be on my way, because you’re insane!

Styx - Babe 1980

Styx - Babe 1980 Babe I'm leavin' I must be on my way The time is drawing near My train is going I see it in your eyes The love, the need, your tears But I'll be lonely without you And I'll need your love to see me through So


2.  “Lady”

While "Babe" is an incredible ballad, “Lady” is definitely the strongest in Styx’s arsenal. You gotta love that big chorus, too!

Styx - Lady - 1/28/1978 - Winterland (Official)

Styx - Lady Recorded Live: 1/28/1978 - Winterland - San Francisco, CA More Styx at Music Vault: Subscribe to Music Vault on YouTube: Personnel: James "J.Y."


1. “Come Sail Away"

Could it really be any other song? It’s one of the best classic rock sing-a-longs and has one of the best build-ups from beginning to end in all of classic rock, too.

Styx - Come Sail Away

Best of Styx: Subscribe here: Music video by Styx performing Come Sail Away. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 1,893,702. (C) 1977 A&M Records

 Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.