Rod_Stewart_-_Blondes_Have_More_Fun_(album_cover)Rod Stewart – “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – (1978)

This Billboard #1 hit from Rod Stewart incorporates strong disco themes – that is to say, a synth-heavy dance beat. Of all of Rod’s hits, this is among those that I can tolerate most. Strange fact, he donated the royalties from this song (about him asking someone if they think he is sexy) to the United Nations Children’s Fund. Interesting.

Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, & Sting – “All For Love” – (1993)

The movie was The Three Musketeers and I guess Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, and Sting were supposed to be the musical equivalent of the Three Musketeers? Maybe in 1993. Now it seems a little absurd. Let’s look at where they are now: Bryan Adams has all but disappeared off the face of the Earth after a fairly decent and long career. Sting is still a fairly well-liked and well-respected public figure, but he doesn’t put out a lot of new radio-friendly music these days. And Rod Stewart stopped singing original songs over a decade ago – releasing CD after CD of standards. This was a #1 hit on the Hot 100. The title is inspired by the Three Musketeers motto “All for one, and one for all” and was transposed into this romantic soft rock song. Ooookay.

Rod Stewart – “Rhythm of My Heart” – (1991)

Gotta love the use of accordion and bag pipes in the same pop song – especially one that manages to hit #5 on the Hot 100. Vagabond Heart was Rod Stewart’s last real album of note before he turned to just straight up covering classic rock songs on album after album. There were even covers on this album and even this song uses an adaptation of a Scottish poem. Ye gods, has this man ever done anything original? Apparently not since the 1980s.

#99 – Rod Stewart – “Young Turks” – (1981)

Ah, Rod Stewart back when he was still releasing new and original music instead of his semi-annual cover albums full of songs like “Proud Mary” and whatnot. The 1970s Rod Stewart was more of a rocker with a raspy voice. This kicked off the Rod Stewart of the 1980s and 90s who went the more pop route and eventually tried to become a crooner. “Young Turks” almost feels like something from Flashdance with its happening beat. It’s interesting to note that this was the first music video to feature break dancing – for whatever that’s worth.