Can’t Fight This Feeling
Our favorite decade was chock-full of power ballads, from movie duets like Ann Wilson & Mike Reno’s “Almost Paradise” from Footloose (which we ♥) to hair-metal classics like Night Ranger’s “Sister Christian” (which we, naturally, also ♥)…and then right in between them were the pseudo-heavy slow songs like the one that gets our ♥ today.
REO Speedwagon had plenty of hits in the late 70s and early 80s, but after mid-1982’s “Keep the Fire Burnin'”, they had a bit of a drought…until the release of their album Wheels are Turnin’ in November 1984. Its first single “I Do’ Wanna Know” did okay, but it was an abject failure compared to the syrupy-sweet friend-zone ballad “Can’t Fight This Feelin'”. From its first tinkly notes straight through to its hugely-satisfying power-chord ending, it’s a song that seemed tailor-made for the high school dance circuit during our favorite decade.
Written by lead singer Kevin Cronin some 10 years earlier and dusted off during some REO downtime in Hawaii in early ’84, “Can’t Fight This Feeling” spent a total of 18 weeks on the chart, peaking at the top spot in all the land on March 9, 1985. It spent three weeks at #1, and it marked the last time our favorite 80s-band-named-after-the-early-century-precursor-to-the-pickup-truck topped the charts.
Despite being more than three decades old, “Can’t Fight This Feeling” has continued to enjoy quite the shelf life, most prominently in the Fox hit Glee, as our introduction to Finn Hudson (the late Cory Monteith) in the pilot episode…and then later in ABC’s 80s-tastic hit The Goldbergs.
It’s happy and hopeful and sappy and awesome, and it’s still a classic, so it’s no wonder…
We ♥ Can’t Fight This Feeling.