First Hit #1: October 23, 1976
If You Leave Me Now is a bit of sensitive soft rock that tries a bit too hard to be sensitive. I kind of like the sound of it, but Peter Cetera’s lyrics just make him sound needy, rather than being a portrait of true love or even real affection. I get what he’s trying to do, making a song about trying to stave off the end of a relationship, but instead he’s making a song that makes it completely justified for the other person to leave them. The desperation in the song makes the singer undesirable.