First Hit #1: August 2, 1986
Peter Cetera, splitting from Chicago, makes a song for the Karate Kid Part II soundtrack. It’s a good move, people in the ’80s love their soundtrack hits, maybe more than any other decade. Also, Karate Kid was a popular film, and had one of the best ’80s soundtrack songs with “You’re the Best”, which is amazingly over the top and a key component of everyone’s exercise playlist. Naturally Peter Cetera couldn’t hope to compete with that, so he makes a ballad about devotion, which almost works.
It’s got a good chorus, which includes references to both fighting and love. Does Karate Kid Part II have a love subplot? Yes, of course it does, and here’s the song that is made to underline that love story while also keeping it vague enough to be about any love. This is a smart move, since it can be marketed even if nobody cares about The Karate Kit Part II (I know, a crazy thought, but possible). What isn’t a smart move is starting the song with some lines about lying beside each other, because nobody wants to think of Ralph Macchio having sex. Sorry, Ralph Macchio, that’s just how it is.