First Hit #1: November 8, 1986
Boston’s Amanda is relatively rare in that it’s a song from the MTV era that ascended to the top of the charts without a music video. Yet, it’s not rare at all, because it’s a Boston song and they do this kind of thing a lot. It’s a heartfelt love song, like More than a Feeling – which I unabashedly enjoy – but instead about Amanda. It’s actually sort of cute, as the singer professes his love for Amanda through song. I almost want there to be a real Amanda, and the entire thing was an attempt to seduce her via a song on the radio. It’s firmly stuck in its era, and I’m kind of tired of the big power ballads at this point, but Amanda gets through my defenses. It’s trying for big moments, but it has a certain charm and style that makes it somewhat endearing. I like it, in spite of all of my instincts telling me not to. It might not be the cool kid, but it’s got charm anyway.