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Local Rockers with Heart

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Arts, Culture & Media

Ann and Nancy Wilson, sisters who grew up in the Seattle suburbs and graduated Sammamish High School, have kept a successful music gig going for more than 35 years. Nancy started singing with Hocus Pocus, an American band based in Vancouver, BC. Her younger sister Nancy joined the band in 1974, shortly after it changed its name to Heart. It has been known as Heart ever since, and the sister act from Bothell has been at its core all the way.

[Nancy and Ann are pictured performing at a 2009 concert.]

Ann is known for her melodic yet powerful voice. She can belt out a rock song as good as the best rockers in the business. Nancy is as talented on guitar as her sister is with vocals. Since tomorrow (June 19) is Ann Wilson’s birthday, we’re listing the twenty Heart songs that reached #40 or higher on the music charts.

Two of my favorites didn’t make the list: Dreamboat Annie just missed at #42 in 1976, and Kick It Out peaked at #79 two years later. And many of their songs continue to sell. According to the Apple iStore, Alone and Barracuda are the band’s current best-selling recordings, followed by Crazy On You, Magic Man, Straight On, What About Love, and All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You.

HEART SONGS IN THE TOP 40

Song (Year) Peaked At
These Dreams (1986) # 1 (Mar 22, 1986)
Alone (1987) # 1 (Jul 11, 1987)
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You (1990) # 2
Never (1985) # 4
Who Will You Run To (1987) # 7
Tell It Like It Is (1980) # 8
Magic Man (1976) # 9
What About Love (1985) #10
Nothin’ At All (1986) #10
Barracuda (1977) #11
There’s the Girl (1988) #11
Stranded (1990) #13
Straight On (1978) #15
I Didn’t Want to Need You (1990) #23
Heartless (1978) #24
Even It Up (1980) #33
This Man Is Mine (1982) #33
Dog and Butterfly (1979) #34
Crazy On You (1976) #35
Will You Be There (In the Morning) (1994) #39

SOURCE: The chart rankings were derived from Billboard magazine, the music industry authority on music sales and radio air time. All together, 30 Heart songs made Billboard’s Hot 100.

PHOTO © Steve Campion

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