20: If You Leave Me Now – Chicago

NeilTop 30 - Songs Of The 1970s

Entered Top 40s: 3 November 1976
Entry Point: 33
Highest Chart: 1
Weeks In: 22
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Like Electric Light Orchestra, Chicago introduced a more orchestral sound to their music which gave them a distinctive sound during the mid 1970s. In my opinion, whilst they went on to have hits into the 1980’s, this is the very best of Chicago – a band that started out as Chicago Transit Authority, until the Chicago Transit Authority asked if they could have their name back!

A good measure of the quality of this as a song is the fully orchestrated version that you can find on YouTube and other places, featuring former Chicago front man, Peter Cetera – whilst his voice is not what it used to be, the arrangement of the song with more instrumentation stands up very, very well.