"Half the battle is selling music, not singing it," Rod Stewart once famously said. "It's the image, not what you sing."
Rod Stewart has been blessed with a great voice, stellar songs and quite the image: the soccer-obsessed globe-trotting Lothario, leaving a cavalcade of beautiful women and screaming fans in his wake. It's resulted in one of the most successful careers in music. A glance at his US chart history reveals four No.1 songs, and a full 16 tunes that have made the Top 10. That's a lot of records. When running down his 10 biggest chart hits, the lowest chart position is #5.
Such is the case for the living legend, Rod Stewart. These are his ten biggest hits in America.
1. "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
Stewart's biggest hit stormed to #1 in November 1976, spending a 23 weeks on the chart.
2. "All for Love" (with Sting and Bryan Adams)
This song from the Three Musketeers soundtrack was massive, hitting the top spot on the Hot 100 in January 1994, with a 22-week chart run.
3. "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
Rod was in peak '70s love god mode when he dropped this disco classic that soared to #1 in February 1979.
4. "Maggie May"/"Reason to Believe"
It's an interesting story about Stewart's first big solo hit. "Maggie May" was somehow relegated to the B-side of the song "Reason to Believe." When radio DJs flipped out over the flipside, "Maggie May" became a #1 smash on October 1, 1971 with a 21-week chart run.
5. "Downtown Train"
Rod Stewart had the good mind to cover this Tom Waits song, taking it to #3 in January 1990.
6. "My Heart Can't Tell You No"
Taken from the Out of Order album, this song would climb to #4 in March 1989.
7. "You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)"
It was January 1978 when Stewart hit #1 with this classic acoustic ballad. It spent 22 weeks on the Hot 100.
8. "Have I Told You Lately"
This song from the Vagabond Heart album was a #5 hit in June 1993.
Stewart's '70s sex vibes seeped into the '80s with this sultry tune about succumbing to temptations of the flesh. It spent 20 weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #5 in February 1981.
10. "Young Turks"
This celebration of young love found Rod Stewart and his band moving away from disco and straight into the heart of New Wave with this early '80s hit. "Young Turks" hit #5 in December 1981.