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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 06: Former lead singer of Styx Dennis DeYoung performs onstage during the Unbridled Eve Gala during the 142nd Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for for York Sisters, LLC)

Dennis DeYoung celebrates his birthday today (February 18), and while he may not be with Styx anymore, he’s responsible for some of the band’s biggest hits.  In honor of his birthday, here’s our top five.

 

5.  “Mr. Roboto”

Thanks to this song, most of us know at least one Japanese phrase, and for that, we say, “Dōmo.”

Styx - Mr. Roboto (Music Video)

Lyrics to Mr. Roboto: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto Mata ahoo Hima de Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto Himitsu wo Shiri tai You're wondering who I am (Secret secret, I've got a secret) Machine or mannequin (Secret secret, I've got a secret) With parts made in Japan (Secret secret, I've got a

 

4.  “The Grand Illusion”

It makes sense that the intro to “The Grand Illusion” is, in fact, ridiculously grand.

 

3.  “Babe”

If you don’t think “Babe” is one of the best ballads ever, then we must be on our way, because you’re insane!

 

2.  “Lady”

Speaking of ballads, “Lady” is definitely the strongest in Styx’s arsenal. You gotta love that big chorus, too!

Styx - Lady - 1/28/1978 - Winterland (Official)

Styx - Lady Recorded Live: 1/28/1978 - Winterland - San Francisco, CA More Styx at Music Vault: http://www.musicvault.com Subscribe to Music Vault on YouTube: http://goo.gl/DUzpUF Personnel: James "J.Y."

 

1. “Come Sail Away”

Could it really be any other song? It’s one of the best classic rock sing-a-longs and has one of the best build-ups from beginning to end in all of classic rock, too.

 

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.