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Don't Say No

Billy Squier

1981

Don't Say No
Album Summary

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Don't Say No is the second studio album by Billy Squier, released on April 13, 1981. It stands as Squier's biggest career album, including the hits "Lonely Is the Night", "In the Dark", "My Kinda Lover" and "The Stroke". The album hit the Top Five on the Billboard album chart and remained on the chart for over two years (111 weeks). "The Stroke" was the first single, reaching number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100, and an even bigger hit at rock radio, hitting number 3 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The song even dented the British Pop charts, rising to number 52. The video for "The Stroke" ā€” as most of the music videos from both Don't Say No and its follow-up, Emotions In Motion ā€” is a straight-ahead performance piece, featuring Squier on an arena stage. Billy's many videos were staples on the then brand-new channel known as MTV which brought him increased popularity. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA for 500,000 sales in July 1981 and Platinum two months later. Though multi-platinum awards were not certified prior to 1984, Don't Say No belatedly received a Triple Platinum award in 1992, certifying sales of over 3 million US copies. A cover of "Lonely Is the Night" is a playable track in the PlayStation 2 video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s and the master recording is playable in Guitar Hero 5 and Rock Band 4.

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Rating

3.48

Votes

61

Genres

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock

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Thu May 23 2024
5

What a great album. I remember well when it hit the airwaves back in the day. I tried to resist, mistakenly believing that anything this popular must be trash. I could only resist for so long because it's just that good. It's like Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were reincarnated in a single person. Great selection for an addition to this list, shouldn't have been overlooked. 5 stars.

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Thu May 23 2024
5

Stroke! I've never heard this album before, but I love this kind of almost-AOR stuff. I should've checked this out a long time ago tbh. 5/5 and thank you!!

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Mon Jun 24 2024
5

This album takes me back to 1981 again. Every songs is so great. This has always been an absolute favorite of mine and I don't think I've heard it in years. Standouts: The Stroke, Lonely Is the Night, In the Dark, My Kinda Lover, Nobody Knows, Whadda You Want from Me, You Know What I Like, Too Daze Gone, I Need You, Don't Say No. (Yep, that's every song...) 5/5

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Mon Jun 24 2024
5

One of the best of the 1980s. Billy is more than just THE STROKE. Great guitars on this whole album and Nobody Know (Song for John Lennon) is so perfect. His next album had some good tracks but this was absolutely his best. Strong FIVE for me.

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Thu May 23 2024
4

Never quite registered how many of these songs I had heard over the years. A classic rock power house! If you had asked me this morning "who is billy squier" I would have said "no idea".

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Thu May 23 2024
4

This was an absolute treat! Completely unknown to me, yet sounding oh so familiar. If you're into Led Zeppelin like me, this is a sure shot. Impressive how Billy is able to almost reach Led Zep levels, yet not make it sound like a cheesy coverband. I will be revisiting this one for sure. Multiple times. Thanks so much for bringing this one to this list!

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Sat Jun 15 2024
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: My kinda lover, You know what I like, Whadda you want from me

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Sat Jul 06 2024
3

A different take on 80s rock that I enjoyed - no wild vocals, no dated synths, just a solidly rock LP with some minor glam stylings. Iā€™d heard of Squier before but had never listened to any of his tracks knowingly, so appreciate this actually worthwhile classic rock addition.

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Sun Jul 07 2024
4

Great choice! I was excited to see this one, not because I think it's the greatest album ever, but because it belongs here. Don't Say No was wildly popular when it came out and its songs have become a staple of classic rock radio over the years. Whether you like him or not, Billy Squier is a huge part of the rock sound of the early 80s, a sound that the editors of the 1001 list have made a point of ignoring completely. Tight hook-laden production, with a strong pop sensibility that also rocks surprisingly hard at times. Billy Squier is a compelling, swaggering frontman who also knows his way around a guitar. Sort of a polished take on Led Zeppelin, but in the best ways. Fave Songs: The Stroke, My Kinda Lover, In the Dark, Lonely Is the Night, Whadda You Want from Me, Nobody Knows

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Wed May 22 2024
3

This is so utterly exemplary of this era/genre/vibe, yet none of these hit me as true instant-recognition ubiquitous hits. It's all just too played out for me to be into it much. Nothing against it but I don't really need to listen to any more of this kind of music for this lifetime.

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Wed May 22 2024
3

Pleasant radio friendly rock.

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Wed May 22 2024
3

A lot of other people have said what I might say, but I will add, it was fun to learn where the sample in Eminem's "Berzerk" came from!

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Thu May 23 2024
3

Gold-standard AOR of its time, hard rock style surrendered totally to a pop LP costume. Squier even feels like a character, playing what he says instead of believing it. The few peaks are nicely packaged in their respective songs.

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Thu May 23 2024
3

Good eighties rock in all its splendor, with rhythmic songs and also gives us the Lonely classic!

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Thu May 23 2024
3

Was into this at first, but it mostly turned into Zeppelin worship as it went on.

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Thu May 23 2024
2

I'm afraid I have to disagree with my fellow user in this group. Although it sounds good, it's a total Led Zep ripp-off. In at least three songs I hear a riff or vocal line that sounds exactly like that. No, this I cannot approve.

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