Monday, September 16, 2013

"Too Much Time on My Hands" by Styx

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0540
Date:  03/21/1981
Debut:  60
Peak:  9
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock, Arena Rock

Pop Bits:  As their first single from "Paradise Theater" was peaking at #3 ("The Best of Times"), this second single hit the chart. With this song peaking at #9, it became the first time that two singles from a Styx album reached the Top 10. This song also reached #2 on the new Mainstream Rock chart.

ReduxReview:  This was a great one-two punch for the band. Dennis DeYoung's theatrical ballad followed by this Tommy Shaw rocker. They ended up kind of hating each other and tearing apart the band, but it was their yin-yang that made Styx what they were. This was their last great rock single.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Although group member Tommy Shaw has written and sung lead on many Styx tracks, this was the first song he wrote and sang lead that became a Top 10 hit for the group. His previous best-effort as songwriter/singer for the group was 1979's "Renegade," which peaked at #16.



  1. 9/10 for me, I agree with you that this was their last great single of their career, I wasn't really big on their later singles, I also prefer Tommy Shaw on lead vocals over Dennis Deyoung when it comes to Styx.

    1. It depends on the song. I like their rock tunes sung by Shaw, but the ballads and pop stuff by DeYoung.