Don’t Look Back – Boston | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#4); 1978

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

1978 was not an easy year for classic rock tracks: of the 48 songs that reached the Top 5, only five – one from The Rolling Stones, two by Foreigner, a Queen track, and Boston’s Don’t Look Back – were bona fide rock ‘n’ roll.

In the wake of Boston’s breakthrough success with More Than A Feeling much ado was made about Tom Scholz’ degree from MIT, implying that his music was computer generated.

In fact, Tom used his brain power to create a distinctive sound for his guitar, whereas the music itself flowed solely from Tom’s songwriting and producing creativity. Compared to Boston‘s gestation period of seven years, Tom completed Don’t Look Back, in a “mere” two.

For Don’t Look Back – the single – Tom bypassed the customary intermediate demo stage, laying down the tune’s musical elements directly onto the master tape. Don’t Look Back, the album, topped its chart and sold over seven million copies, while the like-titled single peaked at #4.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Tom Scholz

Lyrics Written by:

  • Tom Scholz