Peace Of Mind – Boston | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#38); 1977

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Peace Of Mind was the third track released to radio off the record-breaking first album from Boston. Released in August of 1976, Boston quickly obliterated previous sales records, becoming the best-selling debut LP ever.

Masterminded by guitarist Tom Scholz in his 12 track basement studio, Boston emerged fully formed with very little fine-tuning needed to ready it for the public. More Than A Feeling – with its breathtaking sonics and soaring harmonies – quickly took over radio airwaves.

Listener demand for Boston ran high, and deejays obliged by spinning other tracks. Long Time followed Feeling onto FM and AM as the second single.

It only reached #22, however, that chart peak is misleading since consumers were throwing down their money for the album rather than the singles.

The same was true for Peace Of Mind. Meanwhile, Boston was well on its way to the 17 million mark. Even with all that sales action, the idiosyncrasies of chart position computing kept it from hitting #1. Boston topped out at #3.

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:

  • John Boylan
  • Tom Scholz

Lyrics Written by:

  • Tom Scholz