Sentimental Street – Night Ranger | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#8) & Mainstream Rock (#3); 1985

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In 1984, Night Ranger took America by storm as (You Can Still) Rock In America, Sister Christian, and When You Close Your Eyes were played night and day on radio and MTV.

Sentimental Street – the lead-off track from NR’s new 7 Wishes album – also soared into the Top 10. Then – as so often happens in rock ‘n’ roll land – Night Ranger became a victim of its own good fortune. With all those Top 40 hits under their belts and tons of adoring MTV fans at their feet, the hard rockin’ band was suddenly viewed as a bunch of wimpy poseurs by rock pundits.

1987’s Big Life barely sold gold a while Man In Motion spent only eight weeks on the album chart in 1988. By the spring of 1989, vocalist/bassist Jack Blades was writing songs with Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent for the first Damn Yankees album and Night Ranger’s ride was over until 1996 when the band reformed with the original line-up.

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:

  • Pat Glasser

Lyrics Written by:

  • Jack Blades
  • Brad Gillis
  • Jeff Watson