Chicago 16

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Chicago 16
Studio album by Chicago
Released June 7, 1982 (1982-06-07)
Recorded January–April 1982
Genre Rock, adult contemporary
Length 41:51
Label Full Moon/Warner Bros.
Producer David Foster
Chicago chronology
Greatest Hits, Volume II
Chicago 16
If You Leave Me Now
Singles from Chicago 16
  1. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry"
    Released: May 1982
  2. "Love Me Tomorrow"
    Released: September 1982
  3. "What You're Missing"
    Released: 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Chicago 16 is the thirteenth studio album by the American band Chicago, released on June 7, 1982. The album marked the beginning of a new era for Chicago. It is the first album in a decade-long association with new label Warner Bros. Records; the band's first project to be produced by David Foster; and their first bona fide hit album since 1978's Hot Streets, giving the group a significant and lengthy "second wind" in commercial fortunes, in some ways eclipsing their considerable 1970s successes.

The band had realized in 1981 that its commercial appeal and image were at an all-time low, and so they brought in Sons of Champlin frontman/founder Bill Champlin as keyboard player and singer, a man who successfully replaced Terry Kath vocally in the band's sound. The group also retained Chris Pinnick from the Chicago XIV sessions. But it was through the band's manager, Jeff Wald, that producer David Foster would make contact with the band.[2]

Once they agreed to Foster producing their new album (The band had considered him for 1980's Chicago XIV), Foster radically redefined Chicago's sound for the 1980s, with all of the latest technologies and techniques and introducing the significant use of outside songwriters and studio players. (Four members of Toto lent their expertise to the sessions.)

Of all the band's members, Peter Cetera benefitted most from the stylistic changes, having much in common musically with Foster. Their adult contemporary leanings permeated much of Chicago 16, swaying the band further from their ensemble jazz and rock roots and successfully introducing Chicago to a new and younger audience. The Foster/Cetera partnership helped steer Chicago through uncharted waters. The band was moving to a new label after an entire career at Columbia, and it was doing so with a new member (Champlin) and without the late Terry Kath. Robert Lamm was also unavailable for the majority of the album's production because of personal issues, and the once-prolific writer only shared a sole partial writing credit on the release. Percussionist Laudir de Oliveira had also left the band between Chicago XIV and 16.

Upon its June 1982 release, Chicago 16 proved a big hit album, especially as "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" became the band's second #1 US single, and the album ultimately went platinum, reaching #9, rescuing Chicago's career in the process. The single would also be included in its lengthier form "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away" (featuring the hard rocking 'Get Away' tag) on the "Summer Lovers" movie soundtrack. "Love Me Tomorrow" would prove to be another hit single from the album, with the song featuring a lengthy orchestration at the end.

The Rhino remaster does not include the full-length versions of "What You're Missing" and "Love Me Tomorrow." The former was replaced with its single edit, and the latter had one snippet removed near the end. However, it does include a Bill Champlin demo, called "Daddy's Favorite Fool", as a bonus track.

The original UK LP release contains "Rescue You" before "What Can I Say," unlike subsequent releases of this album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What You're Missing"   Jay Gruska, Joseph Williams 4:10/3:29
2. "Waiting for You to Decide"   David Foster, Steve Lukather, David Paich 4:06
3. "Bad Advice"   Peter Cetera, Foster, James Pankow 2:58
4. "Chains"   Peter Cetera, Ian Thomas 3:22
5. "Hard to Say I'm Sorry/Get Away"   Cetera, Foster, Robert Lamm 5:08
6. "Follow Me"   Foster, Pankow 4:53
7. "Sonny Think Twice"   Bill Champlin, Danny Seraphine 4:01
8. "What Can I Say"   Foster, Pankow 3:49
9. "Rescue You"   Cetera, Foster 3:57
10. "Love Me Tomorrow"   Cetera, Foster 5:06/4:58


  • Remember There's Someone Who Loves You was cut from the release. It still remains unreleased.
  • Come On Back was recorded during from the sessions. Still remains unreleased.


Additional personnel



Chart (1982) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[3] 19
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 17
Dutch Albums Chart[5] 33
German Albums Chart[6] 11
New Zealand Albums Chart[7] 24
UK Albums Chart[8] 44
US Billboard 200[9] 9


Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
US Adult Contemporary[9] 1
UK Singles Chart[8] 4
1982 Love Me Tomorrow US Billboard Hot 100[9] 22
US Adult Contemporary[9] 8
1983 What You're Missing US Billboard Hot 100[9] 81


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[10] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[11] Gold 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  11. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Chicago; '16')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
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