The Best of Times (song)

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"The Best of Times"
Single by Styx
from the album Paradise Theatre
B-side Lights
Released 1981
Recorded 1980
Genre Progressive rock, soft rock
Length 4:17
Label A$M
Writer(s) Dennis DeYoung
Styx singles chronology
"Borrowed Time"
"The Best of Times"
"Too Much Time on My Hands"

"The Best of Times" is the first single release from Styx's 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theater. It reached #1 in Canada on the RPM national singles chart, their second #1 in that country,[1] and #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The basic melody line for "The Best of Times" is used in two other places on the album: As a bold greeting to the listener in "A.D. 1928", and a softer, more subdued version for the farewell track, "A.D. 1958".

The song was featured in the 1999 movie Big Daddy, in which Adam Sandler's character, as well as Sandler himself, is a Styx fan.


Preceded by
"The Tide Is High" by Blondie
Canadian RPM number-one single
March 7, 1981 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Woman" by John Lennon