We're Ready

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"We're Ready"
Single by Boston
from the album Third Stage
B-side "The Launch"
Released December 1986
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1981 at Hideaway Studios
Genre Hard rock, soft rock
Length 3:58
Label MCA
Writer(s) Tom Scholz
Producer(s) Tom Scholz
Boston singles chronology
"We're Ready"
"Can'tcha Say (You Believe in Me)"

"We're Ready" is a song written by Tom Scholz that was first released on Boston's 1986 album Third Stage. It was released in December 1986 as the second single from the album, following up on the #1 hit "Amanda." "We're Ready" itself reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also reached #2 on the Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[1] Billboard Magazine also named it as the #24 "Top Rock Track" for 1987, one position ahead of another song off of Third Stage, "Cool the Engines."[2] It also reached #12 on the Cashbox chart.[3] In Canada, it reached the Top 25 in RPM magazine's Top Singles chart.[4][5]

Lyrics and music[edit]

Described by New York Times critic Jon Pareles as a "rock ballad," "We're Ready" was written as early as 1981, earlier than the other songs on Third Stage except "Amanda."[6][7] The song ends with the sound of church bells, which are played by Scholz on electric guitar.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic critic Vik Iyengar claimed that "We're Ready" is one of the songs on which Third Stage "works on all cylinders" and "sounds great."[8] Critic Mark Madden of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted that it is a "radio favorite" and described it as "a slightly harder rocker with an exhilarating vocal hook."[9] Lakeland Ledger critic Phillip Booth praises the impact of the dual lead guitar work on the song by Scholz and Gary Pihl.[10] Peter B. King of The Pittsburgh Press calls "We're Ready" Third Stage's best tune and praises the song as "a classic example of the invigorating, rocking but melodic music that is Boston's forte."[11] Jerry Spangler of The Deseret News regards "We're Ready" as one of the best songs in Boston's rock 'n' roll style.[12]

"We're Ready" later appeared on a number of multi-artist compilation albums, such as Time-Life's Sounds of the Eighties: 1987 and Madacy's Best of the 80's.[13][14] It was also covered on the tribute album Smokin': A Bluegrass Tribute to Boston.[15] However, despite its success "We're Ready" was omitted from Boston's 1997 Greatest Hits album, for which the San Antonio Express criticized the package.[16]


Chart (1987) Peak
Canadian Top singles 25[4][5]
US Billboard Hot 100 9[1]
US Mainstream Rock 2[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Third Stage awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Top Rock Tracks". Billboard Magazine. December 26, 1987. p. 16. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  3. ^ Downey, P., Albert, G. & Hoffmann, F.W. (1994). Cash box pop singles charts, 1950-1993. University of Michigan. p. 34. ISBN 1563083167. 
  4. ^ a b "RPM 100 Singles". Library and Archives Canada. February 14, 1987. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  5. ^ a b "RPM 100 Singles". Library and Archives Canada. February 21, 1987. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  6. ^ Pareles, J. (July 4, 2012). "Rock: Boston in Concert at Byrne Arena". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  7. ^ a b "Third Stage". bandboston.com. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  8. ^ Iyengar, V. "Third Stage". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  9. ^ Madden, M. (January 16, 1987). "Boston's 'Third Stage' Worth the Wait". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 15. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  10. ^ Booth, P. (October 2, 1987). "Boston Proves a Point". Lakeland Ledger. p. 1C. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  11. ^ King, P.B. (September 12, 1987). "Boston Comes Alive at Arena". The Pittsburgh Press. p. B9. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  12. ^ Spangler, J. (October 31, 1986). "Former Musical Kings Attempt to Climb Back to the Top". The Deseret News. p. 8W. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  13. ^ Kellman, A. "Sounds of the Eighties: 1987". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  14. ^ Phares, H. "Best of the 80's [Madacy 2004]". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  15. ^ "Smokin': A Bluegrass Tribute to Boston". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  16. ^ "Don't Shoot! Give 'Greatest Hits' a Chance". San Antonio Express. August 1, 1997. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 

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