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The Best of Times (song)

"The Best of Times" is the first single release from Styx's 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theatre. 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 for four weeks. In the UK, the song just missed the Top 40, peaking at #42 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

"The Best of Times"
Single by Styx
from the album Paradise Theatre
ReleasedJanuary 1981
Songwriter(s)Dennis DeYoung
Styx singles chronology
"Borrowed Time"
"The Best of Times"
"Too Much Time on My Hands"

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.

Despite the song's enormous success along with Show Me The Way, Don't Let it End and Babe, it has not been performed live by the band since singer Dennis DeYoung was dismissed in 1999. DeYoung, however, still performs the song regularly on his solo tours.



  1. ^ List of RPM number-one singles of 1981
  2. ^ "STYX | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company".