At the end of the 1970s, a ballad was the song that captured the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts: Babe by Styx.
Written by Dennis DeYoung, the song was a birthday gift to his wife Suzanne. He recorded the song with two band members, doing all the harmonies himself for the demo.
Not originally thought to be a song for their album Cornerstone, Tommy Shaw and James Young convinced DeYoung to have it redone for inclusion as one of the album tracks.
Cornerstone was the fifth album released by Styx, and Babe became the first single released from the album in September 1979, a month before the album was released in late October.
Babe steadily climbed the Billboard Hot 100 charts, becoming the first (and only) song by Styx to hit number one in the US. The song charted in mid December 1979 for two weeks.
The song also made the top 10 in the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, the top 40 of the UK charts, and climbed Canada’s charts making it the first number one single of the 1980s.
A success for the band and included in film soundtracks, the band has not played the song live since Dennis DeYoung was dismissed from the band in 1999, while DeYoung regularly performs the song in his solo concerts.