Sentimental Street

Album: Seven Wishes (1985)
Charted: 8
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Songfacts®:

  • In a Songfacts interview with Night Ranger lead singer Jack Blades, he told the story behind this song: "'Sentimental Street' is one of my favorite songs that I've ever come up with. In 1975 I moved up to San Francisco, and there's this area out there called the Avenues. When you're driving to the airport in San Francisco, you drive through Golden Gate Park on the way, and then you hit the Avenues. And what they are, they're streets, there's Juda, Kirkham, all these streets that are all alphabetical, but then they cross to like 45th Avenue, 35th Avenue, the Avenues. So I always thought when I was driving there, Wouldn't it be fun to walk down the street, just thinking about life and stuff like that, and have a street called Sentimental Street, where you could walk down that street in your life and just talk about your life. And then I thought about it when I was driving in San Francisco one day, I was like, 'Sentimental Street in the Avenues.' Wouldn't that be fun if that name, Sentimental Street, was one of the names in the Avenues, along with Juda, Kirkham – Sentimental. So that's kind of where the title 'Sentimental Street' in the Avenues came about."
  • Night Ranger had a huge hit on their previous album with the ballad "Sister Christian," so their label was thrilled when they delivered Seven Wishes with "Sentimental Street," which while not quite a ballad, is one of their more easygoing songs and is rife with nostalgia. It was also a big hit and kept them on pop radio.
  • Jack Blades wrote this song, but drummer Kelly Keagy, who also sang "Sister Christian," handled the lead vocal.

Comments: 3

  • Cory from Indianapolis Night Ranger has always been a great combination. Blades , Gillis , Fitz. My older brother got me listening in the 80s and from there. We had a rough life growing up. The only thing we had was music. So this is the only way we could detach from the chaos and dream. Or act like we were in the band singing. It was some awesome artistry to look up to and dream.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1985 {July 6th} a video of Night Ranger's "Sentimental Street" was aired on the ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time "Sentimental Street" was at #15 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, three weeks later it would peak at #8 {for two weeks}, and it spent seventeen weeks on the Top 100...
    It peaked at #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart...
    Between 1983 and 1988 the San Franciscan band had eleven records on the Top 100, two made the Top 10, the above "Sentimental Street" and "Sister Christian" at #5 for two weeks in June of 1984...
  • Shawn from Green Bay, WiGreat song. Didn't realize it was so simple. At times, Keagy seems a little overwhelmed with singing it.
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