With an esteemed career in rock’n’roll spanning four decades, it’s easy to forget Middlesbrough singer-songwriter Chris Rea was for a time one of the most popular British male artists of the late 80s. Having sold 30 million records worldwide to date, Rea’s flair for mellifluous soft rock and dignified AOR has slowly but surely built him a solid body of work, including dozens of chart hits and one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time. To showcase just how many memorable tunes he has up his sleeve, here are the 30 best Chris Rea songs we feel are worthy of praise.
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30: The Blue Café (1997)
Beleaguered with health problems for most of the mid-90s, Chris Rea’s 1998 album, The Blue Café, was a welcome return to form. The title track saw him revisit his propensity for bluesy slide guitar balladry, swaying breezily to a woozy tempo like George Harrison dabbling in bossa nova. Later asked of his love of the blues, Chris Rea explained in a 1998 interview: “It comes from being unhappy and wondering if there’s a time and place where the angst and aching feelings you get can be relieved.”