Sweet Songs Ranked

The Sweet (also known as Sweet) is a British glam rock band that rose to worldwide fame in the 1970s. Their best-known lineup consisted of lead vocalist Brian Connolly, bass player Steve Priest, guitarist Andy Scott, and drummer Mick Tucker. The group was originally called Sweetshop. Sweet had their last international success in 1978 with “Love Is Like Oxygen”. Connolly left the group in 1979 to start a solo career and the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1981. From the mid-1980s, Scott, Connolly, and Priest each played with their own versions of Sweet at different times. Connolly died in 1997, Tucker in 2002, and Priest in 2020. Andy Scott is still active with his version of the band. Sweet has since sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Here are all of Sweet songs ranked.

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15. Burning (Sweet Fanny Adams, 1974)

“The boot-stompin’ single for the raucous glam roller, which was backed with the searing metallic shot of “Burning”, went straight to the top of the charts in several European countries in 1973, while peaking at number two in the U.K.”

14. Coco (Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be, 1971)

“This was one of the first songs composed by the songwriting team of Mike Champman and Nicky Chinn. They wrote many of Sweet’s early songs and most of the hits for Suzi Quatro and Smokie.”

13. The 6-Teens (Desolation Boulevard, 1974)

“A song about dreams and chances. About young people and the different ways they take in life. A song with spanish guitars, great electric guitars and Brian’s singing is one the best. The Sweet never had the reputation other rock bands had. But their songs and music still lives on.”

12. Sweet F.A. (Sweet Fanny Adams 1974)

“Everything this particular band did before and after is of debatable quality but in the case of this particular album they are literally on fire, each song being a possible classic and influencing various later genres such as glam metal or punk, almost like a British version of New York Dolls, feminized look included.”

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11. No You Don’t (Sweet Fanny Adams, 1974)

“Sweet managed to put together a bunch of catchy glam tunes, and any of the could have been released as a single. Imaginative and brilliant instrumentation, although Sweet were not virtuous musicians themselves. “

10. Wig-Wam Bam (Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be, 1971)

“Finally, Chinnichap and Phil Wainman got it right. OK, so “Wig-Wam Bam” never actually gets better than its intro, but the affected vocals and glam stomp powering their way towards “Blockbuster!” clearly show what’s in the air.”

9. Hell Raiser (The Sweet, 1973)

“Before Sweet took the ballroom by storm, the group raised hell behind a three-minute blitz of glam glitz on the strength of the Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman penned “Hell Raiser”. The boot-stompin’ single for the raucous glam roller, which was backed with the searing metallic shot of “Burning”, went straight to the top of the charts in several European countries in 1973, while peaking at number two in the U.K.”

8. Teenage Rampage (The Sweet Singles Album, 1975)

“Ludicrous lyric apart (at the time when the UK charts were filled with songs with the word “Teenage” in the title), “Rampage” still ranks as one of Sweet’s best singles. How many times has the word “rampage” made the charts anyway? As ever lead singer Connolly has to make way for a camp aside from bassist Steve Priest, although this time he’s also battling against a mountain of echo and as the apocalyptic end approaches, the paradoxically superimposed screams of their teenybop audience.”

7. Action (Let’s Go, 1995)

“Pulled from the raging _Give Us a Wink_ LP, Sweet’s raucous “Action” is the hottest track from the boys that went from bubblegum, to glam, followed by hard rock, during the turbulent ’70s. “Action” was further confirmation that Sweet were doin’ just fine sans the tag-team of Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman.”

6. Set Me Free (Sweet Fanny Adams, 1974)

“Sweet Fanny Adams also includes some pretty heavy moments. For example the opener “Set Me Free” is a killer fast hard rocker.”

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5. Blockbuster (The Sweet, 1973)

“The lyrics to Blockbuster are about the mass-murderer, Ted Bundy – “You’d better watch out if you’ve got long black hair” Making light of such dark subject matter is so typical of the 1970s, and I wonder just how many parents woyld’ve bought this song for their children, having known what the lyrics actually referred to.”

4. Little Willy (Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be, 1971)

“”Little Willy” is one of Sweet’s biggest sticks of bubble gummy goodness, but the flip unleashes the metal beast struggling to break out of that candy coated shell. With Andy Scott’s mean, harmonized riff grinding away over a tough midtempo groove, “Man From Mecca” is a potent hard rock nugget buried in the Sweet discography.”

3. Love is Like Oxygen (Level Headed, 1978)

“A great song written by Andy Scott and a magnificent lead vocal from a departing Brian Connolly. This was to be Sweets final chart hit. By 1979 Connolly had left the group and Sweet carried on as a trio but were to call it a day by 1981.”

2. Fox on the Run (Desolation Boulevard, 1974)

Fox on the Run is the exact reason I love the Sweet. For much of their career they blended the melodious pop elements of bands like the Hollies with the hard edge of Black Sabbath. Their discography is quite hit and miss but when they were on they created some of the most fantastic Rock & Roll singles of their day. Fox on the Run is definitely one of the best examples of the Sweet hitting the bulls eye. It’s a killer from front to back.”

1. Ballroom Blitz (Desolation Boulevard, 1973)

“‘Ballroom Blitz’ is well known, and honestly is a great hard rocker. It was the track that drew me to Sweet in the first place when I was 12. Shoot, even my Mom thought it a good track, and she hated most of what I listened to. In any case, the track is also on the US versions of Desolation Boulevard.”