10. Mike and the Mechanics, 'The Living Years'
Hit songs don't get much sadder than Mike and the Mechanics' 1989 hit "The Living Years." Written by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford and Scottish songwriter B.A. Robertson, the song is about a new father dealing with the death of his own dad. Throw in Paul Carrack and a children's choir and you have a very unlikely international smash hit. It came out at a time when every project by a current or former member of Genesis seemed to shoot up the charts. The song has been covered dozens of times over the years, by everybody from John Tesh to Alabama.
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