For those of you wondering why we have included Michael Bolton in the rock section of this site, a bit of a history lesson is in order (he is also included in the top 40 section as well). Bolton, whose real name is Michael Bolotin, started out in the mid-1970's as a solo artist, and then later as a rock singer in a band called Blackjack. Blackjack released two albums (1979 and 1980) and even opened up for Ozzy Osbourne before disbanding. After Blackjack, Bolton released two more rock-based albums as a solo artist: A self-titled album in 1983 and Everybody's Crazy in 1985. The most known track from his days as a rocker was the song "Fools Game", which charted in the top 100.
Michael Bolton was heading from hard rock to heavy metal in 1983 when he tried out as the lead singer for Black Sabbath (this is not a joke). As history tells us, that gig did not work out, and after writing some hit songs for other singers, such as Laura Branigan, Bolton was convinced his future was on the Adult Contemporary charts. Basically he was told to give up the whole rock and roll idea. By the late 80's, he was well on his way to appealing to both Grandma and Granddaughter.
- 1975: Michael Bolotin
- 1976: Every day of My Life
- 1983: Michael Bolton
- 1985: Everybody's Crazy