16 Strokes: The Best of Billy Squier
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 14, 2000
I think either people have forgotten about Billy Squier or they discredit his music-making abilities. I am not either type of person. I have nearly all of Squier's albums, and though I feel he isn't the greatest musician of all time, I do think he deserves credibility. This one disc hits collection is perfect for those who only want Squier's 4 top 40 hits: "The Stroke", "In The Dark", "Everybody Wants You" and "Rock Me Tonight" plus some other gems like "My Kinda Lover", "Don't Say You Love Me", "Love Is The Hero", "Emotions In Motion", "Don't Let Me Go", "She Goes Down" and "Tied Up". While not as comprehensive as the "Reach For The Sky" two disc compilation, "16 Strokes" is sufficient in quality and comprehensiveness for those who are only looking for the hits. The only problem with this compilation is that it doesn't include anything from Squier's 1993 cd "Tell The Truth" nor his 1998 cd "Happy Blues". It also doesn't include anything prior to 1981's "Don't Say No". I don't often hear Squier's music on 80's radio stations and that's a disappointment because he, like Loverboy, Scorpions, Survivor, Def Leppard, The Tubes, Saga, Rush and others deserve to have their retro time again. But for now, this compilation will have to do.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2000
16 Strokes is an excellent compilation of Billy Squiers' all-time greatest hits. All of the songs on the CD hit high on the charts or at least got substantial airplay in the 80s and 90s. His strongest hits on the CD are his earlier ones, but you'll find yourself listening to the CD and saying "oh yeah, I remember that one" when you listen to the second half of this collection. It wasn't until I was listening to the radio and heard "Lonely is the Night" that I realized the song wasn't on this CD. Failing to include that huge hit was either a blunderous oversight by the record label or a genius act to keep fans wanting more so they go back to purchase the "In The Dark" CD. This would have been a 5-star CD with that hit included. It is sure to be his signature song as time goes on. In this reviewer's opinion, this CD is definitely worth the money, but you just can't help not feeling at least a little bit taken... one more stroke wouldn't have hurt.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2002
Billy Squier rocked in the 1980's. "Don't Say No" came out in 1981 and most of America was hooked. "Emotions In Motion" followed soon there after and Squier was riding the huge wave of success. His hits have been far and few between since then. Squire does rock on "In The Dark", "My Kinda Lover", "Everybody Wants You", "Don't Say You Love Me" and a few others. Easily his best and most popular release, "Don't Say No" suprisingly only has 3 cuts here on this "16 Strokes (Best Of)" disc. This is a shame. One of his best hits "Lonely Is The Night" is strangely absent... as are great rockers "Too Daze Gone" and "Whadda You Want From Me". From "Emotions In Motion", possibly the best song (and a big hit for him) "Learn How To Live" is missing here. Also, if you want to give Billy Squier his just dues, how about throwing a few tunes on this disc from "Tale Of The Tape" (1980) or anything from his Piper days. Any way you slice Squier you get some fun rocking songs, plenty of finger snaps, and drum sticks clinking together. He knows how to write a good pop tune. All 16 songs here bare his name as writer/creator. I give this disc 3 stars due to 2 missing classic songs (mentioned above); absolutely NO liner notes - you'd never know who his bandmates where, which songs came from which albums, the year they were released... etc; and 5 throw-away songs (tracks 12-16). Squier's "Reach For The Sky (Anthology)" is very good... it includes ALL his best work... but 2 discs is probably too much.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2010
There's a general story about Billy Squier that is accepted among rock fans. He broke big with "The Stroke," played great bone-crunching rock n' roll for a few years, and then made a really gay music video that killed his career overnight. That story is only partially correct, and the compilation 16 Strokes helps prove it.

The first half of this disc is perfect. One great Squier hit after another rolls out, from "The Stroke" to "My Kinda Lover" to "Everybody Wants You" to "Rock Me Tonight" (although inexplicably, "Lonely Is the Night" is missing). Then it hits a dry spell right after the disc's midway point, with only a couple catchy songs to lift up the album.

That is the real explanation behind Squier's career misfortune after "Rock Me Tonight." His career could have recovered from the awful video for that song, but he didn't have the strong material to make it happen. While "Don't Say you Love Me" and "Tied Up" are good songs, they don't approach the quality of his earliest singles.

Which, in turn, reveals the fatal flaw in this compilation; it wears out its welcome too soon. I think it would have been a better disc had it been shortened to 12 tracks, and with the addition of "Lonely Is the Night."
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Billy Squier's anthology "16 Strokes" ought to be re-titled "8 Strokes and 8 Misses," for that more adequately describes the music contained therin. Squier scored success in the early 1980s as a shaggy-dooed and somewhat less polished Bon Jovi, starting with the 1981 album "Don't Say No," and the huge hit "The Stroke," (hence the title of the anthology). Arranged chronologically, the first half of the anthology is drawn from that album, as well as follow ups "Emotions and Motion" and "Signs of Life," which contain all of Squier's successful and semi-successful hit singles.
After that, there is little that anyone other than a diehard fan would ever want to hear more than once. The latter songs sound exactly like the earlier hits--minus the catchy hooks. Even the song titles (examples: "Love is the Hero," "Don't Say You Love Me, "Don't Let Me Go," "(L.O.V.E.) Four Letter Word") are tedious. Also, the CD booklet is remarkably skimpy, containing little information and no lyrics sheet.
Overall, an overly generous anthology from a relatively minor hard rock artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2008
This compilation may be called The Best of Billy Squier but the title is inappropriate. The first six tracks, all from Don't Say No and Emotions in Motion, are hard rock heaven with the big hit "The Stroke", the killer riff rocker "Everybody Wants You", the funk/rock of "Emotions in Motion", and the dramatic "In The Dark", among them. Then the album really goes downhill. "Rock Me Tonight" is a good pop/rocker and would be his last big hit. The tracks "Don't Say You Love Me" and the power ballad "Don't Let Me Go", both from 1989's Hear and Now, are also very good. The rest of the album is really weak as the decent rocker "All Night Long" is ruined by the heavy keyboards while "Love Is the Hero" sounds like something John Parr ("Naughty Naughty") would have recorded. Other songs like "She Goes Down", "Tied Up", and "(L.O.V.E.) Four Letter Word" are extremely mediocre. There are so many great songs that could have replaced the cheesy tracks present ("Lonely is the Night", "Keep Me Satisfied", "Nobody Knows", "Learn How to Live", etc). Bottom line: Just pick up Don't Say No and Emotions in Motion and download the three other good songs here and you'll have the best of Billy Squier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I always thought "The Stroke" was a lame, novelty song. Usually, whenever I would hear Billy Squire songs, I turned them off thinking that he is a weak, fluff artist. I was totally wrong.

When you hear his best songs in a "greatest hits" compilation, it is obvious that Squire is a great songwriter and capable of writing very catchy pop songs (with a faux edgy sheen placed onto them). He's a singles artist that, when you hear all the singles put together, you notice that the guy's got alot of great hit songs. His music is similar to Def Leppard's where he takes ultra catchy, syrupy harmonies, and then "rocks" them out

Sometimes a greatest hits compilation places an artist in a proper context where, when all the good songs are lined up, you just gotta respect the material (like with "Eddie Money")

Although it took some work, Billy, you have converted me and I like your hits...even "the stroke". Billy Squire is an underappreciated songwriter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 1999
16 strokes is 16 stars in the ratings. Billy Squier does Rock as it should be done! Plain and simple. The punks of today could learn everything if they would just listen to his work. The Stroke, In the Dark, Everybody Wants You and Don't Say You Love Me just pound to the heartbeat of Rock! You can hear the Billy Squier inspirational view of the great ones like Ted Nugent from the days when Rock was lead guitar SWEET! 16 Strokes is a definite recommended buy to one and all. THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL AS IT IS.......the rest is pretender.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 1998
Why wasn't Billy more popular back in the day?! This collection is a dream for anyone looking for kickin' rock that never stops! Especially "Everybody wants You" - for those of us who spent the '80s in a powdery-champagne haze, it truly sums up our lives! Get this Billy!!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2000
As with the other "best of" collection, it's missing "You Should Be High Love", "Lonely is the Night" & "Learn How to Live". The most complete collection is the REACH FOR THE SKY anthology.
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