On 5 January 1980, “Babe” by Styx was at #6, its highest position in the 80s. Its peak position was #1 in 1979.
I’m torn on Styx. On the one hand, superficially they’re the kind of soft rock band I generally dislike, wall watered down and weak, a perfect candidate for the love theme or end credit to a heartfelt light drama of some sort. But there are Styx songs I like. As for “Babe“… I’m torn. It starts out like something from the Barry Manilow catalogue, with a dribbly keyboard intro and oh-so-sincere vocals. And the lyrics really aren’t anything special; it’s the standard going-away-I’ll-miss-you song. There’s a little bit of magic in “Babe” though, in the little keyboard riff that comes with the end of the chorus (first at 1:51) that’s got a good combination of anticipation and yearning in how it doesn’t quite resolve without the singer’s voice. So, my verdict on “Babe” is that it’s tolerable; I can understand how it got to #1 (Styx’s only #1), but it’s not showing up on any playlist I put together.