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Charted: March 26, 1977

Rating: 3.778 (average of 12 ratings)

Genre: classic arena rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Feels Like the First Time
  2. Cold As Ice
  3. Starrider
  4. Headknocker
  5. The Damage Is Done
  6. Long, Long Way from Home
  7. Woman Oh Woman
  8. At War with the World
  9. Fool for You Anyway
  10. I Need You


sales in U.S. only 5 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 6.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 4
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Feels Like the First Time (3/26/77) #4 US, #39 UK
  • Cold As Ice (7/23/77) #6 US, #24 UK
  • Long, Long Way from Home (12/10/77) #20 US

Notes: A 2002 Rhino reissue added demos of “Feels Like the First Time,” “Woman Oh Woman,” “At War with the World,” and non-album cut “Take Me to Your Leader.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

“Although punk rock’s furious revolution threatened to overthrow rock’s old guard in 1977, bands like Foreigner came along and proved that there was plenty of room in the marketplace for both the violent, upstart minimalism of punk and the airbrushed slickness of what would be called ‘arena rock.’ Along with Boston, Journey, Heart, and others, Foreigner celebrated professionalism over raw emotion” (Hinds).

“Looking back, it’s easy to see why they sold millions; not everyone in the world was pissed off, dissatisfied with the economy, or even necessarily looking for a change. In fact, for most suburban American teens, Foreigner’s immaculate rock sound was the perfect soundtrack for cruising through well-manicured neighborhoods in their Chevy Novas. The album spawned some of the biggest FM hits of 1977, including the anthemic Feels Like the First Time and Cold as Ice, both of which were anchored – like most of Foreigner’s songs – by the muscular but traditional riffing of guitarist Mick Jones, the soaring vocals of Lou Gramm, and the state-of-the-art rock production values of the day, which allowed the band to sound hard but polished. As pure rock craftsmanship goes, Foreigner was as good as it got in the late ‘70s” (Hinds).

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Last updated April 6, 2008.