Hans Worst Hits of the 80’s- Hello- by Lionel Richie. Actually I am just picking out a later day Lionel song- one of his many One word title big hits- none of them are really bad to be honest- but I just want to point out a bad trend in his music- too many glacially slow songs that were beginning to sound way too much the same. I liked for the most part Richie’s work with The Commodores in the late 70’s and his early solo work- my two favorites being Easy and Sail On- both mid tempo songs. Then there were the Richie- written and sung slow songs that went to #1- Three Times A Lady and Still -two songs that were so slow its a wonder they didn’t stall out. But I didn’t notice this trend until his solo career- Truly his first solo single- went to #1- another one word- incredibly slow ballad. Hello is the same. Richie did have some more uptempo hits but I think -although they were successful these slow songs began to sink his career. As hot as his solo career was at the start it stalled out in the mid 80’s a couple album in. Why? I think America grew tired sound-a-like ballads. I knew I was. Again- are any of those songs awful? No- Richie was a good songwriter- they were decent enough songs but enough is enough. Up the tempo Lionel.