Too Much Time on My Hands

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"Too Much Time on My Hands"
Single by Styx
from the album Paradise Theatre
B-side "Queen of Spades"
ReleasedMarch 1981
Genre Rock
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Tommy Shaw
Producer(s) Styx
Styx singles chronology
"The Best of Times"
"Too Much Time on My Hands"
"Nothing Ever Goes as Planned"

"Too Much Time on My Hands" is the second single released from Styx's 1981 triple-platinum album Paradise Theatre . It was written and sung by Tommy Shaw, who also plays the lead guitar solo during the break in the song. The inspiration for its lyrics came from Shaw's experiences in a bar in Niles, Michigan, U.S. [1]


It reached #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in May 1981, [2] No. 2 on the Top Rock Tracks chart, and No. 4 on the RPM Top Singles chart of Canada.


The song enjoyed a small revival when The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon started talking about the music video after hearing the song on the radio in April 2016. [3] [4] This culminated with the episode on April 29, 2016 when Fallon showed a shot-by-shot reenactment of the video with him and guest Paul Rudd on the show. [5] In this video Fallon plays the part of Dennis DeYoung and Rudd plays Tommy Shaw, with A.D. Miles as James Young, Seth Herzog as John Panozzo, and Gerard Bradford as Chuck Panozzo. [6] [7] Tommy Shaw has commented positively and said he was impressed with Fallon's vocals. [8]

The song was heard in the Close Enough episode "Snailin' It".


Weekly charts

Chart (1981)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) [9] 67

Year-end Charts

Year-end chart (1981)Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard) [10] 54

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