HD” upload_time=”2012-09-23T00:07:42.000Z” description=”‘Hard to Say I’m Sorry’ is a 1982 Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit ballad performed by American rock group Chicago, written by band member Peter Cetera and producer” duration=”PT3M42S”]”Hard to Say I’m Sorry” is a 1982 Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit ballad performed by American rock group Chicago, written by band member Peter Cetera and producer David Foster from the album Chicago 16, released in 1982. The song hit number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 11 of that year. It was their first top fifty hit since “No Tell Lover” in 1978. The song, as well as the album on which it is featured, was a marked departure from Chicago’s traditional soft rock, horns-driven sound, taking on a more polished and modern feel. There were minimal horns on the track, instead featuring more layered synthesizers and heavier distorted electric guitars in a more updated 1980’s fashion. This was done to revitalize the band that was considered by some to be past its commercial prime at the time. The album version of “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” segued into a second song titled “Get Away,” which was closer to the older horn-driven Chicago sound.