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100 Greatest "Classic" R&B/Soul Songs

Criteria: - R&B/Soul Songs - Chosen for their impact, influence and quality in R&B from 1950-1979 (excluding songs with a clearly pop slant).

Newly added names are in Red

Edited By: Sampson
Last Updated: 8-17-04


100 Greatest R&B Soul Songs
  1. Respect - Aretha Franklin
  2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  3. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
  4. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  5. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
  6. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
  7. Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
  8. Shake, Rattle, & Roll - Big Joe Turner
  9. My Girl - The Temptations
10. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
11. In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
12. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
13. Sixty Minute Man - The Dominoes
14. Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
15. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
16. Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas
17. One Nation Under A Groove - Parliment Funkadelic
18. Reach Out, I'll Be There - The Four Tops
19. It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers
20. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston
21. The Tracks Of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
22. Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
23. Baby Love - The Supremes
24. Why Do Fools Fall In Love? - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
25. Shining Star - Earth, Wind & Fire
26. Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder
27. It's All Right - The Impressions
28. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
29. I Want You Back - The Jackson Five
30. Theme From "Shaft" - Isaac Hayes
31. Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters
32. Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett
33. My Guy - Mary Wells
34. Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
35. Shake A Hand - Faye Adams
36. Chain Gang - Sam Cooke
37. Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton
38. Hold On, I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave
39. Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
40. You Got The Love - Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
41. The Great Pretender - The Platters
42. One Mint Julep - The Clovers
43. Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
44. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
45. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
46. Freddie's Dead - Curtis Mayfield
47. Do You Love Me? - The Contours
48. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
49. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
50. I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
51. Dancing In The Street - Martha & The Vandellas
52. The Things I Used To Do - Guitar Slim
53. Have Mercy Baby - The Dominoes
54. Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
55. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - Solomon Burke
56. Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters
57. Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino
58. Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
59. Do It (Til Your Satisfied) - BT Express
60. Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals
61. This Old Heart Of Mine - The Isley Brothers
62. Express Yourself - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band
63. Fever - Little Willie John
64. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
65. Sh-Boom - The Chords
66. Keep On Truckin' - Eddie Kendricks
67. Soul Man - Sam & Dave
68. Love Rollercoaster - The Ohio Players
69. Come See About Me - The Supremes
70. Hearts Of Stone - The Charms
71. Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
72. Tell Mama - Etta James
73. Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
74. Jimmy Mack - Martha & The Vandellas
75. Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown
76. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
77. Adventures In Paradise - Minnie Riperton
78. Shotgun - Junior Walker & The All-Stars
79. Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang
80. Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler
81. Standing In The Shadows Of Love - The Four Tops
82. Honey Love - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
83. Lean On Me - Bill Withers
84. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) - Otis Redding
85. Love Train - The O'Jays
86. Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
87. Groove Me - King Floyd
88. I Can't Get Next To You - The Temptations
89. Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
90. Low Rider - War
91. Serpentine Fire - Earth, Wind & Fire
92. You Really Got A Hold On Me - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
93. Rainy Night In Georgia - Brook Benton (with Cold Grits)
94. I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
95. C.C. Rider - Chuck Willis
96. Dance To The Music - Sly & The Family Stone
97. Patches - Clarence Carter
98. Take Me To The River - Al Green
99. What Am I Gonna Do With You - Barry White
100. Cold Sweat - James Brown

101. Just One Look - Doris Troy
102. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
103. Bootzilla - Bootsy Collins
104. Mercy Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye
105. We Are Family - Sister Sledge
106. Midnight Train To Georgia - Gladys Knight & The Pips
107. Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
108. Gee - The Crows
109. Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
110. Workin' In A Coal Mine - Lee Dorsey
111. Jim Dandy - LaVern Baker
112. Dedicated To The One I Love - The "5" Royales
113. Chain Of Fools - Aretha Franklin
114. Fannie Mae - Buster Brown
115. At Midnight - Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
116. Rip It Up - Little Richard
117. Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
118. Stop! - Howard Tate
119. He Was Really Sayin' Something - The Velvelettes
120. Mardi Gras In New Orleans - Professor Longhair
121. Cool Jerk - The Capitols
122. Cupid's Boogie - Johnny Otis featuring Little Esther & Mel Walker
123. Betcha By Golly, Wow - The Stylistics
124. Cissy Strut - The Meters
125. Fight The Power - The Isley Brothers
126. If I Could Build My Whole World Around You - Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
127. A Lover's Question - Clyde McPhatter
128. Show Me - Joe Tex
129. Rockin' Chair - Gwen McRae
130. Time Is On My Side - Irma Thomas
131. You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate
132. Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations
133. The Monkey Time - Major Lance
134. Searchin' - The Coasters
135. I'll Be Around - The Spinners
136. I Feel So Bad - Chuck Willis
137. Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
138. TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB
139. Fool, Fool, Fool - The Clovers
140. Choice Of Colors - The Impressions
141. Gabbin' Blues (Don't Run My Business) - Big Maybelle
142. Who's Makin' Love - Johnnie Taylor
143. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
144. Use Ta Be My Girl - The O'Jays
145. One Fine Day - The Chiffons
146. Stoned Love - The Supremes
147. Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
148. Bernadette - The Four Tops
149. Hurt So Good - Millie Jackson
150. Quarter To Three - Gary "U.S." Bonds
151. Lady Marmalade - La Belle
152. Baby Don't Do It - The "5" Royales
153. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show - Honey Cone
154. Twenty Five Miles - Edwin Starr
155. The Fat Man - Fats Domino
156. Oh What A Day - The Dells
157. Band Of Gold - Freda Payne
158. Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee
159. Honey Hush - Big Joe Turner
160. Walk The Dog - Rufus Thomas
161. Where Is The Love - Donny Hathaway (with Roberta Flack)
162. Good Morning Judge - Wynonie Harris
163. Roll With Me Henry (The Wallflower) - Etta James
164. Don't Let Go - Roy Hamilton
165. ABC - The Jackson 5
166. Hollywood Swinging - Kool & The Gang
167. Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl
168. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips
169. Who Do You Love? - Bo Diddley
170. (I Wanna) Testify - Parliment
171. The Love I Lost - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
172. It's Gonna Work Out Fine - Ike & Tina Turner
173. Love Don't Love Nobody - Roy Brown
174. You Lost The Sweetest Boy - Mary Wells
175. Hypnotized - Linda Jones
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Clyde McPhatter
Otis Redding
Wilson Pickett
Tina Turner
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Smokey Robinson
The Temptations
Gladys Knight and The Pips
Dinah Washington
James Brown
Frankie Lymon
Sam and Dave


10 Best R&B Albums of 2013
  1. Beyoncé - Beyoncé
  2. The Electric Lady - Janelle MonĂ¡e
  3. Love In The Future - John Legend
  4. Ciara - Ciara
  5. A Love Surreal - Bilal
  6. Kiss Land Album - The Weeknd
  7. Avalanche - Quadron
  8. Black Panties Album - R. Kelly
  9. Cupid Deluxe - Blood Orange
10. Talk A Good Game - Kelly Rowland
10 Best R&B Albums of 2012
  1. Channel Orange - Frank Ocean
  2. Looking 4 Myself - Usher
  3. Trilogy - The Weeknd
  4. Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys
  5. Kaleidoscope Dream - Miguel
  6. Devotion - Jessie Ware
  7. All of Me - Estelle
  8. Write Me Back - R. Kelly
  9. Landing on a Hundred - Cody ChesnuTT
10. The Bravest Man in the Universe - Bobby Womack
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