When you are trying to come up with a list of “The Best” anything, you face troubles. Especially, when it comes to soul music. There is a great amount of fantastic soul songs and albums, and we will dare to compose a list of the most beloved ones right here. This list is essential for those who are looking for something extraordinary!
James Brown – Please, Please, Please
Please, Please, Please is the song of the most famous soul and R&B singer James Brown and the Famous Flames. It was written by James and Johnny Terry and released as a single in 1956. This song was rated #6 on the R&B charts and later became the artist’s signature.
Stevie Wonder – Blame It on the Sun
Blame It on the Sun is a song from the fifteenth album released by Stevie Wonder in 1972. This award-winning album is full of hits that brought him even more success and fame. Of course, Blame It on the Sun is one of those hits.
The Deflonics – Ready or Not
Ready or Not is a single released by American R&B band The Deflonics. This track was released in 1968 and it’s producer was Thom Bell. The song became #35 on the pop chart of Unite States and #41 in the United Kingdom.
Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing
Sexual Healing was recorded in 1982 by American artist Marvin Gaye. Critics, as well as the audience, claimed that this song is one of the hottest songs in the history of soul and R& B music. Rolling Stone listed it at #233 in the list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Isaac Hayes – Walk on By
Walk on By is a song initially composed by Burt Bacharach and the lyrics were written by Hal David. Dionne Warwick was the first artists to record it in 1964. In 1969, Isaac Hayes covered it and this version received the #30 place on the Hot 100 Chart.
Barry White – Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up is a song created and recorded by Barry White. It belongs to his second album, Stone Gon’, which was released in 1973. That year Never, Never Gonna Give You Up was released as a single in the USA and reached #2 on the Hot R&B Songs Chart.
Ray Charles – Georgia on My Mind
Georgia on My Mind is an American song composed in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell. In 1960, Ray Charles covered this song for his record The Genius Hits the Road. This version became a major hit.
Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone
Aint No Sunshine When She’s Gone is a song composed and recorded by Bill Withers for his album Just As I Am (1971). Later, the song was released as a single and became the most well-known hit of Withers. On the US R&B Chart, this track reached #6.
Wendy Rene – After Laughter
Wendy Rene has written her first single After Laughter (Come Tears) with her brother. It was released in 1964 and became a hit among their local community. Despite the fact that it failed to appear in the global R&B chart, it is well-known and adored by soul music lovers till this time.
Nina Simone – Feelin’ Good
Feelin’ Good is a song created by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. It was performed as a part of the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd in 1964. Nina Simone covered and recorded this composition for her album I Put a Spell on You (1965) and it became a great hit.