1970s R&B song stubs

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  1. You're No Good

    You're No Good (1974)


    "You're No Good" is a song written by Clint Ballard, Jr. which first charted for Betty Everett in 1963 and became a number 1 hit in 1975 for Linda Ronstadt. The original version of "You're No Good" was cut by Dee Dee Warwick for Jubilee Records in 1963 with production by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

  2. After the Dance

    After the Dance (1976)


    "After the Dance" is a slow jam recorded by singer Marvin Gaye and released as the second single off Gaye's hit album, I Want You. Though it received modest success, the song served as one of Marvin's best ballads and the song served as part of the template for quiet storm and urban contemporary ballads that came afterwards.

  3. Soft and Wet

    Soft and Wet (1978)


    "Soft and Wet" is a song written and performed by American musician Prince. It was his first single, released in 1978 from his debut album, For You. The track is in the funk-disco vein, comprising drums, bass guitar and synthesizers.

  4. Don't Play That Song

    Don't Play That Song (1970)


    "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" is a song written by Ahmet Ertegün and by the wife of Ben E. King, Betty Nelson. It was first recorded by soul singer Ben E. King. The title track on King's third album Don't Play That Song!, it reached #2 on the U.S. R&B singles chart and #11 on the pop chart when released as a single on Atco Records in 1962 (see 1962 in music).

  5. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

    You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (1976)


    "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" (written by Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff) is a song performed by R&B singer Lou Rawls on his 1976 album All Things in Time. The song proved to be Rawls' breakthrough hit, reaching number one on both the R&B and Easy Listening charts as well as number four on the dance chart and number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it was kept from the top spot for two weeks by "You Should Be Dancing" by The Bee Gees and "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" by KC and the Sunshine Band, respectively. This was only the second time that one of Rawls' records managed to reach Billboard's pop top ten. It was the first big hit for Philadelphia International to feature the reformulated MFSB, after many of the original members left Gamble and Huff for better opportunities. The song started Rawls' live shows from 1977 on.

  6. Fantasy Is Reality

    Fantasy Is Reality (1977)


    "Fantasy Is Reality" is a song recorded by the funk band Parliament. It was the only single released from the band's 1977 album Live: P-Funk Earth Tour. The song was originally recorded during Parliament's period at Invictus Records.

  7. Until You Come Back To Me

    Until You Come Back To Me (1973)


    "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" is a song written by Morris Broadnax, Clarence Paul, and Stevie Wonder. The song was originally recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1967, but his version did not appear on an album until 1977's anthology Looking Back. The most well-known version of this song was done by Aretha Franklin, who had a million selling, top 10 hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard's R&B chart in 1973. It reached No. 1 on the R&B chart and No. 3 on the Hot 100 chart in 1974. This peak at number three made Franklin the first artist in the history of the Hot 100 chart to have a hit song peak at each position from one to ten on the chart. To date, only two other artists have achieved this feat (Marvin Gaye in 1983 and Madonna in 1996). Aretha's version of the song was ranked by Billboard as the No. 11 song for 1974. The song's lyrics tell of a person who has been abandoned by their love interest, but who will continue to attempt to contact and win back that person until (s)he returns.

  8. Don't You Worry 'bout A Thing

    Don't You Worry 'bout A Thing (1973)


    "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" was a hit single from Stevie Wonder's 1973 album Innervisions, which reached #16 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and #2 on the R&B chart. The song's lyrics convey a positive message about taking things in stride and accentuating the positive.

  9. Don't Let Go

    Don't Let Go (1979)


    "Don't Let Go" is a song written by Jesse Stone. The song was first a hit for Roy Hamilton in 1958. The Roy Hamilton version reached #2 on the R&B charts and #12 on the pop charts.

  10. Shoeshine Boy

    Shoeshine Boy (1974)


    "Shoeshine Boy" is a 1975 R&B/pop single by Eddie Kendricks. The single was the last of his three number-one U.S. R&B hits and one of his final crossover singles, peaking at number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100.

  11. The Payback

    The Payback (1974)


    "The Payback" is a funk song by James Brown, the title track from his 1973 album of the same name. The song's lyrics, originally written by trombonist and bandleader Fred Wesley but heavily revised by Brown himself soon before it was recorded, concern the revenge he plans to take against a man who betrayed him. The song is notable for its spare, open arrangement and its use of wah-wah guitar - a relative rarity in Brown's previous funk recordings. Released as a two-part single (featuring a radio announcer at the beginning of part one) in February 1974, it was the first in an unbroken succession of three singles by Brown to reach #1 on the R&B charts that year - the last chart-toppers of his career. It also peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was his second, and final, single to be certified gold by the RIAA.




    "Back in Love Again" is a song by American singer and songwriter Donna Summer from her I Remember Yesterday album. Summer combines her trademark disco beats with a 1960s sound on this track. The song is actually a re-working of a track called "Something's in the Wind", which was a B-side to "Denver Dream", a single released by Summer in The Netherlands and Belgium in 1974. The song peaked at #29 on the UK singles chart.

  13. Be My Girl

    Be My Girl (1976)


    "Be My Girl" is a song performed by American R&B group The Dramatics, issued as the second single from their seventh studio album Joy Ride. The song peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976.

  14. I'm In Love

    I'm In Love (1974)


    "I'm in Love" is the name of a song written by Bobby Womack in the 1960s in response to some of the heat he'd been receiving after marrying the widow of the recently deceased Sam Cooke. The song was given to Wilson Pickett and his version became a top-ten R&B hit on Billboard's chart in 1968, peaking at number four as well as peaking at number forty-five on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the version to achieve the most success came in 1974, when Aretha Franklin released it as a single. Her version topped Billboard's R&B chart for two weeks and also peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100. Wilson Pickett's version is most recently used as the back-track for Nature of the Beast's "When it's Good". Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers covered the song in concert in the early 1980s, and a version is featured on their set The Live Anthology. Womack himself recorded his version of the song in 1968 shortly after Pickett's version was released.

  15. Here I Am

    Here I Am (1973)


    "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" is a 1973 song by Al Green, the second single released from his album Call Me. The song reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. It was certified as a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America. A cover version by UB40 peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts in July 1991.

  16. Call Me

    Call Me (1973)


    "Call Me (Come Back Home)" (known as simply "Call Me") is a song by Al Green, released in 1972 as a single from his album Call Me. It peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the R&B singles chart. It was certified gold by the RIAA.

  17. Coldblooded

    Coldblooded (1974)


    "Coldblooded" is a song written and recorded by James Brown. It was released in 1974 as the B-side of "Funky President (People It's Bad)" and charted #99 Pop. It also appeared on the album Hell. Writing in Rolling Stone, Robert Palmer praised the song as a "sure-fire disco [smash], the kind of no-nonsense party music one expects from Soul Brother Number One."

  18. Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone

    Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone (1970)


    "Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone" is a 1971 R&B single by Johnnie Taylor. The single was his second number one on the U.S. R&B chart and crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number twenty-eight..

  19. Walk Away From Love

    Walk Away From Love (1975)


    "Walk Away from Love" is a 1975 song recorded by American singer David Ruffin. The single, produced by Van McCoy and written by Charles Kipps, was number one on the US R&B singles chart for one week in early 1976. "Walk Away From Love" was Ruffin's only number-one R&B hit, and only one of two top-ten pop hits for Ruffin on the Billboard Hot 100 the other being My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me), peaking at number nine. Backing vocals were performed by Faith, Hope & Charity.

  20. Get on the Good Foot

    Get on the Good Foot (1977)


    "Get on the Good Foot" (sometimes known simply as "Good Foot") is a funk song performed by James Brown. It was released in 1972 as a two-part single and became a number one R&B hit and also peaked at number eighteen on the Hot 100..The song was also included on the double album of the same name released that year.

  21. Dancing Machine

    Dancing Machine (1974)


    "Dancing Machine" is a 1973 song recorded by The Jackson 5, released as a single in 1974. The group's first US Top Ten hit since 1971's "Sugar Daddy", "Dancing Machine" hit #1 in Cash Box and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it hit #1 on the R&B charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1974. It brought The Jackson 5 their second Grammy Award nomination in 1975 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, losing to Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good".

  22. Hot Pants

    Hot Pants (1978)


    "Hot Pants (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)" is a song by James Brown. Brown recorded the song in 1971 and released it that year as a three-part single on his People Records label, which was then distributed by his primary label King. It was a number-one R&B hit and reached number fifteen on the pop chart in the U.S. "Hot Pants" was Brown's final release under King's purview before he (and the People label) moved to Polydor Records. The song's lyrics are an ode to the captivating power of the title garment, which members of the band first saw on their 1970 European tour.

  23. You Ought To Be With Me

    You Ought To Be With Me (1972)


    "You Ought to Be with Me" is a song by Al Green. Released from his album, Call Me, the single spent a week at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart. It was also successful on the pop chart, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in late 1972. It sold over one million copies and was certified gold by the RIAA.

  24. Sing A Song

    Sing A Song (1975)


    "Sing a Song" is a hit song by R&B/funk band, Earth, Wind & Fire, which was written by Maurice White and Al McKay. It was released in 1975 and included on the band's 1975 double-live album, Gratitude. "Sing a Song" spent two weeks at number one on the R&B singles chart in January 1976, and it was also successful on the pop chart, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. "Sing a Song" was also a hit on the disco/dance chart peaking at number five.

  25. I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby

    I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby (1973)


    "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" is a song written, produced and recorded by Barry White.

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