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100 Greatest "Classic" R&B/Soul Ballads

Greatest Classic R&B/Soul Ballads

  1. In The Still Of The Nite - The Five Satins
  2. When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
  3. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding
  4. What's Goin On? - Marvin Gaye
  5. Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace
  6. I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos
  7. Chains Of Love - Big Joe Turner
  8. Let's Stay Together - Al Green
  9. Stand By Me - Ben E. King
10. Ooo Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
11. Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight - The Spaniels
12. A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
13. When Doves Cry - Prince
14. Earth Angel - The Penguins
15. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
16. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? - The Shirelles
17. Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
18. This Is My Country - The Impressions
19. Crying In The Chapel - Sonny Til & The Orioles
20. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin
21. Dear Mama - 2Pac
22. Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter
23. Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield
24. Sincerely - The Moonglows
25. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby - Sam & Dave
26. It Was A Good Day - Ice Cube
27. The Dark End Of The Street - James Carr
28. Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
29. Lost Someone - James Brown
30. Drown In My Own Tears - Ray Charles
31. Can I Change My Mind? - Tyrone Davis
32. Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
33. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
34. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & The Impressions
35. Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
36. Sweet Thing - Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn
37. Oh What A Dream - Ruth Brown
38. Just My Imagination - The Temptations
39. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - Del-Fonics
40. Without Love - Clyde McPhatter
41. Who's Lovin' You - The Jackson 5
42. Hold On - En Vogue
43. Slip Away - Clarence Carter
44. At Last - Etta James
45. Your Love - Graham Central Station
46. It's Ecstacy When You Lay Down Next To Me - Barry White
47. We Belong Together - Robert & Johnny
48. The Glory Of Love - The Five Keys
49. Gin & Juice - Snoop Dogg
50. It's Too Soon To Know - Sonny Til & The Orioles
51. I Hear a Symphony - The Supremes
52. I Do Love You - Billy Stewart
53. Oh Girl - The Chi-Lites
54. Got to Get You Off My Mind - Soloman Burke
55. Need Your Love So Bad - Little Willie John
56. Try Me - James Brown
57. People Get Ready - The Impressions
58. Big Poppa - The Notorious B.I.G.
59. I Don't Know What You've Got (But It's Got Me) - Little Richard
60. Nothing Takes The Place Of You - Toussaint McCall
61. Maybe - The Chantels
62. Help Me Somebody - The "5" Royales
63. Oh What A Nite - The Dells
64. Wish Someone Would Care - Irma Thomas
65. Pain In My Heart - Otis Redding
66. Let's Do It Again - The Staple Singers
67. Cry Baby - Garnett Mimms & The Enchanters
68. I Wanna Get Next To You - Rose Royce
69. I Don't Want To Cry - Chuck Jackson
70. Lovers Never Say Goodbye - The Flamingos
71. Everybody Loves A Winner - William Bell
72. The Clock - Johnny Ace
73. Fire - The Pointer Sisters
74. Doggin' Around - Jackie Wilson
75. There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
76. Since I Lost My Baby - The Temptations
77. The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage - Smokey Robinson & Miracles
78. Hold What You've Got - Joe Tex
79. Keep Ya Head Up - Tupac
80. Do Right Woman - Do Right Man - Aretha Franklin
81. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted? - Jimmy Ruffin
82. You Send Me - Sam Cooke
83. That's The Way Of The World - Earth, Wind & Fire
84. I Love You, Yes I Do - Bullmoose Jackson
85. Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
86. Ten Commandments Of Love - The Moonglows
87. Nuthin' But A "G" Thang - Dr. Dre
88. I'm In Love - Wilson Pickett
89. Dream Girl - Jesse & Marvin
90. Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & The Imperials
91. Still Water - The Four Tops
92. Hot Fun In The Summertime - Sly & The Family Stone
93. Release Me - "Little" Esther Phillips
94. Where Did Our Love Go? - The Supremes
95. Everybody Plays The Fool - The Main Ingrediant
96. Nightshift - The Commodores
97. Only You - The Platters
98. If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
99. Rainbow - Gene Chandler
100. Goodnight My Love - Jesse Belvin

70 More Worth Mentioning

101. Oh My Angel - Bertha Tillman
102. Life Is But A Dream - The Harptones
103. Heart Full Of Love - The Invincibles
104. Ignition - R. Kelly
105. I Can't Stand The Rain - Ann Peebles
106. The One Who Really Loves You - Mary Wells
107. Young Boy Blues - Ben E. King
108. That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
109. Just Walkin' In The Rain - The Prisonaires
110. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
111. You're The Best That Ever Did It - The Precisions
112. Baby It's You - The Shirelles
113. I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green
114. Cherry Pie - Marvin & Johnny
115. Goin' Out Of My Head - Little Anthony & The Imperials
116. Sitting In The Park - Billy Stewart
117. Send Me Some Lovin' - Little Richard
118. Don't Deceive Me - Chuck Willis
119. Your Smile - Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn
120. I'll Be There - The Jackson 5
121. Until You Come Back To Me - Aretha Franklin
122. Not Gon' Cry - Mary J. Blige
123. Talk To Me, Talk To Me - Little Willie John
124. Take Time To Know Her - Percy Sledge
125. Sign O' The Times - Prince
126. You'll Lose A Good Thing - Barbara Lynn
127. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
128. A Kiss From Your Lips - The Flamingos
129. Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick
130. I Need Love - L.L. Cool J
131. I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify
132. The Best - Tina Turner
133. Treasure of Love - Clyde McPhatter
134. Slow Hand - The Pointer Sisters
135. Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
136. Soothe Me - The Sims Twins
137. The Wind - The Diablos
138. Over The Rainbow - Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles
139. Thin Line Between Love & Hate - The Persuaders
140. Giving Him Something He Can Feel - En Vogue
141. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right - Luther Ingram
142. Caramel - City High w/ Eve
143. It's Too Late - Chuck Willis
144. Imagination - Earth, Wind & Fire
145. Cry For You - Jodeci
146. Shouldn't I Know - The Cardinals
147. For The Love Of You - The Isley Brothers
148. He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler
149. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) - Solomon Burke
150. Our Day Will Come - Ruby & The Romantics
151. It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday - Boyz II Men
152. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - The Spinners
153. The Chokin' Kind - Joe Simon
154. You're So Fine - The Falcons
155. Summertime- Booker T. & The MG's
156. Take My Heart - Kool & The Gang
157. Devil Or Angel - The Clovers
158. Diamonds & Pearls - Prince
159. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um - Major Lance
160. A Nickle & A Nail - O.V. Wright
161. Gee Whiz (Look In His Eyes) - Carla Thomas
162. A Place In The Sun - Stevie Wonder
163. Walking To New Orleans - Fats Domino
164. Have You Seen Her - The Chi-Lites
165. To Love Somebody - The Chambers Brothers
166. In The Heat Of The Night - Ray Charles
167. Love Ballad - LTD
168. All In My Mind - Maxine Brown
169. I Need You So - Ivory Joe Hunter
170. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers


Edited By: Sampson
Last Updated: 2004-08-17
Newly added names are in Red

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).

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