Criteria: This top 100 was put together by Kev Roberts as part of the Northern Soul Top 500. It's based on the records that were most popular in Northern Soul Dance Clubs in The United Kingdom from the mid-1960s and beyond.
Background: Northern Soul - In 1967 an underground movement developed via 'The Twisted Wheel Club' in Manchester, U.K. Regular all night 'raves' saw the introduction of rare soul 45's being played to a youthful 'fed up with the UK pop hit' syndrome. Soon, this bizarre youth culture turned the North of England into 'the place to be' every Saturday night, and following the closure of 'The Wheel' in 1970 saw a plethora of hip clubs such as 'The Catacombs' (Wolverhampton), 'The Golden Torch' (Stoke-on-Trent) and the daddy of them all - 'Wigan Casino'. The latter (1973-1981) was the scenes most famous all night venue from where the most popular singles emerged.
Edited By: Kev Roberts
List Begun: 2008-01-12
1. Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) - Frank Wilson 2. Out on the Floor - Dobie Gray 3. You Didn't Say a Word - Yvonne Baker 4. The Snake - Al Wilson 5. Long After Tonight is Over - Jimmy Radcliffe 6. Seven Day Lover - James Fountain 7. You Don't Love Me - Epitome of Sound 8. Looking for You - Garnet Mimms 9. If That's What You Wanted - Frankie Beverly & the Butlers 10. Seven Days Too Long - Chuck Wood 11. The Right Track - Billy Butler 12. Stick By Me Baby - Salvadors 13. I Really Love You - Tomangoes 14. Time Will Pass You By - Tobi Legend 15. Landslide - Tony Clarke 16. Too Late - Larry Willaims & Johnny "Guitar" Watson 17. You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies - Dana Valery 18. Walking Up a One Way Street - Willie Tee 19. If You Ever Walk Out of My Life - Dena Barnes 20. There's a Ghost in My House - R. Dean Taylor 21. Here I Go Again - Archie Bell & the Drells 22. Hit and Run - Rose Batiste 23. What - Judy Street 24. Tainted Love - Gloria Jones 25. Girl Across the Street - Moses Smith 26. You're Gonna Love My Baby - Barbara McNair 27. You've Been Away - Rubin 28. She'll Come Running Back - Mel Britt 29. Double Cookin' - Checkerboard Squares 30. It Really Hurts Me Girl - Carstairs 31. If You Ask Me - Jerry Williams 32. Unsatisfied - Lou Johnson 33. Our Love is in the Pocket - J.J. Barnes 34. Come on Train - Don Thomas 35. Turnin' My Heartbeat Up - MVPs 36. You're Gonna Make Me Love You - Sandi Sheldon 37. I Got to Find Me Somebody - Vel-vets 38. I'm Gonna Love You a Long, Long Time - Patty & the Emblems 39. Better Use Your Head - Little Anthony & the Imperials 40. Dance, Dance, Dance - Casualeers 41. Dearly Beloved - Jack Montgomery 42. Crackin' Up Over You - Roy Hamilton 43. My Sugar Baby - Connie Clark 44. Cashing In - Voices of East Harlem 45. That's My Girl - Dee Clark 46. Lend a Hand - Bobby Hutton 47. Just Loving You - Ruby Andrews 48. Cause You're Mine - Vibrations 49. A Little Bit Hurt - Julian Covey 50. What Kind of Lady - Dee Dee Sharp 51. A Lil' Lovin' Sometimes - Alexander Patten 52. You Just Don't Know (What You Do to Me) - Chubby Checker 53. Just Like the Weather - Nolan Chance 54. Night Owl - Bobby Paris 55. Bari Track - Doni Burdick 56. I'll Always Need You - Dean Courtney 57. She's Wanted - Larry Clinton 58. I Travel Alone - Lou Ragland 59. They'll Never Know Why - Freddie Chavez 60. I Still Love You - Seven Souls 61. I'm On My Way - Dean Parrish 62. Baby Hit and Run - Contours 63. Open the Door to Your Heart - Darrell Banks 64. I'll Always Love You - Spinners 65. I'm Gonna Run Away from You - Tami Lynn 66. You Don't Want Me No More - Major Lance 67. Love, Love, Love - Bobby Hebb 68. Blowing My Mind to Pieces - Bob Relf 69. You Got to Pay Your Dues - Drifters 70. Skiing in the Snow - Invitations 71. She Blew a Good Thing - Poets 72. In Orbit - Joy Lovejoy 73. Stranger in My Arms - Lynne Randell 74. Nothing Can Compare to You - Velvet Satins 75. I Need You - Shane Martin 76. Hey Girl Don't Bother Me - Tams 77. I'm Comun' Home in the Mountain - Lou Pride 78. I Can't Help Lovin' You - Paul Anka 79. I'm Not Strong Enough - Four Perfections 80. I Got the Fever - Prophets/The Creation 81. Crazy Baby - Coasters 82. Heartaches Away My Boy - Christine Cooper 83. You've Been Cheatin' - Impressions 84. Get Out - Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes 85. Run For Cover - Dells 86. Girls Are Out to Get You - Fascinations 87. I Never Knew - Eddie Foster 88. Save My Love for a Rainy Day - Van Dykes 89. Send Him Back - Pointer Sisters 90. Gonna Be a Big Thing - Yum Yums 91. If I Could Only Be Sure - Nolan Porter 92. Next Line - Hoagy Landis 93. Time Marches On - Lainie Hill 94. I Walked Away - Bobby Paris 95. I Can't Make It Anymore - Spyder Turner 96. You're Ready Now - Frankie Valli 97. Thumb a Ride - Earl Wright 98. Gotta Have Your Love - Sapphires 99. Man Without a Woman - Michael & Raymond 100. My Man is a Sweet Man - Millie Jackson
About Kev Roberts: Kev is a Radio DJ/Promoter who joined Wigan Casino in 1973 and became an integral part of the Northern Soul Golden Era, working with acts such as Jackie Wilson, Betty Wright, Temptations, Four Tops, Major Lance etc. Coming to the U.S. he produced more than 100 Dance tracks during the 1980s, owned his own labels ELECTRICITY and BLUE CHIP, compiled more than 200 albums for 'Goldmine' and other record labels during the Soul revival in the '90s, MC'd shows in the U.S., Germany, Italy & Ireland. Kev currently syndicates a weekly radio show in the U.K.