100 Greatest "Classic" R&B/Soul Ballads

Criteria: Classic R&B/Soul Ballads - Chosen for their impact, influence and quality in R&B from 1950-1979 (excluding ballads with a clearly pop slant).
"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
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
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)
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 & the Miracles
78. Hold What You've Got
Joe Tex
79. Keep Ya Head Up
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
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
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
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
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
168. All In My Mind
Maxine Brown
169. I Need You So
Ivory Joe Hunter
170. Ain't No Sunshine
Bill Withers

The Five Satins

Percy Sledge

Otis Redding

Marvin Gaye

Last Updated: 2004-08-17
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