100 Greatest "Classic" R&B/Soul Songs

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).
"Classic" R&B/Soul Songs
1. Respect
Aretha Franklin
2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye
3. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding
4. What'd I Say
Ray Charles
5. Maybellene
Chuck Berry
6. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
James Brown
7. Money Honey
Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
8. Shake, Rattle, & Roll
Big Joe Turner
9. My Girl
The Temptations
10. Long Tall Sally
Little Richard
11. In The Midnight Hour
Wilson Pickett
12. Blueberry Hill
Fats Domino
13. Sixty Minute Man
The Dominoes
14. Everyday People
Sly & The Family Stone
15. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Lloyd Price
16. Heat Wave
Martha & The Vandellas
17. One Nation Under A Groove
Parliment Funkadelic
18. Reach Out, I'll Be There
The Four Tops
19. It's Your Thing
The Isley Brothers
20. Rocket 88
Jackie Brenston
21. The Tracks Of My Tears
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
22. Jungle Boogie
Kool & The Gang
23. Baby Love
The Supremes
24. Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
25. Shining Star
Earth, Wind & Fire
26. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Stevie Wonder
27. It's All Right
The Impressions
28. Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley
29. I Want You Back
The Jackson Five
30. Theme From "Shaft"
Isaac Hayes
31. Work With Me Annie
The Midnighters
32. Honky Tonk
Bill Doggett
33. My Guy
Mary Wells
34. Knock On Wood
Eddie Floyd
35. Shake A Hand
Faye Adams
36. Chain Gang
Sam Cooke
37. Hound Dog
Big Mama Thornton
38. Hold On, I'm Comin'
Sam & Dave
39. Green Onions
Booker T. & The MG's
40. You Got The Love
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
41. The Great Pretender
The Platters
42. One Mint Julep
The Clovers
43. Mr. Big Stuff
Jean Knight
44. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Ruth Brown
45. I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown
46. Freddie's Dead
Curtis Mayfield
47. Do You Love Me?
The Contours
48. Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe
Barry White
49. Lonely Teardrops
Jackie Wilson
50. I'll Take You There
The Staple Singers
51. Dancing In The Street
Martha & The Vandellas
52. The Things I Used To Do
Guitar Slim
53. Have Mercy Baby
The Dominoes
54. Tears Of A Clown
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
55. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
Solomon Burke
56. Save The Last Dance For Me
The Drifters
57. Ain't That A Shame
Fats Domino
58. Bring It On Home To Me
Sam Cooke
59. Do It (Til Your Satisfied)
BT Express
60. Da Doo Ron Ron
The Crystals
61. This Old Heart Of Mine
The Isley Brothers
62. Express Yourself
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band
63. Fever
Little Willie John
64. Please Mr. Postman
The Marvelettes
65. Sh-Boom
The Chords
66. Keep On Truckin'
Eddie Kendricks
67. Soul Man
Sam & Dave
68. Love Rollercoaster
The Ohio Players
69. Come See About Me
The Supremes
70. Hearts Of Stone
The Charms
71. Night Train
Jimmy Forrest
72. Tell Mama
Etta James
73. Sweet Soul Music
Arthur Conley
74. Jimmy Mack
Martha & The Vandellas
75. Teardrops From My Eyes
Ruth Brown
76. Superstition
Stevie Wonder
77. Adventures In Paradise
Minnie Riperton
78. Shotgun
Junior Walker & The All-Stars
79. Rapper's Delight
The Sugarhill Gang
80. Duke Of Earl
Gene Chandler
81. Standing In The Shadows Of Love
The Four Tops
82. Honey Love
Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
83. Lean On Me
Bill Withers
84. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)
Otis Redding
85. Love Train
The O'Jays
86. Mustang Sally
Wilson Pickett
87. Groove Me
King Floyd
88. I Can't Get Next To You
The Temptations
89. Tighten Up
Archie Bell & The Drells
90. Low Rider
91. Serpentine Fire
Earth, Wind & Fire
92. You Really Got A Hold On Me
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
93. Rainy Night In Georgia
Brook Benton (with Cold Grits)
94. I Put A Spell On You
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
95. C.C. Rider
Chuck Willis
96. Dance To The Music
Sly & The Family Stone
97. Patches
Clarence Carter
98. Take Me To The River
Al Green
99. What Am I Gonna Do With You
Barry White
100. Cold Sweat
James Brown
101. Just One Look
Doris Troy
102. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
Jackie Wilson
103. Bootzilla
Bootsy Collins
104. Mercy Mercy Me
Marvin Gaye
105. We Are Family
Sister Sledge
106. Midnight Train To Georgia
Gladys Knight & The Pips
107. Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Stevie Wonder
108. Gee
The Crows
109. Proud Mary
Ike & Tina Turner
110. Workin' In A Coal Mine
Lee Dorsey
111. Jim Dandy
LaVern Baker
112. Dedicated To The One I Love
The "5" Royales
113. Chain Of Fools
Aretha Franklin
114. Fannie Mae
Buster Brown
115. At Midnight
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
116. Rip It Up
Little Richard
117. Under The Boardwalk
The Drifters
118. Stop!
Howard Tate
119. He Was Really Sayin' Something
The Velvelettes
120. Mardi Gras In New Orleans
Professor Longhair
121. Cool Jerk
The Capitols
122. Cupid's Boogie
Johnny Otis featuring Little Esther & Mel Walker
123. Betcha By Golly, Wow
The Stylistics
124. Cissy Strut
The Meters
125. Fight The Power
The Isley Brothers
126. If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell
127. A Lover's Question
Clyde McPhatter
128. Show Me
Joe Tex
129. Rockin' Chair
Gwen McRae
130. Time Is On My Side
Irma Thomas
131. You Sexy Thing
Hot Chocolate
132. Ain't Too Proud To Beg
The Temptations
133. The Monkey Time
Major Lance
134. Searchin'
The Coasters
135. I'll Be Around
The Spinners
136. I Feel So Bad
Chuck Willis
137. Respect Yourself
The Staple Singers
138. TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)
139. Fool, Fool, Fool
The Clovers
140. Choice Of Colors
The Impressions
141. Gabbin' Blues (Don't Run My Business)
Big Maybelle
142. Who's Makin' Love
Johnnie Taylor
143. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
Michael Jackson
144. Use Ta Be My Girl
The O'Jays
145. One Fine Day
The Chiffons
146. Stoned Love
The Supremes
147. Sweet Little Sixteen
Chuck Berry
148. Bernadette
The Four Tops
149. Hurt So Good
Millie Jackson
150. Quarter To Three
Gary "U.S." Bonds
151. Lady Marmalade
La Belle
152. Baby Don't Do It
The "5" Royales
153. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
Honey Cone
154. Twenty Five Miles
Edwin Starr
155. The Fat Man
Fats Domino
156. Oh What A Day - The Dells
157. Band Of Gold
Freda Payne
158. Let The Good Times Roll
Shirley & Lee
159. Honey Hush
Big Joe Turner
160. Walk The Dog
Rufus Thomas
161. Where Is The Love
Donny Hathaway (with Roberta Flack)
162. Good Morning Judge
Wynonie Harris
163. Roll With Me Henry (The Wallflower)
Etta James
164. Don't Let Go
Roy Hamilton
165. ABC
The Jackson 5
166. Hollywood Swinging
Kool & The Gang
167. Harlem Shuffle
Bob & Earl
168. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Gladys Knight & The Pips
169. Who Do You Love?
Bo Diddley
170. (I Wanna) Testify
171. The Love I Lost
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
172. It's Gonna Work Out Fine
Ike & Tina Turner
173. Love Don't Love Nobody
Roy Brown
174. You Lost The Sweetest Boy
Mary Wells
175. Hypnotized
Linda Jones

Last Updated: 2004-08-17
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