Sunday, June 24, 2012

Top 10 R&B / Souls Songs of All Time - Part 1

R & B is a genre of popular African-American music that originated in the 1940s. The term was originally used by record companies to describe recordings marketed predominantly to urban African Americans, at a time when "urbane, rocking, jazz based music with a heavy, insistent beat" was becoming more popular. By the 1970s, rhythm and blues was used as a blanket term for soul and funk. In the 1980s, a newer style of R&B developed, becoming known as "Contemporary R&B".
Taken from Top 100 R&B / Souls of All Time, Here are your Top 10 Spots.

10. Long Tall Sally ~ Little Richard. The song is a 1956 rock and roll 12-bar blues recorded by Little Richard. It became one of the singer's best-known hits and has become a rock and roll standard covered by hundreds of artists including The Beatles.

9. My Girl ~ The Temptations. It's a 1964 song recorded by The Temptations which became a number one hit. The song became the Temptations' first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song. "My Girl" was ranked number 88 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

8. Shake Rattle and Roll ~ Big Joe Turner. "Shake, Rattle and Roll" is a twelve bar blues-form rock and roll song, written in 1954 and popularized by by Big Joe Turner, and most successfully by Bill Haley & His Comets. The song as sung by Big Joe Turner is ranked #126 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

7. Money Honey ~ Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters. A 1953 hit song recorded by Clyde McPhatter backed for the first time by the newly formed Drifters. Rolling Stone ranked it #252 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

6. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag ~ James Brown. The song written and recorded by James Brown. It was released as a two-part single in 1965, and is considered seminal in the musical genre of funk. In 2004, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" was ranked number 72 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

5-1 will be posted in a separate entry

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