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Aretha Franklin – Respect [1967] (Original version)


Top R&B songs have the ability to make you step on the dance floor and into the mood of love with that someone special. The original best R&B songs of all time had a mix of Jazz, gospel music and blues music incorporated in them.

Artists with the most #1 R&B hits:

1. Aretha Franklin – 20

2. Stevie Wonder – 19

3. Louis Jordan – 18

4. James Brown – 17

5. Janet Jackson – 16

7. Marvin Gaye – 13 (tie)

7. Michael Jackson – 13 (tie)

9. R. Kelly – 11 (tie)

9. Usher – 11 (tie)

 

The following is a list of best R&B songs ever that will get the party started! As my friends from Texas tell me, “it’s not a party until Al Green shows up”

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’ve 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 – War

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) – MFSB

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 – Parliament

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

 

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