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Top 100 R&B 70s Classic Soul

Updated on March 29, 2011

Top 100 Classic Soul

My Favorite Top 100 Picks of the best of the 70s Classic Soul Music. I have hand picked these songs as my all time favorites of the 70s. The list contains legendary artist like Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool and the Gang, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, The O'jays just to mention a few. These are a must for any serious collection. Enjoy!

My Top 100 Soul Classics

The Best of the 70s!

1. "A B C".... The Jackson 5

2. "War"... Edwin Starr

3. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"... Diana Ross

4. "Tears of A Clown" ...Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

5. "The Love You Save"... The Jackson 5

6. "One Less Bell To Answer".... The 5th Dimension

7. "Thank You".... Sly & The Family Stone

8. "Ball of Confusion".... The Temptations

9. "Band of Gold".... Freda Payne

10. "Love On A Two Way Street".... The Moments

11. "Signed Sealed Delivered'.... Stevie Wonder

12. "Give Me Just A Little More Time".... Chairman of the Board

13. "Turn Back the Hands".... Tyrone Davis

14. "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You".... Wilson Pickett

15. "Love or let Me Be Lonely".... Friends of Distinction

16. "Didn't I Blow Your Mind" ....The Delfonics

17. "Psychedelic Shack" ....The Temptations

18. "Up The Ladder to the Roof"..... The Supremes

19. "Evil Ways".... Santana

20. "Still Waters".... The Four Tops

21. "Family Affair".... Sly & the Family Stone

22. "Theme from Shaft".... Isaac Hayes

23. "Just My Imagination".... The Temptations

24. "What's Going On".... Marvin Gaye

25. "Spanish Harlem".... Aretha Franklin

26. "Ain't No Sunshine".... Bill Withers

27. "Smiling Faces Sometimes" ....The Temptations

28. "Black Magic Woman".... Santana

29. "Tired of Being Alone".... Al Green

30. "Mercy, Mercy Me" ....Marvin Gaye

31. "Proud Mary".... Ike & Tina Turner

32. "If I were Your Woman".... Gladys Knight & Pips

33. "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get".... The Dramatics

34. "Respect Yourself" ....The Staple Singers

35. "Once You Get Started".... Rufus & Chaka Khan

36. "Let's Stay Together".... Al Green

37. "Me & Mrs. Jones".... Billy Paul

38. "I'll Take You There".... The Staple Singers

39. "Oh Girl".... The Chi Lites

40. "Lean On Me".... Bill Withers

41. "Papa Was a Rollin Stone".... The Temptations

42. "I'm Still in Love with You".... Al Green

43. "Back Stabbers".... The O'Jays

44. "Every Body Plays The Fool".... The Main Ingredient

45. "I'll be Around".... The Spinners

46. "Freddie's Dead".... Curtis Mayfield

47. "In the Rain".... The Dramatics

48. "Drowning In the Sea of Love".... Joe Simon

49. "Let's Get It On".... Marvin Gaye

50. "Midnight Train to Georgia".... Gladys Knight & the Pips

51. "Superstition".... Stevie Wonder

52. "Love Train".... The O'Jays

53. "Neither One of Us".... Gladys Knight & The Pips

54. "I'm Gonna Love You".... Barry White

55. "Could It be I'm Falling In Love".... The Spinners

56. "Cisco Kid"....War

57. "Higher Ground".... Stevie Wonder

58. "Natural High" .... Bloodstone

59. "Superfly" ....Curtis Mayfield

60. "The Love I Lost" ....Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

61. "TSOP" ....MFSB

62. "You Make Me Feel Brand New".... The Stylistics

63. "Show and Tell".... Al Wilson

64. "Love's Theme".... Love Unlimited Orchestra

65. "Do It" ....B. T. Express

66. "Boogie Down" ....Eddie Kendricks

67. "Yes We Can Can".... The Pointer Sisters

68. "Until You Come Back to Me".... Aretha Franklin

69. "Best Thing That Ever Happened"... Gladys Knight & The Pips

70. "Jungle Boogie".... Kool & the Gang

71. "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up".... Barry White

72. "Living For the City".... Stevie Wonder

73. "For the Love of Money" ....The O'Jays

74. "Hollywood Swinging" Kool & the Gang

75. "That's The Way".... KC & The Sunshine Band

76. "The Hustle".... Van McCoy

77. "Lady Marmalade".... Labelle

78. "Pick Up the Pieces" ....Average White Band

79. "You're the First, the Last, My Everything".... Barry White

80. "Fire".... Ohio Players

81. "Shining Star".... Earth, Wind & Fire

82. "That's The Way of the World".... Earth, Wind & Fire

83. "Disco Lady".... Johnnie Taylor

84. "Kiss and Say Goodbye".... The Manhattans

85. "The Rubberband Man".... The Spinners

86. "Love Hangover". .. Diana Ross

87. "You'll Never Find".... Lou Rawls

88. "I Love Music".... The O'Jays

89. "Don't Leave Me This Way" ....Thelma Houston

90. "Got To Give It Up" ....Marvin Gaye

91. "Car Wash" ....Rolls Royce

92. "Brick House".... Commodores

93. "Use Ta Be My Girl" ....The O'Jays

94. "Flash Light".... Parliament

95. "Ladies Night".... Kool and the Gang

96. "We are Family".... Sister Sledge

97. "Boogie Wonderland".... Earth, Wind & Fire

98. "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now".... McFadden & Whitehead

99. "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough".... Michael Jackson

100."Who's That Lady"....The Isley Brothers

Marvin Gaye! - Here is the Best from Marvin Gaye

You cannot have an R&B collection without Marvin Gaye. Here are his TOP 5 LPS for your collection.

70s Soul LPs for any collection.

RnB of the 70s classic soul

1. Average White Band-AWB, 1974 Rhino

2. Blackbyrds-City Life, 1975 Fantasy

3. Brass Construction-Brass Construction, 1975 United Artist

4. Brothers Johnson-Look Out for # 1, 1976 A&M

5. James Brown-The Payback, 1973, Polydor

6. B.T. Express-Do It-1974, Roadshow

7. Chi Lites-A Lonely Man, 1972 Brunswick

8. Commodores-Caught in the Act, 1975, Motown

9. Delfonics-The Delfonics, 1970, Bell

10. Dramatics-Whatcha See is Whatcha Get, 1971, Stax

11. Earth, Wind & Fire-That's the Way of the World, 1975 Columbia

12. Earth, Wind & Fire-Gratitude, 1975, Columbia

13. Emotions-Rejoice, 1977, Columbia

14. First Choice-Armed and Extremely Dangerous, 1973 Philly Grove

15. Marvin Gaye-What's Going On, 1971, Motown

16. Marvin Gaye-Let's Get It On, 1973, Motown

17. Isaac Hayes-Black Moses, 1971

18. Isaac Hayes-Shaft,1971 Stax

19. Intruders-Save the Children, 1973 Philadelphia International

20. The Isley Brother-Givin' it Back, 1971, T Neck

21. The Isley Brothers-3+3, 1973, T Neck

22. Jackson 5-Moving Violation, 1795, Motown

23. Michael Jackson-Off the Wall, 1979, Epic

24. The J.B.s-Doing it to Death, 1973, People

25. Kool and the Gang-Ladies' Night, 1979, DeLite

26. Kool and the Gang-Celebration, 1 980, DeLite

27. Mandrill-Composite Truth, 1973, Polydor

28. Curtis Mayfield- Superfly, 1972, Curtoon

29. Harold Melvin & the Blue notes- Harold Melvin & the Blue notes, 1972 CBS

30. Harold Melvin & the Blue notes- To Be True, 1975, Philadelphia International

31. MFSB-Love is the Message,1973, TSOP

32. Ohio Players-Skin Tight, 1974, Mercury

33. Ohio Players-Fire,1975,Mercury

34. The O'Jays-Back Stabbers, 1972, Epic

35. The O'Jays-Family Reunion,1975, Philadelphia International

36. Smokey Robinson-Quite Storm, 1975, 1975

37. Rose Royce-Car Wash,1976,MCA

38. Diana Ross-Diana Ross, 1976, Motown

39. Rufus-Rufusized, 1974, MCA

40. Rufus-Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan, 1975, MCA

41. Spinners-Spinners, 1972, Rhino

42. Staple Singers-Be Altitude: Respect yourself, 1972, Stax

43. Stylistics-The Stylistics, 1971, Amherst

44. Stylistics-Round 2, 1972, Amherst

45. War-Deliver the Word, 19723, Rhino

46. War- Why Can't We Be Friend" 1975, Rhino

47. Barry White-Stone Gon, 1973, 20th Century

48. Barry White-Can't Get Enough, 1974 20th Century

49. Stevie Wonder-Songs in the key of Life,1976, Motown

50. Stevie Wonder-Innervisions, 1973, Motown

Philly Soul - From the city of Brotherly Love

Here is a great collection from the city of brotherly love the hands of producer Thom Bell and writing skill of Linda Creed who wrote many of the big hits for the Stylistics and many others.

Michael Jackson - Your collection is not complete without Michael Jackson

Here are my favorites from Michael Jackson. Some of his best work is with producer Quincy Jones, it is a must for your collection!

Soundtracks of the 70s - Top Movie Soundtracks of the 70s

Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye both had hit winning soundtracks in the 70s. Make sure you add these to your collection.

What Is Your All Time Favorite Love Song? - Place your vote for the Top Love Jamz of All Time!

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      Darrell Walker 

      21 months ago

      Oh Always and Forever by Heatwave

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      3 years ago

      I want you, always the M.G.

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      6 years ago

      "In the Rain"

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      6 years ago

      It could only be " ALWAYS AND FOREVER '

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      6 years ago

      You Are My Lady-Luther Vandross

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      6 years ago

      @anonymous: loletta holloway

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      6 years ago

      Rolls Royce should be Rose Royce

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      6 years ago

      Hi - would anyone remember a song that had a lyric that went - "and he rides up and down the avenue. But he don't ride in no Cadillac. He's in his new white and shiny Rolls Royce". I had it on a compilation many years ago and can't find it anywhere. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      That's the way of the world by Earth,Wind,&Fire

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      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      Cameo and con funk shun

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: pam you are my type of lady love that song

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      7 years ago

      No way I could choose just one but this lens has a great many songs of very good flavor. I can't argue about anything here....good lists.

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      7 years ago

      Great list of music, of course it's always personal. To me the first list is more funky than soul and Isaac Hayes should be better presented. And I wouldn't say that Celebrations of the Kool and the Gang is Soul or Rhythm and Blues, but Disco-Funk. That said, it's all cool music, and love it all. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      La La Means I Love You - Delfonics

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, your right on the money, you have great taste in music!

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      7 years ago

      I Am Your Man-Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers

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      7 years ago

      I Am Your Man-Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers

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      7 years ago

      Stay in my Corner The Dells

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      7 years ago

      COME ON HOME,70's song by a black female artist-i wish someone can name the artist.-debra

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      7 years ago

      Forever - the Ebonys

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      7 years ago

      @hughgrissettsr lm: Agreed! Al Green is one of the 2 or 3 best of all time. (Otis Redding & Sam Cooke are also favs from the 60's.)

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      8 years ago

      I like a lot of love songs so I can't choose just one.

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      8 years ago

      Nice site- keep up the good work. If you have time- PLEASE check out my 7 yr. old grandson's music lens: / THANKS & Thumbs up!!!

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      hughgrissettsr lm 

      8 years ago

      love your lens! let's stay together by al green the best soul artist of the 70s.

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      8 years ago

      Wow! There are some great songs on your list.

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      8 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. I like reading other people's top lists. I enjoyed your lens!

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      8 years ago

      Interesting top personal top 100 soul numbers, I would have done it completely different, but that's the fun of making such a list.

      It's a shame Squidoo does not have a Soul category as well as a Funk category!!!!

      Good lens.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens ! Great selections !

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      8 years ago

      Can't go wrong with the Delfonics, great Lens.

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      Mike and Karen 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      Wow, what a great list of songs. Nice lens!

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      fenz28 lm 

      8 years ago

      Love to sing and i love soulful music. Glad to see this lens :)

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      wizardgold lm 

      8 years ago

      I'm Gonna Love You It has to be Barry White


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