soul music list

In spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody. The essential substance of every thought and feeling remains incommunicable, locked up in the impenetrable strong-room of the individual soul and body. Our life is a sentence of perpetual solitary confinement.
—  Aldous Huxley, from “Sermons in Cats the musical,” in
Music at Night and Other Essays (1931).
For Paul.

Playlist of The Beatles, containing some of Paul’s lesser-known songs that are similar in style.

  1. Blackbird
  2. And I Love Her
  3. Here, There and Everywhere
  4. Martha My Dear
  5. For No One
  6. Michelle
  7. I Will
  8. I’m Looking Through You
  9. Her Majesty

These are songs I feel are either beautifully composed, simple and sweet or have amazing lyrics. I also feel like most of the public don’t really know or have never heard these songs before and because of that they will say something stupid like “Paul’s overrated”.



“Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield 


by John Flansburgh

These days folks in bands get handed lists of questions to answer, or occasionally just requests to make lists to then expand on in lieu of being interviewed. That’s okay, I guess. A while back I was asked to write a piece about 10 songs i loved and why. Well, I did it and for whatever reason the piece was cut. But because I ACTUALLY DO LOVE THESE SONGS I resubmit to y'all–the great internet public–ten of my all time favorite soul songs.

The world of soul music is as wide as it is deep. Oldies radio does the genre a huge disservice by focusing almost entirely on Motown and ignoring regional records of the era whose influence proved just as important to British and American rock acts. Here is a quick list of some awesome soul cuts that might be a bit fresher to the uninitiated. All these tracks are really classics of soul and I guarantee would be a welcome addition to any playlist.

Express Yourself–Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Charles brings an unrivaled level of excitement to his vocal performance. By the end of the song it seems he is truly losing his mind. If you find yourself dj'ing a wedding–this song will fill the dance floor, and get ‘em swinging from the chandeliers just about as well as any track out there.

I Can’t Stand the Rain–Ann Peebles
The percolating drum machine in this track sets a haunted vibe that all drum programmers envy. It’s a good sample, but it’s an even better song! Wait for the song—anyone who has had their heartbroken can feel this.

It’s Your Thing–The Isley Bros.
The pride of Teaneck NJ, Isley Brothers career spans the entire pop era, and their influence over black music is impossible to quantify. The Isley Brothers career is amazing in almost every way, and their transition into the funkier side of things led to some amazing recordings. This is one of them.

Teasin’ You–Willie Tee
Willie Tee specialized in this kind of song, and revisited the form in few different tracks. Although the track has a very light touch there is an insidious undertow. I bet Willie was a tough dude.

Check Your Bucket–Eddie Bo
Growing up in Boston I knew the Duke and the Drivers version that was in constant rotation on WBCN, along with J. Geils Band covers of soul classic from the mid-sixties. Hearing the original recording lead me into the whole world of New Orleans soul, where this track along with “Hook and Sling” is the thing of legend. Eddie Bo had a very long career but much of it took place in the 45 rpm single era, so his legacy is largely lost except to rare record collectors and some placements on compilations.

O-O-H Child–The Five Stairsteps
This was a staple of 70s pop radio. The track is an ever shifting, strangely triumphant parade of different vocalists, toggling between the smooth female vocals to the explosive smoldering male lead. It also has possibly the most extreme stereo panning of tom fills ever committed to tape.

Tramp–Carla Thomas and Otis Redding
This is a sweet slice of the Stax Records session band ripping it up. Carla Thomas and Otis Redding, who recorded an entire album of great duets for the label, seem to be having the time of their lives on this joyful, hilarious track.

It’s a Shame–The Spinners
Although this is a later track from the soul era with many of the elements of the Philadelphia Sound, it was actually produced by a very young Stevie Wonder. It is clean and slick but in a great way–the song just builds and builds to an amazing crescendo of groove and arrangement.

Yes We Can Can—Lee Dorsey
It’s hard to imagine the author of Glen Campbell’s Southern Nights is also responsible for some of the funkiest music ever recorded but it’s true. This tracks author Allen Toussaint seems to rediscovered every ten years or so, and for very good reason. He is impossibly talented—record producer, piano player, singer, and horn arranger (check out “Rock of Ages” by the Band) He is also the writer of countless hit songs for other soul, funk, and rock acts. But personally I find his own recordings often the best versions of his songs–and while the Pointer Sisters version of this song was a far bigger deal, Toussaint’s original production with Lee Dorsey was the one that got me hooked.

Bass in Soul and Funk Music

Basslines are the heart and soul of any good funk song and the centerpiece of Soul and Funk songs. In fact the bassline has always ruled the dancefloor and we want to celebrate this with another bassline top 20 in soul and funk music.

20 Funky basslines in Soul and Funk music

Top 10 Basslines in Gospel Music  and much more funky basslines!

Top 10 basslines in Soul and Funk Music

Bassists are the backbone to any soul and funk track and the bassline has always ruled the dancefloor and we want to celebrate this with a bassline top 10 in soul and funk music

I’m sure we will find more tracks with awesome basslines.Will be continued….

  1. Captain Buckles - David Newman (Captain Buckles, 1971)
  2. For The Love Of Money - The O’Jays (Ship Ahoy, 1973)
  3. For What It’s Worth - The Voices Of East Harlem (Right On Be Free, 1970)
  4. High on You - Sly and The Family Stone (High on You, 1975)
  5. I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 (Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, 1969)
  6. Memphis Soul Stew - King Curtis & The Kingpins f bass from Jerry Jemmott.
  7. Release Yourself - Graham Central Station ‎(Release Yourself, 1974)
  8. The Unforgiven - Scorpio and His People (The Unforgiven / Theme From Movietown Sound, 1972)
  9. When I’m Gone - Brenda Holloway (When I’m Gone / I’ve Been Good To You, 1965)
  10. (Working My Way Back In) Funky Thing - The Unifics (Dawn Of A New Day / (Working My Way Back In) Funky Thing, 1971)

History of Rap: The Best Proto Rap, Part 2

Proto Rap 

Before There Was Rap, There Were The Last Poets, Micky Grant, Gary Bird and …… Last year we’ve posted part 1 of the History of Rap. And yes, we’ve found 10 more ancestors of rap songs. Listen to part 2 of rap ‘avant la lettre’.

History of Rap

  1. Delights of the Garden - The Last Poets with Bernard Purdie (Delights Of The Garden, 1977)
  2. Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope - Micky Grant (Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, 1972)
  3. Ego Tripping - Nikki Giovanni And The New York Community Choir (Truth Is On Its Way, 1971)
  4. Every Brother Aint a Brother - Gary Byrd (Every Brother Ain’t A Brother / Are You Really Ready For Black Power, 1970)
  5. Love Potion-Cheeba Cheeba - Mighty Tom Cats (Love Potion-Cheeba Cheeba / Finger In It, 1973)
  6. The Payback - James Brown ‎(The Payback, 1973)
  7. Put a Curse on You - Melvin van Peebles (Ain’t Supposed To Die A Natural Death, 1974)
  8. The Signifyin’ Monkey - The Johnny Otis Show (Cold Shot, 1968)
  9. Troglodyte (Cave Man) - The Jimmy Castor Bunch (It’s Just Begun, 1972)
  10. What Do I Have? - Nancy Dupree with Group Of Rochester, NY Youngsters (Ghetto Reality, 1970)

Read more about Proto Rap and the History of Rap.

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Homestuck in general cuz homestuck
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Whose Line Is It Anyway?
American Horror Story
TMNT (2003)
Wreck-It Ralph
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General music stuff/original music/covers

Top 15 Songs to Honor Martin Luther King

Today is Martin Luther King Day. On this day we celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. Here are 15 songs to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and ideals.

  1. Abraham, Martin and John - Marvin Gaye (That’s the Way Love Is, 1970)
  2. American Dream- Bobby Womack (The Poet II, 1984)
  3. Ballad Of Birmingham - Jerry Moore (Life is a Constant Journey Home, 1967)
  4. Blues For Martin Luther King - Otis Spann (Rare Chicago Blues 1962-68, 1968)
  5. The Edge Of A Dream - Minnie Riperton ‎(Perfect Angel, 1974)
  6. Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder (Hotter Than July, 1980)
  7. Heaven Will Welcome You, Dr. King - Big Maybelle (Eleanor Rigby / Heaven Will Welcome You Dr. King, 1968)
  8. I Have A Dream - Solomon Burke (I Have A Dream, 1974)
  9. The Memory Of Dr. Martin Luther King - Bill Moss And The Celestials (I Ain’t Gonna Sing No Rock and Roll, 1983)
  10. Remember Martin Luther King - Shirley Wahls  (Remember Martin Luther King - Shirley Wahls / Walking - Tom Washington Band, 1976)
  11. Time Brings On a Change - Leroy Hutson (Love Oh Love, 1973)
  12. Tribute To Dr. King - The Loving Sisters (A Tribute To Dr. Martin L. King, 1968)
  13. Tributo A Martin Luther King - Wilson Simonal (Tributo A Martin Luther King, 1967)
  14. We’re A Winner - The Impressions (We’re A Winner, 1968)
  15. Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead) - Nina Simone (‘Nuff Said!, 1969)

Soul Tribute Songs

Ten Great Tribute Songs (songs written to salute other artists) and songs written about other musicians.

  1. Aretha; Sing One For Me - George Jackson (Aretha; Sing One For Me / I’m Gonna Wait, 1972)
  2. Blues for Billie Holiday- Terry Callier (Lookin’ Out, 2004)
  3. Cole, Cooke and Redding - Wilson Pickett (Cole, Cooke and Redding / Sugar, Sugar, 1970)
  4. Crystal Closet Queen - Leon Russell (Leon Russell and the Shelter People, 1971). A tribute to Little Richard.
  5. Otis Sleep On - Arthur Conley ‎(Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da / Otis Sleep On, 1968)
  6. Sister Aretha - Memphis Black (The Soul Club, 1969)   
  7. Song for Aretha - Bernard Purdie (Soul Is… Pretty Purdie, 1972)
  8. A Song for Donny - The Whispers (The Whispers, 1979)
  9. Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley ‎(Sweet Soul Music, 1967)
  10. A Tribute To A King - William Bell (A Tribute To A King, 1967)