If you have spent ANY amount of time with me, you probably know that I love soul music. I love soul music. It cuts to the core of me. I could (and do) listen to it all damn day long.
There's a great quote from "The Sapphires" that wonderfully explains soul music. Chris O'Dowd says, "Country and western music is about loss. Soul music is also about loss.
But the difference is in country and western music, they've lost,
they've given up and they are just all whining about it. In soul music
they are struggling to get it back, they haven't given up."
Today I had a lot of time on my hands, which has been so uncommon lately that I sort of panicked about it. My boyfriend wasn't around and I had zero improv-related obligations. So, I sat around and listened to a lot of soul music. And I made a playlist that I would like to share... for those who would like to listen to a real good playlist. Or dip their toes into the wonderful world of soul music.
It should be mentioned that you could listen to anything by Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Etta James or Michael Jackson (the early years) and be totally satisfied. But.. for some variety in your soul.
I'm a nerd.
1. Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight and The Pips (or Marvin Gaye, they're very different versions but both are awesome.)
3. I Can't Get Next To You - The Temptations
4. Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke
5. I Can't Turn You Loose - Otis Redding
6. Who's Loving You - Jackson 5
7. Son of a Preacher Man - Aretha Franklin (or Dusty Springfield. I just love Aretha's voice.)
8. You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
9. Baby I Need Your Loving - Four Tops
10. Hold On I'm Coming - Sam and Dave
11. You've Really Got A Hold On Me - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (this might be my favorite song of all time)
12. You're All I Need To Get By - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (my favorite pair!)
13. It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World - James Brown
14. W-O-M-A-N - Etta James (the essential blues song.)
15. Love and Happiness - Al Green
16. Do You Love Me - The Contours
17. Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson
18. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers (OR Michael Jackson.)
19. I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder
20. Never Can Say Goodbye - Jackson 5
21. I Hear A Symphony - The Supremes (or Jackson 5, my favorite version is theirs.)
22. If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight and The Pips
23. Chain Of Fools AND I Never Loved A Man - Aretha Franklin
24. A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke (although I like the Otis Redding version a little better)
25. Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
26. I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding
27. I'm Your Puppet - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (melts my heart.)
28. If I Can't Have You - Etta James and Harvey Fuqua (second favorite song of all time)
29. To Be Loved - Jackie Wilson
30. Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
31. You Send Me - Sam Cooke
32. My Girl - The Temptations OR Otis Redding OR Jackson 5... I just can't decide which is my favorite.
33. Reach Out (I'll Be There) - Four Tops
34. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
35. You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
36. You Don't Own Me - Dusty Springfield
37. What A Man - Linda Lyndell
38. Heatwave - Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
39. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted - The Contours
40. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher - Jackie Wilson
41. Get Ready - The Tempations
42. Respect - Otis Redding OR Aretha Franklin
43. That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin On - Sam Cooke
44. Soul Sister, Brown Sugar - Sam and Dave
45. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
46. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers (or, again, Michael Jackson)
47. I Want You Back - Jackson 5
48. Knock On Wood - Otis Redding and Carla Thomas
49. Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
50. Feel It (Don't Fight It) - Sam Cooke