Category Archives: my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “I Could Use A Little Love (Right Now),” Freddie Jackson

Freddie Jackson’s chart stats are something else: from 1985 to 1992, he hit the R&B top 10, 18 times. Of those 18 hits, 10 made it to #1, with another three stopping at #2 — who wouldn’t want that batting … Continue reading

Posted in 1990s, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “This Is Not America,” David Bowie with the Pat Metheny Group

From The Singles Jukebox’s David Bowie tribute, January 2016: It somehow made perfect sense that, on the heels of Tonight, Bowie should collaborate with jazz-fusion superstars the Pat Metheny Group on a single from their soundtrack to the US-USSR espionage … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “There’s Nothing Better Than Love,” Luther Vandross with Gregory Hines

The follow-up to Vandross’s R&B #1 “Stop to Love,” this lighter-than-air midtempo R&B number duly followed it to the top in early May ’87. (Not surprisingly, it stopped at #50 on the Hot 100.) It might feel like a bit … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs, R&B

My favorite songs: “One Love,” Whodini

Whodini were different. They were an ’80s hip hop group from NYC who weren’t hardcore at all. Their first album featured production from, among others, Conny Plank and Thomas Dolby. And their first smash, “Friends” (#4 R&B, 1985), features as … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, hip hop, my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “The Killing of Georgie (Part I & II),” Rod Stewart

Say what you will about Rod Stewart — I mean, we all do — but I will forever appreciate that he wrote, recorded, and got his record company to release as a single a song that was a positive portrayal … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, my favorite songs, rock

My favorite songs: “Hooked on Classics,” the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

In late 1981, a very — odd? unique? standout? Casey Kasem called it “most unusual” — single entered the Billboard Hot 100. It was a medley of 14 individual classical compositions, set to a roughly disco beat and played by … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, my favorite songs

My favorite songs: “Hurt You”

Toni Braxton & Babyface’s Love, Marriage and Divorce, as we get closer to decade’s end, increasingly sounds the decade’s best album, the R&B cousin of Shoot Out the Lights. Between ‘Face’s pen and that stunning ache in Braxton’s voice, “Hurt You” … Continue reading

Posted in 2010s, my favorite songs, R&B