Category Archives: R&B

My favorite songs: “King Holiday”

As the story goes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s son Dexter Scott King called Kurtis Blow, and asked him to make a record celebrating the legacy of his father, and the (then-)forthcoming national holiday for him, which was first celebrated … Continue reading

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

My favorite songs: “I Got Him All the Time (He’s Mine Remix)”

The early-mid ’90s were glory days for R&B, with girl groups everywhere, good for a couple singles before they disappeared. And at least one of ’em almost always had a remix with a guest rapper, as those versions were just … Continue reading

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

My favorite songs: “For the Cool in You (Quiet Storm Vocal Mix)”

Babyface’s third solo album, 1993’s For the Cool in You, was the one which really broke him hugely to pop audiences as well as his native R&B. (Tender Lover spun off a number of pop hits at the height of … Continue reading

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

My favorite songs: “Rock-A-Lott”

No, this isn’t my favorite Aretha single, not by any stretch. It’s not even my favorite song on the ’86 Aretha album. But no other Aretha record features the Queen of Soul demanding “Freaks! Get up against the wall!” to a … Continue reading

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

My favorite songs: “Good Kisser”

What I said upon the release of “Good Kisser” in Spring 2014: “Coming out of anyone else’s mouth, let alone JT’s, these oversexed come-ons (really, they’re come-afters) would sound gross. But Usher, uniquely, has the panache to get them over. 20 … Continue reading

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

My favorite songs: “The Comfort Zone”

The story of Vanessa Williams is a fascinating one: the first African-American woman to be named Miss America, only to have the title stripped from her due to a nude photo shoot she’d done previously, which Penthouse got their grubby mitts … Continue reading

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

Pop top 40 + Soul top 20: 8/6/77

Here’s the Spotify playlist, minus two songs. Make sure you read all the way down for a bonus: the top 20 R&B records this week (which are far superior to those on the pop chart). 1 1 I JUST WANT TO BE … Continue reading

Posted in 1970s, charts, pop, R&B