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Classic Soul Radio 100 Must Have R&B Recordings

Rhythm & Blues is a term used to describe the blues-influenced form of music predominantly performed by African-Americans since the late 1930s. The term “Rhythm and Blues” was first introduced into the American lexicon in the late 1940s: The name’s origin was created for use as a musical marketing term by Billboard magazine. In 1949, then-Billboard magazine reporter Jerry Wexler (who later went on to become a music producer) created the term for Billboard to designate upbeat popular music performed by African American artists that combined Blues and Jazz.

The “Rhythm & Blues” term was created to replace the designation “race music,” which until then was the standard catch-all phase used in reference to most music made by blacks at the time. After the “race music” term was deemed offensive, Billboard began using the Rhythm & Blues name that Wexler created.

The meaning behind the name is this: the “rhythm”part comes from the music’s typical dependence upon four-beat measures or bars and employs a backbeat (beats two and four accented in each measure). The “blues” portion came from the lyrics and melodies of the songs, which were often sad or “blue” during the music’s emergence in the World War II era. Over time the name was shortened to R&B as a matter of convenience.

By the 1970s, rhythm and blues was being used as a blanket term to describe soul and funk as well. Today, the term can be used to loosely define most African-American urban music, even though soul and funk can be placed in categories of their own.


100 R&B Recordings You Should Have In Your Collection

Here is our compilation of the top 100 R&B songs of all time. This list is in no particular order. Which ones do you have? Which have we missed or left out? Comment below. Hope you like and enjoy the selection! Click on the iTunes icon beside each song to listen to a preview of the song, or to purchase the song from the iTunes store. Remember, each time you make a purchase through our web site, you help support Classic Soul Radio, a registered not-for-profit organization. We thank you for your patronage and support!

  1. My Girl – Temptations iTunes
  2. Respect – Aretha Franklin iTunes
  3. You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics iTunes
  4. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye iTunes
  5. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye iTunes
  6. A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke iTunes
  7. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green iTunes
  8. Just To Be Close To You – The Commodores iTunes
  9. Stay in My Corner – Dells iTunes
  10. Reasons – Earth Wind & Fire iTunes
  11. Love is the Message – MFSB iTunes
  12. Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips iTunes
  13. La La Means I Love You – Delfonics iTunes
  14. Hypnotized – Linda Jones iTunes
  15. I Do Love You – Billy Stewart iTunes
  16. Always And Forever – Heatwave iTunes
  17. If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes iTunes
  18. If You Think You’re Lonely Now – Bobby Womack iTunes
  19. Forever Mine – The O’Jays iTunes
  20. House is Not a Home – Luther Vandross iTunes
  21. Say It Loud – James Brown iTunes
  22. Doin’ It to Death – Fred Wesley & the JBs iTunes
  23. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge iTunes
  24. Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now – McFadden & Whitehead iTunes
  25. Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding iTunes
  26. Ain’t No Way – Aretha Franklin iTunes
  27. At Last – Etta James iTunes
  28. The Tracks Of My Tears – Miracles iTunes
  29. Stand by Me – Ben E. King iTunes
  30. Aint Too Proud To Beg – Temptations iTunes
  31. Me & Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul iTunes
  32. Love and Happiness – Al Green iTunes
  33. Please, Please, Please – James Brown & the Famous Flames iTunes
  34. Just My Imagination – Temptations iTunes
  35. For Your Precious Love – Jerry Butler & the Impressions iTunes
  36. Sitting in the Park – Billy Stewart iTunes
  37. Function at the Junction – Shorty Long iTunes
  38. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye iTunes
  39. For the Love of Money – O’Jays iTunes
  40. Soul Man – Sam & Dave iTunes
  41. You Send Me – Sam Cooke iTunes
  42. Girl You Need a Change of Mind – Eddie Kendricks iTunes
  43. My Guy – Mary Wells iTunes
  44. I Only Have Eyes for You – Flamingos iTunes
  45. Sex Machine – James Brown iTunes
  46. Still Water (Love) – Four Tops iTunes
  47. Sideshow – Blue Magic iTunes
  48. I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye iTunes
  49. It’s A Man’s Man’s World – James Brown iTunes
  50. As – Stevie Wonder iTunes
  51. Back Stabbers – O’Jays iTunes
  52. People Get Ready – Impressions iTunes
  53. Bring It on Home to Me – Sam Cooke iTunes
  54. Hold On I’m Coming – Sam & Dave iTunes
  55. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – Jimmy Ruffin iTunes
  56. Always Together – Dells iTunes
  57. Do Right Woman Do Right Man – Aretha Franklin iTunes
  58. I’ve Been Loving You too Long – Otis Redding iTunes
  59. Distant Lover (live) – Marvin Gaye iTunes
  60. Ain’t Understanding Mellow – Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager iTunes
  61. The Love We Had – Dells iTunes
  62. Kiss and Say Goodbye – Manhattans iTunes
  63. Cold Sweat – James Brown iTunes
  64. Shotgun – Jr. Walker & the All Stars iTunes
  65. Up On The Roof – Drifters iTunes
  66. Inner City Blues – Marvin Gaye iTunes
  67. I’ll Always Love My Mama – Intruders iTunes
  68. A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin iTunes
  69. World of Fantasy – 5 Stairsteps iTunes
  70. Soul Finger – Barkays iTunes
  71. Mighty Love – Spinners iTunes
  72. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag – James Brown iTunes
  73. Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner iTunes
  74. I’m So Proud – Main Ingredient iTunes
  75. The Love I Lost – Blue Notes iTunes
  76. Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville iTunes
  77. Summer Madness – Kool & the Gang iTunes
  78. Neither One of Us – Gladys Knight & the Pips iTunes
  79. Walk Away from Love – David Ruffin iTunes
  80. By the Time I Get to Phoenix – Isaac Hayes iTunes
  81. Stubborn Kind of Fellow – Marvin Gaye with the Vandellas iTunes
  82. Oh What a Night (1969 version) – Dells iTunes
  83. Sad Girl – Jay Wiggins iTunes
  84. If I Were Your Woman – Gladys Knight & the Pips iTunes
  85. These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding iTunes
  86. Natural High – Bloodstone iTunes
  87. It’s A New Day – James Brown iTunes
  88. I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James iTunes
  89. Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles iTunes
  90. Stairway to Heaven – O’Jays iTunes
  91. Rainbow ’65 – Gene Chandler iTunes
  92. Cause I Love You – Lenny Williams iTunes
  93. Where Is the Party – Helena Ferguson iTunes
  94. Before I Let Go – Frankie Beverly & Maze iTunes
  95. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson iTunes
  96. I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Gladys Knight & the Pips iTunes
  97. I Never Loved a Man – Aretha Franklin iTunes
  98. Make Me Yours – Bettye Swann iTunes
  99. For the Love of You – Isley Brothers iTunes
  100. One Nation under a Groove – Funkadelic iTunes


Classic Soul Radio 100 Must Have Gospel Recordings


100 Gospel Recordings You Should Have In Your Collection

Here is our compilation of the top 100 Gospel songs of all time. This list is in no particular order. Which ones do you have? Which have we missed or left out? Comment below. Hope you like and enjoy the selection! Click on the iTunes icon beside each song to listen to a preview of the song, or to purchase the song from the iTunes store. Remember, each time you make a purchase through our web site, you help support Classic Soul Radio, a registered not-for-profit organization. We thank you for your patronage and support!

  1. A Change Is Gonna Come – Aaron Neville iTunes
  2. A Message For The Saints – Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers iTunes
  3. A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men iTunes
  4. Addictive Love – BeBe and CeCe Winans iTunes
  5. Alabaster Box – CeCe Winans iTunes
  6. As Long As I Got King Jesus – Vickie Winans iTunes
  7. Balm in Gilead – Karen Clark-Sheard iTunes
  8. Blessed and Highly Favored – The Clark Sisters iTunes
  9. Cooling Water – Williams Brothers iTunes
  10. Coronation – Richard Smallwood with Vision iTunes
  11. Devotion – Earth, Wind and Fire iTunes
  12. Everyday – Darwin Hobbs iTunes
  13. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – Al Green iTunes
  14. For My Good – LaShun Pace iTunes
  15. God Favored Me – Hezekiah Walker iTunes
  16. Goin’ Up Yonder – W. Hawkins and the Love Choir iTunes
  17. He saw the best in me – Marvin Sapp iTunes
  18. Healed – Donald Lawrence iTunes
  19. Heaven – Mary Mary iTunes
  20. He’s Able – Kirk Franklin iTunes
  21. He’s An On-Time God – Dottie Peoples iTunes
  22. I Need Your Spirit – Daryl Coley iTunes
  23. Hold My Mule – Shirley Caesar iTunes
  24. Hold On (Change is Coming) – Sounds of Blackness iTunes
  25. Holy Is The Lamb – Oleta Adams iTunes
  26. I Am Redeemed – Rev. Jessy Dixon and the Chicago Community Choir iTunes
  27. I Give You Praise – The Richard Smallwood Singers iTunes
  28. I Love The Lord – Whitney Houston iTunes
  29. I Smile- Kirk Franklin iTunes
  30. I Need You Now – Smokie Norful iTunes
  31. I Surrender All – CeCe Winans iTunes
  32. I Thank You – Chicago Mass Choir iTunes
  33. If God is Dead – The Mighty Clouds of Joy iTunes
  34. If Trouble Don’t Come Today – Inez Andrews iTunes
  35. Demon Killa – Gospel Gangstaz iTunes
  36. I’ll Take You There – Staple Singers iTunes
  37. I’m Available to You – Rev. Milton Brunson & the Thompson Community Singers iTunes
  38. I’m Still Here – Albertina Walker iTunes
  39. In The Spirit – Ann Nesby iTunes
  40. It Shall Be Done – T.D. Jakes iTunes
  41. It’s Time – The Winans iTunes
  42. I’ve Got A Testimony – Rev. Clay Evans and The AARC Mass Choir iTunes
  43. Jesus Be a Fence – Fred Hammond iTunes
  44. Jesus I love calling your name – Shirley Ceasar iTunes
  45. Jesus Is Love – The Commodores iTunes
  46. Jesus Is My Help – Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir iTunes
  47. Jesus, Lover of My Soul – Edwin Hawkins Singers iTunes
  48. Jesus, You’ve Been Good to Me – The Gospel Keynotes iTunes
  49. Joy in my soul – Rance Allen iTunes
  50. Lean On Me – Bill Withers iTunes
  51. Let Me Tell It – Commissioned iTunes
  52. Let The Praise Begin – Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ iTunes
  53. Lift Me Up (Live) – Tramaine Hawkins iTunes
  54. Lord Prepare Me To Be A Sanctuary – West Angeles Church of God in Christ Mass Choir iTunes
  55. Love Brought Me Back – Helen Baylor iTunes
  56. Mary, Don’t You Weep – Aretha Franklin iTunes
  57. More Than A Melody- Yolanda Adams iTunes
  58. Movin’ – Mighty Clouds of Joy iTunes
  59. My Mind is Made Up – Rev. Milton Brunson & the Thompson Community Singers iTunes
  60. My Soul Has Been Anchored – Douglas Miller iTunes
  61. Never would have made it – Marvin Sapp iTunes
  62. Oh, Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins Singers iTunes
  63. Bound For Mount Zion – Salt Of The Earth iTunes
  64. Peace In The Valley – Take 6 iTunes
  65. Ain’t No Harm Done – Marion Williams iTunes
  66. Precious Lord (Take My Hand) – Al Green iTunes
  67. Put Your Hands – Trin-i-tee 5:7 iTunes
  68. Roll Me Through The Rushes – Chaka Khan iTunes
  69. Rough Side of the Mountain – Rev. F.C. Barnes and Rev. Janice Brown iTunes
  70. Say Amen – Howard Hewett iTunes
  71. Set Me Free – Myron Butler & Levi iTunes
  72. Show Up! – The New Life Community Choir featuring John P. Kee iTunes
  73. So Good – Colorado Mass Choir Featuring Joe Pace iTunes
  74. So Good To Me – Vanessa Bell Armstrong iTunes
  75. Soon and Very Soon – Andrae Crouch iTunes
  76. Souled Out – Hezekiah Walker iTunes
  77. Stand On Your Feet – Lamar Campbell & Spirit Of Praise iTunes
  78. Still I rise – Yolanda Adams iTunes
  79. Stir Up The Gift – Colorado Mass Choir iTunes
  80. A God Like You – Kirk Franklin iTunes
  81. Strength – The New Life Community Choir Featuring John P. Kee iTunes
  82. Take Me Back – Andrae Crouch iTunes
  83. Take the Shackles Off My Feet – Mary Mary iTunes
  84. Testify – Dottie Peoples iTunes
  85. Take My Hand Precious Lord – Mahalia Jackson iTunes
  86. The Battle Is The Lord’s – Yolanda Adams iTunes
  87. The Call – Anointed iTunes
  88. The Lady, Her Lover and Lord – Bishop T.D. Jakes, Sr. Ft., Shirley Murdock iTunes
  89. The Potter’s House – Walter & Tramaine Hawkins iTunes
  90. Tomorrow – The Winans iTunes
  91. Total Praise – Richard Smallwood iTunes
  92. Victory Chant – Donnie McClurkin iTunes
  93. Wait On Him – New Life Community Choir featuring John P. Kee iTunes
  94. Walk In The Light – Aretha Franklin iTunes
  95. War Cry – Micah Stampley iTunes
  96. Waymaker – Billy Rivers & Angelic Voices of Faith iTunes
  97. We Fall Down But We Get Up – Donnie McClurkin iTunes
  98. What A Friend – Bobby Jones and New Life with the Nashville Super Choir iTunes
  99. What Joy – Shirley Caesar iTunes
  100. Every Praise – Hezekiah Walker iTunes



Classic Soul Radio 100 Must Have Reggae Recordings

Background: Reggae – Around 1960, in the slums of Kingston Jamaica, where the local bands were playing a musical mixture of American R&B, Caribbean, and pan-African sounds, drummers began to emphasize the afterbeat, the 2nd and 4th beats (4/4 time) in unison with the piano and guitar while the bass played walking quarter notes. The musicians called the sound “Upside-down R&B”. It soon became known as “Ska”. As time passed Ska slowed the beat, lost its brass sound and morphed into “Rocksteady”, performed with fewer musicians and using more harmony vocals. Around 1968 the influences of Rastafari and Africanism along with political and social unrest in Jamaica gave birth to “Reggae”, with a slower, stripped-down, less “Pop-like” sound often with accents added on the 3rd beat. Today the term “Reggae” applies broadly to all the Jamaican born music that contains the original afterbeat rhythm. Criteria: This top 200 songs list contains the classic Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dancehall and Dub songs from Jamaica along with newer songs from Reggae artists in the U.K., U.S. and Africa. Rankings are based on initial and lasting popularity as well as influence and impact in Reggae music. (Note: These are Reggae songs by Reggae artists. Not the occasional reggae song recorded by non-reggae artists.) line650

100 Reggae Recordings You Should Have In Your Collection

Here is our compilation of the top 100 Reggae songs of all time. This list is in no particular order. Which ones do you have? Which have we missed or left out? Comment below. Hope you like and enjoy the selection! Click on the iTunes icon beside each song to listen to a preview of the song, or to purchase the song from the iTunes store. Remember, each time you make a purchase through our web site, you help support Classic Soul Radio, a registered not-for-profit organization. We thank you for your patronage and support!

  1. No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  2. Israelites – Desmond Dekker & the Aces iTunes
  3. Stir It Up – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  4. Pressure Drop – Toots & the Maytals iTunes
  5. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff iTunes
  6. One Love – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  7. 54-46 That’s My Number – Toots & the Maytals iTunes
  8. Satta Massagana – The Abyssinians iTunes
  9. Funky Kingston – Toots & the Maytals iTunes
  10. Montego Bay – Freddie Notes & The Rudies iTunes
  11. Many Rivers To Cross – Jimmy Cliff iTunes
  12. Marcus Garvey – Burning Spear iTunes
  13. Legalize It – Peter Tosh iTunes
  14. Redemption Song – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  15. Here I Come – Dennis Brown iTunes
  16. Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  17. Rudy Got Soul – Desmond Dekker & The Aces iTunes
  18. The Tide Is High – The Paragons iTunes
  19. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  20. Everything I Own – Ken Boothe iTunes
  21. Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs iTunes
  22. You Don’t Care – The Techniques iTunes
  23. Vietnam – Jimmy Cliff iTunes
  24. Rivers Of Babylon – The Melodians iTunes
  25. Police & Thieves – Junior Murvin iTunes
  26. Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  27. Red Red Wine – UB40 iTunes
  28. Cherry Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson iTunes
  29. (I Am) The Upsetter – Lee “Scratch” Perry iTunes
  30. Sitting & Watching – Dennis Brown iTunes
  31. Jammin’ – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  32. Wear You To The Ball – U-Roy & The Paragons iTunes
  33. Two Sevens Clash – Culture iTunes
  34. I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  35. Any day Now- Willie Williams iTunes
  36. 007 Shanty Town – Desmond Dekker & The Aces iTunes
  37. A Love I Can Feel – John Holt iTunes
  38. Revolution – Dennis Brown iTunes
  39. Queen Majesty – The Techniques iTunes
  40. Natty Rebel – U-Roy iTunes
  41. Loving Pauper – Dobby Dobson iTunes
  42. Natural Mystic – Bob Marley iTunes
  43. Equal Rights – Peter Tosh iTunes
  44. Rocksteady – Alton Ellis & The Flames iTunes
  45. Do The Reggay – Toots & the Maytals iTunes
  46. Don’t Stay Away – Phyllis Dillon iTunes
  47. Baby Why – The Cables iTunes
  48. One Blood – Junior Reid iTunes
  49. Iron Lion Zion – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  50. Book Of The Rules – The Heptones iTunes
  51. Telephone Love – JC Lodge iTunes
  52. Blackheart Man – Bunny Wailer iTunes
  53. Nanny Goat – Larry & Alvin Marshall iTunes
  54. Waste – Bob Andy iTunes
  55. Tenement Yard – Jacob Miller iTunes
  56. Ba Ba Boom – The Jamaicans iTunes
  57. I’m Still In Love With You – Alton Ellis iTunes
  58. Pass The Kutchie – The Mighty Diamonds iTunes
  59. Wonderful World, Beautiful People – Jimmy Cliff iTunes
  60. Mama Africa – Peter Tosh iTunes
  61. Fade Away – Jr. Byles iTunes
  62. How Could I Leave – Dennis Brown iTunes
  63. Soon Forward – Gregory Isaacs iTunes
  64. Trenchtown Rock – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  65. Westbound Train – Dennis Brown iTunes
  66. Cool Rasta – The Heptones iTunes
  67. My Conversation – Slim Smith & The Uniques iTunes
  68. You Can Get It If You Really Want – Jimmy Cliff iTunes
  69. Now That We Found Love – Third World iTunes
  70. Talk About Love – Pat Kelly iTunes
  71. I Need A Roof – The Mighty Diamonds iTunes
  72. 1865 (96 Degrees In The Shade) – Third World iTunes
  73. Declaration of Rights – The Abyssinians iTunes
  74. War Inna Babylon – Max Romeo iTunes
  75. Big Ship – Freddie McGregor iTunes
  76. Waiting In Vain – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  77. Guess Who’s Comming To Dinner – Black Uhuru iTunes
  78. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash iTunes
  79. What One Dance Can Do – Beres Hammond iTunes
  80. Crying Over You – Ken Boothe iTunes
  81. Someone Loves You – JC Lodge iTunes
  82. Sonny’s Lettah – Linton Kwesi Johnson iTunes
  83. What Kind Of World – The Cables iTunes
  84. Rain From The Sky – Delroy Wilson iTunes
  85. Everything Crash – The Ethiopians iTunes
  86. Love Me Forever – Carlton & The Shoes iTunes
  87. Johnny Too Bad – The Slickers iTunes
  88. Love Is My Religion – Ziggy Marley iTunes
  89. Monkey Man – Toots & the Maytals iTunes
  90. War – Bob Marley & the Wailers iTunes
  91. Can I Change My Mind – Alton Ellis iTunes
  92. Duppy Gunman – Ernie Smith iTunes
  93. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng – Yellowman iTunes
  94. Black Cinderella – Errol Dunkley iTunes
  95. Have Mercy – The Mighty Diamonds iTunes
  96. Tumblin Down – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers iTunes
  97. My Boy Lollipop – Millie Small iTunes
  98. Hold Me Tight – Johnny Nash iTunes
  99. Angel – Shaggy & Rayvon iTunes
  100. Dreadlocks In Moonlight – Lee “Scratch” Perry iTunes

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Classic Soul Radio 100 Must Have Jazz Recordings


100 Jazz Recordings You Should Have In Your Collection

Here is our compilation of the top 100 jazz songs of all time. This list is in no particular order. Which ones do you have? Which have we missed or left out? Hope you like and enjoy! Comment below. Click on the iTunes icon iTunes besides each song to listen to a preview of the song, or to purchase your song from the iTunes store.
  1. “So What” – Miles Davis iTunes
  2. “My Favorite Things” – John Coltrane iTunes
  3. “Take Five” – Dave Brubeck iTunes
  4. “Acknowledgement” – John Coltrane iTunes
  5. “Birdland” – Weather Report iTunes
  6. “Freddie Freeloader” – Miles Davis iTunes
  7. “Psalm” – John Coltrane iTunes
  8. “Strange Fruit” – Billie Holiday iTunes
  9. “Salt Peanuts” – Dizzy Gillespie iTunes
  10. “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” – Cannonball Adderley iTunes
  11. “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” – Charles Mingus iTunes
  12. “Chameleon” – Herbie Hancock and the HeadhuntersiTunes
  13. “Straight Life” – Freddy Hubbard iTunes
  14. “The Creator has a Master Plan” – Pharaoh Sanders iTunes
  15. “Blue in Green” – Miles Davis iTunes
  16. “One O’Clock Jump” – Count Basie iTunes
  17. “Bumpin’ on Sunset” – Wes Montgomery iTunes
  18. Naima” – John Coltrane iTunes
  19. “Back at the Chicken Shack” – Jimmy Smith iTunes
  20. “Mister Magic” – Grover Washington, Jr. iTunes
  21. “Giant Steps” – John Coltrane iTunes
  22. “In a Silent Way” – Miles Davis iTunes
  23. “Dolphin Dance” – Herbie Hancock iTunes
  24. “In N’ Out” – Joe Henderson iTunes
  25. “Resolution” – John Coltrane iTunes
  26. “Alone Together” – Grant Green iTunes
  27. “St. Louis Blues” – W.C. Handy iTunes
  28. “Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus” – Sun Ra and his Arkestra iTunes
  29. “Tipitina” – Professor Longhair iTunes
  30. “Breakfast Feud” – Charlie Christian iTunes
  31. “Naguine” – Django Reinhardt iTunes
  32. “It Might as Well be Spring” – Sarah Vaughan iTunes
  33. “Captain Fingers” – Lee Ritenour iTunes
  34. “Science Funktion” – Donald Byrd iTunes
  35. “Blue Rondo A La Turk” – Dave Brubeck iTunes
  36. “A Remark You Made” – Weather Report iTunes
  37. “Black Satin” – Miles Davis iTunes<
  38. “Just the Two of Us” – Grover Washington, Jr. iTunes
  39. “Minnie the Moocher” – Cab Calloway iTunes
  40. “Aerial Boundaries” – Michael Hedges iTunes
  41. “Red Clay” – Freddie Hubbard iTunes
  42. “Round Midnight” – Thelonious Monk iTunes
  43. “Bright Size Life” – Pat Metheny iTunes
  44. “Maiden Voyage” – Herbie Hancock iTunes
  45. “Portrait of Tracy” – Jaco Pastorious iTunes
  46. “Mood Indigo” – Duke Ellington iTunes
  47. “Body & Soul” – Coleman Hawkins iTunes
  48. “Moanin’” – Art Blakey iTunes
  49. “Straight, No Chaser” – Thelonious Monk iTunes
  50. “Right Off” – Miles Davis iTunes
  51. “Bird Land” Weather Report iTunes
  52. “Jelly Roll Blues” – Jelly Roll Morton iTunes
  53. “Stratus” – Billy Cobham iTunes
  54. “(They call me) Dr. Professor Longhair” – Professor Longhair iTunes
  55. “Sun Goddess” – Ramsey Lewis iTunes
  56. “Miles Beyond” – Mahavishnu Orchestra iTunes
  57. “Fables of Faubus” – Charles Mingus iTunes
  58. “Room 335” – Larry Carlton iTunes
  59. “Epistrophy” – Thelonious Monk iTunes
  60. “The Girl From Ipanema” – Getz/Gilberto iTunes
  61. “Lonely Woman” – Ornette Coleman iTunes
  62. “The Perfect Man” – Sun Ra and his Arkestra iTunes
  63. “Hello, Dolly” – Louis Armstrong iTunes
  64. “Chasin’ the Bird” – Charlie Parker iTunes
  65. “Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy” – Return to Forever iTunes
  66. “God Bless the Child” – Billie Holiday iTunes
  67. “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” – Jeff Beck iTunes
  68. “Tea for Two” – Art Tatum iTunes
  69. “Volunteered Slavery” – Rahsaan Roland Kirk iTunes
  70. “Pharoah’s Dance” – Miles Davis iTunes
  71. “A Night in Tunisia” – Sonny Rollins iTunes
  72. “Pursuance” – John Coltrane iTunes
  73. “Satin Doll” – Duke Ellington iTunes
  74. “Speak no Evil” – Wayne Shorter iTunes
  75. “Chitlins Con Carne” – Kenny Burrell iTunes
  76. “Potato Head Blues” – Louis Armstrong iTunes
  77. “Giant Steps” John Coltrane Amazing…. iTunes
  78. “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” – Dirty Dozen Brass Band iTunes
  79. “Cover Girl” – Larry Coryell iTunes
  80. “Willow Weep for Me” – Wes Montgomery iTunes
  81. “A Long Drink of the Blues” – Jackie McLean iTunes
  82. “Three Views of a Secret” – Jaco Pastorious iTunes
  83. “Places and Spaces” – Donald Byrd iTunes
  84. “When you’re in Love” – Horace Silver iTunes
  85. “Lazy River” – Pete Fountain iTunes
  86. “Tones for Elvin Jones” – John McLaughlin iTunes
  87. “Icarus” – Winter Consort iTunes
  88. “Bemsha Swing” – Thelonious Monk iTunes
  89. “Moon Tune” – Bob James/David Sanborn iTunes
  90. “Eternal Child” – Chick Corea’s Elektric Band iTunes
  91. “Out of the Night” – Brian Melvin Trio iTunes
  92. “School Days” – Stanley Clarke iTunes
  93. “Five Hundred Miles High” – Stan Getz iTunes
  94. “Hog Callin’ Blues” – Charles Mingus iTunes
  95. “My Funny Valentine” – Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker iTunes
  96. “Race with Devil on Spanish Highway” – Al DiMeola iTunes
  97. “Moritat” – Sonny Rollins iTunes
  98. “Son of Mr. Green Genes” – Frank Zappa
  99. “Big Chief” – Professor Longhair iTunes
  100. “Anonymous Skulls” – Medeski, Martin & Wood iTunes


Classic Soul Radio 100 Must Have Blues Recordings


100 Blues Recordings You Should Have In Your Collection

Thousands of Blues listeners voted for the songs they felt were the 100 quintessential Blues songs of all time. Here is our compilation of the top 100 Blues songs of all time. This list is in no particular order. Which ones do you have? Which have we missed or left out? Comment below. Hope you like and enjoy the selection! Click on the iTunes icon beside each song to listen to a preview of the song, or to purchase the song from the iTunes store. Remember, each time you make a purchase through our web site, you help support Classic Soul Radio, a registered not-for-profit organization. We thank you for your patronage and support!

  1. Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker iTunes
  2. Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters iTunes
  3. Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf iTunes
  4. Let the Good Times Roll – Louis Jordan iTunes
  5. Mess Around – Ray Charles iTunes
  6. I Ain’t Superstitious – Willie Dixon iTunes
  7. Shake Your Moneymaker – Elmore James iTunes
  8. Spoonful – Howlin’ Wolf iTunes
  9. Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton iTunes
  10. Rollin’ Stone – Muddy Waters iTunes
  11. 5-10-15 Hours – Ruth Brown iTunes
  12. Everyday I Have the Blues – B.B. King iTunes
  13. Dust My Broom – Elmore James iTunes
  14. Mannish Boy – Muddy Waters iTunes
  15. Forty Days & Forty Nights – Muddy Waters iTunes
  16. I’m a King Bee – Slim Harpo iTunes
  17. Juke – Little Walter iTunes
  18. Boogie Chillen – John Lee Hooker iTunes
  19. I Got My Mojo Working – Muddy Waters iTunes
  20. That’s a Pretty Good Love – Big Maybelle iTunes
  21. Stormy Monday Blues – T-Bone Walker iTunes
  22. Ain’t Nobody’s Business – Jimmy Witherspoon iTunes
  23. Reconsider Baby – Lowell Fulson iTunes
  24. I Can’t Quit You Baby – Otis Rush iTunes
  25. The Sky Is Crying – Elmore James iTunes
  26. Back Door Man – Howlin’ Wolf iTunes
  27. Hard Luck Blues – Roy Brown iTunes
  28. I Just Want to Make Love to You – Muddy Waters iTunes
  29. I’m a Man – Bo Diddley iTunes
  30. Standing at the Crossroads – Elmore James iTunes
  31. House Rent Boogie – John Lee Hooker iTunes
  32. Three O’clock Blues – B.B. King iTunes
  33. Messin’ Around – Memphis Slim iTunes
  34. Messin’ with the Kid – Buddy Guy & Junior Wells iTunes
  35. T-Bone Shuffle – T-Bone Walker iTunes
  36. I’m Tore Down – Freddy King iTunes
  37. Take out Some Insurance – Jimmy Reed iTunes
  38. Forty-Four – Howlin’ Wolf iTunes
  39. Five Long Years – Eddie Boyd iTunes
  40. The Mojo Boogie – J.B. Lenoir iTunes
  41. Time Is Marching – John Lee Hooker iTunes
  42. Me & My Chauffeur Blues – Memphis Minnie iTunes
  43. All Your Love (I Miss Loving) – Otis Rush iTunes
  44. When the Levee Breaks – Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie iTunes
  45. Hellhound on My Trail – Robert Johnson iTunes
  46. I Know What You’re Putting Down – Louis Jordan iTunes
  47. Sweet Home Chicago – Robert Johnson iTunes
  48. Dimples – John Lee Hooker iTunes
  49. Big Boss Man – Jimmy Reed iTunes
  50. Preaching Blues – Robert Johnson iTunes
  51. Catfish Blues – B.B. King iTunes
  52. It Hurts Me Too – Elmore James iTunes
  53. Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Drinking Wine – Stick McGhee iTunes
  54. Seventh Son – Willie Dixon iTunes
  55. Sittin’ on Top of the World – Howlin’ Wolf iTunes
  56. Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson iTunes
  57. Come on in My Kitchen – Robert Johnson iTunes
  58. All Your Love – Magic Sam iTunes
  59. Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed – Blind Willie Johnson iTunes
  60. Candy Man Blues – Mississippi John Hurt iTunes
  61. Key to the Highway – Big Bill Broonzy iTunes
  62. Shake ‘Em on Down – Bukka White iTunes
  63. Farther up the Road – Bobby “Blue” Bland iTunes
  64. I Can’t Hold Out – Elmore James iTunes
  65. I Ain’t Superstitious – Howlin’ Wolf iTunes
  66. Eyesight to the Blind – Sonny Boy Williamson II iTunes
  67. Blues After Hours – Pee Wee Crayton iTunes
  68. I Can’t Be Satisfied – Muddy Waters iTunes
  69. Boom Boom out Go the Lights – Little Walter iTunes
  70. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl – Sonny Boy Williamson iTunes
  71. You Shook Me – Muddy Waters iTunes
  72. Tomorrow Night – Lonnie Johnson iTunes
  73. Rock Me Mama – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup iTunes
  74. Me and the Devil Blues – Robert Johnson iTunes
  75. Stop Breakin’ Down Blues – Robert Johnson iTunes
  76. I’m in the Mood – John Lee Hooker iTunes
  77. New Bumble Bee – Memphis Minnie iTunes
  78. Blues Before Sunrise – Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell iTunes
  79. Catfish Blues – Robert Petway iTunes
  80. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out – Bessie Smith iTunes
  81. Preaching Blues – Son House iTunes
  82. The Things That I Used to Do – Guitar Slim & His Band iTunes
  83. 44 Blues – Roosevelt Sykes iTunes
  84. Little Red Rooster – Howlin’ Wolf iTunes
  85. The Soul of a Man – Blind Willie Johnson iTunes
  86. Terraplane Blues – Robert Johnson iTunes
  87. Rainin’ in My Heart – Slim Harpo iTunes
  88. Gimme a Pigfoot – Bessie Smith iTunes
  89. Still a Fool – Muddy Waters iTunes
  90. Black Snake Moan – Blind Lemon Jefferson iTunes
  91. Baby Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams iTunes
  92. Big Road Blues – Tommy Johnson iTunes
  93. Crossroads – Robert Johnson iTunes
  94. Trouble in Mind – Sister Rosetta Tharpe iTunes
  95. Lovey Dovey Lovey One – Junior Wells iTunes
  96. Welcome Blues – T-Bone Walker iTunes
  97. Shotgun Blues – Lightnin’ Hopkins iTunes
  98. Crazy Blues – Mamie Smith iTunes
  99. Double-Faced Deacon – Tommy Brown iTunes
  100. I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama – Bessie Smith iTunes


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