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Initial post: Sep 11, 2007 8:26:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2015 9:11:45 AM PDT
Vannessa says:
These are songs that make you feel good, that put you in a happy mood, that make you snap your finger and sway with the beat. They can be mid to up tempo songs, but no slow/ballads.

Imagine that you and your other half, or your best friend are taking a 12 hour drive. It's a sunny day with a touch of breeze in the air.

What songs would you take for the drive?

I'm taking:
The Isley's-"Summer Breeze", and "Here We Go Again"
Tower Of Power-"You Ought To Be Having Fun"
Mary J-"Be Happy"
Michael Jackson-"Liberian Girl"
Jackson Five-"I Wanna Be Where You Are"
Blue Magic-"Welcome To The Club", "Can't Get You Off Of My Mind"
Teena Marie-"Behind The Groove", and "Ooh La La La"
Archie Bells & the Drells-"Let's Groove"
The Stylistics-"Searchin"
Swing Out Sister-"Am I The Same Girl"
The Spinners-"It's A Shame"
Fresh Prince & Jazzy Jeff-"Summertime"
Marvin Gaye-"What's Going On". (I know that the words are some what sad, but Marvin's music and singing, put's me on a high)

Frankie Valli-"Swearin To God"
Billy Paul-"Peoples Power"
Curtis Mayfield-"No Thang On Me" and "We're A Winner"
The Moments-"Sexy Mama", When that song came out, I just knew they were singing about me! LOL.

Boz Scaggs-"Low Down"
GQ-"Disco Nights"
The Crusaders-"Street Life"
Phyllis Hyman-"Falling Under Your Spell", and "You Know How To Love Me"
The Whispers-"You Can Do It", "You'll Never Get Away", and Hello Stranger"
Eddie Kendricks-"Body Talk", and "Date With The Rain"
Rick James-"MaryJane"
My girl, Ms. Mills-"Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin"
Chic-"Good Times"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2007 10:46:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2007 10:46:50 PM PDT
My favorite feel-good record is WDAS Classics Soul hits vol 5 which is a 2 disc set. All are either 12 inch version or album cuts which ever is longer!!

Disc 1
1. Jazzy Lady - Richard 'Dimples' Fields
2. You Can Get It (Suzie Caesar) - Mandrill
3. The Soul City Walk - Archie Bell & The Drells
4. I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin' - Leon Huff
5. Groove Me - King Floyd
6. Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye
7. I Get Lifted - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
8. Shame - Evelyn 'Champagne' King
Disc: 2
1. Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose - Teddy Pendergrass
2. Doing It To Death - Fred Wesley And The JB's
3. Think (About It) - Lyn Collins
4. (I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind - Joe Quarterman & Free Soul
5. There Was A Time - James Brown
6. Bustin' Loose - Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers
7. I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
8. Bra - Cymande
9. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2007 12:35:14 AM PDT
70s Soul says:
fast driving...

"Let's Work" - Prince
"Lock It" - Rare Essence
"Stomp" - George Clinton
"Flesh Wound" - Robert Palmer
"Firecracker" - Mass Production
"Super Soul Sister" - Heatwave
"Move Your Boogie Body" - Bar-Kays
"Flirt" - Cameo
"Fire it Up" - Rick James
"Blow Your Whistle" - Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers

joy riding...

"Happy Music" - Blackbyrds
"Fun Day" - Stevie Wonder
"Walking Into Sunshine" - Central Line
"Sundress" - Coco Brown & the Phat Cat Players
"(Not Just)Knee Deep" - Parliament Funkadelic
"Enjoy Yourself" - Impromp2
"Never Too Busy" - Kenny Lattimore

When I have the the kids in the car...

"Agony of Defeet" - P-Funk
"Make it Funky" - JB
"I Don't Know What it Is, But it Sure Is Funky" - Ripple
"I Like's to Do It" - People's Choice
"Bertha Butt Boogie" - Jimmy Castor Bunch
"7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle) - Gary Toms Empire
"I Gotcha" - Joe Tex
"Funky Nassau" - The Beginning of the End
"Bang Bang" - Joe Cuba Sextet
"Soul Makossa" - Manu Dibango
"Groove Me" - King Floyd
"Think About It" - Lynn Collins
"The Banana Boat Song" - George Clinton's version
"Bubblegum" - 9th Creation
"Doin' the Butt" - EU
"Express Yourself" - Charles Wright & the Watts

top down / showing off...

"Lonely Teardrops" - Jackie Wilson
"The Wanderer" - Dion
"Make an Ugly Woman Your Wife" - Percy Sledge
"I'm a Love Man" - Otis Redding
"Hard to Handle" - Otis Redding
"Girl Watcher" - The Okaysions
"Cool Jerk" - The Capitols
"Knock on Wood" - Sam and Dave
"I'm a Soul Man" - Sam and Dave
"Harlem Shuffle" - Bob and Earl

This is a fun topic! My list can go on and on, but...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2007 2:32:27 AM PDT
Tonè says:
The absolute most positivest song I have in my catalogue: -

* Indestructible - Four Tops ft. Smokey Robinson.

It's so inspiring that it's actually dangerous for the road, LOL!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2007 6:11:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2007 6:25:04 AM PDT
Vannessa says:
Hey Eddie,

I have to turn my car around and go back to my house and get, "Aint No Stoppin' Us Now". I can't believe I forgot it on my original list!

70's Soul,

I like your take on the topic! You hit on the different kinds of music while driving. Nice list! I'm adding, "Fun Day".

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2007 7:40:49 AM PDT
Ms. 90 says:
Let's Take A Ride - Justin Timberlake
Mickey's Monkey - Smokey Robinson/Miracles
Doin It To Death - James Brown
Stomp - The Brothers Johnson
Just A Touch of Love - Slave
Go Deep - Janet Jackson
The Show - Dougie Fresh
Summertime - Jeff/Prince
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Before I Let Go - Frankie/Maze
Queen In The Black - Stevie Wonder
Let's Groove - E, W, F
All In All - Joyce Sims
Let The Beat Hit 'Em - Lisa Lisa/Cult Jam
Spread My Wings - Troop
The Glamorous Life - Sheila E
Pull Up To The Bumper - Grace Jones
When Doves Cry - Prince
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Morning - Al Jarreau
Friendly Pressure - Maysa
Haven't You Heard - Patrice Rushen
Don't Be A Fool - Loose Ends
Close To You - Maxi Priest
Bennie and The Jets - Elton John
Don't Look Any Further - Dennis Edwards
Got To Give It Up - Marvin Gaye
Candy - Cameo
Something About You - Level 42
Anybody - Brandy
One More Night - Bobby Brown
Do Me - BBD
Groove Line - Heatwave

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2007 9:38:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2007 9:45:34 PM PDT
collette says:
Love this post.
Here are some I think that haven't been mentioned.

The Ebonys- "I'm So Glad I'm Me"
Main Ingredient- "Rollin Down a Mountainside"
O'Jays- "Backstabbers"
Archie Bell and the Drells- "Tighten Up"
Steely Dan- "Deacon Blues"
William DeVaughn- "Be Thankful for What You Got"
Boyz to Men- "Motown Philly"
The Jacksons- "Good Times"
KC and the Sunshine Band- "Get Down Tonight"
Eagles- "One of these Nights"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2007 9:57:13 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2007 10:48:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2008 5:44:50 PM PDT
This is an easy one for me!!!As a lifetime fanatic,of comic books,cartoons and science fiction,I've arrived,at the threshold,of publishing,my very own line of comic books..But,to my chagrin(but not,my surprise),Im being met with,doubt,discouraging quips,and other forms of oppositon,from "friends",as well as FAMILY!!!When,I feel like,abandoning,my lifelong dream,I pop in my Vivian Green "Love Story"disc,and play"Keep on going"and,I INSTANTLY,come out of my"funk"..The lyrics,are so motivating...."I can't stop HERE,I gotta FACE,my fears,or EVERY day,BEFORE this was in VAIN!!"So,I got to KEEP,on going on!!" Everytime,I hear,these words,I'm convinced,that,I WILL,be successful,in my venture,and that all my naysayers',and "dream-assailents"are just,a bunch of Plebians,with,no VISION!!!! Other songs,that just make me feel good,overall,are "Scripted" and "New Friend"by ultra-talented,fellow Detroiter Siloam Pool!! If you haven't heard these two songs,go ahead and treat yourself!!Her album,is available on this very site!! It's called "Colors of Black and White"..Lyrics from "Scripted"include:"There's a fire,DEEP,inside(of,you)..And,the air,you BREATHE,It keeps it,ALIVE!!"No matter,how DIM,the,spark inside!!"You know,the light,it never,it,NEVER,goes out"...Dont you DARE,doubt,just because it's dark,It takes FAITH,to believe,in that SPARK!! "There's a HAND,within the flame,because,you love His peace,it calls your NAME,to lead you NOT,around,but THROUGH,the PAIN!!" These,type of deep lyrics,pervade,this"hidden gem"..I can't decide,what impresses,me more,her thoughtful(poetic)lyrics'the beautiful music,OR,her amazingly sweet vocals!!All,I can say,for certain,is that her songs,make me feel good,EVERY,single time!!"This Is It"by Kenny Loggins and"Eye of the Tiger"by Survivor are two songs that really get my "blood flowing"and make me feel really good inside!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 5:18:23 AM PDT
Vannessa says:

I love your list!

I should of had "Decon Blues", "Rollin Down A Mountain Side" and "Be Thankful For What You Got" on my list, because they are my favorites. I had to stop or I would go on and on!

Speaking of Steely Dan, I would add "Black Cow"

I will check out Vivian Green's "Love Story" CD.

Ms. 90's,
I am feeling your list also. BBD, Maxi, Shelia E, Frankie, Al Jarreau ( I would also add his, "We're In This Love Together"), all are my cup of tea!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 6:29:28 AM PDT
J. Hampton says:

Lawd, done started sumthin', sumthin'...

Mother's Finest - Love Changes
Rufus - Anything
Side Effect - Going Bannanas
Bloodstone - A Long Way Back
Al Wilson - Show and Tell
The Intruders - I'll ALWAYS Luv My Mama (she's My favorite gurl..)
Brass Construction - L-O-V-E You
Ohio Players - Fopp, Skin Tight, Funky Worm, O-H-I-O

Shall I continue?

Graham Central Station - The Jam
Sly and The Family Stone - Stand
Mass Production - Firecracker
Slave - Stonejam
Funkadelic - Standing on the Verge
Thomas Dolby - Blinded Me With Science
Michael Henderson - Wide Receiver
War - Cisco Kid, All Day Music
Mandrill - Fencewalk, Hang Loose, Ape is High
Parliment - Tear the Roof Off, Chocolate City
Major Harris - Love Won't Let Me Wait
Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do

Lawd, Lawd, Lawd....(catchin' my breath....)

Y'all want mo'???

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 6:46:15 AM PDT
Vannessa says:
Hey John,
Your killing me! "I'll Always Love My Mama", "Cisco Kid", "What You Won't Do". The list for this topic is endless! Give us more!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 7:05:57 AM PDT
collette says:
Yes, love those jams too. Have to say Ain't No Stoppin Us Now and Shame are two of the best, but Eddie had those on his list already.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 12:18:57 PM PDT
J. Hampton says:
Whoa, the day got slow and I started reading the news, literally, from everywhere!!

Vanessa - Here You Go....

E,W,& F - kalimba Story, Mighty, Mighty
Bar-Kays - Shake
Quincy Jones - Is It Love (That We're Missing) early Bros. Johnson
Instant Funk - Got my mind made Up
Faze-O - Ridin' High
Run DMC - It's Tricky
Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right (To...Paaaaaaaarrrrttay!!!)
Tyrone Brunson - The Smurf
The Time - Cool, Gigiglos Get Lonely Too, Get It Up
Dynasty - Adventures in the Land of music
Snap - The Power
Grover Washington, Jr. - Mr. Magic
E.U. - Da Butt

Taking a bow...Thank You, Thank You very much...

Oh and take

Bootsy's Rubber Band - Ahhh, the Name is Bootsy, Munchies for Your Love, Telephone Bill, Stretching Out, Vanish in Our Sleep

Wit ya!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 1:20:15 PM PDT
A. Whitaker says:
70's Soul,

Your list conjured up some nostalgic moments. Do you remember when Joe Tex performed "I Gotcha" on Soul Train with the dancer, Damita Jo Freeman (I think that's her name)
I had the song "Bang Bang" on a 45 and my mom would scream on me when I played it cause she said that it was "nasty" HAHAHA
I don't know where you live but I remember that when "Soul Makosa" came out, the single was like 4x the normal price of a record. I think it was an import - right?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 1:53:39 PM PDT
Reggie says:
One my favorites is "Its gonna be alright" by Zapp. I always play it when going on a long trip.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 3:21:45 PM PDT
70s Soul says:
I want mo'!

[crack-ing up]

Although I enjoy most on your list on a regular basis, the Thomas Dolby tune brings back a fond memory --- My First Car!! It only had AM radio. And with me being a total Funkster living in a predemoninantly "pop" & Rock-n-Roll area, "She Blinded Me With Science" was the most jamminest song I would hear while driving. I would bang on my steering wheel mimicking the programmed drums -- a perfect sound reproduction.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 3:44:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2007 3:49:03 PM PDT
70s Soul says:
Hey A.W.

I do remember Damita Jo dancing (think it was the bump) with Joe Tex on Soul Train. She was probably the best dancer and the only one watchers knew by name back then, wasn't she?

About the price of anything...?? [laughing] When my siblings were in their late teens, I was a toddler. My parents listened to Gospel, Blues and southern soul -- I distinctly remember the Stax label on a lot of records in our house. My brother, the eldest, had a lot of Stax records and Brit rockers. My oldest sister had all the Motown, some Gordy and some Tamla. The next sister -- I think she probably had the greatest influence on my musical taste -- she had all the funky stuff: New Birth, Funkadelic, ... a lot of her records were Casablanca and Gordy. I, personally, paid for nothing until the late 70s.

But there were a lot of parties at our house when I was a little kid and I love this music.

[laughing hard now]

Your mom thought "Bang, Bang" was nasty... what did she think of Archie Bell and the Drells' "Tighten Up?"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2007 4:16:29 PM PDT
Musiclvr418 says:
I Say a Little Prayer for You - Aretha Franklin
Do it Til You're Satisfied -BT Express
Flashlight - Parliament
Best of my Love - The Emotions
Who She'd Coo - Ohio Players
You and I - Rick James
One of a Kind Love Affair - The Spinners
Genius of Love -Tom Tom Club

The list could go on......

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2007 6:24:54 AM PDT
J. Hampton says:
70s Soul,

My pleasure on the Dolby joint. (Do you remember Airhead??) But, we all are right, this music was us. To know the beats, the riffs, every little and subtle nuance of every song was truly amazing. I doubt music will ever be the same again.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2007 8:01:01 AM PDT
Vannessa says:
John, I am in agreement with you on that!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2007 8:52:43 AM PDT
L. Kelsey says:
Hi Vannessa,

Nice post; here are some of my choices:

Jill Scott: Golden (if you've seen the video, when she comes on smiling and hitting that first "hey," you can't help but smile and say "hey" back; her smile comes through even on the CD)

Bobby Caldwell: Comin' Down From Love (snapping fingers and bobbin' my head)

Boz Scaggs: What Can I Say, Miss Sun (singin' along)

Roberta Flack: Don't Make Me Wait Too Long (Stevie is doing the background on this one and he does this little rap in the middle - "I believe in you and I don't mind what do, but please, don't make, me wait, too long"), AND Back Together Again, You Are My Heaven with Donny Hathaway (they were great together)

Stephanie Mills: Put Your Body In It, Wish That You Were Mine, The Medicine Song, Pilot Error; when those come on, I smile

Randy Crawford: Nightline, Don't Want To Be Normal, Street Life (w/Crusaders)

Steely Dan: Peg, Black Cow

Donald Fagen: The New Frontier (I played this while folding towels before I went to the hospital to have my first child, a daughter, now feels like yesterday, me and my husband were embarking on the "new frontier" of being parents...time flies- she leaves for college in a week)

Patti Austin: Do You Love Me, Only a Breath Away, Smoke Gets in Your Eye, Something Special and Razzmatazz (w/Q from the Dude)

Whispers: Rock Steady, And the Beat Goes On, My Heart/Your Heart

Swing Out Sister: Break Out and Somewhere in the World

Level 42: Something About You

Joe Jackson: Stepping Out (I imagine I'm in NYC, I'm rich and getting ready to "step out" when I hear that one)

Parliment: Tear the Roof Off

Rick James: You and I, Love Gun, Give it to Me Baby

Marvin Gaye: Got to Give it Up

Chic: My Forbidden Lover, I Want Your Love

Isley's: Brown Eyed Girl

AWB: School Boy Crush

Jackson 5: Corner in the Sky, Dancing Machine

MJ: PYT, It's the Falling in Love

Brenda Russell: In the Thick of It (better get a grip and get it on)

Four Tops: Reach Out (I'll be there); Bernandette, It's all in the Game, Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie)

Supremes: Reflections, Livin' in Shame, Love is like a Itching

Tempts: Glass House (don't throw no stones)

Dennis Edwards: w/Siedah, Don't Look Any Further

Honarable mentions from today's music and rap:
Missy's Lose Control, Kanye's Hey Mama

Like some of your choices: The Moments Sexy Mama, Phyllis' You Know How to Love Me, Chic Good Times, Curtis We're a Winner, Isley's Summer Breeze

I got more...I will return!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2007 9:10:00 AM PDT
A. Whitaker says:
70's Soul,
WE have a lot of commonality in our childhoods. I too was a toddler (youngest of 6)and had older sibling in High School who would play the latest music. One of my earliest musical memories is hearing "You Really Got A Hold on Me" by Smokey. I was so young then that I thought Smokey was saying "tiger" when he was singing "tighter" LOL
My mom thought the title "Bang, Bang" was tooo suggestive. She just thought "Tighten Up" was a dance song - HA
My mom was a conservative southern belle so alot of the music I listened to was alarming to her. To ilustrate how everything is relative, I tell my son the story of how disturbing James Brown was to my mom. James made Mama very uncomfortable. My son always gets a laugh out of that story cause to him, compared to the music of today, James is tame!
But to parents in the late 60's, early 70's they had never seen anything like James and he was truly frightening!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2007 9:15:27 AM PDT
A. Whitaker says:
Midnight Sky - Isley Brothers

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2007 11:11:51 AM PDT
Vannessa says:
Thanks Kelsey,

I am feeling you with, Donald Fagen!! I love that whole "Nightfly" album, I.G.Y. Maxine, The Goodbye look, Ruby Baby. What an album!
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