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Black Music Month – Pop [iTune-Ups]

Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on June 11, 2010

June is Black Music Month and to celebrate the occasion, That’s My Jam will feature some of the best contributions by black musicians in the genres its readers love: dance, pop and R&B.

Next on the agenda is pop, the fun, MTV- and radio-ready chart-toppers whose catchy lyrics and melodies keep listeners singing along. Download these recommendations for some happy listening.

Chubby Checker
“The Twist” (1960)
― Reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 1960 and 1962

The Supremes
“Baby Love” (1964)

Four Tops
“Reach Out I’ll Be There” (1966)

Aretha Franklin
“Respect” (1967)

Marvin Gaye

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
― A successful chart hit the previous year for Gladys Knight and the Pips

Jackson 5
“ABC” (1970)

Stevie Wonder
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (1970)

Al Green
“Let’s Stay Together” (1971)

The Temptations
“Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (1972)

Bill Withers
“Lean on Me” (1972)
― Remade in 1987 by Club Nouveau. Both versions made it to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100

Carl Douglas

“Kung Fu Fighting” (1974)

Ohio Players
“Love Rollercoaster” (1976)

Thelma Houston
“Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1977)
― Houston’s version is a cover of a hit originally performed by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

Donna Summer
“Bad Girls” (1979)

Shannon
“Let the Music Play” (1983)

Prince
“When Doves Cry” (1984)

Pointer Sisters
“Jump (For My Love)” (1984)

Tina Turner
“Private Dancer” (1985)

Jody Watley
“Looking for a New Love” (1987)
― Introduced the popular phrase “Hasta la vista, baby” to pop culture

Billy Ocean
“Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car” (1988)

Bobby Brown
“My Prerogative” (1988)

Janet Jackson
“Miss You Much” (1989)

Tyler Collins
“Girls Nite Out” (1990)

Michael Jackson
“Remember the Time” (1992)

Gabrielle
“Dreams” (1993)

Eternal
“Stay” (1994)
― Eternal’s roster hails from London

TLC
“Waterfalls” (1995)

BLACKstreet feat. Dr. Dre & Queenpen
“No Diggity” (1996)

Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z
“Heartbreaker” (1999)

Samantha Mumba
“Baby Come Over” (2001)

Ashanti
“Foolish” (2002)

Mis-teeq
“Scandalous” (2004)
― Replaced Britney Spears’ “Outrageous” as the theme for Halle Berry’s flick, Catwoman

Rihanna
S.O.S. (2006)

Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & Doe
“The Way I Are” (2007)

Taio Cruz feat. Ludacris
“Break Your Heart” (2010)

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