Our Top 10 Al Green Songs takes a look at the career of one of the most exceptional and most loved soul singers in popular music history. Hands down, Al Green is one of the finest singer to appear on both stage and in studio. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Al Green is also the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards out of twenty one nominations. Despite his incredible success in the music business, Al Green has also led a personal life marked by tragedy and family disputes.
Al Green has released close to thirty studio albums throughout the course of his career. Al Green’s first album was released in 1967 entitled Back Up Train. His last studio album was released in 2008 titled Lay It Down. Most of Al Green’s chart success occurred during his 1970s period.
We hope you enjoy this Top 10 Al Green songs lost. There are so many songs that should be on this list that we just could not fit. We hope the ones we did include inspire anyone who listens to the Al Green songs on this list to check out the rest of Al Green’s spectacular musical catalog.
# 10 – Look What You Done for Me
Al Green’s “Look What You Done For Me,” was released on his album I’m Still in Love with You. The album was released in 1972. “Look What You Done For Me,” was the first single released from this terrific album. The song broke the Billboard Top 100’s Top 10 section peaking at number four. The song opens up with those great signature Al Green horns and cruises along so soulfully until Al Green just blows us all away with that killer voice.
# 9 – Driving Wheel
While Al Green is known for so many of his slow soulful ballads, the man also recorded so many amazing up tempo songs that crossed the genres of soul, r&b, rock and pop. The song “Driving Wheel,” is a shining example of that crossover. The song was released on Al Green’s album Al Green Gets Next to You. The record was released in 1970. “Driving Wheel,” was released as the fourth single from the record and peaked at 115 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Driving Wheel,” was written by Roosevelt Sykes in 1936.
# 8 – L-O-V-E (LOVE)
Continuing with these great Al Green up-tempo r&b classics we turn to the great Al Green song “L-O-V-E (LOVE).” The song “L-O-V-E (LOVE).” was released on the album Al Green Is Love. The so g was written by Al Green, Willie Mitchell and Mabon Hodges. “L-O-V-E (LOVE).” was a bug time song for Al Green. “L-O-V-E (LOVE),” hit number one on the Billboard R&B music charts. It also broke the Billboard Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 music charts in 1975.
# 7 – Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)
With the Al Green song “Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy),” we present another rocking r&b tune from the legendary Al Green. The song “Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy),” was released on the album entitled Al Green Explores Your Mind. The record was released in 1974. “Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy),” was top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number seven.
# 6 – Call Me
As we continue our exploration and of course presentation of some of Al Green’s greatest R&B up- tempo tunes, we take a listen to the fabulous song “Call Me (Come Back Home).” The song was written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr. and Willie Mitchell. It appeared on the album of the same name Call Me. The song broke the Billboard Hot 100 picking at number 10. It went even further on the Billboard R&B charts reaching all the way up to number two. It was released in 1973
# 5 – I’m Still in Love with You
Al Green’s slow groovin ballad “I Am Still in Love with You,” is one of the all-time great R&B ballads of the 1970s. The song is also one of Al Green’s biggest hits of his career. “I Am Still in Love with You,” had great chart success as it broke the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 Peaking all the way up to number three in 1972. The song was written by Al Green, Al Jackson, Jr and Willie Mitchell.
# 4 – Tired Of Being Alone
If you ever want to explain to a friend what the term groove means, just play them this great Al Green song. Al Green’s “Tired Of Being Alone,” simply defines what groove is all about. “Tired Of Being Alone,” was written by Al Green in 1968. The song was not released until 1971 when it was released on the Al Green album entitled Al Green Gets Next to You. The song just missed breaking the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 peaking at number 11. However it was a top 10 hit on the Billboard R&B charts as it reached the number 7 position.
# 3 – Take Me To The River
While many people actually thought that the Talking Heads wrote this song, it was in fact Al Green who penned this classic R&B Song. Any day, any night we will still take Al Green’s version over the Talking Heads version. This is just such classic R&B music. We do however like Foghat’s version when that great rock and roll band released it on their Night Shift album. Annie Lennox also recorded a great version of the song. Bruce Springsteen has also performed the song in concert multiple times This one is a true gem.
# 2 – Let’s Stay Together
It was a tough choice to pick between these two great songs at the top of our Al Green songs list. While the easy choice would have been Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” for various reasons we picked “Love and Happiness,” for the number one spot. Nonetheless, “Let’s Stay Together,” is probably Al Green signature song. Tina Turner also recorded a fantastic version of the song in 1984 which basically jump-started her comeback and made her into one of the most popular recording artists of the 1980s.
# 1 – Love and Happiness
We went with Al Greens “Love and Happiness,” because the songs has really ingrained itself in popular culture over the past twenty years more than any other Al Green song. “Love and Happiness,” was released in 1977. The song has been covered by so many artists of different musical genres signaling just how great a piece of music “Love and Happiness,” is. Artosts sch as David Sanborn, Al Jarreau , Etta James, Graham Central Station and Living Colour defined the diverse artists covering this classic song.
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