Our Top 10 Heatwave Songs list looks at a legendary band who got started in the 1970s. The band’s most famous line up consists of the members Johnnie Wilder Jr (vocalist), Keith Wilder (vocalist), Rod Temperton (keyboardist), Roy Carter (guitarist), Mario Mantese (bass), Ernest “Bilbo” Berger (drummer) and Eric Johns (guitarist). What made this group unique is they were a multicultural band. The members were from different countries. Heatwave were known for their ballads and disco jams. The band is probably best known for their singles “Boogie Nights,” “Always & Forever” and “The Groove Line.” Some of their other hits include “Mind Blowing Decisions,” “Too Hot to Handle,” “Where Did I Go Wrong,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” “Gangsters of the Groove” as well as many others. They had to compete with Earth, Wind & Fire, the Brothers Johnson, Lakeside, The Gap Band, Kool & the Gang, A Taste of Honey, the Whispers, the O’Jays, Rose Royce, the Spinners, Shalamar, L.T.D. as well as other artists. The group had several member changes throughout the years.
Too Hot to Handle was released in 1976. It peaked at number five on the r&b charts and number 11 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album features the singles “Too Hot to Handle,” “Boogie Nights” and “Always and Forever.” The album sold over one million copies. Central Heating came out in 1977. It peaked at number two on the r&b charts and number 10 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “The Groove Line,” “Happiness Togetherness” and “Mind Blowing Decisions.” The album sold over one million copies. This is the last album Rod Temperton appeared on with the band. He continued to write songs for the band, but he was no longer a member. He became a songwriter. He wrote songs for Michael Jackson, Rufus, The Brothers Johnson, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, James Ingram, Patti Austin as well as others. Hot Property came out in 1979. It peaked at number 16 on the r&b charts and number 38 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Razzle Dazzle” and “Eyeballin’.” The album sold over 500,000 copies.
Candles came out in 1980. The album peaked at number 24 on the r&b charts and number 71 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Gangsters of the Groove,” “Where Did I Go Wrong,” “Jitterbuggin’,” “Posin’ ‘Til Closin’” and “Turn Around.” Current was released in 1982. It peaked at number 21 on the r&b charts and number 156 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Lettin’ It Loose” and “Look After Love.” The Fire was released in 1988. It features the singles “Straight from the Heart” and “Who Dat.”
Heatwave is a legendary band that recorded some of the best songs in music. They are known for their love songs and their dance songs. They are talented musicians and singers. They went through member changes throughout the years like most bands and groups, but they were able to maintain the quality of their work. Our list celebrates the band’s music. Our Top 10 Heatwave Songs list will feature their best songs.
# 10 – Turn Around
The first song on our Top 10 Heatwave Songs list is “Turn Around” from the album Candles. The song has a funk and disco sound. The encouraging song is about being strong when things aren’t going well. You should try your best to be strong. If you are tempted to do something you shouldn’t, you should “turn around” so you can find inner peace. If you know what you’re doing is wrong, you should turn yourself around to prevent doing it. The lyrics are open ended so it’s up to you to interpret what the song means to you. The song holds up today because people still make the wrong decisions so they could use this song to help them.
The lyrics have a great message behind them. A lot of songs during the height of their fame were about dancing and falling in love. This track takes things to a different level. It’s a song that makes you think about your life. It tells a realistic story about making better decisions in life. The song was written during the post disco era so it still has elements of disco in it. The track also gives you funk vibes. “Turn Around” isn’t really a track that will put you on the dance floor, but you can still nod your head to it. Heatwave do a great job playing the instruments. They all give each other the room to be the star of the track. The horn section makes the song stand out. Johnnie Wilder Jr does an amazing job with the vocals. His vocals blend in with the instrumentation. His voice is calming and relaxing. The band’s harmonies are on point. They support Johnnie Wilder Jr very well.
# 9 – Too Hot to Handle
The next song on or Top 10 Heatwave Songs list is “Too Hot to Handle” from the album of the same name. The song has a funk and soul beat. The steamy song is about the band talking about how hot their music is. They are proud of what they accomplished and want to celebrate it. They believe they are “too hot to handle.” The band is very confident about their music. They believe their music is hot like fire. They think what they bring to the table is everything. They are using lines that rappers use in their songs when they want people to know how great they are. There aren’t too many bands talking about how great their music is so that makes them stand out.
Your confidence level has to be through the roof to be able to pull off singing a braggadocious song like this one. They manage not to sound arrogant and cocky while they are talking about their music. Their music is hot so they aren’t lying about that. The band’s opinion about their music is subjective, but they are telling the truth. The song will give you Earth, Wind & Fire vibes. It sounds like something the elements of the earth would have recorded during that time. The band’s harmonies are similar to Earth, Wind & Fire’s harmonies. They sound like Maurice White and Phillip Bailey. Heatwave’s vocals and harmonies are clear and crisp.
# 8 – Feel Like Makin’ Love ft. Jocelyn Brown
The seductive song is from the album Gangsters of the Groove. The song has an r&b beat. The captivating song is about a couple making love. The song talks about what it’s like to make love to your partner. They give details about what they are doing together while they are being intimate. The singers talk about how they feel when they see other couples together. Seeing the other couples inspires them to make love with each other. They want to be together because they enjoy being together. They want to be together all night long. If you are in the mood to be with your lover, you should put this song on the radio. Once you hear this seductive banger, you will be in an intimate mood.
The music is sexy and smooth. It’s what you can listen to when you spend time together. The song is a cover of Roberta Flack’s hit single. Heatwave put their own spin on a classic r&b jam. Roberta Flack’s version is an r&b version while their version has more tempo. The instrumentation is outstanding. Heatwave made the right decision to add tempo to the track because it keeps their version from being a carbon copy of Roberta Flack’s version of the song. The saxophone and drums stand out. The drumbeat is similar to Soul II Soul’s song “Keep on Movin’.” Jocelyn Brown joins the band on this song. They work well together. They keep up with each other throughout the track. Heatwave takes turns singing at the mic with the diva. Their version won’t make you forget about Roberta Flack’s version, but their version is pretty good.
# 7 – Look After Love
The affectionate song is from the album Current. The song has an r&b sound. The loving song is about a man describing how he feels about the woman he loves. Things are better for him when she’s around. Her kiss can put a smile on his face. She makes him feel good. He loves how they look out for each other. They have a great relationship. He assures her that he will always be there for her. He thinks they will be together as long as they make their love work. He wants them to be together forever. She is the bright spot in his day. Any woman would be flattered to have these lyrics recited to her.
The lyrics are touching. They will make any woman melt hearing these words. Heatwave are at home singing sweet love songds like this one. This song will touch your heart. If you are a man who can’t express the way you feel about the woman you love, you can play this song for her. She will melt in your arms. The music will give you chills. Heatwave know what they are doing when they create seductive love songs. The instrumentation is flawless. Johnnie Wilder Jr. vocals are outstanding. He sings the song in a way that will remind you of “Always and Forever.” The flow is similar to their hit song. You might find yourself singing the lyrics to “Always and Forever” and not this one. We’ll get back to “Look After Love.” He puts his heart and soul into the track. He utilizes his falsetto vocal on this track.
# 6 – Where Did I Go Wrong
The heartbreaking song is from the album Candles. The song has an r&b beat. The gut-wrenching song is about a one-sided relationship. He thought he found love with a woman, but he was in for a surprise. He found out that she just wanted to be friends with him. He was heartbroken because he thought he did he did everything right. He was always thinking about her and sending her cards. He refused to see that she only saw him as a friend. He continued to put his heart on the line, but it was to no avail. She didn’t feel the same way he felt about her. She wasn’t into him the same way he was into her.
“Where Did I Go Wrong” is on the same level as the type of jams that Blue Magic, the Stylistics, the Moments, the Manhattans and other groups like them would have recorded. The song has a doo wop style to it. The song was recorded in the 80s, but it sounds older than that. The music sounds like it belongs in a love song and not a song about heartbreak. This may have been the better choice because it keeps the song from being depressing. The horn section is a standout on the track. Johnny Wilder Jr didn’t go wrong with this track. He doesn’t have to worry about that. He did everything right with his vocals. He sings in his normal tone and then utilizes his falsetto to the best of his ability. You will fall in love with his voice.
# 5 – The Groove Line
The next song on our Top 10 Heatwave Songs list is “The Groove Line” from the album Central Heating. The song has a disco beat. The carefree song is about dancing. They want you to leave your worries behind and boogie. They want you to dance all night long. This is the type of song that you expect to hear during the disco era. Most artists sing about dancing and partying so this was their contribution to the theme. This isn’t a song that will teach you anything or make you think about your feelings. This song is strictly meant for you to have fun and dance.
This is a jam you can hear to relieve your stress. You can hear this track while you’re in a club or if you’re just in the mood to dance. Heatwave do a fabulous job with the instrumentation. The beat is rhythmic. The arrangement of this song is incredible. You know this song will have you on the floor as soon as the opening riffs begin. The bass beat is uplifting and will put a smile on your face. Heatwave sound like they are having a good time and that’s what makes the song fun.
# 4 – Mind Blowing Decisions
The contemplative song is from the album Central Heating. The song has an r&b beat. The pondering song is about a relationship. He wonders if they should work things out or be friends. He wants to think about things that concern their relationship. He wants her to remember when they first met, and they were just friends. If they can’t work things out, he thinks they should be friends. He tries to convince her that they should take their relationship seriously. They have a decision to make so they shouldn’t make it lightly. They need time to think about whether their relationship is worth saving.
This song gives the band a chance to be in their feelings. The lyrics will make you think. If you have doubts about what you should do about your relationship, this song might give you the answers you need. The music is breezy and matches the theme of the track. The band knows exactly what music works with their songs. They rarely miss an opportunity to create the perfect sound for their tracks. They are musical geniuses. Johnnie Wilder Jr gives an awesome performance on this song. His vocals are smooth and sexy. He sings in a higher octave than his normal tone. He is in tune with the instrumentation. The band’s harmonies are phenomenal. They blend in with Johnnie Wilder Jr very nicely. The song is a little long, but you will get a chance to hear the band play.
# 3 – Happiness Togetherness
The sweet song is from the album Central Heating. The song has an r&b sound. The soul-stirring song is about a couple who have been through a lot together. He talks about how people have seen them go through their battles. People notice how sad he is when they aren’t together. They don’t know what went on with his relationship. He doesn’t know any peace when he’s not with her. They had their problems, but they worked through them. They want their relationship to work out. The couple realizes they are happy being together. They are proof that you can overcome obstacles and stay together if you love each other enough.
Romantic and heartfelt ballads are where Heatwave shines the most. The band can make your heart sing with their lyrics. This is the type of track you will find yourself singing with them. This might not be one of their signature songs, but this song deserves to be recognized. This is one of their hidden gems. The song has the same flow as “Mind Blowing Decisions.” The gem is a track that sounds like songs the Stylistics, the Spinners, Blue Magic as well as other artists would record. Johnnie Wilder Jr’s voice is wonderful. His melodic voice will put you in a trance. This is one of the songs that showcase how great of a singer Johnnie Wilder Jr was. He could teach a class on how to sing like a professional. This song is a track that you won’t want to end.
# 2 – Boogie Nights
The electrifying song is from the album Too Hot to Handle. The track has a disco sound. The groovy song is about dancing during the disco era. “Boogie Nights” describes the feeling of going out and having a good time. The name of the song is synonymous with the disco era. They want you to forget about your troubles and dance the night away. This is another track where the group talks about dancing. This song fits in with the disco era. If you are a fan of the group, you know this song as soon as the beat drops. They are at their best when they record love songs, but they are experts on dance songs too.
“Boogie Nights” doesn’t have too many lyrics, but they hook you with the beat of the track. You can’t sit still with this song. This song was created so we can focus on the music. This is the type of song that requires you to leave your worries behind and keep dancing. If you are a fan of disco music, chances are this song has been a part of your playlist. This song was recorded during the disco era, but people will get up and “boogie” to this song today. If you go to a club and you hear this song, chances are you will be on the floor. People loved this track so much it was used for TV shows. There was also a movie named after the song. This is one of Heatwave’s signature songs. It could have easily been number one on our list, but there’s no way we could conclude our list without the song we picked for the top spot.
# 1 – Always and Forever
The number one song on our Top 10 Heatwave Songs list is “Always and Forever” from the album Too Hot to Handle. The song has an r&b and soul beat. The emotional song is about a man who wants to love his woman “always and forever.” You find yourself thinking about the person you love. Falling in love with her made his dreams come true. He expresses how much he loves her and will love her for life. He is in love with her, and he knows he will always love her. He can guarantee that his feelings won’t change. He can’t explain why he feels the way he does. He knows he loves everything about her.
If you are a fan of love songs or of Heatwave, you know this song. This is the epitome of one of the best r&b love songs ever written. We had to include this song on our Top 10 R&B Love Songs list. The lyrics are breathtaking. They are beautiful and aren’t too sappy. The lyrics could be used as wedding vows. This track could be used for your first dance together. The instrumentation is magnificent. The music is soft and soothing. You could get lost listening to the music.
We must talk about Johnnie Wilder Jr’s vocals. His vocals are smoking hot. He soars to heights unknown on this song. He knows how to work that falsetto. He starts the song softly and in his normal tone. He was able to sing the rest of the song in falsetto without his voice breaking. Once he hits the bridge of the song, it becomes paradise. He takes this song to another level. He belts the chorus and ad-libs until he gets to the highlight of the song. He holds an impressive note that will make your jaw drop. The song was given a new lease on life when Luther Vandross covered it.
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