Our Top 10 Midnight Star Songs list looks at a legendary r&b band. The band was formed in 1976. Midnight Star’s members include Belinda Lipscomb (vocalist), Reggie Calloway (trumpeter), Melvin Gentry (guitarist, drummer and vocalist), Kenneth Gant (bassist), Bill Simmons (multi-instrumentalist), Jeff Cooper (guitarist and keyboardist), Bo Watson (keyboard player and vocalist) and Vincent Calloway. They achieved their hits in the 1980s. Some of their hits include “Wet My Whistle,” “Headlines,” “Midas Touch,” “Operator,” “Slow Jam” as well as others. They were compared to artists such as The Whispers, The Gap Band, Atlantic Starr, S.O.S. Band, Shalamar, Loose Ends, The Time, Change, Skyy, Dynasty, Klymaxx, Zapp, Con Funk Shun, Slave, DeBarge, Levert as well as others.
The Beginning was released in 1980. The album features the singles “Make It Last” and “You’re the Star.” Standing Together was released in 1981. It peaked at number 54 on the r&b charts. It features the singles “I’ve Been Watching You,” “Tuff” and “Can’t Give You Up.” Victory came out in 1982. It peaked at number 58 on the r&b charts and number 205 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Hot Spot” and “Victory.” No Parking on the Dance Floor was released in 1983. It peaked at number two on the r&b charts and number 27 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Freak-A-Zoid,” “Wet My Whistle,” “No Parking (on the Dance Floor)” and “Slow Jam.” The album sold over two million copies.
Planetary Invasion was released in 1984. The album peaked at number seven on the r&b charts and number 32 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Operator,” “Scientific Love,” “Curious” and “Body Snatchers.” The album sold over 500,000 copies. Headlines came out in 1986. It peaked at number seven on the r&b charts and number 56 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Headlines,” “Midas Touch,” “Engine No. 9” and “Stay Here by My Side.” The also sold over 500,000 copies. Midnight Star released their eponymous album in 1988. The album peaked at number 14 on the r&b charts and number 96 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Don’t Rock the Boat,” “Snake in the Grass” and “Love Song.” Work It Out was released in 1990. The album peaked at number 41 on the r&b charts. It features the singles “Do It (One More Time),” “Luv-U-Up” and “Red Roses.”
Like many r&b groups from the 80s Midnight Star had problems gaining crossover appeal. They are an r&b staple in music, but they aren’t as well known in mainstream music. Their music can still be heard on the radio today. They didn’t get enough credit for their talents as musicians and singers. Our list will give the band a chance to get acknowledged for their work in music. Our Top 10 Midnight Star Songs list will feature their best songs.
# 10 – Can You Stay With Me
The first song on our Top 10 Midnight Star Songs list is “Can You Stay with Me” from the album Planetary Invasion. The song has a pop beat. It’s a pleading song about a woman who wants her man to stay with her. She doesn’t want to waste a day without him. She wants him to stay with her. She thinks that the type of love they have together is precious. She refuses to waste a second of the time they have together. She wants him to love her all night long. If you are in love with someone, you will want them to stay with you for as long as possible.
The story isn’t complicated. It’s a simple story about wanting someone to stay with you all night long. If you are enjoying time with your lover, it makes sense to want your lover to stay with you all night long. You don’t have to infer anything to interpret this song. It has an easy chorus to remember. Some songs have a lot going on and it’s impossible to enjoy it because you have to think too much about it. This song isn’t like that at all. You can understand the message clearly. The song has an 80s sound. You will recognize the classic sound as soon as the beat drops. Belinda Lipscomb’s vocals are pretty. She has an inviting voice so it wouldn’t be a surprise her man would want to stay with her. She will make you want to stay with her too when you hear her vocals. This isn’t one of Midnight Star’s biggest hits, but the song deserves to be checked out.
# 9 – Headlines
The next song on our Top 10 Midnight Star Songs list is “Headlines” from the album of the same name. The song has an r&b and pop beat. The energetic song is a story about something happening in the news. The news they are talking about is themselves. “Headlines” is a metaphor for them taking over the world. They want to let the world know their sound will get you on the dance floor. In addition to what they plan to do to the world, they talk about the news. She recites different stories going on in the news. She goes into detail about what they heard in the news.
If you are looking for a song with a deep message, this isn’t the jam for you. This is a lighthearted banger that’s designed to make you dance. The song is a novelty song about the band making you dance. They want you to have fun with their music. You shouldn’t take this track seriously. This song is for fun only. The band is having a great time on this party song. You can dance until you get tired listening to this song. Belinda Lipscomb’s vocals are on point. The track isn’t the type of song where you expect excellent singing, but she does a pretty good job on the song. The song is a little long, but it will give you a chance to dance.
# 8 – Don’t Rock the Boat ft. Ecstasy
The cautionary tale is from their eponymous album. The track has an r&b beat. The wary song is about a couple letting problems get in the way of their happiness. It’s a story about a guy and a woman who are from different worlds and come together. They had problems in their relationship. The couple cheated on each other and regretted doing it. They realized the things they did to each other weren’t worth losing their relationship. They come to the realization that if it’s not broken, they shouldn’t try to fix it. These are words to live by. If you have heard this saying before, you know what they mean. You shouldn’t try to fix something that isn’t broken. If your relationship is fine, don’t do anything stupid to ruin it.
Midnight Star give excellent advice on how to keep your relationship from being destroyed. They tell the story by placing themselves in the situation. This song will make you think about your relationship. This story is told with a fascinating beat in the background. The music will make you move. The jam is a song that allows you to dance the night away with your special someone. Belinda Lipscomb and Melvin Gentry do a marvelous job telling this story. They take over the roles of the couple who are trying to work things out. They make promises to each other that they will stay together. They sound good together. Ecstasy is a legendary rapper from back in the day. He does a fantastic job rapping on this song. He sounds great giving the couple some advice about their relationship.
# 7 – No Parking (on the Dance Floor)
The instructional song is from the album of the same name. The track has an r&b and dance beat. The party anthem is about dancing all night. They don’t want you to stop dancing. The song is tailor made for the club. The group is talking about a party that’s going on and they don’t want you to stop dancing. They want you to forget about your troubles for the day and start dancing. They want dancers to get up and have fun. You can get the party started at home or you can go wild at a club. It’s up to you how you want to have fun.
If you have heard one dance song, you have heard them all. Midnight Star threw their hats in the ring to tackle their obligatory dance song. They used parking as a metaphor for dancing. They don’t want you to stand still on the dance floor. You are not allowed to stop or park on the dance floor. It will be impossible not to do what the band tells you. The beat is very infectious and will have you moving around as soon as it starts. The beat will hold your attention until it’s done. The music has a classic 80s sound, but that doesn’t stop it from being good.
# 6 – Red Roses
The passionate song is from the album Work It Out. The song has an r&b beat. The intimate song is about a man who is in love with a woman. He believes he was blessed with her in his life. He refuses to let her go. She is his soulmate and he needs her in his life. He wants to give her “red roses” because she’s his dream come true. He wants to do everything he can to please her. This is a beautiful tribute to the person you love. There’s no way you can hear this song and not feel emotional.
“Red Roses” is a chance to slow things down. Midnight Star released a lot of songs with tempo. This track gives the group a chance to sing a ballad. The band proved they could sing touching romantic ballads with the same effort as their dance tracks. Midnight Star should record ballads because they showcase their talents better than the up-tempo tracks. This song was recorded in the 90s, but it sounds as if it were recorded today. The jam sounds like it would get airplay today. Melvin Gentry’s voice is breathtaking. He sounds soulful singing ballads. This track gave him a chance to show the world what he could do with a slow song. He performs outstanding runs that you may not expect to hear from him. He sings in time with the beat changes. He makes you believe that he is in love with the girl getting the “red roses.”
# 5 – Operator
The next song on our Top 10 Midnight Star Songs list is “Operator” from the album Planetary Invasion. The song has an r&b and dance track. The upbeat song is about a man who wants to be with his lady, but he can’t get her on the phone. He doesn’t have enough money for the phone so he calls the “operator.” He wants the operator to place the call for him. This was done before cellphones became popular. The guy pleads with the operator to help him because it’s an emergency. He wants to get in touch with her. He needs the “operator” to help him out so he can talk to his lady.
If you are familiar with New Edition’s song “Mr. Telephone Man,” this theme might sound familiar to you. “Operator” has the same theme as New Edition’s hit song. This is a different time from when this song was recorded so the “operator” helping him get in touch with the lady he loves may seem weird to people now. It made sense when the song was recorded. There’s no mistaking the 80s sound for this track. It starts off like “Midas Touch” and changes into a futuristic sound. The song utilizes the synthesizer, vocoder and drums. The song is dated, but it’s still enjoyable. This song is for dancing. There aren’t too many lyrics in the song. The song is mostly about the music.
# 4 – Curious
The inquisitive song is from the album Planetary Invasion. The song has an r&b sound. The questionable song is about a man who wants to know what the lady he wants is thinking. He’s interested in the lady, and he wants to know what’s on her mind. He asks her to tell him what she’s thinking. He wants her to let him love her. Love is a gamble, and he wants to take the gamble with her. He thinks he will win the gamble. He wants her because the love he has for her is too strong. Would you be able to resist someone who loves you the way he does in this song?
The song has a cool vibe. The music is classic r&b at its best. You can still hear this jam on Quiet Storm radio. The ballad has enough tempo so you can move around with the person you love. The music is simple so you can get a chance to dance while focusing on the vocals. The vocals are outstanding. Melvin Gentry’s vocals will make you feel emotional. He hits the right notes effortlessly. He has an echo in his voice while he’s singing and that was a creative choice to make. The band does a great job supporting him in the background. They harmonize very well while he’s singing lead. He could have pushed a little more to hit high notes, but it doesn’t hurt the song.
# 3 – Wet My Whistle
The satisfying song is from the album No Parking on the Dance Floor. The song has an r&b beat. The pleasing song is about a man who is in love. He gets intoxicated by her kiss. He gives her one kiss and realizes he’s in love. Her kisses are like drinking wine. He wonders why he touched her lips because he can’t get enough. He only needed a little taste of her to fall in love with her. He is hooked on her and won’t be able to have enough. Kissing her was like a temptation for him. He realized that he fell deeper in love with her once he touched her lips.
This is a unique way to talk about kissing someone. He got hooked right after he touched her lips. The way he feels about kissing her sounds like something that would have come from a romance novel. The song sounds like something The Whispers would have recorded. The song has an irresistible dance beat that will keep you on the dance floor until the song is over. You will want this song to keep playing so you can keep dancing with the person who wet your whistle. The classic jam will never get old. It can still get the party started when it’s played. The vocals on this song are magnificent. Bo Watson’s performance on this track is incredible. He doesn’t hold back on this track. He gives the song his all. He holds notes on the song. His voice will blow you away.
# 2 – Midas Touch
The confident song is from the album Headlines. The track has an r&b beat. The self-assured song is about a man who feels he’s the one a woman should choose. He feels he has the “midas touch” and can turn everything to gold. He wants to be with her and make her happy. He doesn’t want to play games with her. He believes they were meant to be together. Their love won’t fade away. He assures her that he will be there for her. He will never leave her. He sounds very confident on this song. He needs to be confident to pull off this song.
This jam is what classic r&b is all about. It has everything it needs to be a great song. As soon as you hear the first drumbeat, you know the song is going to be an instant hit. The hypnotic music drags you into the song. You will have to be made of stone not to want to move around to this jam. This banger was recorded decades ago, but it will get people on the floor as soon as it starts. This song will never get old because the beat sounds as if it were recorded yesterday. The music is just as good as the vocal on the song. Bo Watson’s vocals are brilliant. He captures your attention and holds it prisoner until he is done. His vocals are captivating. He is an amazing singer. His silky and smooth vocals are just what the love doctor ordered. His range is off the charts. He knows when to hold back and when to reach for the stars. He projects his voice at the end and it’s a highlight for the song. This song could have been number one on our list, but it lost the toss.
# 1 – Slow Jam
The number one song on our Top 10 Midnight Star Songs list is “Slow Jam” from the album No Parking on the Dance Floor. The song has an r&b sound. The touching song is about a couple dancing to a “slow jam.” The couple wants to dance to a slow song. He wants to dance with the woman he loves and asks the DJ to play another “slow jam.” She wants to dance with him just as much as he wants to dance with her. She was happy that he wanted to dance with her. This is a touching story about star-crossed lovers who fell in love on the dance floor.
“Slow Jam” is a flawless song to dance to with your lover. Midnight Star did a fantastic job with the instrumentation. The music will stir emotions inside of you. The lyrics are romantic and poetic. Babyface co-wrote this song early in his career. He is one of the kings of r&b love songs so it makes sense that he helped pen this beautiful song. If you are a fan of r&b music or grew up around it, you are familiar with this track. As soon as you hear the first couple of bars, you know what this song is. This song still gets played on r&b radio stations today. Belinda Lipscomb and Bo Watson deserve a round of applause for their performances on the track.
They switch things up. Belinda Lipscomb takes the lower half of the track while Bo Watson sings the higher half. He sings in falsetto and sounds similar to Babyface when he was singing with the Deele. As the song progresses, they switch pitches. Belinda Lipscomb takes the higher half and Bo Watson sings the lower half. They nailed the track once the bridge starts. Bo Watson hits a jaw dropping high note at the end that will stun you into silence. This song wasn’t a single, but it received massive airplay. The track became one of their signature songs.
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