Our Top 10 The Moments Songs list will take a look at one of r&b’s popular soul groups. The Moments got together in the 1960s. They achieved their success in the 1970s. Some of their hits include “Love on a Two-Way Street,” “Look At Me (I’m In Love),” “Not on the Outside,” “I Do,” “That’s How It Feels,” “If I Didn’t Care” and “Just Because He Wants to Make Love (Doesn’t Mean He Loves You).” The original members of the group were Eric Olfus Sr., Richard Gross and John Morgan. They got together in the mid-60s. They were signed as a harmony group known as The Moments. Mark Greene joined the group after their first single was released. Singer Sylvia Robinson helped the group get started in the music business. They had hits out the gate after Mark Greene joined the group.
Not on the Outside, But on the Inside, Strong! was released in 1969. It peaked at number eight on the r&b charts. It features the singles “Love on a Two-Way Street,” “Not on the Outside,” “Hurts on Me, Baby” and “Sunday.” A Moment with the Moments was released in 1970. It peaked at number 36 on the r&b charts. It features the singles “I Do” and “If I Didn’t Care.” Look at Me was released in 1975. It peaked at number 13 on the r&b charts and number 132 on Billboard 200. It features the singles “Look at Me I’m In Love,” “Got To Get To Know You” and “I Feel So Good Again.” Moments with You was released in 1976. It peaked at number 40 on the r&b charts. It features the singles “We Don’t Cry Out Loud,” “With You,” “Come in Girl,” “I Could Have Loved You” and “Stay.” They would go on to record as Ray, Goodman and Brown when the group broke up.
The Moments had a lot of success while they were together. They competed with groups such as The Delfonics, The Stylistics, The Manhattans as well as other r&b groups. The Moments managed to make a name for themselves because of their three-part harmonies. They may not have stayed together long, but their music lives on in the hearts of their fans. This Top 10 The Moments Songs list will feature their best songs.
# 10 – I Do
The first song on our Top 10 The Moments Songs list is “I Do” is from the album A Moment with the Moments album. The song has an r&b beat. The beautiful song is about them wanting a woman to be with them no matter what. The Moments tell a tender story about a couple in love. This song will resonate with anyone who has been in love. It will make you fall in love with the person you love all over again. If you haven’t been in love, it will make you want to fall in love.
The touching lyrics can make a wonderful wedding song. Any woman would be lucky to have these words said to her. It will melt your heart. The lyrics come from the heart. The music has a classic r&b sound. It is perfect for slow dancing. The melody of the song sounds similar to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ “Ooh Baby Baby.” The group does a great job on the vocals.
They sing the song with all of their heart and soul. They sing with a lot of passion. Mark Greene sing in falsetto. He took a risk doing that at the risk of his voice cracking. He sounds amazing. The group has amazing harmonies with each other. Their voices blend well with each other. This is an old school song that can be appreciated today.
# 9 – That’s How It Feels
The next song on our Top 10 The Moments Songs list is “That’s How It Feels” from the On Top album. The song has an r&b beat. The reflective song is about a breakup. He knows about break ups and now he knows what it feels like for his relationship to end. He didn’t think it would happen to him, but now he knows. This is something most people can relate to. You may know what break ups are like, but it doesn’t hit you until you are in that situation. The lyrics of the song will hit you deep especially if you have broken up with the one you love.
The music has a classic r&b beat that will never get old. It sounds like a romantic song despite being a song about breaking up. The music is soothing and easy on the ears. It has orchestral swells to add to the dramatic nature of the song. The Moments’ vocals are outstanding. Mark Greene uses his tenor vocals to the best of his ability. He sounds as if he has been through a lot of pain. Al Goodman sounds amazing with his baritone voice. He sings in time with the beat. He holds notes and belts throughout the song. It gives the song an additional reason to sound good. The rest of the group sounds harmonious in the background. The chorus will stay in your head long after the song is over.
# 8 -All I Have
This emotional song is from the On Top album. The song has an r&b beat. The heart wrenching song. is about him having trouble moving on with his life. He doesn’t like the idea of her telling him to give his love back. He really loves her and can’t believe she wouldn’t want to be with him. This song will cut you deep if you have ever been in love. If you are in love with someone and don’t want to let go of the person, you should listen to this song. You will not be alone. You will see that someone else feels the same way. If you are going through a breakup, this song will make you think.
If you’re not in the same situation, it will make you grateful that you aren’t in the same situation. The music has TSOP vibes. It sounds like something Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes would have done. The music is something you can slow dance to. It does have an old school feel to it, but it doesn’t hurt the song. This is the type of song that is in The Moments’ wheelhouse because they know how to sing songs that touch the soul. Billy Brown sings lead on this track. His tenor vocals are fabulous. He sings every note in key. He never misses a beat. He sings in time with every beat change. He commands you to sing along with him throughout the song.
# 7 – If I Didn’t Care
The inquisitive song is from the A Moment with The Moments album. The song has an r&b beat. The contemplative song is about him telling the woman he loves if he didn’t care he wouldn’t do the things he does for her. He wants her to know that he loves her with all of his heart so she shouldn’t doubt his love for her. This is a cover of the Ink Spots version. Since this is a cover song, it is time for the questions. Did the Moments take a risk covering this song? Did they make this song their own? The answer to the first question is yes. This is one of the Ink Spots biggest hit singles.
The Moments ran the risk of their song being compared to the Ink Spots. The answer to the second question is also yes. The Moments manage to make this song their own. The Ink Spots version has a big band sound while The Moments version is an r&b version.
The Moments didn’t attempt to sing it the same way as The Ink Spots. Harry Ray sings lead on this song. His voice is often imitated but never duplicated. He is in a category by himself when it concerns his vocals. He sings this in falsetto. He sings it in perfect pitch. He ran the risk of his voice cracking, but it didn’t. He was able to sing in falsetto effortlessly. He doesn’t turn it into a power ballad, but he does hold impressive notes throughout the song.
# 6 – Just Because He Wants to Make Love (Doesn’t Mean He Loves You)
The thought-provoking song is from their greatest hits album. The song has an r&b beat. The cautionary tale is about a man warning a woman that sex isn’t love. The man may want to have sex with her, but that doesn’t mean he wants to be with her. Men who are only after sex may not like the message in this song. This song may keep players from taking advantage of women. It’s ironic that a man would sing a song about keeping another man from having sex without love. This is something you would expect a woman to sing. It means more coming from a man’s perspective.
It sounds more meaningful. This is something fathers could warn their daughters about. The melody of the song sounds similar to The Stylistics “Bethca By Golly Wow.” It also sounds like ”All I Have.” Harry Ray sounds great in this song. He uses his tenor and falsetto vocals. He was able to switch between the two effortlessly. If you are waiting for that big note to come, it’s not coming. He does hold notes, but he wasted an opportunity to hold a big power note. This little flaw doesn’t hurt the song. The song is still worth a listen. You will want to hear it over and over again because the song is that good.
# 5 – We Don’t Cry Out Loud
The next song on our Top 10 The Moments Songs lists is “We Don’t Cry Out Loud” from the album Moments with You. The song has an r&b beat. The introspective song is about not letting anyone see you cry. It tells you to keep things inside and learn how to hide your feelings. It also teaches you that you almost had everything. Melissa Manchester made the song popular, but The Moments actually sang the song first. The Moments version is smoother and softer than Melissa Manchester. It makes the song sound tender. The music ins this version is soothing. You can relax while listening to it. Harry Ray takes his time with the lyrics.
He gives the song a buildup. He starts the song in his lower register and then builds up to his familiar tenor vocals. He holds notes throughout the song. The group sounds amazing in the chorus. They are in familiar territory with their phenomenal harmonies. Their voices blend so well together that they sound as if they are one person. The chorus is catchy and infectious. There is no way to listen to this song without wanting to hear the chorus. The writers did the right thing by ending the song with the chorus. This song may be hard to find because Melissa Manchester’s version is the popular, but The Moments’ version is definitely worth checking out.
# 4 – Not On The Outside
The romantic song is from the Not on the Outside, But on the Inside, Strong! The song has an r&b beat. The yearning song is about him expressing how much he loves the woman he loves. Lyrics like these will bring tears to your eyes. If you have ever been in love, you will be able to relate this song. Any woman should feel flattered if someone played this song for her. The song will put you in a romantic mood. If you play this for the woman you love, you may get lucky.
This song is for the grown and sexy. The music has a classic r&b beat that never gets old. The piano and drums stand out the most in the track. Mark Greene sings lead on this song. He shows his vulnerable side as he pours his heart out about the woman he loves. He lets his guard down and gives in to his feeling. Mark Greene’s vocals have been compared to The Temptations Eddie Kendricks because of his falsetto. This is a compliment to Mark Greene. Mark Greene knows how to utilize his falsetto voice. He doesn’t hold anything back vocally. He hit all the rights notes in this track. He reached for the stars as he hit the high notes. The only thing missing was the big note at the end. Other than that, the song is flawless.
# 3 – Sexy Mama
The flirty song is from the album Those Sexy Moments. The song has an r&b beat. The passionate song is self-explanatory. It is about a woman they find sexy. This is relatable to anyone who finds someone sexy. This song is geared towards men, but women can enjoy it too. This is the kind of song you would expect to hear at cook outs or a family reunion. The music has TSOP vibes. It has an old school sound that can still be appreciated. The music is laid back. It’s the kind of music you can chill too.
This is grown folks’ music. You should hear it with someone you love instead of alone in case you get carried away while you listen to it. Make sure you two are alone. Harry Ray sounds really good on this track. He doesn’t sing in his falsetto voice. He uses his tenor vocals on this track. He sings this with a lot of passion. He sounds similar to Marvin Gaye and Eddie Kendricks throughout this song. This would be the perfect dedication for the “sexy mama” in your life. This is one of the Moments biggest hit singles and it is easy to see why.
# 2 – Look at Me I’m in Love
The love song is from their greatest hits album. The sweet song is about the woman they love. He thinks by looking at him you can tell he is in love. If you are in love, you will know exactly what The Moments are talking about in this song. The song will remind you why you fell in love in the first place. This track will make a great wedding song. Any woman would love to hear these lyrics said to them on their wedding day. This song was a quiet storm staple and it’s easy to see why. It is perfect for the bedroom. Once you hear the music and the voice, you know how the night will go.
This jam is the definition of grown folks’ music. The musicians did their thing with the music. Harry Ray’s voice is masterful. He sings in perfect pitch. He doesn’t use AutoTune. His voice is pure and peaceful. He has a lot of vocal control. He knows when to vocally explode and knows when to hold back and tease the listeners. The Moments’ harmonies are flawless in this track. He doesn’t turn it into a power ballad, but the ballad is definitely worth checking out. You are in for a real treat with this track because it contains some of the best singing by the group.
# 1 – Love on a Two-Way Street
The number one song on our Top 10 Moments Songs list is ”Love on a Two-Way Street” from the Not on the Outside, But on the Inside, Strong! The song has an r&b beat. The melancholy song is about finding love and losing it. This is a creative way to sing a song about a love ending. If you have found love and then lost it, you will be able to relate to the lyrics. This is a beautiful song about finding love and losing it. The lyrics are deep and emotional. They will move you. The music is soft and melodic. It sounds like a love song instead of a song about losing love.
Mark Greene sounds outstanding in this track. He sounds similar to Eddie Kendricks in this track. He sings the song with so much passion that he begs you to pay attention to him. You will be glued to his vocals. He sings in time with all of the musical changes. He starts the song off softly and gets louder when the music gets louder. He doesn’t turn the song into a power ballad, but the song is worth a listen. This song is masterful and will never age. This is something you will want to keep on repeat so you can hear it continuously.
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