Our Top 10 The Whispers Songs list takes a look at one of r&b’s popular groups. The Whispers are best known for their number one hit singles “And the Beat Goes On” and “Rock Steady.” This popular group has scored 15 top 10 r&b singles and eight top 10 r&b albums. They have platinum and gold albums. They have won awards over the years. It’s time to get to know this group a little better.
The Whispers got together in 1963. The group consisted of twin brothers Wallace “Scotty” Scott and Walter Scott. The other members included Gordy Harmon, Marcus Hutson, and Nicholas Caldwell. They got their start when Sly Stone invited them to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1966. They performed live acts at different venues and developed a following. The group faced an obstacle when Walter Scott had to leave because he was drafted into the Vietnam War. He eventually returned to the group in 1969.
They released their debut eponymous album around 1970. It features the singles “Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong,” “Planets of Life” and “I’m the One.” This album wasn’t successful for the group. The album didn’t chart on the Billboard charts. The Whispers didn’t give up on their dream. They released two albums in 1972. The first one was called Life and Breath. The album peaked at number 44 on the r&b charts. The project features the songs “Life and Breath,” “Somebody Loves You” and “Here Comes Tomorrow.” The other album is called The Whispers’ Love Story. It peaked at 186 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 34 on the r&b charts. This album did slightly better than their previous albums. The album features the songs “You’ve Chosen Me,” “If You” and “You Fill My Life With Music.”
Bingo was released in 1974. The album peaked at number 40 on the r&b charts. This was considered an underrated album. The critics enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a commercial success. It features the songs “Bingo,” “A Mother for My Children,” “Someone’s Waiting,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Where There Is Love” and “Once More with Feeling.” In 1976, the group released the album One for the Money. The album charted at number 40 on the r&b charts. The singles include “Living Together (In Sin),” “One for the Money” and “You’re Only as Good as You Think You Are.”
The Whispers released Open Up Your Love in 1977. The album peaked at number 23 on the r&b charts. The album features the singles “I’m Gonna Make You My Wife,” “Make It with You” and “Chocolate Girl.” This was one of their highest selling albums at that point. Their next album was Headlights in 1978. The album peaked at number 77 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 22 on the r&b charts. The album features the singles “(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out,” “Headlights” and “(Let’s Go) All the Way.”
Their next studio album was Whisper in Your Ear in 1979. The project peaked at number 146 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 28 on the r&b charts. The album features the songs “Whisper in Your Ear,” “Jump For Joy” and “If I Don’t Get Your Love.” They scored their first platinum album in 1979 when they released their second eponymous album. The album peaked at number one on the r&b charts and number six on the Billboard 200 charts. The album features the number one single “And the Beat Goes On” as well as “A Song for Donny,” “My Girl,” “Lady” and “Out the Box”. This album sold over two million copies. This was their biggest selling album at this point of their careers.
They released Imagination in 1980. The album peaked at number 23 on the Billboard 200 charts and number three on the r&b charts. The project features the two hits “It’s a Love Thing” and “I Can Make it Better”. It also features the song “Up on Soul Train.” The song went on to be the theme song for the long running show Soul Train. The late Don Cornelius wrote the song for the group. This Kind of Lovin’ was released in 1981. It peaked at number 100 on the Billboard 200 charts and number 15 on the r&b charts. It features the singles “This Kind of Lovin’,” “I’m the One for You” and “I’m Gonna Love You More.”
Love Is Where You Find It came out in 1982. The album peaked at number 35 on the Billboard 200 charts and number one on the r&b charts. It features the singles “In the Raw,” “Emergency,” “Love Is Where You Find It” and “Say Yes.” The album went on to sell over 500,00 copies. They released Love for Love in 1983. It peaked at number 37 on the Billboard 200 charts and number two on the r&b charts. It features the singles “Love for Love” and “Keep On Lovin’ Me.”
So Good came out in 1984. The project peaked at number 88 on the Billboard 200 charts and number eight on the r&b charts. It features the songs “So Good,” “Some Kinda Lover” and “Don’t Keep Me Waiting.” They released Just Gets Better with Time in 1989. The album features their other number one hit single “Rock Steady”. The album also features “Special FX,” “Just Gets Better with Time,” “In The Mood,” “Love’s Calling” and “No Pain, No Gain.” The album went on to sell over a million copies.
More of the Night came out in 1990. It peaked at number 83 on the Billboard 200 charts and number eight on the r&b charts. The album features the r&b hit singles “My Heart Your Heart,” “Innocent” and Is it Good to You.” The album went on to sell over 500,000 copies. Toast to the Ladies was released in 1995. The album peaked at 92 on the Billboard 200 charts and number eight on the r&b charts. It features the singles “Toast to the Ladies,” “Better Watch Your Heart” and “Every Little Thing You Do.” They released other albums throughout their career.
The Whispers have a lot of hit singles and albums. They were able to sustain a long career considering they weren’t an overnight success story. Compiling this list was a very hard task because they have so many songs that could have been on this list. It was basically a toss up to decide which ones to include and which ones to keep off of the list. This Top 10 The Whispers Songs list will feature their best songs. The Whispers continued that great r&b vocal group sound that has been defined by bands like The Temptations, The Dramatics, The Four Tops, The O’Jays, The Miracles, The Spinners, The Stylistics and many more.
# 10 – Say Yes
The first song on our Top 10 The Whispers Songs list is the romantic “Say Yes” from the Love Is Where You Find It album. The track has an r&b sound. This smooth song is about making love. This song is excellent for the bedroom. It’s definitely baby making music. The lyrics are romantic and don’t sound graphic. It’s a great way for a man to express how much he truly loves a woman and wants to be with her. It will make a woman feel special knowing that a man would love her like this. The music is gorgeous and classy. The music features a sensual saxophone solo in the bridge. The twins sound similar to each other. They sound so similar that they sound like one person. They both have silky and smooth voices. They belt a little after the bridge. It’s easy to see why this song is a quiet storm staple.
# 9 – Love’s Calling
The next song on our Top 10 The Whispers Songs list is “Love’s Calling” from the Just Gets Better with Time album. The song has an r&b and soul sound. This sultry song is about a man making love to his woman and wanting to treasure every moment he’s with her. These sensual lyrics would make any woman want to stay with a man. It’s the perfect track to play when you are in the mood to make love. The Whispers are experts on baby making music. They know exactly what to say to put you in a romantic mood. You get hooked as soon as the musical intro begins.
The music is sexy and beautiful. The music is just as good as the lyrics. The Scott brothers do their thing on this song. They pour their hearts out as they express how much they want to be with the women they love. They managed to turn this soulful song into a power ballad after the second verse. It was a nice a surprise to hear them reaching for the stars towards the end. Everything about this song is a treasure. This song isn’t one of their signature songs, but it’s just as good as their big hits. This track is definitely worth a listen.
# 8 – (Olivia) Lost And Turned Out
This social song is from the Headlights album. It has an r&b and soul sound to it. This inspirational song is about saving prostitutes from giving their bodies to pimps. Pimping was at an all time high when this track was recorded. Pimps weren’t happy about this song when it was released. This song isn’t in the group’s wheelhouse because they usually sing songs about love and making love. They changed things up by doing a social song. The song has a deep meaning that may get lost when you first hear it. They managed to make it sound romantic even though it has nothing to do with romance. The melody is soulful and rhythmic. The piano and drums really sell the music. They sound great as usual on the track. They sang in perfect pitch throughout the song. Their harmonies are amazing. This song is a classic track.
# 7 – Toast to the Ladies
This tribute song is from the Just Gets Better with Time album. The song has a pop sound. This song is a dedication to woman around the world. The Whispers wanted to celebrate the beauty of women. This refreshing song is a touching anthem for women. It’s great that the group appreciates women so much that they wanted to sing a special song for them. They made a lot of women happy with this track because they made them feel special and appreciated
. There is no way a woman wouldn’t be moved to tears after hearing these beautiful lyrics. The musical arrangement is on point. The piano chords and drum programming are captivating. The twins start the song off softly and then start to vocally soar after the first verse. They sing in time with all of the musical changes that happen throughout the song. This song is in their wheelhouse and they proved they are one of the best groups to sing amazing songs to women. This song is underrated compared to their other hits, but it’s still worth a listen.
# 6 – Love Is Where You Find It
This appealing song is from the album of the same name. This has an r&b sound to it. This playful and sensual song is about finding love unexpectedly. Most people can relate to this song because they fall in love out of the blue. It’s basically a love at first sight type of song. The music is soulful and smooth. It would please fans of r&b and jazz music. The horn section gives the song a jazz feel to it. The sexy piano chords will please r&b fans. The musical arrangement is very polished and put together.
The Scott brothers take vocal risks in the song. They scat at points in the song. They took a chance doing that and it paid off. It made the song sound like a jazz song. They sound confident as they sing about falling in love. The group sounds harmonious together while they sing the chorus. The twins sing the song softly in the verses and belt in the chorus. The vocal arrangement is phenomenal. It showcases the vocal chemistry they have with each other. The music is soft so it gives the listeners a chance to concentrate on their strong vocals.
# 5 – I Can Make It Better
The next song on our Top 10 The Whispers Songs list is “I Can Make It Better” from the Imagination album. This song has an r&b sound. The bouncy track is about a man making life better for a woman who is with a man who doesn’t deserve her. The song has an incredible bass intro. It makes fantastic use of brass and orchestra to create an infectious dance beat. The song is from the 80s, but it doesn’t sound dated. There’s no way to sit still through this song. It will have you on the dance floor. This song was a nice change of pace for the group. They are mostly known for their ballads so this song gave them a chance to sing a song with tempo.
The twins proved they don’t just have voices for ballads. There are people whose voices are designed for one type of music, but they proved they could sing an up-tempo song. They sang this song just as well and with as much passion as one of their ballads. They sound like they are having fun with this song. The song is a masterpiece. The only minor complaint about the song is that it’s a little long. The song is over seven minutes long. Other than that minor complaint, the song is fire.
# 4 – Just Gets Better with Time
The sentimental song is from the album of the same name. The track has an r&b and soul sound to it. The heartfelt song is about love getting better over time. If you have been in a bad relationship, this song will make you feel hopeful. It may restore your faith in love. The musical arrangement is priceless. It’s infectious and will hook you immediately. There is a pretty good guitar solo in the bridge that’s not to be missed. It gives the song a rock edge. The drumbeat is also fire.
The chorus of the song is catchy and rhythmic. It’s so good that you will want to sing along with the group. It will stick in your head after it’s finished. The chorus is the best part of the song. The Whispers had great runs throughout the song. Their harmonies are outstanding especially in the chorus. The song isn’t one of their signature songs, but this masterpiece is just as good as their big hits. This song gets overshadowed because of “Rock Steady,” but this song is a classic as well.
# 3 – Living Together (In Sin)
This controversial song is from the One for the Money album. It has an r&b and soul sound to it. This is a risqué song about a man living with a woman without being married to her. This isn’t a problem now because people live together without being married all of the time. This was a problem during the time the song was released because people weren’t doing that type of thing back then. This is a pretty song about a controversial subject. The Whispers tell a story about a couple who want to live their lives together the way they want without judgment.
They never break character while singing about this subject. The music is elegant and melodic. The horn and string sections give the song an orchestral swell. The music isn’t too loud so you can focus on the message of the song. They sound different on the track. They are almost unrecognizable because they sing in a lower key for the majority of the song. They sing in falsetto towards the end of the track. They kept their vocals sweet and simple to match the music. This fabulous song is definitely one of their best tracks.
# 2 – Rock Steady
This upbeat song is from the Just Gets Better with Time album. The song has an r&b and soul sound. This is an energetic song about a guy who falls for a girl he thinks he loves. He’s not sure how she feels about him. This is one of their biggest hits. The upbeat music is guaranteed to get you on your feet. This song is perfect to listen to while you are at a barbecue or a party. It has a New Jack Swing sound that was different for them. The group was famous for their slow jams, but this song blew that out of the water. It’s hard to believe this beat was created in the 80s.
It manages not to sound dated at all. The music sounds just as good today as it would have during that time. The chorus is easy to sing along with the group. It’s infectious and an earworm that will stay in your head all day long. The Scott brothers sang their hearts out on this song. They sound strong and powerful throughout the song. This isn’t in their wheelhouse, but they were able to pull it off. It’s no surprise that it’s one of their biggest hits because the song is flawless. It could have easily been number one on our list, but it lost the coin toss.
# 1 – And the Beat Goes On
The number one song on our Top 10 The Whispers Songs list is the upbeat “And the Beat Goes On” from The Whispers album. The song has an r&b and soul sound. The metaphoric song is about staying positive during tough times. The beat of the music is a metaphor for life and it tells you to be strong. The song could also be about a relationship ending and moving on with your life. The song is relevant because of what’s going on today. This is the group’s first number one song and it’s easy to see why that happened. The funky guitar riffs will hook you instantly.
We dare you to sit still listening to the infectious beat. This song is also perfect dancing at a barbecue or a club. You can also rock out at home. The twins do an impressive job singing back and forth with each other. They never miss a note with the beat changes. They don’t hold any notes, but they have incredible runs in the songs. The group utilizes their amazing harmonies. Everything about this song works. There aren’t enough compliments to describe how fantastic this song is. This song is flawless and deserved to be number one on the charts as well as on our list.
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