Our Top 10 Stacy Lattisaw Songs list looks at an r&b singer from late 70s – 80s. Before there was Brandy, Monica, Aaliyah, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson, Beyonce, there was Stacy Lattisaw. The child star helped pave the way for other younger singers to get noticed. She recorded her first album when she was 12 years old. Her hits include “Love on a Two Way Street,” “Dynamite!,” “Miracles,” “Let Me Be Your Angel,” “Perfect Combination,” “Where Do We Go From Here” as well as others.
Stacy Lattisaw was born on November 25, 1966. She began singing when she about six years old. She recorded her first album when she was 12 years old. She became a star when she worked with Narada Michael Walden. Under his guidance, she had hit r&b albums. She was quickly making a name for herself in r&b music. One of her accomplishments was opening for the Jacksons in 1981. She opened for them with the Triumph tour.
Young and in Love came out in 1979. The album features the singles “When You’re Young and in Love,” “Dedicated to the One I Love” and “Downtown.” Let Me Be Your Angel came out in 1980. The album peaked at number nine on the r&b charts and number 44 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album features the singles “Dynamite!,” “Jump to the Beat” and “Let Me Be Your Angel.” With You was released in 1981. The album peaked at number eight on the r&b charts and number 46 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album features the singles “Love on a Two Way Street,” “It Was So Easy” and “Feel My Love Tonight.” Sneakin’ Out came out in 1982. The album peaked at number 11 on the r&b charts and number 55 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the single “Don’t Throw It All Away, “ “The Attack of the Name Game” and “Hey There Lonely Boy.”
Sixteen came out in 1983. The album peaked at number 26 on the r&b charts and number 160 on the Billboard 200 charts. The album features the singles “Miracles” and “Million Dollar Babe.” Perfect Combination came out in 1984. The album peaked at number 27 on the r&b charts and number 139 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Perfect Combination,” “Heartbreak Look,” “Block Party” and “Baby It’s You.” I’m Not the Same Girl was released in 1985. The album features the singles “I Thought It Took a Little Time,” “Together” and “Now We’re Starting Over Again.”
Take Me All the Way was released in 1986. The album peaked at number 36 on the r&b charts and number 131 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the single “Nail It to the Wall.” Personal Attention came out in 1988. The album peaked at number 24 on the r&b charts and number 153 on the Billboard 200 charts. It features the singles “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Changes” and “Love Town.” What You Need came out in 1989. The album peaked at number 16 on the r&b charts. The album features the singles “What You Need,” “Where Do We Go From Here,” “Dance for You” and “I Don’t Have the Heart.”
Stacy Lattisaw helped pave the way for younger singers to get noticed in music. She achieved success early in her career. She was one of the youngest singers to have a number one single on the dance club charts when it was released. She has a beautiful voice and has had some hits over the years. She is an underrated singer who deserves her flowers. Our list gives her a chance to receive her flowers. Our Top 10 Stacy Lattisaw Songs list will feature her best songs.
# 10 – Hey There Lonely Boy
The first song on our Top 10 Stacy Lattisaw Songs list is “Hey There Lonely Boy” from the album Sneakin’ Out. The song has an r&b sound. The comforting song is about her being there for a guy when another girl breaks his heart. She wants to show him how to love. She would love him better than the other girl did. He thinks that his former girlfriend’s lips are the only ones that could touch his lips. She intends to show him that she could do it better. She doesn’t want him to feel lonely so she wants to be the new woman in his life.
Stacy Lattisaw covered Ruby And The Romantics song. She didn’t follow their formula for the song. Ruby and the Romantics version has a faster tempo than Stacy Lattisaw’s version of the track. Stacy Lattisaw slowed things down for her version. Her version is closer to Eddie Holman’s version. When the song opens the melody sounds like Deniece Williams’ “Gonna Take a Miracle.” Stacy Lattisaw’s version of “Hey There Lonely Boy” is a good cover of the song. She did an impressive job. She was about 16 when she recorded the track. You can forget that she’s a teenager singing this song. She sounds mature for her age. She embraced the lyrics as if she were an older woman. She does impressive runs at the end of the song. Her version may not make you forget about the other versions out there, but her version is good too.
# 9 – Dynamite!
The next song on our Top 10 Stacy Lattisaw Songs list is “Dynamite!” from the album Let Me Be Your Angel. The song has a disco and funk sound. The energetic song is about a girl who likes a guy and wants to dance with him. She spots the guy, and she thinks about asking him to dance. She didn’t think asking him to dance would lead to romance. This is a track that’s like the others you hear about dancing. You won’t learn anything with this song. This song was simply done to make you dance. It was recorded during the disco era, so the song won’t make you think.
The goal is to get you on the dance floor and this song will succeed at that. Stacy Lattisaw does a great job with this song. She was 13 years old when she recorded this track so we didn’t expect much on this track. It’s a song you would expect a teenager to sing. She talks about liking a guy for the first time, but we know nothing would happen between them. The song could use a better chorus. The chorus doesn’t stand out from the verses. If the chorus were better, we wouldn’t have any complaints. The listeners loved the song when it came out because it peaked at number one on the dance charts.
# 8 – Don’t Throw It All Away
The pleading song is from the album Sneakin’ Out. The song has an r&b sound. The impassioned song is a warning to the guy not to throw away their love. They have a good thing going and they shouldn’t let it go. She doesn’t want to break up with him. She reminisced about the first time she saw him. She wanted to be with him. She doesn’t want him to think she’s taking things out on him. She insists he’s the one who would make a difference in their relationship. She knew he was made for her so she wants him to think about their relationship. She doesn’t feel that she should be the one to stop him from leaving again.
This is a soul stirring song. It will touch your heart to hear this beautiful and heartbreaking song. It’s easy to feel the pain in her voice while she talks about not wanting to lose her man. She didn’t want him to throw their love away. She makes you feel empathy for her as she pleads for him not to go. She sounds wise beyond her years. She’s talking about a mature relationship when she was a teenager when she recorded the track. She can make you forget that she’s not an adult singing the song. Her voice is perfect on the song. She tone is just what the doctor ordered for this ballad. She turns the song into a power ballad towards the end of it. She holds a beautiful note that you might not have seen coming. She gives the song a good buildup and she reaches for the stars until it fades out.
# 7 – I Don’t Have the Heart
The forlorn song is from the album What You Need. The song has an r&b beat. The sorrowful song is about the end of a relationship. She doesn’t have the heart to love the guy the way he wants her to love him. She tries to let him down easy. She still cares about him, but she’s not in love with him. The song is an example of trying to break up with someone in a gentle way. She doesn’t want to be mean about it, but she can’t stay with him anymore. If this song sounds familiar to you, then you are not alone. This song was also recorded by singer James Ingram.
Stacy Lattisaw and James Ingram recorded this track. James Ingram’s version is the popular version of the song, but Stacy Lattisaw’s version is good too. Our list will give you a chance to find out about her version of this song. We shouldn’t sleep on Stacy Lattisaw’s version of the track. Her version of the song isn’t exactly like his version. His version is more r&b and pop friendly while her version is r&b and jazz friendly. Stacy Lattisaw tries to take you to church with her version. She enunciates every syllable in the chorus. She also has background singers throughout the song. Her phrasing is impeccable. She belts throughout the track. She showcases the strength of her voice in this song. She won’t make you forget James Ingram’s version, but her version is just as good as his.
# 6 – Nail It To The Wall
The bouncy song is from the album Take Me All the Way. The song has a pop and r&b beat. The infectious song is basically about a relationship. From what we can interpret the song is about the narrator wanting to take things to the next level with her man. She talks about being under the covers where lovers lie. This indicates that she’s ready to be intimate with her man. She wants to turn the night into something serious. She wants to be with her man in that special way. This song is a departure from her other tracks. This track was her label’s attempt at changing her style. The label wanted her songs to sound like other dance songs on the radio at the time.
“Nail It to the Wall” is a track that screams 80s music. As soon as you hear the first couple of bars, you know this is an 80s song. At this point in her career, she was competing with Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Paula Abdul for a musical fanbase. She needed something that would grab the audience’s attention. The label wanted Stacy Lattisaw to have a similar career as Janet Jackson so she was given this song to record. The song isn’t really her style, but she pulls it off. She proved she could sing adult songs. The song is a little dated, but that doesn’t stop it from being a good track.
# 5 – Miracles
The next song on our Top 10 Stacy Lattisaw Songs list is “Miracles” from the album Sixteen. The song has an r&b sound. The loving song is about a girl who wants to make “miracles” with someone she loves. The narrator has found a miracle in the guy she likes. She’s happy that they are together. She feels they are supernatural together. She believes they created something special and will take them through the years. A magic has taken over them and she’s enjoying it. She feels reborn now that she’s with the guy she loves. This song is perfect to use for a wedding or proposal. It would be a great song to dance to with the person you love.
The music for this track is pretty. The music is soothing and soft. The string section makes the song sound classy. You will not want to stop dancing with your special someone while the music is playing. The instrumentation is hypnotic and will put you in a trance. Let’s get to Stacy Lattisaw’s vocals. She sounds amazing on this song. Her vocals are very strong on this track. She carries the song by herself and doesn’t need background singers to support her. The music is soft so she carries the song. Stacy Lattisaw sounds like she’s been singing for years. You can easily forget that she is only about 16 years old when she recorded this track. Her voice is very mature for her age. She belts with ease. She turns the song into a power ballad. Her vocals will blow you away.
# 4 – Let Me Be Your Angel
The tender song is from the album of the same name. The track has an r&b beat. The loving song is about a young girl who falls for an older guy. She wants to be his angel. She wants him to stay around her. She pleads for him to stay with her and be his angel. She wants to be the one for him. She wants him to know that she wasn’t too young to understand, but she knows about love. The narrator wants the guy to know that he will be hers. She sounds a little like a stalker, but we will leave that one alone.
Stacy Lattisaw proves that she is talented beyond her years. She is talking about being in love with someone and she’s only 13 years old. Her talent is reminiscent of a young Michael Jackson when he was singing around the same age. He made you forget that he was kid singing about meaningful relationships. She did the same thing. She makes you forget that she is a child singing about this type of love. She has the talent of someone twice her age. She takes you on a fantastic ride and you never want it to end. She sings like an angel. She has amazing control of her voice. She opens the song softly and then she soars into the stratosphere. Every time she sings a line in the song it will amaze you that she’s only 13 years old. The song is flawless.
# 3 – Where Do We Go From Here ft. Johnny Gill
The heart wrenching song is from the album What You Need. The song has an r&b beat. The power ballad is about a couple who were once together and wondered what went wrong. They question what is going to happen to them now that they are apart. They wonder if they should walk away from each other. The narrators are confused about whether they should try to make things work or break up with each other. People deal with this type of situation when they are in relationships. This timeless classic reunites Stacy Lattisaw and Johnny Gill. They sang together when they recorded “Perfect Combination” six years earlier.
As soon as the saxophone solo begins, the listeners are in for a treat. The music sounds sexy and sultry considering it’s a song about the end of a relationship. The song was tailor made for Stacy Lattisaw and Johnny Gill because they used to date each other. This song could easily describe their relationship. They have chemistry with each other. They sound like a couple who are torn about ending their relationship. Here is some trivia about the song. Stacy Lattisaw and Johnny Gill didn’t record this track together. They recorded it during separate studio times. You would never know they didn’t sing it together.
# 2 – Perfect Combination
The romantic song is from the album of the same name. The song has an r&b beat. The heartfelt song is about a couple in love. They feel they are perfect for each other. They have chemistry with each other that they can’t deny. They compare their love to different things. The narrators believe they could conquer anything if they are together. If you are a couple in love, you can relate to the lyrics. This is the type of song that will make you believe in love. If you read our Top 10 Johnny Gill Songs list, you saw this entry and “Where Do We Go From Here” on that list. The songs are back for this list.
This song will make the perfect wedding song for all couples. This is the perfect celebration of love. Stacy Lattisaw and Johnny Gill did a great job conveying the beautiful words for this song. They will make you believe in love again. They are teenagers, but they convince you they love each other. They touch on a subject that would be for older people, but they pulled it off because their mature sound is needed for a song like this one. They have equal time to shine in the song. They have a back and forth during the bridge that is terrific. They turn the song into a power ballad, and we couldn’t be happier about that. This could have easily been number one on our list, but it lost the coin toss.
# 1 – Love on a Two Way Street
The number one song on our Top 10 Stacy Lattisaw Songs list is “Love on a Two Way Street” from the album With You. The song has an r&b beat. The breathtaking song is about heartbreak. She believed that true love would last forever, but she was wrong. She found out that true love didn’t last forever. She had to give up on love when she thought she would have it for life. She’s trying to deal with the revelation that the boy she loves has left her. Losing someone you love is nothing new for people in relationships. She tackles a subject that people connect with very well.
This song has been recorded several times throughout the years. When you think of this song you might think of the Moments’ version of it. We’re going to look at Stacy Lattisaw’s version of it. She recorded her version in 1981 and it still sounds fresh today. The music is pretty and will touch your heart. The music is infectious and hypnotizing. The music is just as good as her performance. The musicians deserve applause for what they were able to do with this song. Stacy Lattisaw’s voice is superb in this song. She was 15 years old when she recorded this track. She sounds much older than that. She is very talented. Stacy Lattisaw will make you forget that she was a child star when she first started recording. Her beautiful voice will stay in your head long after the song is done.
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