Barry White is one of the most iconic musicians in the history of music. He was a singer, songwriter, producer and orchestra arranger. He won his place in music history thanks to his bass-baritone voice that conquered listeners around the world. Born on 12th September 1944, the American singer’s significant breakthrough as a solo singer came in 1970 with an orchestra dubbed, “The Love Unlimited Orchestra.” Barry White’s stage name comes from his official name, Barry Eugene Carter. White recorded 19 studio albums before his death on 4th July 2003 in Los Angeles, California, at 58. Barry White’s voice was incredible, and he showed it beyond doubt. His songs are an endless love saga that are beautiful, profound, romantic and make us believe that love is real. The lyrics of his songs are simple and meaningful. No one can deny that his music has had a significant influence on the music industry. Here’s a list of the ten best Barry White songs.
10. I’ve Got So Much to Give
This is the title track of Barry’s debut album, released in 1973. The song is a mix of R&B and soul. It became number one on the Hot R&B Albums Chart. The song is a perfect example of classic R&B. It has an irresistible groove, and the synthesizers used in this song became popular in the music industry right after the release of this track.
9. In Your Wildest Dreams
This duet was released by Tina Turner and Barry White in the 1996 album Wildest Dreams. Actor Antonio Banderas appears in the song with his spoken word passage. This song is a fascinating single from the album. It is a well-written song, and Tina Turner’s classic vocals perfectly suit Barry White’s deep voice.
8. Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up
This song was released in 1973 from the second album, Stone Gon. This project was a massive success for Barry White. The song reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and position two on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs. The song is well known for White’s aggressive delivery, which was taken up by many rappers in the next decade.
7. It Only Love Doing Its Thing
The number seven track was released from the album The Man. It is a soulful ballad that became number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100. The song features White’s vocals and piano only. This track has a fantastic rhythm, powerful vocals and deep lyrics. The song featured in several great hits albums and won many awards. You can’t get enough of this song. It has a soulful beauty that you will find yourself playing it over and over again.
6. You See the Trouble With Me
This track is one of the most beautiful Barry White songs. It was released in 1976 from the album Let The Music Play. The song was written by White and Ray Parker Jr and is the second single from the album. It peaked at number 14 on the Billboard’s Black Singles chart. The song is an example of White’s ability to write songs in different genres. He can create anything in his studio, and this song is another proof of that.
5. I’m Gonna Love You Just a Bit More, Baby
This song was released in 1973 from the album I’ve Got So Much to Give. It has a catchy rhythm and became number one on the singles chart. It is one of White’s signature songs which made him the world best-selling artist of the 1970s. It was certified gold by RIAA for selling one million copies. It has a smooth and groovy rhythm which makes the song attractive to any listener.
4. Just the Way You Are
The song was a Billy Joel’ release in 1977, although White put his disco spin on it in 1979. The song peaked at the top 10 in the US singles chart. White’s smooth and romantic vocals suit perfectly with Billy Joel’s intense lyrics. The song has a slow tempo that makes it soothing to the ears. You will find this song perfect for romantic evenings.
3. Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe
The song was written by Barry White and released in 1974 from the album of the same name. It became number one on the Hot 100 and R&B charts. The song is a perfect example of the R&B style music that was released during the 1970s. Due to its massive success, many artists tried to recreate this track but failed. That’s how unique and amazing this song is. It became one of his signature songs.
2. Let the Music Play
The song is a perfect example of Barry White’s musical talent. It was released in 1976 and reached number three on the US singles chart, and became the last top 10 hit single for White. This song has everything that you can ask for: great lyrics, catchy rhythm and soulful vocals. It is one of those songs that you will never get tired of listening to.
1. You’re the First, the Last, My Everything
The number one song in our list of the greatest Barry White songs is another romantic R&B song from White’s first studio album. It was released in 1974 and reached number two on Hot 100 US Billboard and position one on the Singles Songs Chart. The song is one of the best-selling singles of the 1970s and is produced by White himself. The track was written by Tony Sepe, White and Radcliffe and it features a perfect blend of soulful vocals, profound lyrics, and an excellent melody, making it the most played song of White. You have to check this great singer’s work if you are a fan of soulful music. He has given us some fantastic tracks that will never get old. Even today, his songs are being remixed by various artists and are still loved by listeners worldwide.