Cheryl Lynn is probably best known for her ability to write some of the best Rhythm & Blues music in the world. Throughout the 1970s and during the first half of the 1980s, she had solidified a place for herself as one of the most prominent singer-songwriters of the entire genre. There is little doubt that those who lived during her most prominent rise to fame remember her well.
However, there is a chance that those of a younger generation may not be so familiar with her work. If that’s the case, you more than owe it to yourself to listen to her music and discover why so many people still consider her work among the best in the business. Here are 10 of her best songs to get you started.
10. Star Love (1978)
Have you ever experienced one of those moments where it feels like the person you are falling for was sent directly to you, as if the two of you were meant to be together? Chances are, you studied about lovers who were written in the stars throughout high school and college literature classes. Some may be more inclined to believe in this sort of thing more than others, but the belief in its existence is the very sort of thing that is discussed in this song.
9. All My Lovin’ (1978)
This is a fairly direct song and the title couldn’t state that fact more directly. In the song, she is talking about giving every ounce of love she has to the person she considers her significant other. In its purest form, this is a song all about falling and love and then doing whatever is necessary to keep that love alive.
8. If This World Were Mine (1982)
If you were in complete charge of the whole world, what would you do differently? This is a somewhat melancholy song that speaks of losing someone who was deeply loved. The lyrics go on to state that if she were in charge of the world, things would have worked out differently than they did. Whatever the case might be, this is something that just about every person can identify with on one level or another.
7. Give My Love to You (1978)
Just as the title implies, this is a song that talks about loving someone completely. Falling in love is a lot different than giving someone your whole heart. Doing the latter means that you have to be willing to make hard choices, compromises, and be willing to show up for another person each and every day, even when it’s difficult.
6. You Saved My Day (1978)
If you have been fortunate enough to know someone who makes everything better by simply being who they are, then you can probably find some common ground with this song. There are those special people who make a huge difference in your life and they mean everything to you. They literally save not only your day, but your whole life. This is a song that speaks to that.
5. Day After Day (1982)
This is a saying that can have both positive and negative connotations. On one hand, you may be loving your life and enjoying everything you day after day. On the other hand, you may feel like you’re stuck in a rut that you just can’t get out of. If that’s the case, you end up feeling like you’re trudging through this rut day after day, with no real sense of how to get out or move forward.
4. Sleepwalkin’ (1982)
Traditionally, sleepwalking has been referred to as something less than positive. In this particular case, it refers to going through a tough breakup, then dreaming about having the relationship going well. As a result, she tells the story of not wanting to awaken from her dreams because that is now the only place where she can be with this person.
3. Every Time I Say Goodbye (1989)
Saying goodbye is never an easy thing to do. Here, she talks about not wanting to say goodbye because it’s so emotional to do so. Even when the goodbye is only temporary, it can still be exceedingly difficult for those involved. Obviously, the more permanent goodbyes are much more difficult to handle.
2. Fade to Black (1985)
Fade to black is a phrase that is often used for film and television scripts. In some instances, it is used at the end of a scene in a play, often to indicate the end of an especially difficult scene. The idea behind it all is that when something is so emotional, there is nothing left to say or do. In such instances, the only thing you can really do is silently fade into the darkness. Unfortunately, there are also times when you have no choice but to face things in life that are difficult. At times, there is no appropriate response but to quietly fade into those dark emotions until you can find a way through them.
1. Got to be Real (1978)
This is arguably one of the most popular songs she ever performed. In a world where you never really know whether or not someone is being completely honest with you, it is extremely refreshing to know that you are finally dealing with someone who is their authentic self. The lyrics in this song celebrate such things, reminding us all that the seemingly little things in life should never be taken for granted. When they are, little cracks that exist within relationships start to grow. If you don’t keep things real, those cracks will eventually overpower you.
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