Eartha Kitt was an iconic American singer, actress, and civil rights, activist. She was best known for her distinctive contralto singing voice and her 1953 recordings of “C’est Si Bon” and “Monotonous”. Her music genre was disco, Vocal jazz, dance, and cabaret. She was actively involved in music from 1942–2008. She was a role model for many African-American female singers such as Patti LaBelle and Diana Ross, who also had success in their music careers. In this article, we are going to discuss the 10 Best Eartha Kitt Songs of All-Time;
10. An Englishman Needs Time
An Englishman Needs Time is a song about a British man who while traveling falls in love with a woman of a different race who he has to leave as soon as he gets on a ship sailing back to Britain. According to Jiosaavn (https://www.jiosaavn.com/album/eartha-kitt-and-her-greatest-songs/ephhVWeD5zA_), the song was written by the English composer and songwriter Joseph Tabrar and the lyrics were written by the American songwriter James Brockman. It was recorded by Eartha Kitt in 1954. This song did well reaching number 16 on the Hot 100 Charts. The song was released five years after the end of World War II. This song has been used as a soundtrack in several movies, films, and TV shows like Crossroads and The Nutty Professor.
9. Want To Be Evil
Want To Be Evil is a song about a woman who intends to become dangerous and evil in all her deeds. The song was written by the American composers James Brockman and Theodore Baskin and the lyrics were written by the American songwriter Aretha Franklin. It was recorded by various artists but Kitt was probably the best-known vocalist to release it in 1951. It was quite a hit during the time of its release and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the Billboard R&B Charts. The song was widely known during the time of its release because it was played on various radio stations and was used as a soundtrack in many different movies and shows like The Fat Man.
8. Let’s Do It
This song is about a woman who wants to do something wild, crazy, and completely stupid for once in her life. It is about how a wild woman wants to venture out of her comfort zone and do something crazy for once in her life. This song was released in the year 1970 as the lead track in the album That Bad Eartha and did well reaching number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has featured as a soundtrack in several films, movies, and TV shows like Gentleman Prefer Blondes and The Nutty Professor.
7. Santa Baby
Santa Baby is one of Eartha Kitt’s best-known songs and was released in 1963. It was written by the American songwriters Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, and Peter Udell. This song is about the Santa Claus coming and bringing Christmas fun to the children. It was quite popular and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has featured as a soundtrack in many Christmas movies including It’s A Wonderful Life, The Polar Express, and Home Alone. It was also featured in the Glee episode The Break-Up.
6. Uska Dara – A Turkish Tale
Released in the year 1967, Uska Dara – A Turkish Tale was one of the top tracks in the album Something Special. This song is about a woman and her husband who are looking for a new life in the USA to escape the hard life they had in Turkey. This song did well reaching number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has featured as a soundtrack in several films, TV shows, and music videos like I, Robot, and The Sopranos. It has been covered by many artists over time including Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, and Rufus Wainwright.
5. Je Cherche Un Homme
This song is about a woman who wants to find a man she can marry. It was written by the French songwriter Michel Rivgauche and released in 1957 by Eartha Kitt. It did well reaching number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. According to Oldies (https://www.oldies.com/artist-songs/Eartha-Kitt.html), the song found its way into the movie and film industry being used as a soundtrack in the movie The Return of the Pink Panther. It was also used in the TV show Joan of Arcadia. This song has been covered by many artists including Anne-Sophie Mutter and Billie Holiday.
4. September Song
September Song is a sad and beautiful song about a woman who has to deal with the death of her lover after he commits suicide. Eartha can convey the sorrow and heartbreak of the situation in this song. It is one of Eartha’s most critically acclaimed songs and has been featured in several TV shows and movies such as Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pianist, and Transamerica. However, it reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.
3. Just an Old Fashioned Girl
Just an Old Fashioned Girl was released in the year 1962 by Eartha Kitt and was the lead single in the album Bad But Beautiful. According to Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/5OFSrGhNIQcZV2yG7xOlNw), this song is about a simple girl who only wants simple things from her groom on the day of their wedding and would like to have a quiet life together. It has been featured in several movies, TV shows, and films like The First Wives Club and Low Down Dirty Shame. However, the song reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been covered by several artists some of which include Josephine Baker and Johnny Cash.
2. Where Is My Man
This is a song about a woman who is tired of being alone and is looking for her man. She wants to feel loved and secure in his arms. This song did well in the year of its release reaching number twenty-two on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been featured in several films, TV shows, and movies like The Pussycat Gang and Cheaper by the Dozen. However, it has also been covered by numerous artists including The Jackson 5, Billy Paul, and Lulu.
1. C’est Si Bon (It’s so Good)
c’est si bon (it’s so good) is a song about a woman who is tired of being with her ex-boyfriend. She is heartbroken because she wants to be with someone else. She doesn’t want to be in the same place as him anymore. It was first released in the year 1947 by French singer Henri Betti. Eartha Kitt’s version of this song is from 1953 and it is number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. It is covered by many artists, some of which include The Supremes, The Platters, and as remix versions by Peter Andre. However, this song has featured as a soundtrack in several movies.