Fontella Bass was considered one of the most gifted R&B singers of all-time. She is most well known for a series of hit songs that she had throughout the mid-1960s. Today, she is still widely regarded as one of the best singers from her genre, influencing even the most modern-day performers. It’s also worth noting that she performed for several decades, creating music into the 2000s. Below is a list of 10 of her most popular songs, ranked from number 10 to number one. There is also a YouTube link for each one of the songs so you can listen for yourself.
10. Oh No, Not My Baby (1966)
Here you have a love song about a relationship that has broken up. It isn’t long before the subject of the song sees her significant other running around town with someone else. The rest of the lyrics in the song center around her feelings associated with seeing him and knowing that while she still loves him, there simply can’t be an intimate relationship between the two of them.
9. Baby What You Want Me To Do (2006)
Have you ever heard one of those songs that seems to explain the way you feel at a particular point in time? Have you ever fallen in love and felt like you were nothing more than a jumbled mess who could do little more than think of the person you’ve fallen for? These are the types of feelings explained in this song. If you’ve ever found yourself in this type of situation, then you can identify with the lyrics.
8. I Can’t Rest (2006)
The lyrics in this song speak of someone who is simply too restless to focus on anything except the relationship that is before them. When you feel like this, you can’t focus on any of the things that you need to do. It makes it almost impossible to sleep, eat or even concentrate on virtually any task at hand. The song also speaks to the need to do something about these feelings whenever they crop up.
7. Leave It in the Hands of Love (2006)
This is a song about allowing love to guide you and help you through anything else that happens in life. It’s amazing to think about the fact that when you have someone who loves you so completely that you feel like you can do anything, virtually everything else in life seems to come so much easier. This song is also a good reminder to allow love to be stronger than fear. It really is true that love can conquer anything, if only you will allow it to do so.
6. Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing (1991)
Have you ever had that friend that seems to have everything at their fingertips, yet they don’t take care of any of it? These lyrics speak to that, trying to get the point across that when you have something truly wonderful in your life, you should take care of it and show your appreciation as opposed to allowing it to slip through your fingers. The song is as much about seizing the moment as anything else. When you know that you have something (or someone) wonderful in life, don’t be so complacent as to allow it to get away from you.
5. Sweet Lovin’ Daddy (2006)
If you think this is a song about your father, think again. Instead, it’s actually quite different. The lyrics are about finding someone that you’re interested in. More specifically, they’re about finding someone that you can hook up with. It’s done in much the same way that some people talk about having a sugar daddy or being a sugar baby. The lyrics are slightly different, but the meaning is more or less the same.
4. Since I Fell for You (1966)
As you might have already guessed from the title, this is a song that talks about how things are different since the person in the song fell for their significant other. Like so many other songs, the lyrics are subjective. You can glean a couple of different things from them, depending on your own experience with love and how you’re feeling at the moment. As such, the song can be fairly positive and upbeat or it can take things in another direction.
3. This Would Make Me Happy (1966)
Have you ever thought about falling in love and how that would completely change your perspective on virtually everything else? This is the song that deals with learning to find yourself, falling in love with another and becoming truly happy with who you are. In fact, it deals a lot with learning to be happy with who you are, even if you can’t be happy with the situation that is at hand.
2. Soul of the Man (1966)
Considering the fact that this is an R&B song the lyrics are done in a way that allows them to be a bit tongue-in-cheek. However, at its core, the song is talking about what really makes a person who they are, hence the title. it’s a song that will definitely make you think because it brings everything to light when it comes to understanding what makes people react the way they do to certain situations, so on and so forth.
1. Rescue Me (1966)
This is the song that essentially defined her career. Even all these years later, it is the one that most people can recall the moment her name is mentioned. It became a hit almost instantly and it also set the standard for all other songs of this genre that came after it. Over the course of her career, she was asked to perform the song about being rescued by love, nearly every time she performed. The song had quickly become a fan favorite and it remains so to this day.