Helen Reddy was a singer, songwriter, actress, author, and activist who was born in Melbourne, Australia, on October 25, 1941. She came from a showbiz family and began performing at the age of four. In 1966, she won a television talent contest, and her prize was a trip to New York with the opportunity to audition for a record contract. Although her audition was unsuccessful, it inspired her to move to Chicago and then Los Angeles to pursue her singing career. The singer released her first album in 1968, and by the 1970s, she was enjoying international success. Helen Reddy went on to become one of the most successful female artists of the 1970s, and she won multiple awards. During her career as a singer and songwriter, Helen Reddy released 18 studio albums, 15 compilation albums, one live album, one video album, one soundtrack album, and 31 singles. Here are the 10 best Helen Reddy songs of all time.
10. I Can’t Hear You No More (1976)
‘I Can’t Hear You No More’ was co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and it was originally called ‘I Can’t Hear You.’ The first person to record the song was Betty Everett in 1964, and it was later recorded by several other artists, including its writer Carol King, Dusty Springfield, and Lulu. Helen Reddy’s 1976 version of the song was the most successful of the covers, as it topped the Adult Contemporary Charts. This single also featured on Reddy’s eighth studio album, ‘Music, Music.’
9. Peaceful (1973)
Peaceful was the second single released from Reddy’s album ‘I Am Woman.’ It was written by Kenny Rankin and has been a hit single for several artists, including Georgie Fame in 1969. Reddy’s version of the track peaked at number 12 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian charts. It was less successful in Reddy’s home country, as it only reached number 36 on the Australian charts.
8. You and Me Against the World (1974)
‘You and Me Against the World’ was the second track from the ‘Love Song for Jeffrey’ album that Helen Reddy released as a single. It topped the Adult Contemporary Chart and was Reddy’s fourth out of six consecutive songs to achieve this position. It also reached number nine on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian charts. This song Kenny Ascher and Paul Williams wrote this song. The B-side to the single was ‘Love Song for Jeffrey,’ a song that shared its name with the album.
7. Keep On Singing (1974)
In 1973, Bobby Hart and Danny Janssen composed ‘Keep On singing.’ The song was originally recorded by Austin Roberts and featured on his self-titled album. Helen Reddy released a version a year later, and the track was on her ‘Love Song for Jeffrey’ album. It topped the Adult Contemporary Chart and was also a top ten hit in Canada.
6. Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady (1975)
Classic Rock History lists ‘Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady’ as one of the best Helen Reddy songs of all time. Released in 1975, the single was featured on the album of the same name. It peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the last of Reddy’s songs to reach the top ten on that chart. The song was also topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. Harriet Schock wrote this song, and she released her own version of it before it was performed by Helen Reddy.
5. Emotion (1975)
‘Emotion’ was originally a French-language song called ‘Amoureuse’ that was composed by Veronique Sanson, who released the single on her 1972 album. After the song was translated into English, it was a hit single for Kiki Dee. Helen Reddy was the third person to sing this song, although only the second in English. It topped the US Adult Contemporary charts, and the song featured on the album ‘Free and Easy.’
4. Angie Baby (1974)
Singer-songwriter Alan O’Day wrote the song ‘Angie Baby.’ The track was released in 1974 by Helen Reddy and was the first single released from the album ‘Free and Easy.’ It was one of Reddy’s most successful singles, as it topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary Chart, and it was a top ten hit in the UK, New Zealand, Ireland, and Canada.
3. Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress (1973)
‘Leave Me Alone’ was written and recorded by Linda Laurie in 1973. Just months after the original release, Helen Released her version of the song, and it featured on her album ‘Long Hard Climb.’ It topped the Cash Box charts and reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)’ was the third of Reddy’s singles to be certified Gold in the United States.
2. Delta Dawn (1973)
‘Delta Dawn’ was written by Larry Collins, a former rockabilly star, and Alex Harvey. Reddy’s version was not the first time the song was released, as it had previously been performed by Tanya Tucker in 1972. Reddy released her version a year later. Bette Midler also included a version of the song in her repertoire.
1. I Am Woman (1972)
According to SMH, one of the best Helen Reddy songs of all time is ‘I Am a Woman.’ Although ‘I Am a Woman’ was not Helen Reddy’s most commercially successful single, it became her signature song and has remained one of her most famous tracks. The single featured on the album of the same name, and it peaked at number two on the Adult Contemporary Chart. Helen Reddy co-wrote ‘I Am Woman’ with Ray Burton.