Born Taalib Hassan Johnson on September 16, 1977, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Musiq Soulchild is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and record producer. He started in the music industry at 18, when he released his debut album Aijuswanaseing. Since then, he has released six more studio albums, the most recent was Soulstar in 2016. Musiq is known for his soulful R&B and neo-soul music and has won numerous awards throughout his career, including two Grammy Awards. Below are 10 of Musiq Soulchild’s best songs of all time.
10. Chocolate High (2009)
“Chocolate High” is a feel-good song about loving yourself just the way you are. The song featured Musiq Soulchild and was written by India Arie. It was released as the second single from her album Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics in 2009. It is about the joys of being in a relationship with someone who loves and accepts you for who you are. It is a great pick-me-up song that will make you feel good about yourself.
9. I Do (2016)
“I Do” is a beautiful love song about the ups and downs of a long-term relationship. The song was written by Musiq Soulchild and produced by Salaam Remi. It was released as the first single from his album Life on Earth in 2016. The song talks about the commitment made when two people decide to be together forever. It is a heartfelt ballad that will make you fall in love all over again. The lyrics are poetic and will touch your heart.
8. If U Leave (2008)
This duet with Mary J. Blige is one of Musiq Soulchild’s most heartbreaking songs. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a relationship on the rocks, and the desperation and sadness in Musiq’s voice are palpable. The song is about the fear of abandonment and was inspired by Soulchild’s relationship struggles. It talks about the hope that the two singers have for a future together.
7. Forthenight (2003)
‘Forthenight’ is the seventh track off Musiq Soulchild’s album, Soulstar. The song featured fellow Philadelphia artist AAries and was written by Musiq Soulchild, AAries, and producer Warryn Campbell. ‘Forthenight’ is an uptempo love song that speaks to the idea of spending the rest of your life with someone you love. The song was well-received and reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“Teachme” is a beautifully written ballad about the power of love. The song describes how love can teach us new things and make us better people. Musiq Soulchild’s soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics make this song one of his best. It’s no wonder that it was a hit when it was released. The song talks about how love can change someone for the better, which is a message that everyone needs to hear.
5. So Beautiful (2008)
So Beautiful is a beautifully written and performed ballad about the power of true love. Musiq Soulchild sings rawly about the all-encompassing nature of love and how it can make everything seem just that bit more beautiful. It is about the connection between two people that is so strong it can make anything seem possible. The song’s album version features Mary J. Blige on backing vocals and is a real powerhouse performance.
4. B.U.D.D.Y. (2007)
B.U.D.D.Y. is a laid-back, neo-soul love song with a mellow groove and soulful vocals from Musiq Soulchild. The song is about the importance of good friends and how they can be there for you when nobody else is. Musiq Soulchild sings about the joys of hanging out with your buddies and how they can make you laugh and feel loved. The lyrics are simple but heartfelt, and the song is a great example of Musiq Soulchild’s soulful sound.
3. Don’t change (2002)
Don’t change is a song by American soul singer Musiq Soulchild. It was released in 2002 as the second single from his album Juslisen. The song peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song’s lyrics concern a failed relationship. Musiq Soulchild sings to his ex-girlfriend, asking her not to change and remember the good times they had together asks her to contact him if she needs someone to talk to. The music video for the song was directed by Bille Woodruff and featured Musiq and his then-girlfriend, actress Taraji P. Henson. Don’t change was nominated for Best R&B Song at the 2003 Grammy Awards.
Love is one of Musiq Soulchild’s signature songs. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and featured in many movies and television shows. The song is about the unconditional love that we all hope to find one day. It describes the ups and downs and how love can conquer all.
“Halfcrazy” is the opening track from Musiq Soulchild’s 2002 album “Juslisen.” The song was nominated for a Grammy Award (Best Male Vocal Performance R&B category). The song samples The 3rd Degree’s “What If I Told You.” Musiq Soulchild said in an interview with Billboard that the song is about “being in a relationship and knowing that it’s not right, but you’re still trying to make it work.” It describes the feeling of being half-crazy. Darrell Branch and Musiq Soulchild produced the track.
These are just a few of the best Musiq Soulchild songs ever written. He has released many great tracks over the years, and it was hard to choose just 10. These songs are all examples of his soulful sound and heartfelt lyrics. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out his music and experience some of the best soul music out there.