Teddy Pendergrass was one of the most successful and influential soul singers in America. He is best known for his singing voice, which he used to sing with a gospel choir. With ten albums and 3 Grammy Awards under his belt, Teddy Pendergrass’ music has stood the test of time. Here are the top 10 songs by Teddy Pendergrass that you should listen to if you want to get your groove on:
10. It Don’t Hurt Now
This song is from Pendergrass’s album “Teddy,” and it’s one of my favorites. The lyrics are about how time heals all wounds, but it doesn’t matter because Teddy still loves you no matter what has happened in the past. He says that he’s been through too much with this lady love to just walk out the door and that he’s going to stay around for a while. This is the kind of song you want to dedicate to someone who has had their heart broken because it will remind them that eventually they’ll get over this pain-they just have to bide their time with Teddy Pendergrass’ soothing voice singing in the background.
9. When Someone Loves you Back
This song is from the album “Close the Door,” and it’s about how when someone loves you back, all of your problems will be solved. The lyrics are pretty self-explanatory – he sings that if only more people in this world would love like him, then everything would work out just fine. Basically, what Teddy Pendergrass is saying in this song, and what many people want to believe about love, is that unconditional giving without any conditions will solve all the world’s problems. This might be a little idealistic-but it can’t hurt to see things through Teddy Pendergrass’ rose-colored glasses for one minute while listening to this track from the album “Close the Door.”
8. You can’t Hide from Yourself
Released in 1977, “You Can’t Hide From Yourself” was the fourth single from Pendergrass’s debut album. The song is an up-tempo soul and blues ballad about a relationship gone bad. The music video for the song features footage of Teddy performing on stage at one of his live concerts with shots of him and his family.
7. I Don’t Love you Anymore
Released in 1979, “I Don’t Love You Anymore” was the final single from Teddy’s debut album. The song is a soul ballad about two people that love each other but just don’t feel it anymore and can no longer be together as lovers.
6. Can’t we Try?
This song is from the album “Teddy,” and it’s a plead for forgiveness, understanding, patience-anything. The lyrics are so heartfelt that they make you want to reach out and console Teddy Pendergrass in person – but he also has listeners feeling the same way about themselves as well. I think one of my favorite lines on this song is “Can’t we sometimes try to see how the other feels?” Various artists have sampled this song, most notably in the remix of Mariah Carey’s “Honey,” which features Teddy Pendergrass’ vocals. According to Green Vile Online, Teddy music come to stand still when he was involved in a road accident after releasing this song.
5. In my Video
This song is from the album “Close the Door,” and it’s about how Teddy wants to make a video that will show you all of his feelings. He says he’ll put himself in your shoes but also do something extra special for you-he even sings about giving you flowers. The lyrics are very simple, so they get right to the point of Teddy Pendergrass’ message. I think this song is a good one to dedicate to someone who you might not see in person often, but want them to know that you are thinking about them-maybe even right now as they read these words on the screen.
4. Close the Door
This song is from Pendergrass’ album “Close the Door” and features a powerful message to close every door that stands in your way. The piano-driven instrumental on this track, combined with Teddy’s rough vocals, gives listeners a sense of urgency and movement. I love that he reminds us to stay focused and not be distracted by the outside world-especially when you’re in a relationship. “We need some time for us; we’ve got everything but.” This line resonates with many people as it speaks to relationships where you are trying to balance your time between self-care and connecting with the one you love.
3. Love TKO
Many people know Pendergrass’ song “Love TKO” from the movie soundtrack for Rocky IV. This song was a major hit, peaking at number 13 on Billboard Hot 100, and is still played to this day. The lyrics of the song tell about how love can be tough when you are fighting it off. It’s just like being knocked out by an opponent in a boxing match-you’re feeling dizzy and your body hurts every time you try to rise up again. What I really enjoy about his rendition of this classic is that he switches back and forth between singing with his natural tenor voice, as well as belting some powerful notes from deep within him – striking fear into anyone who has loved before or is currently struggling with a relationship.
2. Turn off the Lights
This song is from the album “Teddy,” and it’s about how Teddy wants to make love at night, but you have to turn off the lights. He sings that he doesn’t want a lot of light in his face when he makes this woman come-he just wants her body exposed so that they can feel each other better.
1. Lady Love
Teddy Pendergrass’ song “Lady Love” is a tribute to all the ladies who have loved and lost. The lyrics of this track are about how men often forget they owe their success to women, but he’s going to make sure that doesn’t happen by showing his appreciation for you with this soulful tune. He sings about how he wants to be gentle and tender with you but also saucy. He says that his lady love needs a “Teddy Bear” – someone who is going to take care of her when she’s sad, make her feel good inside and out even when it hurts deep down in the middle every time he leaves.
Teddy Pendergrass was a legendary artist who is known for his incredible vocals and memorable songs. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, as well as named to Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers in History. And while he may be gone, we are still able to enjoy his legacy with these 10 Best Teddy Pendergrass Songs of All-Time.