The Emotions are an American soul and R&B vocal group from Chicago. Consisting of sisters Sheila Hutchinson and Wanda Hutchinson and Jeanette McGruder, the group has been active since 1962 and has released eight studio albums. They are best known for their hit singles “So I Can Love You” (1970) and “Best of My Love” (1977). They started as a gospel group but transitioned to soul and R&B in the 1970s. Here are our picks for the ten best The Emotions songs of all time:
10. I should be dancing (1979)
I should be dancing is a classic Emotions song released in 1979 on their album Come into Our World. The song is about dancing and having a good time, and it features some great vocals from Sheila Hutchinson. The song is about letting go and having a good time, and it’s one of the group’s most danceable tunes. The lyrics are fun and upbeat, and the song is just a joy to listen to.
9. What Do the Lonely Do At Christmas? (1977)
“What Do the Lonely Do At Christmas?” was released in 1977 as part of their album Sunshine!. The song was written by bandmates Maurice White and Phillip Bailey of Earth, Wind, & Fire. It’s a soulful ballad about the loneliness that comes with the holiday season. The ‘Emotions’ harmonies are beautiful, and the song has a warm, festive feeling.
8. If You Think It (You May As Well Do It)(1972)
If You Think It (You May As Well Do It) is a track from The Emotions 1972 album Untouched. The track is a mid-tempo number with a pop/soul feel. The song is about a man trying to convince his woman to be intimate with him. He tells her that if she’s thinking about it, she may as well do it. The lyrics are suggestive but upbeat, with the man singing, “come on and let me touch you/’cause I want to love you.” The song has a catchy hook and a sing-along chorus. The Emotions’ harmonies are on full display, and the track features a prominent horn section.
7. Blind Alley (1972)
Blind Alley is a song recorded by American soul/R&B group The Emotions. It was written by Al McKay and Maurice White and produced by White. The song was released as a single in 1972, peaking at number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. Billboard magazine described the song as a “slow, easy groove” and praised The ‘Emotions’ “sweet vocalizing.” It is about a woman attracted to a man who is terrible for her.
6. So I Can Love You (1970)
The Emotions were one of the most successful girl groups of the 1970s, and “So I Can Love You” is one of their most iconic songs. The track peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned the group a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The song’s soulful sound and powerful vocals make it an instant classic. The lyrics of “So I Can Love You” declare love and devotion. The singer expresses her undying love for her partner and promises to always be there for him. She wants to give him everything he needs and make him happy. The song is a beautiful expression of genuine love and devotion.
5. I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love (1976)
The song was initially recorded by The Dells for their 1975 album The Love We Had. The song is about a man trying to keep his love from leaving him. The lyrics express the man’s fears that his love will leave him and how much he does not want to lose her. The song was covered by the group The Dells for their 1975 album The Love We Had. The Emotions covered the song and released it as a single in 1976. The song became a hit, reaching number one on the U.S. R&B chart and number six on the Billboard Hot 100.
4. Flowers (1976)
The song was written by Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Al McKay. It was released on the album Flowers and was the second single. The song reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and four on the Hot Soul Singles chart. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. It is about a young woman in love with a man who is not ready to commit to her.
3. Don’t Ask My Neighbors (1977)
Don’t Ask My Neighbors is a song by the American soul/R&B group The Emotions. It was released in 1977 as the lead single from their album Rejoice. The song became a hit, peaking at number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the US R&B charts. It is about a woman warning her love interest not to ask her neighbors about her because they will only spread rumors about her.
2. Best Of My Love (1977)
Best Of My Love is a song by The Emotions. It was released in 1977 as the lead single from their album, Rejoice. The song describes the feeling of being in love and not being able to imagine life without that person. The lyrics are simple, but they are effective in conveying the message. The song starts with a slow and mellow groove that sets the mood for the rest of the song. The lyrics are sung in a smooth and soulful way that is easy to relate to. The chorus is catchy and will stay in your head long after the song is over.
1. Boogie Wonderland (1979)
“Boogie Wonderland” is a song by the American musical group Earth, Wind & Fire, and The Emotions. The song is the title track from the album I Am, released in 1979. The song is about finding joy on the dance floor and features a disco beat. The song was a commercial success, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Hot R&B Singles chart. The song won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.
The Emotions are a soulful group from Chicago making music for over 50 years. Their music is timeless and has touched the hearts of fans worldwide. Their songs are full of emotion and soul, and they can evoke strong feelings in their listeners. All the above pieces are excellent examples of the group’s talent and should not be missed.