Marilyn McCoo has done considerable work as an actress and TV presenter. However, she tends to be known for being a singer. Specifically, McCoo was the lead female vocalist for 5th Dimension from 1966 to 1975, meaning she played a pivotal role in the group’s most iconic lineup. Subsequently, McCoo and her husband, Billy Davis Jr., found further musical success. Sometimes, they did so as a duo. Other times, they did so on their own. Even now, McCoo is a well-respected figure because she influenced so much music.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Marilyn McCoo songs ever released:
10. “Silly Love Songs”
McCoo and her husband have done a fair number of covers. For instance, there is “Silly Love Songs,” which started as a Wings song. Those unfamiliar should know that Wings was Paul and Linda McCartney’s band from the 1970s and 1980s. As such, the song has quite a pedigree. This cover isn’t quite as good as the original. Still, it stands out because it has a unique charm.
9. “The Me Nobody Knows”
It’s interesting to note that McCoo and her husband are born-again Christians. As a result, it’s perhaps unsurprising to learn that McCoo has released some Christian music. Indeed, The Me Nobody Knows earned a Grammy nomination in the early 1990s. Its title track refers to how God understands the singer better than anyone else because he can see past her facade to her true self within.
“Blackbird” is another cover of a Paul McCartney song. Of course, this one comes from when the Beatles were still a thing. McCartney was inspired to write the song by two things. One was a blackbird call, while the other was U.S. racial tensions. McCoo and her husband covered the song with the latter in mind. It’s no coincidence they released their version of “Blackbird” in 2021.
7. “I Hope We Get to Love In Time”
McCoo and her husband’s career as a duo never hit the same heights as their time in their original group. Still, they were successful in their right. For proof, look no further than the title track of their debut album, I Hope We Get to Love in Time. It was the least successful of the album’s three singles by an enormous margin. Even so, it reached the number 91 position in the United States. Suffice it to say that most artists never make it this far.
6. “Up, Up and Away”
“Up, Up and Away” is a song from when McCoo and her husband were still 5th Dimension members. It wasn’t the group’s breakthrough hit. Instead, it was the follow-up, meaning its success confirmed that the group wasn’t a one-hit-wonder. Regardless, “Up, Up and Away” is one of the finest examples of sunshine pop ever released. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. On top of that, it’s one of the most memorable songs at that year’s Grammys because it won six of them.
5. “Your Love”
“Your Love” is one of the three singles from I Hope We Get to Love in Time. One could say it was the middle of the pack. As mentioned, there was a sizable gulf between it and “I Hope We Get to Love in Time” on the charts. The funny thing is that there was another notable gap between it and the remaining single because it placed at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.
4. “Look What You’ve Done to My Heart”
McCoo and her husband released three albums as a duo before continuing their careers as solo artists. The second was The Two of Us in 1977. It’s notable because it included “Look What You’ve Done to My Heart,” which rose to number 51 in the United States. Interested individuals shouldn’t pass up on it because it’s a fine song worth a listen or two.
3. “Wedding Bell Blues”
“Wedding Bell Blues” was one of 5th Dimension’s most successful songs. Laura Nyro was the original singer and songwriter. However, her version never made it onto the Billboard Hot 100. In contrast, this one became a chart-topper. It seems safe to say that everyone had McCoo and her husband in mind in those times. They weren’t married, but they were already engaged.
2. “Medley: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”
This song is another chart-topper from McCoo’s original group. It has a strange name because it combines two songs from Hair, the show that defined rock and roll musicals in the late 1960s. Chances are good that interested individuals are familiar with it to some extent, if only because “Age of Aquarius” is such a distinctive phrase. It refers to the astrological notion of a new era of freedom and enlightenment. Looking back, the Age of Aquarius is often used to indicate the high point of the hippie movement, which had such strong connections with New Age spirituality.
1. “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be In My Show)”
“You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be In My Show)” was the second of the three singles from I Hope We Get to Love in Time. Despite this, it was the most successful of the trio by a considerable margin because it went to the top of the charts. Funny enough, McCoo and her husband received a CBS show the subsequent year. That was a landmark moment because they became the first black married couple to host a show on American network TV. As such, McCoo and her husband were trailblazers in more than music.
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