songs with soul in the title

A true curiosity in the soul canon, this early ‘70s hit permeated popular culture in differing ways – being both a staple of gospel radio stations and also riffed on by NWA years later for its shout-outs to gangster living. Every classy wedding needs at least one play of this dizzily romantic, heart-leaping soul banger by falsetto king Mr Jackie Wilson. It’s also the greatest declaration of consent – Marv, feminist dreamboat that he is, only wants you if you want him in the same way. Has Lady Gaga become Madonna? Try another? Considered the blueprint for the ‘neo soul’ movement, the radical debut would earn the breezy Texan her first Grammy, which was clearly a sign of things to come. It’s a beautiful lilting mid-tempo love ballad that only Teddy P could have sung.

Get your answers by asking now. Introducing our poll of truly great soul. ‘Move on Up’ is one of those tracks that changes everything, for a few minutes at least: a paean to progress and positivity lyrically, a warm sunburst of brass, strings and percussion musically.

Then there’s the point half way through when you realise this song is actually just pure filth. Written on scraps of paper and napkins while on tour, Redding sings about absolute loneliness against a gentle, slipping guitar. Soul Deep The Box Tops 1969; Soul Finger Bar-Kays 1967 (Instrumental in which a crowd shouts "Soul Finger!" Amy Smith, ‘One of my favourite recordings ever. The soft, hazy harmonies combine with heartfelt lyrics so utterly devoid of artifice or florid touches that they could melt already-melted ice cream.

Written on scraps of paper and napkins while on tour, Redding sings about absolute loneliness against a gentle, slipping guitar. Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out Digital Limited. The struggles we all have with just surviving in this current economic and socially divided environment are superbly highlighted by one of the finest singers there has ever been.’ Chosen by nine-piece Afro-rap band KOG and the Zongo Brigade, For all his flamboyant showmanship, when the Godfather wanted to strip a song back, he really triumphed.

But the less-than-perfect vocals makes this a truly joyous burst of romance. Nick Levine, ‘It’s a song that is as poignant now as it was when it was released over 45 years ago. Burt Bacharach’s classic is stretched out across 12 incendiary minutes of sexy, lovelorn soul with Hayes adding spun-out, twanging guitar and his own purring, drenched-in-treacle vocals. Hayes’s 1969 cover of the Jimmy Webb classic pushed the boundaries of what soul could be – daring, stark, epic and very very moving.

But 'Everyday People' is as timeless and classic a soul tune as it's possible to imagine. Not sure what to cue up on your iPhone?

Amy Smith, Would you believe twinkling, crooner Bing Crosby recorded this song back in 1933? This is straight up masterful songwriting. Oliver Keens, Thank you, 1997. 'Life is like a pipe, and I'm a tiny penny rollin' up the walls inside,' she sings despondently, offering one of many stunning couplets. Burt Bacharach originally wrote the song for Dionne Warwick, but Luther’s velvety tenor took it to a whole other level when it was released in 1981 – and to this day, it’s still considered one of his best songs.

Covered by everyone from Etta James to Usher and sampled on Wu Tang’s ‘America’.

Twenty years on (and on), it still sounds as fresh as the day it was born. The fact it was released posthumously after Redding died in a plane crash makes it all the more bittersweet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_NE1uNpecg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGsEYTh2Sf8, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5NVPcI0tLo, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMzsTgaDrQo, If You Could See Into My Soul by Silverstein, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pwaklOkoTU, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TdaXhpjHws, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JV74i4yvcA, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Loy55z4GpA, Birdhouse in Your Soul-They Might Be Giants, (You're My) Soul & Inspiration....Righteous Brothers, A Deeper Shade Of Soul - Urban Dance Squad, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3dtDdO5Op4. It gradually builds until an almost impatient Redding is yelping, frantically tumbling over words – all in the name of being tender. There are some songs that are so smooth, so passionate, so goddam soulful that the first line alone sends shivers down your vertebrae – just listen to Obama crooning this number mid-press conference and you’ll know what I mean. Burt Bacharach originally wrote the song for Dionne Warwick, but Luther’s velvety tenor took it to a whole other level when it was released in 1981 – and to this day, it’s still considered one of his best songs.

From Stax and Motown to Northern Soul and neo-soul, it's a timeless genre that's gripped us for decades. James Manning, This is an emotional bomb. Everyone knows the late Luther Vandross had the sort of voice that could save marriages, make a baby or win back an ex. Released in 1972, this song put Al Green on the map, and it’s a masterclass in laying down a sexy groove that’ll make people move. A brief interlude depicts a racially profiled arrest; when Wonder resumes singing he forgoes prettiness and it’s AMAZING. Amy Smith, As well as boasting the best intro to any song ever, this classic unleashes the honeyed falsetto tones of Eddie Kendricks, jockeyed along by a fantastic shuffling beat and the greatest use of ‘fiddly dee, fiddly dum’ to date. Four swirling organ notes and a snare tap – that's all it takes for.

Chosen by nine-piece Afro-rap band KOG and the Zongo Brigade. Good For Your Soul-Oingo Boingo.

Quite possibly the sweetest four minutes ever recorded.

The soft, hazy harmonies combine with heartfelt lyrics so utterly devoid of artifice or florid touches that they could melt already-melted ice cream.

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‘I’ve been spinning this timeless summer classic again whilst recently on tour in New Zealand and Australia (where they have been experiencing heatwaves) and it’s been going down a real treat with the outdoor party crowds. Every syllable is at once fought-for and battle-weary. I never paid attention to the lyric until I was older.

It encapsulates the human experience. Amy Smith, Quite possibly the sweetest four minutes ever recorded. Ah but that groove though... no matter what your morals are, it’s impossible not to be sonically seduced here.

Why do old people love classic rock so much?

Save for a powerful drum kick and solid backing singers, it’s all about his plaintive, yearning voice – begging for just one chance.

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