5 Songs to Soothe the Soul

Rufus, Chaka Khan

In these anxiety-ridden times, we are turning to these soothing quarantunes to comfort our souls and nurture our peace of mind during this global pandemic. We put together a compilation of pillowy songs to blanket the hardships of self-isolation. Listen below and tell us your favorite song!

1. "Think" - Aretha Franklin

"Let yourself be free" with this declaration of freedom penned by the First Lady of Soul in 1968. She performed this enduring number, which would become her sixth No. 1 R&B hit, which she performed in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

2. "Stand By Me" - Otis Redding 

Breathing new life into the classic Ben E. King tune, Otis Redding put his stamp the song in 1964 for his debut album Pain In My Heart. Filling the tune with a forget-me-not attitude through his signature uplifting groove, a flirty baseline, and colorful horn section, Redding ensured listeners "If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall, and the mountain should crumble to the sea, I won't cry, I won't cry."

3. "Aint Nobody" - Chaka Khan, Rufus

Written by the group's keyboardist David "Hawk" Wolinski, Rufus and Chaka Khan scored a R&B No. 1 with this 1984 hit. The majestic R&B overture, filled to the brim with Khan's emotional delivery, Linn drums and old-school soul sequences, the song gave Khan a Grammy-winning leap to fire back into her solo career.

4. "Hold On, I'm Coming" - Sam & Dave

Soul-pioneering duo Sam & Dave knew how to make an entrance - seizing the opportunity with the title track in their 1966 debut album Hold On, I'm Comin'. Penned by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Sam & Dave delivered an explosive taste of Memphis soul to the world with the glorious song, which would peak at No. 1 in August 1966.

5. "Land of 1000 Dances" - Wilson Pickett

Pickett's first recording at FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama would send the Soul Screamer to a spiral of success with "Land of 1000 Dances," peaking at No. 6 on the Hot 100 and No. 1 on the R&B Charts. This Chris Kenner-penned hit was, in many ways, destined for Pickett's triumphantly fiery, gospel-tinged interpretation, all starting with his high-energy entry hook: One Two Three / (horn stab) One Two Three! 

BONUS QUARANTUNE:

"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

A posthumous hit transforms loss into an artistic triumph through one song. Otis Redding, who tragically passed in a plane crash in late 1967, became the first musician to top the charts after his death with his melancholic, signature song "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." Recorded just weeks before his untimely death, "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" became Redding's first million-seller.

READ MORE: March 1968: Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" Becomes First Posthumous No. 1 Single

 

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