Top 21 Cocktail Hour Soulful Selections


How about listening to something different during the Cocktail Hour?

I enjoy delving into my collection of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s soul and R n B music and sprinkling some choice selections for my clients to hear at the wedding reception.  Especially when I get two thumbs up or a guest runs over and tells me that “No one ever plays this music anymore” or “This is a great song… who is it?”.  As a friend once told me, if it’s the first time you’re hearing a long lost oldie, then it’s a brand new song to you then.

And don’t be fooled…. just because it was recorded recently by a contemporary artist doesn’t mean that it’s not “soul”. Here are 24 soulful selections that bend the genre and cross all the way over! This is by no means a definitive list… just some of my favorites at this moment in time.

Try some of these during your Cocktail Hour (in no special order):

  1. Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There (Minus Mix)

  2. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – This Guy’s In Love With You

  3. Candy Dulfer w/ David A. Stewart – Lily Was Here (instrumental)

  4. Luther Vandross – Any Love

  5. Mayer Hawthorne – The Walk

  6. Brenda Russell – Get Here

  7. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (G Duppy Reggae Remix)

  8. Keith Washington – Kissing You

  9. Queen Latifah (aka Dana Owens) – California Dreamin’

  10. Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love

  11. Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross – You Are Everything

  12. Anita Baker – Sweet Love

  13. Melina – Wishing On Love

  14. Johnny Gill – My, My, My

  15. Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s The Way Of The World

  16. Major Harris – Love Won’t Let Me Wait

  17. Temptations – Just My Imagination

  18. Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour

  19. Mario Biondi and the High Five Quintet – This Is What You Are

  20. Bill Withers – Lovely Day

  21. Martha and the Vandellas – My Baby Loves Me

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