Take a look at the below list of Al Green Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. Born as Albert Leornes Greene, Al Green is a legendary America songwriter, music producer, and singer. He is associated with soul music and produced some high ranking soul hits in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. Al Green, who is of African-American descent, began showing an interest in music at a young age. At around the age of ten, he used to perform with his brothers in a band they called The Greene Brothers. In his teens, Greene formed a band called Al Greene & the Creations. Two members of the group formed an independent label Hot Line Music. They recorded the hit single ‘Back Up Train’ as Al Greene & the Soul Mates. Their subsequent singles and albums were not hits. During one of their performances, Greene met Willie Mitchell of Hi Records Label. Long story short, that meeting was his career breakthrough. Under Hi Records, he dropped the last ‘e’ in his name to Green.
List of Top 10 songs by Al Green of all time Till 2017
10. Back Up Train- 1967
Green is a great musician; he was incredible in his youth. His first recording, ‘Back up Train’ featured in Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts- few musicians have achieved that with their first recording. He recorded the single in the group Al Greene & the Soul Mates, under their own Label Hot Line Music. If you are fond of listening to Al Green’s music and have never listened to this song, you will bet all your money that it is not him singing. His group and he did what most young soul artists do, copy the singing style of real artists, in their case the likes of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson. Luckily for them, there were great voices back then to copy.
9. Tired of Being Alone- 1971
By the time Green was singing this song, Mitchell had helped him find his own voice. This song is considered to be the hit that established his signature voice and style. According to Green, the lyrics of the song came to him in a dream as he was returning to Memphis after a gig in Detroit. He later finished writing the song from the idea that came to his head. ‘Tired of being alone,’ produced by Willie Mitchell under Hi Records, peaked at #7 in R&B Charts and #11 in Hot 100 Charts in the US.
8. L-O-V-E (Love) – 1975
‘L-O-V-E,’ or just ‘Love,’ is an Al Green single co-written by his producer at that time Willie Mitchell and Mabon Hodges. ‘L-o-v-e’ is a song is about love, a very common theme in soul music. Apparently, Green wanted to write the song for a woman but then decided to write all about love. Bottom line, it is a song you can dedicate to your lover. The song topped R&B charts and peaked at #13 on Billboard Hot 100.
7. Call Me (Come Back Home) – 1973
‘Call Me,’ also referred to as ‘Come Back Home’ is a hit single by Al Green from the album Call Me. The narrator in the song is sad that he lost his lover. He still loves her and encourages her to ‘Call Me.’ She is free to call if she remembers how good he tried to be if her love was real if somebody is doing her wrong and if she is lonely. Not only is he giving her a chance to call, but also to ‘come back home.’
6. Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – 1973
‘Here I am,’ also referred to as ‘Come and take me,’ is another hit song from the album Call Me. Like the track ‘Call Me’, this song ranked #10 on Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in R&B charts. The song is a romantic rant of a man who is in deep in love but does not believe the woman loves him as much. The man is ready to do anything to keep the woman and love her at the same time.
5. Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy) – 1974
‘Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy) is a hit single from the album Al Green Explores Your Mind. A very romantic song, ‘Sha-La-La’ peaked at #7 in Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on R&B charts. The song’s narrator is apologetic that he has been gone for long but reassures his lover that she makes him happy. The song is enough to calm anyone down, but the reaction from his girlfriend at that time was not so good. Reading agitation from her, he played the song. He ended up with burns, and she shot herself.
4. Look What You Done for Me- 1972
‘Look What You Done for me’ is a single from Al Green’s album I’m Still in Love with You. Like most of his other songs, this is a love song. The narrator is grateful about the woman in her life. According to him, her presence in his life has set his heart free. The song peaked at #4 in Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in R&B charts. This is one of the Al Green Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
3. You ought to be with Me- 1972
The No. 3 Al Green song in our list coincidentally peaked at No.3 on Billboard Hot 100. Released on the album Call Me, this single sold over one million copies. The narrator is telling a woman that she ‘ought to be with him’. He acknowledges that people are trying to separate then he has heard stories about her, but still, he sees no reason they are not right together. She has to be with him and if she wants him as a friend she should leave. This song topped R&B charts in 1972.
2. I’m still in Love with You- 1972
‘I’m still in Love with You’ is one of Al Green’s most popular singles. It is one of his most commercially successful songs. The song stayed at #1 in R&B charts for two straight weeks. The narrator confesses to a woman that he is still in love with her. In fact, he is ‘wrapped up’ in her love; this is a song for that woman you really love, and you mean it. The single, from the album I’m Still in Love with You, ranked #3 on Billboard Hot 100.
1. Let’s Stay Together- 1971
‘Let’s Stay Together’ is definitely the best, most popular and most successful song ever written by Al Green. Recorded when Al Green was still not a big name in soul music, the song topped (#1) Billboard Hot 100 for 16 weeks. It also topped R&B charts for ten weeks. The song put together all those things a young man who is in love tells a young girl. Things like “I will never be untrue” and “Loving you forever is what I need.” The song was ranked in the Billboard Year-end as the #1 R&B song of the year.
Al Green New Songs 2016-2017
The only two songs by Al Green to make it to top 50 in US R&B Charts are;
2. Stay with Me (with John Legend) 2008
This 2008 jam is a joy to listen. Even at the advanced age of 62, Green still proved to be a great soul singer. The song is a romantic rant of a gentleman who does not want his lover to leave him, or even leave his sight. This song peaked at #49 in US R&B charts but never made it to Billboard Hot 100.
1. Put it on Paper (with Ann Nesby) – 2002
Put it on Paper is one of the greatest love songs of the 21st century. It is a duet, co-written by another great R&B artist Ann Nesby. The song is more of a conversation between two lovers; of course Green takes the persona of the man and Nesby the woman. Both the woman and the man profess their love, but they want their ‘darlings’ to ‘put it on paper,’ which means get married.
Al Green is considered one of the best soul musicians of all time. He is ranked No.65 in Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Great Artists of All Time. In 1995, Al Green earned induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2004 saw him inducted into both the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2009 BET graced him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.