Take a look at the below list of Bill Withers Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. Probably, “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and “Lean On Me” – songs that ranked on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time – are your favorite songs. However, Bill Withers is more than that. His numerous brilliant tunes consist of the greatest R&B hits of the 1970’s. Born in Slab Fork, W.Va. in the year 1938, Bill Withers emerged as a singer Everyman while still working at Weber Aircraft in Burbank, Calif. Bill Withers is among the many individuals who have always underestimated their vocal abilities.
List of Bill Withers Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017
10. Lean on Me
Bill Weathers released the single, “Lean On Me” in April 1972 as his second single from the second album “Still Bill.” The song was his first and his only number one single to appear on both the Billboard 100 and the soul singles charts. On the Billboard, the song ranked at number seven in 1972. On the “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” Rolling Stone’s list, the song ranks at number 205. Numerous artists have recorded cover versions of the song. It is among the nine songs that have reached number one with versions produced by different artists.
9. Just the Two of Us
Light and air-like in its name, “Just the Two of Us” is delicious and was reasonably a theme song for young couples beginning their life together full of greater expectations – as part of the song’s lyrics go, “we can make it if we try.” The song was the B-side of “Make Me a Memory (Sad Samba)” released in the year 1981. The song also featured on Washington’s album “Winelight.”
8. Ain’t No Sunshine
To some people, “Ain’t No Sunshine” may sound like a ballad. The song appeared on the singer’s 1971 album “Just As I Am” produced by Booker T. Jones. The song features musicians Stephen Stills on the guitar, Donald “Duck” Dunn on the bass guitar, and Al Jackson, Jr. on the drums. Booker T. Jones did the string arrangements. The great hit, recorded in Memphis by engineer Terry Manning, is in the A minor key.
7. Use Me
“Use Me” originally appeared on Bill Wither’s album “Still Bill.” It became the second biggest track in the United States after its release in the year 1972 hitting second position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. What’s more, the song remained on the second position on the soul charts for a two weeks period. The musician performed it on Soul Train in November 1972. The song, also certified Gold by RIAA, is widely known for its repeated bass figure heard alongside complex rhythm in percussion.
6. Lovely Day
Several artists have covered and sampled “Lovely Day” since Withers released the original version in the year 1988. There are several alternate versions of the song including pop, R&B, gospel, jazz, rap and dance. It ranked at number 9 on the UK charts and number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts. Central Line, a British pop group, covered the song on their album “Breaking Point, in the year 1983. The pop version stood at number 81 on the UK Singles chart. This is one of the Bill Withers Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
5. Grandma’s Hand
Bill Withers wrote the song “Grandma’s Hands” in the year 1971. The song, which was about his grandmother, appeared on his debut album “Just As I Am.” He also released it as a single that ranked at number 18 on Best Selling Soul Singles chart and number 42 on Billboard Hot 100. Booker T. Jones was the producer of the song, which also featured bassist Duck Dunn and drummer Al Jackson Jr.
4. Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?
Withers worked alongside Stan McKenny to write the song “Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?” In 1973, R&B group Gladys Knight and The Pips recorded a cover version of the track on their “Neither One of Us” album. Another group, Creative Source, also released a cover version of the song in the year 1974 and it ranked at number 21 on soul chart and number 69 on Hot 100 charts.
3. Lonely Town, Lonely Street
Each song that Bill Withers produced has its unique message, a unique motivation, and the reason for doing it. Therefore, the listeners can’t help but think about them from time to time. The song “Lonely Town, Lonely Street” is among the songs that have a very different message from the others.
2. Watching You Watching Me
The song is a representation of the great hits that Bill Withers produced in the 1980’s. The song is not acoustic like his earlier versions, particularly those released in the 1970’s, but it works perfectly. Just like in the other huge tracks, Vocals is the primary thing in “Watching You Watching Me” and time has done nothing to take off the singer’s edge – the warmly raspy quality fans recognize instantly.
1. I Can’t Write Left-Handed
“I Can’t Write Left-Handed” is a song about the Vietnam War. The song opens with an introduction featuring overdubbed first words. Withers released it on his 1973 album “Live At Carnegie Hall.” Many people have written songs about wars, but “I Can’t Write Left-Handed” touched on the social things. Since its release, the wars have ended.
Bill Withers top love songs
1. Make A Smile For Me
“Close your eyes and dream of a sunny place / Watch the world light up when you smile” forms part of Bill Withers’ “Make A Smile For Me.” The song was released in the year 1974 on Bill’s album “+’justments.
2. Heartbreak Road
The song “Heart Break Road” also appeared on Bill Wither’s album “+’djustments.” In the song released in 1974, Bill wonders who is waiting for him at the end of “Heartbreak Road.” In the lyrics, the singer also states, “Heartaches just don’t last forever.” Colin James also covered the song under the title “Heartbreak Road.”
In a musical career that lasted for around 14 years – starting with “Just As I Am” album released in 1971, Withers created a style that drew on coarse-grained blues in muscular or vulnerable ways. He turned out danceable tracks such as “Just the Two of Us,” which he released with saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., and “Use Me.