Take a look at the below list of Lionel Richie Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American musician, record producer and actor born on 20th June 1949. Since 1968, Richie was a member of Commodores group. He became a saxophonist and singer in 1968 after signing a record contract with Atlantic Records. He recorded only one album with them before he moved to Motown Records as a support act to “The Jackson 5.” The Commodores released several songs with danceable sounds after their establishment. Most songs that Richie produced are romantic easy-listening ballads.
List of Top 10 songs by Lionel Richie Till 2017
10. Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For
“Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For” was a great track in 1984, and probably it’s Richie’s beset known song. The song boasts a memorable guitar solo from a big session instrumentalist Loius Shelton (The Jackson 5, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond). Fabulously the track is beloved including today and confirmed Richie as one of the greatest love songwriters of that era. What’s more, it has advanced to a strange afterlife with the alternative rocker Lissie who performed it live severally. The Field, a cult group, also sampled it on “A Paw In My Face.”
After living The Commodores, Richie decided to highlight the years he worked with them. “Still” turned out to be one of his melodically and locally sophisticated songs he wrote. It is a broken-hearted dirge which wears its heart conspicuously on its lapel, plus it features the singer’s never bettered vocals. Richie performed it in numerous concerts.
8. Deep River Woman
This (“Deep River Woman”) was a co-action with country group Alabama. The song enabled the artist to reconnect with his United States origin (he grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama). Richie released the song as a double A-side with “Ballerina Girl.” It foreshadowed the 2012 “Tuskegee” album which augured the return to his country roots.
7. Stuck On You
The 1984 “Stuck On You” was an early attempt of country music. It pairs Richie’s minimalist arrangements and throaty warble with sounding guitars. Even though the song challenged Richie’s perceptual experience as the strict soul artist, fans favorably received it. It stood at number twelve in the UK and number three in the US.
6. Endless Love
This is the song that rejuvenated Diana Ross’s career: “Endless Love.” It was also the theme song for the critically-panned Brooke Shields film of the same name which people remember chiefly for passing Tom Cruise huge screen debut. It gave Diana Ross her biggest selling solo single in addition to helping Richie win an Academy Award nomination for the Best Original Song. Later, the song turned to be the second most eminent grossing seven in 1981, behind Kim Carnes’s “Bette Davis Eyes.” After Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross covered this song in 1994, it turned out to be a great hit.
5. Running with the Night
“Running with the Night” proved that Richie (mushy balladry king) could get his groove whenever a need arose. The song was the second single from a solo record “Can’t Slow Down.” It is full-blooded funk music track that features over-the-top Toto’s Steve Lukather’s guitar and backing vocals of the MOR star Richard Marx. This is one of the Lionel Richie Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
4. Se La
“Se La” is among the five hits on “Dancing On The Ceiling.” It boasts ice-cool synths, reggae-style rhythms and a cod-funk refrain evocative of “The Police.” People believe that Richie derived the name, “Se La,” from the biblical term “Selah” which means a quiet reflection gesture. However, it isn’t clear whether this had anything to do with the song’s video which mainly consists of Richie at Coney Island standing near a roller-coaster.
3. Three Times a Lady
This song, “Three Times a Lady,” is another staple of Richie’s live band. It was a highlight of Commodores first album “Natural High.” Many artists such as comedian Bill Bailey and country music singer Kenny Rodgers have covered it. The title originated from a conversation that Richie overheard between his parents. His father, carrying Meat Loaf, had said to his mother “I love you, I want you, I need you.”
2. Serves You Right
With his debut solo album, Richie proved that he could work solely. “Serves You Right” helped him demonstrate his determination to escape the gentle listening pigeonhole. The mercurial opening track is a hip-waggling second cousin to the Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” It is the sound of an artist ripping up the road-map and starting all over again.
1. Say You, Say Me
“Say You, Say Me” is as close as Lionel Richie has come to a stripped lament. Richie wrote it for a cold war drama film, “White Nights,” about Soviet ballet dancer deserting to the west. However, the musician omitted the song from his soundtrack album on Richie’s label insistence – which wanted this song to appear on his forthcoming “Dancing on the Ceiling.”The song topped the US charts in addition to receiving an Academy Award and Golden Globe for turning out to be the best original song.
Lionel Richie Love Songs 2016-2017
1. Penny Lover
Richie worked alongside his wife, Brenda, to write this song. It was the fifth song from his multiplatinum “Can’t Slow Down” album. The song is a distinctively syrupy Richie ballad which features light lyrics and glossy arrangement. When writing the song, Richie was aiming to attract the mainstream (white) audience. Its video is noteworthy for the steamy sequence in which the musician osculates his love interests.
2. Lady You Bring Me Up
“Lady You Bring Me Up” is among the last songs Richie had recorded with the Commodores before he went solo. William King, the Commodores director, and keyboardist wrote the song, but Richie’s titillating croon elevated the tune above the pure maudlin. With his popularity growing, Richie decided to exit The Commodores.
Nobody will feel guilty for liking Lionel Richie. He is an excellent tunesmith, custodian of a beautiful mustache in pop and therefore it isn’t a surprise that he produced great hits. His biggest hits conquered the charts and today; they are still passing ultimate tests of music.