Take a look at the below list of Luther Vandross Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time. Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. (known as Luther Vandross) was born on 20th April 1951 in Manhattan, New York City. His father, Luther Vandross, Sr. was a singer and upholster while his mother was a nurse. Having his phonograph, Vandross started teaching himself how to play the piano at the age of three. His father died when Vandross was eight years old. In the year 2003, Vandross wrote “Dance with My Father” as a dedication to his deceased father. Vandross based the lyrics of the song on his mother’s recollections and his childhood memories. Luther Vandross was a singer and dancer in high school – he performed in Shades of Jade, a group that once played at Apollo Theatre. In his music career, he sang backing vocals for various artists such as Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, and Carly Simon.
List of Luther Vandross Top 10 Songs of All Time
10. Love It, Love It
“Love It, Love It” is among the songs that Vandross had not previously released. Luther and Hubert Eaves were writing the song for an artist known as Phil Perry, but the two hadn’t witnessed a performance similar to what Luther Vandross did for the demo. After they had told the record company about it, they were happy to produce it for the UK market. A large number of people received the unheard Luther’s piece full heartedly after its release.
9. A House Is Not A Home
“A House Isn’t A Home”; this may be true. Dionne Warwick was the original producer of the song in the first place written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach. After Luther Vandross had gotten his deal with the modern Epic Records, he thought about doing a slower burn version of “A House Is Not A Home.” Luckily, he did it justice, and it became his signature song. Only a few people know that another person had done it before. In fact, Dionne said that she was happy to do the first version, but Luther Vandross did the definitive version.
8. Superstar/ Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)
Luther Vandross recorded “Superstar/ Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)” for his third album “Busy Body.” The medley featured The Carpenters’ 1971 track, “Superstar,” and Aretha Franklin’s 1973 classic “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do).” It was a magical moment when he performed it in concert.
7. Here and Now
“Here and Now” is among Luther Vandross’s songs that stalled number one on Billboard R&B. The song, from his album, “The Best of Love” earned him his first ever Grammy Award, The Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in the year 1991. It was also his first song to appear on the Billboard Hot 100.
6. Dance With My Father
“Dance With My Father” was the title track of Luther Vandross thirteenth studio album. The singer co-wrote this track with Richard Marx based on his personal experiences. The heart touching lyrics in the song recalls the childhood memories of Luther Vandross’s father, who danced with him and his mother. Even though the song lacked adequate promotion due to insufficient funds after Vandross’s hospitalization, it earned him Song of the Year, plus Best Male R&B Vocal Performance awards.This is one of the Luther Vandross Top 10 Songs of All Time.
5. The Glow of Love
Luther Vandross was the lead signer on the Italian group Change’s “The Glow of Love” which stalled number one on the US Billboard Dance chart in the year 1980. The band recorded this song at Fontoprint Studios, Bologna Italy.
4. Endless Love
“Endless Love” was another great song that Luther Vandross released in his career. The song featured Mariah Carey’s vocals, being Luther’s idea. Luther Vandross had suggested the duet between him and Mariah Carey because the song was Diana Ross and Lionel Richie’s great hit. As a result, the dance was exciting. The song was a number one for the two singers.
3. The Closer I Get To You
According to Luther Vandross, “The Closer I Get To You” is one of his favorite hits. The singer liked the idea that he did this duet with Beyonce. From album to album, Vandross did a duet, and before the duet with Beyonce, he had done another one with Cheryl Lynn, “If This World Were Mine.” The two also won the Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2004 Grammy Awards.
2. Any Love
“Any Love” was the title track of Luther Vandross’s sixth album. The song also became his fourth track to hit number one on the Billboard R&B in the year 1988.
1. Never Too Much
This song, “Never Too Much,” is amazing! One great story about this song is that Vandross worked for many years as a backup singer, but during those years he was just shopping for a better deal. Even though people loved the songs in his first package which included “Sugar and Spice” and “Never Too Much,” no one signed him. Perhaps, he wanted to have crafty control – he wanted to write the songs and produce them by himself. After he had signed a deal with Epic Records, he was able to rise higher in his career.
Luther Vandross additional love songs
1. Give Me The Reason
“Give Me The Reason” was Luther Vandross’s 1986 album title track. The song ranked at number three on the Billboard R&B chart in the same year and appeared on the “Ruthless People” movie. The song also received Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and the Best Male and R&B song of the year.
2. Stop To Love
This song, “Stop To Love,” was Vandross’s second number one single on Billboard R&B charts. The singer produced it in the year 1986.
The American singer passed on at the age of 54 – around two years after suffering stroke. Vandross was among the greatest romantic singers of his age, having received dozens of awards and selling around 25 million albums in his career. Including after the stroke in the year 2003, the singer kept recording, and as a result, he won four Grammys for the final album, “Dance With My Father.” According to singer Roberta Flack, Vandross was a singer who couldn’t help but give all he had.