Take a look at the below list of The Isley Brothers Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. The Isley Brothers are a trio comprising of three brothers namely Rudolph, O’Kelly and Ronald Isley. The three began by indulging in gospel music in their hometown of Cincinnati in the United States of America. Their singing started in the 1950s. They went to the city of New York in 1958 and started off by releasing some one-off singles. Their talent was spotted by members of the RCA Records production team comprising of Luigi and Hugo. By this time, the group had developed a formidable vocal unit. Here are their top 10 songs from their extensive collection.
List of Top 10 songs by The Isley Brothers of all time Till 2017
10. ‘Footsteps in the Dark (Parts 1 & 2).’
As funk music was losing popularity to disco, the Isleys did not jump on the disco bandwagon. During this period, the Isley Brothers were able to produce soundtracks like ‘Go All The Way,’ ‘Between the Sheets’ and ‘Inside You.’ The epitome of their success with their funk was seen in ‘Footsteps in the Dark.’ It was a song that lasts five minutes. The harmony and the lyrics are on top. In words, the brothers chose to address frustrations, paranoia, and midlife crisis.
‘Contagious’ was released in the year 2001 from the album titled ‘Eternal.’ The song features the legendary R. Kelly who happened to have written and produced it. The song has some great vocals by Chante Moore who is an R&B singer. The video has an intriguing storyline of a man who goes back to his home after being away for some time only to find that his wife has been cheating on him. The song was able to reach position three on the R&B singles chart and position 19 on the pop singles chart. It was ‘Contagious’ that made the Isley Brothers the first band to ever score a hit in six successive decades on the Billboard’s Hot 100. It was this hit too that earned ‘Eternal’ a platinum status twice.
8. ‘Harvest for the World.’
This song was from the band’s initial experiment with soft pop after they had succeeded in R&B, soul, and funk. The song was from the group’s 14th album titled ‘Harvest for the World’ that was released in 1976. ‘Harvest for the World’ was a top 10 hit in the United Kingdom.
7. ‘That Lady.’
As the ‘70s were forging on, the Isley Brothers continued to attain musical maturity. Their skills in artistry were manifested in their works. They released back to back hit singles and composed unbeatable albums. They were now deep in a massive funk. In the song, Ron sang an encomium to the woman of his dreams as Ernie engaged a terrific dark fuzz solo that nearly carries the song to its end.
6. ‘Ohio/Machine Gun.’
Many people have likened this song to ‘Down By The River’ by the Budy Miles. However, this track from the Isley Brothers is a notch above Budy miles version. ‘Ohio/Machine Gun’ was released from the group’s 1971 album titled ‘Givin It Back.’ The song begins with a drum cadence akin to that of the military, and the rest is a slow tempo that carries the song away for the next nine minutes. This is one of the Isley Brothers Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
5. ‘Love the One You’re With.’
This song was originally by the great folk rocker known as Stephen Stills. It was its popularity that made several other artists to cover it in their work. These other people included the Isley Brothers. They performed the song in a live performance in 1973 popularly known as The Isleys Live. During their performance, they were able to bury Still’s version into oblivion.
4. ‘Get Into Something.’
After the Isley brothers had been released from their Motown contract, they did not dilly-dally. They immediately formed T-Neck- a record label of their own. In their label, they brought on board their younger brothers Marvin and Ernie on bass and guitar. Their brother-in-law, Chris Jasper, also joined them and took charge of the piano. It was a redefinition of some sort to their way of doing things. They fine-tuned their music too and started producing more powerful funk music under the influence of James Brown and Sly Stone. Under this transformation, ‘Get Into Something’ was released in 1970. The song was one of a kind with its sound of steroidal horns and chicken-scratch guitars among other instruments.
3. ‘Testify (Parts 1 & 2).’
The Isleys had been struggling to get a shot at popularity after their 1962 Twist & Shout. However, with the help of a new guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, they were able to sustain their relevance. Hendrix, a former paratrooper, was instrumental in putting together ‘Testify.’ ‘Testify’ felt very energetic. Hendrix’s guitar was able to breathe so much life into the song.
2. ‘This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You).’
Fame and popularity remained elusive for the Isley Brothers when at Motown. This was despite the apparent fact that there was a lot of talent on the record. However, they were able to break loose with this hit. It reached #12 on the Billboard’s pop charts and has been a classic ever since.
1. ‘Shout (Parts 1 & 2)’
The trio of Rudy, Kelly, and Ron began their musical journey as gospel artists. They would later jump on the pop bandwagon which would see them spend more than half a century in the genre. It was ‘Shout’ that became the brother’s first smash hit.
Isley Brothers New Songs 2016-2017
The Isley Brothers have had no new songs released in 2016-2017. However, rumors have been circulating the band is working on an album to be released in 2017.
The Isley Brothers seem to be in at the end of their career. They music releases seem to have lost momentum. On the brighter side is that they have given us an inexhaustible music hits collection from which we can always rekindle their powerful moments.