ThisisRnB Presents: Summer Playlist (’80s Edition)


Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove

Released as the first single from their 1981 album Raise! This record is one their most signature tracks and feel-good songs of the entire decade. Although it received mixed reviews on it’s initial release, the record became a huge commercial success, selling over a million copies and reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart in late 1981 and early 1982.


Diana Ross – Coming Out

Diana knew what she was doing with this record, being her second hit single in 1980. It was written and produced by Chic members Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers for her platinum-certified self-titled album Diana. The single reached No. 1 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Kool & The Gang – Celebration

The bands biggest single, it reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B and Dance charts in late 1980, and by early ’81 “Celebration” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, holding its position for two weeks. The record was the band’s only No. 1 hit, but it has remained an all-time classic to this day, a song you are guaranteed to hear at almost any family gathering or event.


Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody

This record will automatically put you in a happy, dancing mood. The first single released from her second self-titled album Whitney, it reached No. 1 on the Hot 100 within six weeks and topped the charts in 14 different countries. The single sold over 4 million copies worldwide and she won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.



Luther Vandross – Never Too Much

Everyone loves Luther! The first single and title track from his 1981 album. The single hit No. 1 on the Hot Black Singles chart and peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100.



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1 Comment
  1. mon88 8 years ago

    Great playlist thanks!

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