SOLAR RADIO TOP 500 – 2020…Top 100

At the end of 2019, TONY MONSON asked all connected with SOLAR RADIO, including DJs, listeners, artists and all friends of the station to submit their ALL TIME TOP 10 favourite tracks and albums. Contributors totalled some 500 people, from whose suggestions the TOP 500 chart was compiled, the first segment of which- the TOP 100 – is below…

1  MARVIN GAYE – LP What’s going on – What’s going on/Inner city blues etc

2  DONALD BYRD – LP Places & spaces – Places and places/Change (makes you want to hustle) etc

3  MAZE ft FRANKIE BEVERLY – – Live in New Orleams – Before I let go

4  EARTH WIND & FIRE – LP That;s the way of the world -That’s the way of the world/Shining star etc

5  STEVIE WONDER – LP Songs in the key of life – As/Another star/I wish etc

6  CHANGE – LP The glow of love – Glow of love/Lovers holiday

7  LUTHER VANDROSS – Never too much

8  EARTH WIND & FIRE – LP All n all – Fantasy/Running etc

9  DAVID RUFFIN – Walk away from love

10 ANITA BAKER – LP Rapture – Caught up in the rapture of love/Sweet love etc

11 BOBBY WOMACK – How can you break my heart

12 MICHAEL JACKSON – LP Off the wall – Don’t stop til you get enough/I can’t help it etc

13 LIGHT OF THE WORLD – London town

14 LUTHER VANDROSS – LP Forever for always for love – You’re the sweetest one/Promise me etc

15 ANITA BAKER – LP Songstress – Angel/You’re the best thing yet/Feel the need etc

15 MAZE – Joy and pain

17 MARVIN GAYE – LP I want you – I want you/Come live with me angel etc

18 LEON WARE – Why I came to California

19 BOBBY WOMACK – LP The poet – If you think you’re lonely now/Where do we go from here etc

20 LONNIE LISTON SMITH – Expansions

21 MARVIN GAYE LP Let’s get it on – Let’s get it on/Come get to this etc

22 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUENOTES – The love I lost

23 TEENA MARIE – Portuguese love

24 PHYLLIS HYMAN – You know to love me

25 MAXWELL- LP Urban hang suite – Ascensions/Something something etc

26 DEXTER WANSEL – Sweetest pain

27 CRUSADERS – Street life

28 CURTIS MAYFIELD – Move on up

29 STEVIE WONDER – LP Innervisions – Too high/Golden lady/Living for the city etc

30 RONNIE LAWS LP – Every generation – Every generation/Young child/OTBA law etc

31 TEMPTATIONS – Just my imagination

32 DONNY HATHAWAY – LP Extensions of a man – Someday we’ll all be free/Love love love etc

33 BOBBY WOMACK – Poet 2 LP – Tell me why/Love has finally come at last etc

34 STEVIE WONDER- LP Talking book – Superstition/You got it bad girl etc

35 BRASS CONSTRUCTION –  LP Brass Construction  – Moving/Changing etc

36 ISLEY BROTHERS – LP 3 + 3 – That lady

37 IDRIS MUHAMMED – Could heaven ever be like this

38 SAM DEES – After all

39 QUINCY JONES – Secret garden

40 ALEXNADER O’NEAL LP  If you were here tonight.What’s missing/A broken heart can mend

41 JOHNNIY TAYLOR – LP Just ain’t good enough – What about this love/Just ain’t good enough etc

42 SUNBURST BAND – Everyday

43 SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS – Optimistic

44 LAMONT DOZIER – LP Lamont – I ain’t playing/You ought to be in pictures etc

45 STEVIE WONDER – LP Music of my mind – Superwoman/I love every little about you etc

46 FUNKADELIC – One Nation Under a Groove

47 DONNY HATHAWAY – The ghetto

48 GROVER WASHINGTON JR – LP Live at the Bijou – Sausalito

40 EARTH WIND & FIRE – LP I am – In the stone/After the love is gone/Boogie wonderland etc

50 ROY AYERS – Running away

51 PARLIAMENT – LP Mothership connection – Give up the funk/P. Funk etc

52 DONALD BYRD – VA LP Bluenote live at the Roxy – Falling like dominoes

53 GIL SCOTT-HERON – The bottle

54 GWEN McCRAE – Keep the fire burning

55 CHAPTER 8 – LP This love’s for real – How can I get next to you/It’s my turn etc

56 PATRICE RUSHEN LP Straight from the heart – Remind me/Forget-me-nots/Number one etc

57 HOLLAND-DOZIER – Why can’t we be lovers

58 ISLEY BROTHERS – LP The heat is on – For the love of you/Hope you feel better love etc

59 LUTHER VANDROSS LP Give me the reason – Give me the reason/See me/Stop to love etc

60 CURTIS MAYFIELD – LP Superfly – Give me your love/Superfly/Pusherman etc

61 JONES GIRLS – Nights over Egypt

62 ASHFORD & SIMPSON – It seems to hang on

63 LONNIE HILL – Galveston bay

64 LEROY HUTSON – LP Hutson – All because of you/Lucky fellow

65 TANIA MARIA – Come with me

66 D-TRAIN – LP You’re the one for me – You’re the one for me/Trying to get over/Keep on etc

67 FRANKIE KNUCKLES – Tears

68 GEORGE DUKE – Brazilian love affair

69 MARIO BIONDI – This is what you are

70 TEDDY PENDERGRASS – LP  – The more I get the more I want/You can’t hide from yourself

71 PLAYERS ASSOCIATION – Turn the music up

72 DONALD BYRD – Love has come around

73 TEENA MARIE  LP Live and Peaceful –  I need your loving/Deja Vu (I’ve Been here before/Sucker for your love

74 ARETHA FRANKLIN – Until you come back to me

75 JEAN CARN – Don’t let it go to your head

76 CANDI STATON – Young hearts run free

77 MAZE – LP We are one – We are one/Love is the key/Right on time etc

78 WILLIAM DeVAUGHN – Be thankful for what you got

79 TEMPTATIONS – Papa was a rolling stone

80 DRIZABONE – Real love

81 STEVIE WONDER – LP Original musiquarium – Do I do/That girl

82 ARETHA FRANKLIN – Angel

83 LUTHER VANDROSS – LP Night I fell in love – My sensitivity/Creeping/Night I fell in love etc

84 HERBIE HANCOCK – LP Head hunters – Chameleon

85 GEORGE BENSON – Breezing

86 GREG HENDERSON – Dreaming

87 SPINNERS – It”s a shame

88 KLEEER – Open your mind

89 MICHAEL WYCOFF – Looking up to you

90 LOOSE ENDS – Hanging on a string

91 KOOL & THE GANG – Summer madness

92 DONNY HATHAWAY – LP Donny Hathaway – A song for you/Giving up

93 STEVIE WONDER – LP Hotter than July – Masterblaster jammin’/All I do etc

94 JILL SCOTT – LP Who is Jill Scott – A long walk/Getting in the way etc

95 WILTON FELDER – Inherit the wind

96 KENI BURKE -Rising to the top

97  LEON WARE-LP Rocking you eternally – Rocking you eternally

98  MAZE LP – Golden time of day – Golden time of day

99  L.J. REYNOLDS Key to the world

100 ARCHIE BELL & DRELLS – Where will you go when the party is over