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'80s R&B - School of Rock: '80s Pop

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Marvin Gaye  Sexual Healing   buy on itunes
Anita Baker  Sweet Love   buy on itunes
Luther Vandross  Here and Now   buy on itunes
Teddy Pendergrass  Love T.K.O.   buy on itunes
Prince & The Revolution  Kiss   buy on itunes
Billy Ocean  Caribbean Queen (No More Love On the Run)   buy on itunes
Michael Jackson  The Way You Make Me Feel   buy on itunes
Whitney Houston  I Wanna Dance With Somebody   buy on itunes
Club Nouveau  Lean On Me   buy on itunes
Cameo  Word Up   buy on itunes
Stevie Wonder  I Just Called to Say I Love You   buy on itunes
Janet Jackson  Nasty   buy on itunes
Sade  The Sweetest Taboo   buy on itunes
Shannon  Let the Music Play   buy on itunes
Chaka Khan  Through the Fire   buy on itunes
Natalie Cole  Miss You Like Crazy   buy on itunes
The Pointer Sisters  Jump (For My Love)   buy on itunes
Dazz Band  Let It Whip   buy on itunes
Sheila E  The Glamorous Life (Club Edit)   buy on itunes
Aretha Franklin  Freeway of Love   buy on itunes
Rockwell  Somebody's Watching Me   buy on itunes
The Commodores  Nightshift   buy on itunes
Levert  Casanova   buy on itunes
Smokey Robinson  Being With You   buy on itunes
Ready for the World  Oh Sheila   buy on itunes
Teena Marie  Lovergirl   buy on itunes
Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam  Head to Toe   buy on itunes
Zapp  Computer Love   buy on itunes
New Edition  Cool It Now   buy on itunes
DeBarge  Rhythm of the Night   buy on itunes
Peabo Bryson  If Ever You're In My Arms Again   buy on itunes
Mary Jane Girls  In My House   buy on itunes
Terence Trent D'Arby  Sign Your Name   buy on itunes
Jeffrey Osborne  Stay With Me Tonight   buy on itunes
Exposé  Point of No Return   buy on itunes
James Brown  Living In America   buy on itunes
Quincy Jones  One Hundred Ways (Find 100 Ways)   buy on itunes
The Spinners  Cupid / I've Loved You for a Long Time   buy on itunes
Jody Watley  Don't You Want Me   buy on itunes
Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio  A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)   buy on itunes
Deniece Williams  It's Gonna Take a Miracle   buy on itunes
The Isley Brothers  Between the Sheets   buy on itunes
Atlantic Starr  Secret Lovers (Single Version)   buy on itunes
The Jets  Crush On You   buy on itunes


In the '80s, R&B got its slick on, with synthesizers, talkboxes, and quiet storms igniting the sound's rebirth for a whole new generation — updated, tailored, and completely [i]modern[/i]. Start with the drumbeat that would rocket "She Drives Me Crazy" to the top of the charts, tack on a helium-trip warble from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," mix in Larry Blackmon's [i]nasty[/i] twang, and dress it all up in a red truss. The result? The biggest hit of Cameo's career — the [i]damn[/i] funky "Word Up!" While Billy Ocean would go on to international stardom and spin out hits like a one-man factory, he never sounded more stylishly chic than on his first #1 hit, "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On the Run)" — and the GRAMMY® voters agreed, presenting him the award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1985. And long before Zapp and Roger laid the foundation for G-funk, they were lighting up the charts with the smoothed-out talkbox tastiness of "Computer Love." From "Lean On Me" to "Baby Come to Me," from "Nasty" to "Thriller," we've got megabytes of megahits right at your fingertips.
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