70s R&B

Includes: Al Green, Bill Withers, Billy Paul, Blue Magic, Brick, Deniece Williams, Earth, Wind & Fire, Freda Payne, George Benson, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and more!

Some of the best rhythm and blues, soul and ballads are found in the 70s R&B collection.

The 70s were a pretty unique time for music, particularly for the R&B scene. Back in the 60s, this genre was experiencing what most fans still refer to as its golden age, as soul, blues, funk and many other genres were actually merging together into one big family of Rhythm and Blues. One of the most striking features of R&B music in the 70s is that artists were not only writing songs to entertain the audience, but they were also starting to write touching, politically charged music with a very particular outlook on social issues. While artists such as Marvin Gaye were well known for their sensual lyrics and sexy grooves, most of his songs were also remarkably serious, facing social issues and other relevant themes. In much the same way, performers such as Al Green or Bill Withers (known for his timeless hit "Ain't No Sunshine) were able to mix the energetic and uplifting vibes of R&B music with a more introspective blend of sound, dealing with personal lyrics and often sad and dark themes that created a magic contrast with the lightness of the music, complementing light and darkness in a very touching and beautiful way. Give the gift of thought-provoking R&B with this great playlist!
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