Earth, Wind and Fire's greatest hits are still standards played on R&B radio stations and in dance clubs all over the world. The 1970's and the early 1980's were marked by several of Earth, Wind and Fire's greatest hits, as the grouped seemed to move in and out the disco movement with ease. These songs run like a dance soundtrack for a time in American history when the music scene was constantly changing.
- "Shining Star" (1975). Of all of the Earth, Wind and Fire greatest hits, "Shining Star" is probably the one people recognize the most. It has been used in television commercials, movies and it still gets the butts wiggling on the dance floor. It was one of the first real hits for the group, and its longevity is a testament to its great hooks and strong beat. It also helps that Maurice White, founding member of the band, helped write and produce the song.
- "Boogie Wonderland" (1979). Some of Earth, Wind and Fire greatest hits were the most memorable disco songs of the 1970's. This song, which also featured the singing group The Emotions, came out right as disco was coming to a violent end. But its soaring vocals helped to give it a life beyond the disco era.
- "Mighty Mighty" (1974). There is so much about this song that inspired generations of musicians that it deserves to be called one of the greatest R&B songs of all time. The vocal stylings definitely inspired Prince and show up throughout his career. The beat in this song is infectious, and it is almost an insult that people refer to this song as an early disco song. There is so much soul and rhythm in this song that it makes any disco song sound like amateur hour.
- "Let's Groove" (1981). Yes, you have heard this song at least once in your life. The opening synthesized voice was played so much in the early 1980's that it became a permanent part of pop culture. This is a simple dance song that helped bridge the gap between disco and the club music that we hear today. The refrain of the song is actually "Let us groove," but when the music is this good, it doesn't matter how the words are pronounced.
- "After the Love is Gone" (1979). Earth, Wind and Fire was primarily an R&B and disco group, but when they decided to cross genres, they really made an impact. One of the advantages this song had was that it came out right when the Bee Gees were extremely popular and the song has a very distinct Bee Gees sound to it. It is a soft love song with a powerful refrain that reached number two on the Billboard Top 100 pop music charts.
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