One of the greatest music groups from the 70s was Earth Wind & Fire, originally founded by Maurice White. Their songs consisted of R&B, soul and disco tunes which remained popular over the decades. Ever since the filmmaker Mario van Peebles exposed the band to mainstream audiences, their notoriety expanded across the globe and record album sales were the result.
The members of Earth Wind & Fire still perform at music concerts and special events. “Let’s Groove” and “September” remain popular favorites among older and contemporary fans. Here’s a list of the band’s greatest hits:
The single “Let’s Groove” was released on their 1981 album Raise. Written by Maurice White and Wayne Vaughn, the song stayed on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 24 weeks. It received mixed reviews, with many people praising its catchiness and unique electronic sound, while others believed that the song was too generic because it was released within the disco era. The group was hoping to revive disco and funk music.
“Let’s Groove” is a greatest hit favorite due to its reputation as song that’s reminiscent of the disco era
Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey wrote the single “Shining Star” for their album That’s the Way of the World. The concept for “Shining Star” happened while Maurice White was strolling at night and gazing at the starry sky. After its release, the single spent 20 weeks on The Hot 100 Billboard chart, earned a Grammy for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” and was certified gold at the time.
“Getaway” was one of the group’s greatest hits, released on their album Spirit. It was written by Beloyd Taylor and Peter Cor Belenky and peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, remaining on the list for 19 weeks. Plus the song ranked #1 for two weeks on the R&B singles chart and was certified gold.
Written by Maurice White, Verdine White and co-written by Reginald “Sonny” Burke for the album All ‘N All. Fellow member Philip Bailey once commented on the ‘serpentine fire’ metaphor: “Maurice [White] at that point in time in our career was studying a lot of metaphysics and a lot of Eastern philosophy, and the ‘Serpentine Fire’…it’s actually [passion].” The single peaked #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed on the list for 18 weeks. Plus the song was ranked by Billboard magazine as the #1 R&B single for 1978.
After The Love Has Gone
David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin wrote “After the Love Has Gone” for the group’s 1979 album I Am. It reached #2 on The Hot 100 Billboard chart, stayed on the list for 17 weeks, sold over a million copies in the United States, received a Grammy nomination for “Record of the Year,” won “Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group” and was placed on Bruce Pollock’s list of The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000.
“September” was the most popular song and greatest hit produced by Earth Wind & Fire. It has been sampled in other artists’ music and utilized as a soundtrack for various TV shows and movies. The single was written by Maurice White, Al McKay and Allee Willis; featured on the album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1; reached #1 on the U.S. R&B chart, #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 (remained on the list for 17 weeks) and #3 on the U.K. singles chart. Remixes of the song were released in 1998, 1999 and 2015.
Sing A Song
“Sing A Song” was also regarded as one of the group’s most favorite songs. Written by Maurice White and Al McKay, the single appeared on the live album Gratitude. The song peaked #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and stayed on the list for 17 weeks.
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