Playlist: The Sound Of Philadelphia…The Best Of Philly Soul

When it comes to classic soul, it’s easy to say there were three major players: Motown, Stax, and Philly Soul. Whereas the first two were record labels, borderline institutions, that honed in on amazing talent and building a soul empire, Philadelphia Sound was more about a state of existence. Yes, there was the iconic Philadelphia International Records label that grouped in most of the amazing artists associated with this movement, but it more came down to the songwriters and producers (Gamble & Huff, McFadden & Whitehead, and so on) and their unique sounds. The perfect blend of soul and funk, this bonafide sub-genre helped disco gain some artistic credibility. With arrangements far more complex and indulgent than their soulful peers, the Sound of Philadelphia remains a unique landmark that deserves more than a little praise. Here’s a playlist to help out!



  • MFSB “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)”
  • Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “The Love I Lost”
  • The O’Jays “Love Train”
  • McFadden & Whitehead “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”
  • The Delfonics “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)”
  • Hall & Oates “She’s Gone”
  • LaBelle “Lady Marmalade”
  • Dionne Warwick and The Spinners “Then Came You”
  • Billy Paul “Me And Mrs. Jones”
  • Lou Rawls “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”
  • First Choice “Armed And Extremely Dangerous”
  • The Stylistics “Betcha By Golly, Wow”
  • Major Harris “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”
  • Teddy Pendergrass “Love T.K.O.”
  • The Manhattans “Shining Star”
  • Blue Magic “Sidehow”
  • The Delfonics “La-La Means I Love You”
  • The Spinners “I’ll Be Around”
  • The O’Jays “For The Love Of Money”
  • The Intruders “Cowboys To Girls”
  • Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
  • Hall & Oates “Sara Smile”
  • The Ebonys “You’re The Reason Why”
  • Archie Bell & The Drells “I Can’t Stop Dancing”
  • The Stylstics “You Are Everything”
  • The Trammps “Disco Infermo”
  • Dee Dee Sharp “I’m Not In Love”
  • The Jacksons “Enjoy Yourself”
  • Teddy Pendergrass “Close The Door”
  • The Manhattans “Kiss and Say Goodbye”
  • Patti LaBelle “If You Only Knew”
  • Soul Survivors “Expressway To Your Heart”
  • The Ritchie Family “Brazil”
  • The Three Degrees “When Will I See You Again”
  • Blue Magic “Stop To Start”
  • Instant Funk “I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)
  • Eddie Holman “Hey There Lonely Girl”
  • Brenda & The Tabulations “Dry Your Eyes”
  • People’s Choice “Do It Any Way You Wanna”
  • The O’Jays “Back Stabbers”
  • The Spinners “Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl”
  • Teddy Pendergrass “Turn Off The Lights”
  • The Stylistics “You Make Me Feel Brand New”
  • Double Exposure “Ten Percent”
  • Dee Dee Warwick “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”
  • Barbara Mason “Yes I’m Ready”
  • Dee Dee Sharp “Ooh Child”
  • The Jacksons “Show You The Way To Go”
  • Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes “Wake Up Everybody”
  • Hall & Oates “Fall In Philadelphia”

1 Comment

  1. Nowhere do I see anything about the MUSICIANS behind all the vocalists.
    Or how those musicians were already recording at Virtue studios and with so many other artists.
    How those musicians played behind The Whispers, BB King, Eddie Kendricks, Mighty Clouds of Joy, originated and defined the Salsoul sound! And how many of them also composed, arranged and produced!

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