Jeffrey Osborne is an R&B and soul singer-songwriter and musician from Providence, Rhode Island. He has been active since the 1970s, and his hits include “On the Wings of Love,” “Shadows of the Night,” and “I Don’t Need No Light.” He started his career playing drums for the likes of Billy Ocean and Luther Vandross. He has also written songs for Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Dionne Warwick. Here are his ten best songs of all time:
10. The Last Time I Made Love with Joyce Kennedy (1984)
The Last Time I Made Love is a song by Joyce Kennedy featuring Jeffrey Osborne, released as a single in 1984. The song is about two people in love but can’t seem to make it work out. Lyrically, the song is about the regret of not being able to make a relationship work. Musically, the song is a mid-tempo R&B ballad with a synth-driven beat. The song was a moderate success, and its critical response was positive.
9. Shadows of the Night
Shadows of the Night is a smooth and sensual ballad off Osborne’s 2013 album, A Time For Love. The song features Kamasi Washington on saxophone, and the two create a beautiful soundscape together. The lyrics are about a couple who has been through tough times but still believes in the power of love. This lovely song highlights Osborne’s smooth vocal delivery and Washington’s saxophone playing. The two artists create a beautiful soundscape perfect for a romantic evening.
8. Love Power (1987)
Love Power is a duet between Dionne Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne, released as a single in 1987. The song was a hit, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was written by Warwick, Osborne, and Michael Masser. Masser produced and released it as the first single from Warwick’s album Reservations for Two. It is about the power of love and its ability to overcome all obstacles.
7. On the Wings of Love (1982)
“On the Wings of Love” is a single by Jeffrey Osborne, released in 1982 from his self-titled album, Jeffrey Osborne. The song was written by Osborne and produced by Bruce Morgan. The lyrics describe a man’s love for a woman leaving him. They say goodbye, and he tells her that he will always love her. ITs critical response was positive, and it is one of Osborne’s most popular songs.
6. Only Human (1991)
From Jeffrey Osborne’s fifth studio album, “Only Human,” was released as the lead single and peaked at number two on the US R&B chart. The song was written by Osborne, Michael Clark, and Roy Freeland and produced by Michael J. Powell. “Only Human” is a ballad about a man trying to understand a woman he loves. The song’s lyrics are full of emotion and longing, and Osborne’s vocals are powerful and tender. The song’s simple but effective melody is catchy and memorable, making it one of Osborne’s best-loved songs.
5. She’s on the Left (1988)
“She’s on the Left” is the second single from the One Love – One Dream album. The song peaked at number twenty-four on the Billboard R&B chart. The song is about a woman who has left her man, and he is trying to get her back. It describes her beauty and how much he misses her. The song has a disco feel, and if you close your eyes, you can imagine yourself dancing the night away.
4. Don’t You Get So Mad (1983)
Anger can be a destructive emotion, but Jeffrey Osborne’s smooth, smoldering voice ensures that even when he’s singing about being furious, it still sounds sexy. “Don’t You Get So Mad” is a perfect example of this, with Osborne’s rich voice conveying both the hurt and the anger of a man who feels like he’s been wronged by the woman he loves. It’s a song that perfectly captures being caught in the middle of a fight when all you can do is try to hold on and hope that things will eventually calm down.
3. Stay with Me Tonight (1983)
“Stay with Me Tonight” was released as the second single from his self-titled debut album in 1983. The song has that ’80s feel to it that is perfect for a night out on the town. The lyrics are about a man who is trying to convince his love interest to spend the night with him. Osborne sings with such conviction that it is hard to resist his charms. With the song’s catchy beat and Osborne’s silky smooth vocals, “Stay with Me Tonight” is the song you want to hear when you are looking for a little romance.
2. You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song)(1986)
This song was released as the second single from Jeffrey Osborne’s fourth studio album, One Love – One Dream. It peaked at number five on the US Billboard R&B chart and forty-five on the Billboard Hot 100. Woo Woo Song is a playful ode to wooing a woman and features Osborne’s signature smooth vocal delivery. The song’s catchy hook and infectiously danceable beat make it one of Osborne’s most enduring hits.
1. I Really Don’t Need No Light (1982)
The first and best song on the list is the 1982 classic “I Don’t Need No Light.” This song is a perfect example of Osborne’s incredible vocal range and his ability to write catchy hooks. The song also has a great groove that is perfect for dancing. The music itself is about a man trying to convince a woman that he doesn’t need her love or attention but ultimately realizes that he does need her.
These are just a few of the many great songs that Jeffrey Osborne has released. If you’re a fan of R&B or soul music, you owe it to yourself to check out his music. You’re sure to find something that you’ll enjoy.