Singer Chaka Khan enjoyed much success with the group Rufus, and as a solo performer. She had hit songs such as “Tell Me Something Good,” “Through The Fire,” and “I’m Every Woman,” (a somg that will continue to be popular for generations to come). Khan continues to perform her hits at sold-out concerts throughout the world.
This is a list of my top ten favorite songs by Chaka Khan, with the beginning lyrics to each song. Following the list is a brief synopsis of her career.
My Top Ten Favorite Songs by Chaka Khan
Ain’t Nobody: “Captured so effortlessly, that's the way it was. Happened so naturally, I did not know it was love. The next thing I felt was you holding me close, what was I gonna do…”
Tell Me Something Good: “You ain't got no kind of feeling inside. I got something that will sure 'nuff set your stuff on fire. You refuse to put anything before your pride. I got something that will knock all your pride aside…”
I Feel For You: “…Chaka Khan, let me rock you, let me rock you Chaka Khan. Let me rock you, that's all I wanna do… Let me take you in my arms, let me fill you with my charms…”
I’m Every Woman: “I'm every woman, it's all in me, anything you want done, baby I'll do it naturally. I'm every woman, it's all in me, I can read your thoughts right now, every one from A to Z. I can cast a spell with secrets you can't tell. Mix a special brew, put fire inside of you. But anytime you feel danger or fear, instantly I will appear, cause…”
Through The Fire: “I look in your eyes and I can see we've loved so dangerously. You're not trusting your heart to anyone, you tell me you're gonna play it smart. We're through before we start, but I believe that we've only just begun. When it's this good, there's no saying no I want you so, I'm ready to go…”
What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me: “All night and day, just chippin' away. It's all in a day's work, tryin' hard to defend the time that I spend alone. The crown that you lose, exploiting the blues, won't get the job done. As hard as it bites, I'm keepin' my sights on you. What cha' gonna do for me…”
Papillon (aka Hot Butterfly): “A faded photograph I mailed to you, with feelings I don't want to fade and a lovg song of surrender in blue. I remember when you took my breath away. Chanson papillon, when we were very young. Like butterflies, like hot butterflys…”
Love Me Still: “Here is my hand for you to hold, here's the part of me they have not sold. I've wandered far, I've had my fill. I need you now, do you love me still…”
Everywhere: “Can you hear me calling out your name. You know I'm falling and I don't know what to say. I'll speak a little louder, I'll even shout. You know that I'm proud and I can't get the words out. Oh I, I want to be with you everywhere…”
Please Pardon Me: “Please pardon me, but I'm longing to speak, I hope you don't mind my staring; I don't mind, cause your face looks so kind and Seldom you'll find someone so daring. You remind me of a friend of mine, Ooh, i've lost (the) time, yeah…
A Brief synopsis of the career of Chaka Khan
Singer Chaka Khan, began as the lead singer for the group “Rufus, featuring Chaka Khan.” In 1974, the song, "Tell Me Something Good," went to number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award, it was the group’s first hit song.
The group released several albums in the 1970s, garnering six platinum-selling albums which included Rufusized; Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan; Ask Rufus; Street Player; and Masterjam. These albums contained hit singles such as "Once You Get Started", "Sweet Thing", "Hollywood", "At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up)" and "Do You Love What You Feel."
Khan released a solo album featuring the crossover disco hit, "I'm Every Woman," written for her by songwriters Ashford & Simpson. The success of the single helped the album go platinum, selling over a million copies in 1978.
She returned to Rufus in 1979 to collaborate on the album “Masterjam,” which featured the hit, "Do You Love What You Feel." In 1982, the singer released the album What Cha' Gonna Do for Me, and in 1983 the song "Bebop Medley" won a Grammy. The album “Stompin' at the Savoy – Live,” featuring the single "Ain't Nobody" and reached number twenty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on the Hot R&B chart. The cut also reached the top ten in the United Kingdom. After this album, Chaka Khan and Rufus separated.
After leaving the group, she enjoyed a successful solo career. Releasing such hits as “I Feel for You,” “This is my Night," and "Through the Fire." The singer was also the featured performer on Steve Winwood's number-one hit, "Higher Love."
In 2004, she released a jazz album called “ClassiKhan.” Three years later, she released “Funk This,” which critics called her “comeback album.” The album featured the hit, "Angel," and the Mary J. Blige duet, "Disrespectful," which won a Grammy Award.
In 2008, she performed in the Broadway adaptation of “The Color Purple.” In 2009, she went on tour with singers Anastacia and Lulu for Here Come the Girls. The artist was involved in several projects in 2010, including a collaboration with American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken, on a song for the kids show “Phineas and Ferb” on the Disney Channel. She continues to perform in both the United States and overseas.
For me, Chaka Khan was one of the top female soul singers of the 70s and 80s. Her hits with the group Rufus, Featuring Chaka Khan and her early solo career spawned some major hits. Her songs crossed over from soul and R&B, to disco, and people everywhere where dancing to such hit songs as “I’m Every Woman,” and “I Feel For You.” These are my top ten favorite songs by Chaka Khan.
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