Various Artists

25 Years Of Soul Number 1 Hits

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A front-runner's special. This collection features 18 number one soul hits covering a 25-year time frame, and although there are huge gaps of omissions, what's here is in chronological order. The selections are debatable; the compilers cover a wide range of styles to give the CD more appeal. Seven number one records (not included) came after the first track, Sly & the Family Stone's "Thank You," and before the second tune, Aretha Franklin's "Don't Play That Song." Similar intervals occur between the other selections, which run the gamut from James Brown's funky "Get on the Good Foot" and Aaliyah's "Back & Forth" to Larry Graham's smooth "One in a Million You."