For me, one of those songs is a Motown hit from 1965, the Isley Brothers' "This Ole Heart of Mine." The woman who wrote the song, Sylvia Moy, died this week at age 78, made substantial contributions to the history of popular music.
Not only was she the first woman writer to hit it big with Motown, but she was responsible for saving the career of a performer who might have been just a footnote in soul music history had it not been for her.
In 1963, a pre-teen sensation named Little Stevie Wonder had a major hit with a semi-novelty song called "Fingertips," but four years later, his voice was changing and Motown owner Berry Gordy, Jr. was considering dropping him from the label.
Sylvia Moy asked Gordy to give Stevie Wonder another chance with a song she had written and "Uptight, Everything's All Right," became a top 10 hit, followed by another one written by Moy, "My Cherie Amour."
Among the other songs she contributed to Motown was "It Takes Two," a top 10 duet to Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston.
One of the most memorable movie lines from the 1990s, "Show me the money," came from Best Supporting Actor winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., from the movie Jerry Maguire.
Twenty-four years before Cuba Gooding, Jr., delivered that line, his father, Cuba Gooding, Jr., was already bringing in the money as the lead singer of the soul group, the Main Ingredient, whose biggest song was "Everybody Plays the Fool."
Cuba Gooding, Sr., died April 20, one week shy of his 73rd birthday.
Back to the original topic. In addition to "My Cherie Amour" and "Everybody Plays the Fool," U an including videos from three songs that automatically find me turning up the volume whenever I hear them playing- the aforementioned "This Ole Heart of Mine," Elvis Presley's 1972 hit "Burning Love," and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels' 1965 classic, "Devil With the Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly."
What songs make you turn up the radio? Please feel free to comment.