List of Soul Train episodes

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Gladys Knight & the Pips on Soul Train in 1974
Jackson 5 on Soul Train

Soul Train is an American musical variety television program, which aired in syndication from 1971 until 2006. In its 35-year history, the show primarily featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, disco, and gospel artists have also appeared. The series was created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.

This is a list of episodes that aired originally from October 2, 1971 to March 25, 2006. The dates shown are original air dates, but some dates are approximate because in the 1970s, most syndication markets did not get the episodes at the same time, so the dates shown are the first airings of the episodes. This is also a list for the Best of Soul Train reruns that aired from 2006 until the show's cancellation in September 2008. The dates shown are the first airings of the episodes. [1][2][3]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally Aired
Premiere Finale
1 30 October 2, 1971 April 22, 1972
2 37 September 9, 1972 August 11, 1973
3 39 August 25, 1973 July 20, 1974
4 39 September 7, 1974 June 21, 1975
5 39 August 23, 1975 June 19, 1976
6 39 August 21, 1976 May 14, 1977
7 39 August 20, 1977 May 13, 1978
8 40 August 19, 1978 May 19, 1979
9 32 September 15, 1979 June 14, 1980
10 32 September 20, 1980 June 20, 1981
11 32 September 19, 1981 July 10, 1982
12 24 October 16, 1982 July 16, 1983
13 28 October 15, 1983 June 23, 1984
14 32 September 22, 1984 June 29, 1985
15 28 October 5, 1985 June 21, 1986
16 32 September 20, 1986 June 20, 1987
17 32 September 19, 1987 June 25, 1988
18 32 September 24, 1988 June 24, 1989
19 32 September 23, 1989 June 23, 1990
20 32 September 22, 1990 June 22, 1991
21 32 September 21, 1991 June 20, 1992
22 32 September 26, 1992 June 26, 1993
23 32 October 23, 1993 June 25, 1994
24 32 September 24, 1994 June 24, 1995
25 32 September 23, 1995 June 22, 1996
26 31 October 26, 1996 May 24, 1997
27 32 September 20, 1997 June 20, 1998
28 32 September 19, 1998 June 19, 1999
29 32 September 18, 1999 June 17, 2000
30 32 September 16, 2000 June 30, 2001
31 28 October 13, 2001 July 6, 2002
32 32 September 14, 2002 June 21, 2003
33 28 October 11, 2003 June 26, 2004
34 24 October 9, 2004 June 25, 2005
35 16 November 5, 2005 March 25, 2006
36 56 December 9, 2006 December 29, 2007
37 38 January 5, 2008 September 20, 2008


Season 1 (1971–1972)[edit]

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The first theme song was the 1962 recording of "Hot Potatoes", performed by King Curtis; the song used for the bumpers was "Familiar Footsteps" by Gene Chandler.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 1 Gladys Knight & the Pips, Eddie Kendricks, Honey Cone, Bobby Hutton October 2, 1971
2 2 Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Carla Thomas, General Crook October 9, 1971
3 3 Chairmen of the Board, Rufus Thomas, Laura Lee October 16, 1971
4 4 The Staple Singers, Freda Payne October 23, 1971
5 5 Bill Withers, Al Green, Viola Wills October 30, 1971
6 6 Lou Rawls, 100 Proof (Aged in Soul), The Emotions November 6, 1971
7 7 Martha and the Vandellas, The Intruders, G. C. Cameron November 13, 1971
8 8 The Friends of Distinction, Clarence Carter November 20, 1971
9 9 The Chambers Brothers, Five Stairsteps November 27, 1971
10 10 Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Bobby Womack, Thelma Houston December 4, 1971
11 11 Jean Knight, The Delfonics, Maurice Jackson, Ralfi Pagan December 11, 1971
12 12 The Chi-Lites, Joe Tex, The Originals December 18, 1971
13 13 Gene Chandler, Simtec & Wylie, The Free Movement December 25, 1971
14 14 B.B. King, O. C. Smith, Patrice Holloway January 1, 1972
15 15 Dennis Coffey, The Detroit Emeralds, Jesse James January 8, 1972
16 16 Little Richard, The Undisputed Truth, Nolan F. Porter January 15, 1972
17 17 Curtis Mayfield, Honey Cone, The Persuaders January 22, 1972
18 18 The Impressions, Merry Clayton, The Three Degrees January 29, 1972
19 19 The Dells, Kim Weston, Luther Ingram February 5, 1972
20 20 Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager, Joe Tex, Hodges, Smith, James & Crawford February 12, 1972
21 21 Al Green, The Whispers, Denise LaSalle February 19, 1972
22 22 Four Tops, Jackie Wilson, Kool & the Gang February 26, 1972
23 23 Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ohio Players, Garland Green March 4, 1972
24 24 Rufus Thomas, The Bar-Kays, Laura Lee March 11, 1972
25 25 The Chi-Lites, Edwin Starr, James Gadsen March 18, 1972
26 26 Wilson Pickett, Curtis Mayfield, War, Soul Train Dance Contest (Special Guest: Fred Williamson) March 25, 1972
27 27 Joe Tex, Gloria Lynne, The Independents April 1, 1972
28 28 Lou Rawls, Otis Clay, The Peaches April 8, 1972
29 29 The Isley Brothers, Love Unlimited, Millie Jackson April 15, 1972
30 30 Ike & Tina Turner, Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager April 22, 1972

Season 2 (1972–1973)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 31 Bobby Womack, The Bar-Kays, Candi Staton (Special Guest: Fred Williamson) September 9, 1972
2 32 The Isley Brothers, Luther Ingram (Special Guests: Melba Moore & Heshimu) September 16, 1972
3 33 Gladys Knight & the Pips, The O'Jays, Major Lance (Special Guests: Teresa Graves & Brock Peters) September 23, 1972
4 34 Eddie Kendricks, The Whispers (Special Guest: Bill Russell) September 30, 1972
5 35 The Jackson 5 featuring Jermaine Jackson October 7, 1972
6 36 Johnnie Taylor, The Undisputed Truth October 14, 1972
7 37 Bill Withers, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (Special Guest: Denise Nicholas) October 21, 1972
8 38 Billy Preston, Laura Lee, Johnny Williams (Special Guest: Jim Brown) October 28, 1972
9 39 Joe Simon, The Sylvers, Billy Paul (Special Guest: Wallace Terry) November 4, 1972
10 40 Friends of Distinction, The Persuaders, Doug Gibbs (Special Guest: William Marshall) November 11, 1972
11 41 The Temptations, King Floyd (Special Guest: Cicely Tyson) November 18, 1972
12 42 The Intruders, Betty Wright, True Reflection (Special Guest: George Kirby) December 16, 1972
13 43 Billy Paul, Barbara Mason, Anacostia December 23, 1972
14 44 Tyrone Davis, Lyn Collins (Special Guest: Elgin Baylor) December 30, 1972
15 45 Curtis Mayfield, The Main Ingredient, Hank Ballard (Special Guest: Vonetta McGee) January 6, 1973
16 46 Stevie Wonder, The Moments, Fully Guaranteed (Special Guest: Judy Pace) January 13, 1973
17 47 Johnny Nash, Billy Butler & Infinity, Brighter Side of Darkness January 27, 1973
18 48 The Dramatics, Syl Johnson, The Smith Connection February 3, 1973
19 49 James Brown, Lyn Collins February 10, 1973
20 50 The Four Tops, Otis Clay, Special Guests: James Brown & Teddy Brown, Soul Train Dance Contest Semifinals February 17, 1973
21 51 The Spinners, Sisters Love February 24, 1973
22 52 Al Green, Mel & Tim March 3, 1973
23 53 Friends of Distinction, Timmy Thomas, The Independents (Special Guest: Richard Pryor) March 10, 1973
24 54 The Chi-Lites, The Honey Cone, G.C. Cameron (Special Guest: Pam Grier) March 31, 1973
25 55 The Impressions, Tyrone Davis, Billy Preston (Special Guests: Diana Ross & Brenda Sykes) April 7, 1973
26 56 Aretha Franklin (Special Guest: Cecil Franklin) April 14, 1973
27 57 The O'Jays, David Ruffin, Sylvia April 21, 1973
28 58 The Sylvers, Ronnie Dyson, Archie Bell & the Drells (Special Guest: Rosie Grier) April 28, 1973
29 59 The Manhattans, Lyn Collins, Lee Auston (Special Guest: James Brown) May 5, 1973
30 60 The Supremes, Lloyd Price May 12, 1973
31 61 Bobby Womack, The Whispers, Thelma Houston May 19, 1973
32 62 Little Anthony & the Imperials, Edwin Starr, The Valentinos May 26, 1973
33 63 Bill Withers (Special Guest: Steve Manning) June 16, 1973
34 64 The Miracles, Chuck Jackson, The Jackson Sisters (Special Guest: Smokey Robinson) June 23, 1973
35 65 Chairmen of the Board, Charles Mann, Sylvia (Special Guest: Jeffrey Bowen) June 30, 1973
36 66 Chuck Berry, Maxayan, Willie Hutch (Special Guest: Max Julien) July 7, 1973
37 67 "The Best of Soul Train" featuring James Brown, The Jackson 5, Chuck Berry, The O'Jays, The Temptations, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield,
The Supremes, Teddy Brown, The Four Tops, and Stevie Wonder
August 11, 1973

Season 3 (1973–1974)[edit]

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Starting with episode 76, the show's theme was changed to "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)", written by Gamble and Huff and performed by MFSB and the Three Degrees.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 68 The Intruders, Foster Sylvers (Introduced by Edmund & Ricky Sylvers) August 25, 1973
2 69 The Whispers, Mandrill, September 1, 1973
3 70 Fred Wesley & the JB's, Lyn Collins, The Sly, the Slick and the Wicked September 8, 1973
4 71 The Sylvers September 15, 1973
5 72 The Isley Brothers, Betty Wright, Jr. Walker & the All-Stars September 22, 1973
6 73 Eddie Kendricks, The Dramatics, Rufus September 29, 1973
7 74 B.B. King, The Moments October 6, 1973
8 75 The Four Tops, Bloodstone, Lee Charles October 13, 1973
9 76 Barry White, Love Unlimited, The Temprees (Special Guest: Lola Falana) October 27, 1973
10 77 The Jackson 5 November 3, 1973
11 78 Curtis Mayfield, Millie Jackson, Natural Four November 10, 1973
12 79 Tower of Power, The Pointer Sisters, Tavares November 17, 1973
13 80 Smokey Robinson, First Choice, Al Wilson November 24, 1973
14 81 The Temptations, G.C. Cameron December 1, 1973
15 82 Bobby Bland, Ashford & Simpson, Barbara Jean English December 8, 1973
16 83 Johnnie Taylor, Ann Peebles, Maceo & the Macks December 15, 1973
17 84 Eddie Kendricks, The Persuaders, Eddie Floyd December 22, 1973
18 85 Billy Preston, Creative Source, Eric Mercury January 5, 1974
19 86 Johnny Nash, Kool & the Gang, The Originals January 12, 1974
20 87 The 5th Dimension, Willie Hutch January 26, 1974
21 88 Johnny Mathis, The Dells February 9, 1974
22 89 Marvin Gaye, The Whispers February 16, 1974
23 90 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, Maxine Weldon February 23, 1974
24 91 Jerry Butler, The Delfonics, Cecil Shaw March 2, 1974
25 92 Curtis Mayfield, The Main Ingredient, Bloodstone March 30, 1974
26 93 Al Green, The Impressions April 6, 1974
27 94 The Stylistics, Bobby Womack, The Undisputed Truth April 13, 1974
28 95 The Four Tops, Blue Magic, Barbara Mason April 20, 1974
29 96 Eddie Kendricks, The Dramatics, Martha Reeves April 27, 1974
30 97 Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lamont Dozier May 4, 1974
31 98 Sylvia Robinson, The Moments, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain May 11, 1974
32 99 The Spinners, The Independents, Leroy Hutson May 18, 1974
33 100 Bill Withers, The Soul Children, Melvin Van Peebles May 25, 1974
34 101 Tyrone Davis, Hugh Masekela, Black Ivory June 1, 1974
35 102 The Staple Singers, Bunny Sigler June 8, 1974
36 103 Kool & the Gang, Al Wilson, Natural Four June 15, 1974
37 104 The O'Jays, Ramsey Lewis June 22, 1974
38 105 Sly & the Family Stone, The Trammps June 29, 1974
39 106 "The Best of Soul Train" July 20, 1974

Season 4 (1974–1975)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 107 Billy Preston, Rufus, George McCrae September 7, 1974
2 108 James Brown and the First Family of Soul, Fred Wesley & the JBs, Lyn Collins, Sweet Charles September 14, 1974
3 109 Johnnie Taylor, The Joneses, Syreeta Wright September 21, 1974
4 110 The Miracles, Herbie Hancock, Yvonne Fair September 28, 1974
5 111 Michael Jackson, MDLT October 5, 1974
6 112 The Four Tops, The New Birth, Creative Source October 12, 1974
7 113 The Chi-Lites, Bloodstone, New York City October 19, 1974
8 114 Ashford & Simpson, Tavares, Little Beaver October 26, 1974
9 115 The 5th Dimension, Al Wilson, Formula IV, Special Guest: Mark Gordon November 2, 1974
10 116 The Ohio Players, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain, B.T. Express November 9, 1974
11 117 Nancy Wilson, Johnny Bristol, Mighty Clouds of Joy November 16, 1974
12 118 The Moments, Labelle, Carl Carlton December 7, 1974
13 119 The Isley Brothers December 14, 1974
14 120 Jose Feliciano, Minnie Riperton, The Dynamic Superiors December 21, 1974
15 121 Johnny Nash, The Commodores, Lonnie Youngblood December 28, 1974
16 122 Bobby Womack, Latimore, The Kay-Gees January 4, 1975
17 123 Graham Central Station, Zulema, Leon Haywood January 11, 1975
18 124 Ike & Tina Turner, Lonette McKee January 18, 1975
19 125 David Ruffin, Shirley Brown, 9th Creation, The Lockers January 25, 1975
20 126 Tower of Power, Hues Corporation, Garland Green February 1, 1975
21 127 The Crusaders, The Whispers February 8, 1975
22 128 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Gino Vanelli, Bohannon February 15, 1975
23 129 Kool & the Gang, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, The Jackson Sisters February 22, 1975
24 130 Jimmy Ruffin, Buddy Miles, The Manhattans March 1, 1975
25 131 Lou Rawls, The Main Ingredient, Gloria Scott March 8, 1975
26 132 Bobby Bland, Tavares, Lyn Collins, Fred Wesley & Steam March 15, 1975
27 133 Bloodstone, Carol Douglas, Syl Johnson March 22, 1975
28 134 B.B. King, The Younghearts, People's Choice March 29, 1975
29 135 Al Green April 5, 1975
30 136 Blue Magic, Sister Sledge, Major Harris April 12, 1975
31 137 The Dramatics, Barbara Mason, Ben E. King April 19, 1975
32 138 Eddie Kendricks, L.T.D., The Waters April 26, 1975
33 139 Melba Moore, Eddie Harris, Bunny Sigler May 3, 1975
34 140 Dionne Warwick, Greg Perry, The Futures May 10, 1975
35 141 Elton John, Mandrill, Comedian: Karl Grigsby May 17, 1975
36 142 Barry White, Love Unlimited Orchestra May 24, 1975
37 143 Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, Natural Four June 7, 1975
38 144 Smokey Robinson, Betty Wright June 14, 1975
39 145 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Southshore Commission (Guest Host: Richard Pryor) June 21, 1975

Season 5 (1975–1976)[edit]

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With the start of this season, Soul Train instituted a new theme: "Soul Train '75" by The Soul Train Gang.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 146 The Supremes, Willie Hutch August 23, 1975
2 147 Johnny Bristol, The Blackbyrds August 30, 1975
3 148 Joe Simon, Millie Jackson, Choice Four September 6, 1975
4 149 The New Birth, Blue Magic, Bobby Moore September 13, 1975
5 150 The Impressions, Rance Allen Group, Soul Train Dance Contest September 20, 1975
6 151 Eddie Kendricks, Tavares, Comedian: Paul Mooney September 27, 1975
7 152 The Pointer Sisters, B.T. Express, Ralph Carter October 4, 1975
8 153 The O'Jays, Little Milton, Special Guest: Cholly Atkins October 11, 1975
9 154 Labelle, Creative Source October 18, 1975
10 155 Minnie Riperton, Twenty First Century October 25, 1975
11 156 Ramsey Lewis, Fantastic Four November 1, 1975
12 157 The Spinners, Merry Clayton November 8, 1975
13 158 War, The Main Ingredient November 15, 1975
14 159 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Esther Phillips November 22, 1975
15 160 The Miracles, Poison, Quincy Jones (Special Guest: Nat Adderley) November 29, 1975
16 161 Average White Band, The Undisputed Truth December 6, 1975
17 162 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, David Ruffin December 13, 1975
18 163 Freda Payne, The Whispers December 20, 1975
19 164 Billy Preston, The Sylvers December 27, 1975
20 165 David Bowie, Faith, Hope and Charity, Jeff Perry January 3, 1976
21 166 The Temptations, Edwin Starr January 10, 1976
22 167 The Staple Singers, Bobby Womack January 17, 1976
23 168 The Jackson 5 January 24, 1976
24 169 The Dells, Bloodstone January 31, 1976
25 170 Bill Withers, The Soul Train Gang February 7, 1976
26 171 The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Leon Haywood, The Southshore Commission February 14, 1976
27 172 The Commodores, George McCrae February 21, 1976
28 173 Joe Tex, The Chi-Lites, Comedian: Tom Dreesen February 28, 1976
29 174 Wilson Pickett, Betty Wright, The Modulations March 6, 1976
30 175 Eddie Kendricks, The Temprees March 13, 1976
31 176 Johnnie Taylor, Donna Summer March 20, 1976
32 177 The Supremes, Al Wilson March 27, 1976
33 178 The Dramatics, Dorothy Moore, Leon Thomas April 3, 1976
34 179 Kool & The Gang, Ashford & Simpson, Ronnie McNeir May 1, 1976
35 180 The Delfonics, D.J. Rogers May 8, 1976
36 181 Billy Paul, The Trammps May 15, 1976
37 182 Archie Bell & the Drells, Brass Construction May 22, 1976
38 183 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, The Checkmates, The Booty People June 12, 1976
39 184 The 5th Dimension, The Brothers Johnson, Pat Lundy June 19, 1976

Season 6 (1976–1977)[edit]

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Starting with the ninth episode, Soul Train has a new theme song: "Soul Train '76" by The Soul Train Gang.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 185 Johnnie Taylor, The Tymes August 21, 1976
2 186 The Sylvers, Sun, Special Guest: Frankie Crocker August 28, 1976
3 187 Melba Moore, The Whispers September 4, 1976
4 188 The O'Jays, Thelma Houston September 11, 1976
5 189 D.J. Rogers, The Lockers, Soul Train National Dance Contest September 18, 1976
6 190 Labelle, Brother to Brother September 25, 1976
7 191 The Spinners, David Ruffin October 2, 1976
8 192 Jermaine Jackson, Tata Vega October 9, 1976
9 193 The Emotions, The Rimshots, The Ritchie Family October 16, 1976
10 194 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Deniece Williams October 23, 1976
11 195 The Undisputed Truth, Impact, Carol Douglas October 30, 1976
12 196 The Four Tops, Vicki Sue Robinson November 6, 1976
13 197 Aretha Franklin, Ronnie Dyson November 13, 1976
14 198 The Manhattans, Brass Construction, Rose Royce November 20, 1976
15 199 K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Dee Dee Bridgewater November 27, 1976
16 200 The Ohio Players, Johnny Bristol December 4, 1976
17 201 Average White Band, The Soul Train Gang December 11, 1976
18 202 O.C. Smith, Dorothy Moore December 18, 1976
19 203 The Moments, Donna Summer December 25, 1976
20 204 The Supremes, Al Hudson & the Soul Partners January 1, 1977
21 205 The Sylvers, Donald Byrd & the Blackbyrds January 8, 1977
22 206 Billy Paul, Brick January 15, 1977
23 207 Lou Rawls, L.T.D. January 22, 1977
24 208 Billy Preston, Brenda Payton January 29, 1977
25 209 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, The Impressions February 5, 1977
26 210 The Commodores, Thelma Houston February 12, 1977
27 211 The Dramatics, Randy Crawford, Crown Heights Affair February 19, 1977
28 212 Ashford & Simpson, Bootsy's Rubber Band February 26, 1977
29 213 Latimore, Shalamar, Crown Heights Affair March 5, 1977
30 214 Natalie Cole, Arthur Prysock March 12, 1977
31 215 Al Green, Fatback Band March 19, 1977
32 216 Melba Moore, Joe Tex March 26, 1977
33 217 Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Lonnie Liston Smith, Gwen McCrae April 2, 1977
34 218 B.T. Express, Letta Mbulu, Enchantment April 9, 1977
35 219 Archie Bell & the Drells, Brainstorm April 16, 1977
36 220 Teddy Pendergrass, Double Exposure April 23, 1977
37 221 Smokey Robinson, Lakeside April 30, 1977
38 222 Marvin Gaye May 7, 1977
39 223 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Side Effect May 14, 1977

Season 7 (1977–1978)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 224 O.C. Smith, Hot, Floaters August 20, 1977
2 225 Jermaine Jackson, Switch August 27, 1977
3 226 The O'Jays/ Al Jarreau/ Truth September 3, 1977
4 227 Johnny Guitar Watson, The Whispers September 10, 1977
5 228 Tyrone Davis, Dorothy Moore September 17, 1977
6 229 The Dramatics, Tata Vega September 24, 1977
7 230 The Emotions, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly October 1, 1977
8 231 Lamont Dozier, Phyllis Hyman, High Inergy October 8, 1977
9 232 Smokey Robinson, Dee Dee Sharp October 15, 1977
10 233 Tavares, David Oliver October 22, 1977
11 234 Johnnie Taylor, Millie Jackson October 29, 1977
12 235 Teddy Pendergrass, Rose Royce November 5, 1977
13 236 Barry White, Love Unlimited November 12, 1977
14 237 Lou Rawls, The Ritchie Family November 19, 1977
15 238 The Manhattans, Kellee Patterson November 26, 1977
16 239 Deniece Williams, Mother's Finest December 3, 1977
17 240 Ashford & Simpson, Ronnie Dyson December 10, 1977
18 241 The Spinners, Hodges, James & Smith December 17, 1977
19 242 Brick, Sister Sledge December 24, 1977
20 243 Philippé Wynne, Side Effect, Al Hudson & the Soul Partners December 31, 1977
21 244 Brothers Johnson, Foster Sylvers January 7, 1978
22 245 Freda Payne, Ronnie Laws, Morris Jefferson January 14, 1978
23 246 The Sylvers, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs January 21, 1978
24 247 Bill Withers, Odyssey January 28, 1978
25 248 L.T.D., Michael Henderson February 4, 1978
26 249 The Temptations, William Bell, Pattie Brooks February 11, 1978
27 250 War, Eloise Laws February 18, 1978
28 251 Billy Preston, Esther Phillips February 25, 1978
29 252 Lonnie Jordan, Brass Construction, Pattie Brooks March 4, 1978
30 253 The Four Tops, Con Funk Shun March 11, 1978
31 254 Bobby Womack, Denise LaSalle March 18, 1978
32 255 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Cheryl Barnes, Stargard March 25, 1978
33 256 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Roy Ayers April 1, 1978
34 257 Johnny Mathis, Deniece Williams April 8, 1978
35 258 Enchantment, Wild Cherry, Bunny Sigler April 15, 1978
36 259 Herb Alpert & Hugh Masekela, Aalon April 22, 1978
37 260 The 5th Dimension, Mandrill April 29, 1978
38 261 Smokey Robinson, Patti Austin May 6, 1978
39 262 Cuba Gooding, Lenny Williams May 13, 1978

Season 8 (1978–1979)[edit]

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Soul Train has a new theme this season, starting with episode 267: "Soul Train Theme '79" by The Hollywood Disco Jazz Band and The Waters.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 263 The O'Jays, Etta James August 19, 1978
2 264 Brothers Johnson, The Dells August 26, 1978
3 265 The Emotions, Randy Jackson, Hal Jackson's Talented Teen" September 2, 1978
4 266 The Sylvers, Kenny Brawner & Raw Sugar September 9, 1978
5 267 Earth Wind & Fire (in concert)/ Heaven & Earth September 16, 1978
6 268 Rose Royce, D.J. Rogers September 23, 1978
7 269 Peabo Bryson, Stargard September 30, 1978
8 270 Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Charles Jackson October 7, 1978
9 271 The Whispers, Gil Scott-Heron, Evelyn "Champagne" King October 14, 1978
10 272 Melba Moore, Michael Henderson October 21, 1978
11 273 Freda Payne, Atlantic Starr October 28, 1978
12 274 The Trammps, Shalamar, Norma Jean Wright November 4, 1978
13 275 Frankie Valli, Creme D'Coca November 11, 1978
14 276 Jerry Butler, Rick James November 18, 1978
15 277 Lenny Williams, Mother's Finest, Cheech & Chong November 25, 1978
16 278 Johnny Guitar Watson, Jean Carne December 2, 1978
17 279 Stylistics, Sun December 9, 1978
18 280 Barry White, Danny Pearson December 16, 1978
19 281 Switch, The McCrarys December 23, 1978
20 282 The Temptations, Randy Brown December 30, 1978
21 283 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Lakeside January 6, 1979
22 284 Roy Ayers & Ubiquity, Sarah Dash January 13, 1979
23 285 Gene Chandler, Chic January 20, 1979
24 286 Brass Construction, Peaches & Herb, Captain Sky January 27, 1979
25 287 The Jacksons February 3, 1979
26 288 Pattie Brooks, David Oliver February 10, 1979
27 289 Joe Simon, Cheryl Lynn February 17, 1979
28 290 Edwin Starr, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Grace Jones February 24, 1979
29 291 Bonnie Pointer, Dan Hartman March 3, 1979
30 292 Gino Vanelli, Gloria Gaynor, Spotlight Dance routine: Cheryl Song & Randy Thomas March 10, 1979
31 293 The Bar-Kays, Arpeggio, Spotlight Dance Routine: Janice Carr & Abe Clark March 17, 1979
32 294 Isaac Hayes, Tasha Thomas March 24, 1979
33 295 Instant Funk, Cerrone March 31, 1979
34 296 Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright, Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers April 7, 1979
35 297 Curtis Mayfield, Linda Clifford, Keith Barrow April 14, 1979
36 298 Amii Stewart, Boney M April 21, 1979
37 299 Hamilton Bohannon, The Raes April 28, 1979
38 300 Third World, Danny Pearson May 5, 1979
39 301 Tyrone Davis, Gary's Gang May 12, 1979
40 302 Carrie Lucas, GQ, The Gap Band, Spotlight Dance Routine: Sherri Foster & Vince Carlos May 19, 1979

Season 9 (1979–1980)[edit]

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Starting with episode 319, the theme changed to a prototype of "Up on Soul Train" by The Waters.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 303 "A Tribute to Minnie Riperton"
(featuring Stevie Wonder, Wintley Phipps, Lorraine Fields and Larry Vickers)
September 15, 1979
2 304 Deniece Williams, Apollo, Professional Dance Routine: Frances Lee Morgan and Michael Peters September 22, 1979
3 305 Shalamar, Tata Vega September 29, 1979
4 306 Bonnie Pointer, Switch October 6, 1979
5 307 David Ruffin, Heatwave October 13, 1979
6 308 Rick James & the Stone City Band, Teena Marie, Spotlight Dance Routine: Larry "Bobcat" Jeffries October 20, 1979
7 309 Billy Preston, Creme D'Coca October 27, 1979
8 310 The Bar-Kays, McFadden & Whitehead, Spotlight Dance Routine: Jeffrey Daniel & The Eclipse November 3, 1979
9 311 Herb Alpert, Dynasty November 10, 1979
10 312 Salute to Smokey Robinson, Keith & Darrell November 17, 1979
11 313 The Whispers, Vernon Burch, Comedian: Tom Dreesen November 24, 1979
12 314 Salute to Aretha Franklin December 1, 1979
13 315 The Commodores December 8, 1979
14 316 Johnnie Taylor, Lakeside December 15, 1979
15 317 War February 2, 1980
16 318 Chic, High Inergy, Comedian: Dick Gregory February 9, 1980
17 319 Lou Rawls, Narada Michael Walden March 1, 1980
18 320 Shalamar, The Gap Band March 8, 1980
19 321 The Whispers, Patrice Rushen March 15, 1980
20 322 L.T.D., Cheryl Lynn March 22, 1980
21 323 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Brass Construction March 29, 1980
22 324 Sister Sledge, Randy Brown April 5, 1980
23 325 The Spinners, Con Funk Shun April 12, 1980
24 326 Captain & Tennille, The Ritchie Family (Introduction by Jacques Morali), Dance Routine: The Electric Boogaloos April 19, 1980
25 327 Stephanie Mills, Roy Ayers April 26, 1980
26 328 Village People, Side Effect May 3, 1980
27 329 Jermaine Jackson, Dramatics May 10, 1980
28 330 Salute to Gladys Knight & the Pips May 17, 1980
29 331 Ray, Goodman & Brown, Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio, Spotlight Dance Routine: Kirk Washington May 24, 1980
30 332 Salute to The Temptations, Syreeta Wright May 31, 1980
31 333 Leon Haywood, L.A. Boppers June 7, 1980
32 334 Salute to Barry White June 14, 1980

Season 10 (1980–1981)[edit]

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Soul Train institutes a new theme: "Up on Soul Train" by R&B group The Whispers.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 335 Brothers Johnson, Rockie Robbins, Dance Showdown: Bobcat vs. Mr. X September 20, 1980
2 336 L.T.D., Seventh Wonder, Kurtis Blow September 27, 1980
3 337 Larry Graham, Irene Cara October 4, 1980
4 338 Rick James, The S.O.S. Band October 11, 1980
5 339 Tyrone Davis, Teena Marie, Comedian: Tom Dreesen October 18, 1980
6 340 Teddy Pendergrass, The Jones Girls October 25, 1980
7 341 Cameo, Edmund Sylvers, Special Guest: Kim Fields November 1, 1980
8 342 Michael Henderson, La Toya Jackson November 8, 1980
9 343 Shalamar, Mtume November 15, 1980
10 344 Lakeside, Geraldine Hunt November 22, 1980
11 345 Lenny Williams, Yellow Magic Orchestra November 29, 1980
12 346 Ray, Goodman & Brown, Gently December 6, 1980
13 347 Al Green, The Dells, Soul Train History Book: LaBelle January 10, 1981
14 348 Dynasty, Tierra, Soul Train History Book: Marvin Gaye January 17, 1981
15 349 The Stylistics, Spyro Gyra, Soul Train History Book: The Four Tops January 24, 1981
16 350 The Chi-Lites, Patrice Rushen, Soul Train History Book: Lou Rawls January 31, 1981
17 351 Deniece Williams, The Gap Band, Soul Train History Book: Curtis Mayfield March 7, 1981
18 352 The Bar-Kays, Yarbrough & Peoples, Robert Winters March 14, 1981
19 353 The Pointer Sisters, Con Funk Shun, Soul Train History Book: Billy Paul March 21, 1981
20 354 The Whispers, Carrie Lucas March 28, 1981
21 355 Rufus, Dee Dee Sharp April 4, 1981
22 356 Billy Preston, Lakeside April 11, 1981
23 357 Shalamar, Teena Marie April 18, 1981
24 358 A Taste of Honey, Jerry Knight, Soul Train History Book: David Ruffin April 25, 1981
25 359 Sister Sledge, Atlantic Starr May 2, 1981
26 360 The Spinners, Skyy, Comedian: Arsenio Hall May 9, 1981
27 361 Sugarhill Gang, Patrice Rushen, Spotlight Dance routine: Shabba Doo May 16, 1981
28 362 Betty Wright, Funkadelic, Soul Train History Book: Joe Tex May 23, 1981
29 363 Bill Withers, Side Effect, Special Guests: Leon & Jayne Kennedy May 30, 1981
30 364 Jermaine Jackson, T-Connection, Comedian: Marsha Warfield June 6, 1981
31 365 Rick James, Brenda Russell June 13, 1981
32 366 Cameo, Mantra June 20, 1981

Season 11 (1981–1982)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 367 Barry White, Glodean White September 19, 1981
2 368 Phyllis Hyman, Carl Carlton, Mike Weaver September 26, 1981
3 369 Deniece Williams, Richard "Dimples" Fields October 3, 1981
4 370 Brothers Johnson, La Toya Jackson October 10, 1981
5 371 Salute to Rick James, Soul Train History Book: Rick James October 17, 1981
6 372 The Four Tops, Stacy Lattisaw, Comedian: Arsenio Hall October 24, 1981
7 373 José Feliciano, Stone City Band October 31, 1981
8 374 Brick, Frankie Smith, Soul Train History Book: The Supremes November 7, 1981
9 375 Patti LaBelle, The Time, Comedian: James Wesley Jackson November 14, 1981
10 376 George Benson, Patti Austin, Soul Train History Book: The Floaters November 21, 1981
11 377 The Spinners, Bobby Womack, Special Guests: Hal Jackson's Talented Teens December 12, 1981
12 378 Rockie Robbins, Slave December 19, 1981
13 379 Skyy, O'Bryan, Comedians: Tim O'Brien and Ken Sevara January 9, 1982
14 380 L.T.D., James Ingram January 16, 1982
15 381 Syreeta, Zoom January 23, 1982
16 382 Salute to Diana Ross January 30, 1982
17 383 Irene Cara, Andrae Crouch March 27, 1982
18 384 Al Jarreau, Aurra April 3, 1982
19 385 The Whispers, Mary Wells April 10, 1982
20 386 The Chi-Lites, Bill Summers & Summers Heat April 17, 1982
21 387 Tribute to Smokey Robinson, Bettye Lavette April 24, 1982
22 388 Sister Sledge, Ray Parker, Jr., Soul Train History Book: Smokey Robinson May 1, 1982
23 389 Lakeside, Sheree Brown May 8, 1982
24 390 George Duke, D-Train May 15, 1982
25 391 War, O'Bryan, Soul Train History Book: Chairmen of the Board May 22, 1982
26 392 Ronnie Dyson, The Dazz Band, Ebony Fashion Fair models May 29, 1982
27 393 Al Green, Third World June 5, 1982
28 394 Deniece Williams, Junior, Soul Train History Book: Ben E. King June 12, 1982
29 395 Cameo, Patrice Rushen, Soul Train History Book: Marvin Gaye June 19, 1982
30 396 Bobby Womack, The Gap Band June 26, 1982
31 397 The O'Jays, Gene Chandler July 3, 1982
32 398 A Taste of Honey, Jeffrey Osborne, Soul Train History Book: Al Green July 10, 1982

Season 12 (1982–1983)[edit]

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After Episode 410, production went on hiatus due to Don Cornelius having a major brain surgery, and the show was rerun for 16 weeks. Starting with episode 411, the new theme is "Soul Train's a Comin'" by O'Bryan, which began the new episodes that Don produced upon his return to the show.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 399 A Tribute to Joe Tex, Special Guest/Co Host: Barry White October 16, 1982
2 400 Evelyn "Champagne" King, Glen Edward Thomas, Alice Arthur October 23, 1982
3 401 A Salute to Jermaine Jackson, DeBarge October 30, 1982
4 402 Larry Graham, The Busboys November 6, 1982
5 403 Salute to Lionel Richie, Ozone, Special Guests: Hal Jackson's Talented Teens November 13, 1982
6 404 Jerry Butler, Daryl Hall & John Oates November 20, 1982
7 405 Luther Vandross, Cheryl Lynn November 27, 1982
8 406 Johnnie Taylor, Tavares December 4, 1982
9 407 Chuck Mangione, Howard Johnson, Soul Train History Book: Aretha Franklin December 11, 1982
10 408 Michael McDonald, Janet Jackson, Music Video: Stevie Wonder December 18, 1982
11 409 The Time, Magic Lady, Soul Train History Book: David Bowie December 25, 1982
12 410 Vanity 6, Carl Carlton, Soul Train History Book: Frankie Valli January 1, 1983
13 411 The Bar-Kays, O'Bryan, Special Guests: Los Angeles Lakers featuring Magic Johnson and Norm Nixon April 30, 1983
14 412 The Gap Band, Yarbrough & Peoples, Robert "Goodie" Whitfield May 7, 1983
15 413 DeBarge, Champaign, Soul Train History Book: Ramsey Lewis May 14, 1983
16 414 Evelyn "Champagne" King, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Soul Train History Book: Sylvia, Special Guest: B.B.D. Banana May 21, 1983
17 415 Angela Bofill, Con Funk Shun, Soul Train History Book: Herb Alpert May 28, 1983
18 416 The Temptations, Anita Baker, Music Video: Prince June 4, 1983
19 417 A Tribute to Marvin Gaye June 11, 1983
20 418 Deniece Williams, Kiddo, Soul Train History Book: Captain & Tennielle June 18, 1983
21 419 The Whispers, Nona Hendryx, Soul Train History Book: Gladys Knight & the Pips June 25, 1983
22 420 Lakeside, High Inergy, Soul Train History Book: The 5th Dimension July 2, 1983
23 421 Thelma Houston, The System, Soul Train History Book: Blue Magic July 9, 1983
24 422 O'Bryan, Imagination[4] July 16, 1983

Season 13 (1983–1984)[edit]

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At the start of this season, a remixed version of "Soul Train's a Comin' (Party Down)" is used as the theme.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 423 Manhattans, Philip Bailey, Soul Train History Book: Kool & the Gang October 15, 1983
2 424 Jeffrey Osborne, Midnight Star, Special Guest: T.K. Carter October 22, 1983
3 425 Al Green, Planet Patrol October 29, 1983
4 426 The S.O.S. Band, Mary Jane Girls/Soul Train History Book: Jackie Wilson November 5, 1983
5 427 The Gap Band, Michael Sembello November 12, 1983
6 428 Sister Sledge, Lillo Thomas, Music Video: Gladys Knight and the Pips November 19, 1983
7 429 Jennifer Holliday, Klique, Soul Train History Book: Jermaine Jackson November 26, 1983
8 430 The Manhattan Transfer, Kashif, Music Video: Lionel Richie December 3, 1983
9 431 Herbie Hancock, DeBarge December 10, 1983
10 432 Kool & the Gang, Tavares, Special Guests: Hal Jackson and Talented Teen Winner: Delise Jones December 17, 1983
11 433 The Commodores, Anita Baker, Music Video: Herbie Hancock December 24, 1983
12 434 Atlantic Starr, James Ingram, Soul Train History Book: Tower of Power December 31, 1983
13 435 Cheryl Lynn, Con Funk Shun January 14, 1984
14 436 Ray Parker, Jr., New Edition, Music Video : Michael Jackson & Paul McCartneySay Say Say February 11, 1984
15 437 Evelyn "Champagne" King, D-Train February 18, 1984
16 438 Tom Tom Club, Howard Johnson February 25, 1984
17 439 Teena Marie, Womack & Womack, Music Video: The Police March 31, 1984
18 440 Patti LaBelle, J. Blackfoot April 7, 1984
19 441 Bobby Womack, Shannon April 14, 1984
20 442 The Pointer Sisters, Bobby Nunn April 21, 1984
21 443 Shalamar, Nona Hendryx, Music Video: Daryl Hall & John Oates April 28, 1984
22 444 Tribute to Dionne Warwick, NYC Breakers May 5, 1984
23 445 Dennis Edwards, Newcleus, Music Video: "Weird Al" Yankovic May 12, 1984
24 446 Yarbrough & Peoples, Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill May 19, 1984
25 447 O'Bryan, Real to Reel, Music Video: Culture Club May 26, 1984
26 448 The O'Jays, The Romantics June 9, 1984
27 449 The Dazz Band, Run-D.M.C., Music Video: Huey Lewis and the News, Special Guest: Jesse Peralez June 16, 1984
28 450 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., The Deele, Kim Fields June 23, 1984

Season 14 (1984–1985)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 451 O'Bryan, New Edition, Ollie & Jerry September 22, 1984
2 452 Lakeside, Vanity, Music Video: O'Bryan September 29, 1984
3 453 Cameo, Billy Ocean, Music Video: Sheila E. October 6, 1984
4 454 Stephanie Mills, Richard "Dimples" Fields, Special Guest: Michael Winslow October 13, 1984
5 455 Joyce Kennedy, Randy Hall, Music Video: The Jacksons October 20, 1984
6 456 Jeffrey Osborne, Alicia Myers, Mr. T October 27, 1984
7 457 Lillo Thomas, Cherrelle, Music Video: The Fat Boys November 3, 1984
8 458 Janet Jackson, Beau Williams, Comedian: Brad Sanders November 10, 1984
9 459 Thelma Houston, Krystol, Music Video: Lionel Richie November 17, 1984
10 460 Berlin, The Controllers, Music Video: Chaka Khan November 24, 1984
11 461 Dan Hartman, Champaign, Music Video: Tina Turner December 1, 1984
12 462 Herb Alpert, Rodney Saulsberry, Music Video: Billy Ocean December 8, 1984
13 463 Donna Summer, The Staple Singers, Hal Jackson's Talented Teen Winner December 15, 1984
14 464 The Temptations, The Fat Boys, Music Video: Madonna January 5, 1985
15 465 Teena Marie and Ronnie McNeir, Whodini, Music Video: Daryl Hall & John Oates January 12, 1985
16 466 New Edition, Rebbie Jackson, Music Video: Kool & the Gang January 26, 1985
17 467 Rockwell, Redd Foxx February 2, 1985
18 468 The Commodores, Eugene Wilde February 9, 1985
19 469 Shalamar, Dreamboy, Music Video: Billy Ocean February 23, 1985
20 470 Bonnie Pointer, Thomas McClary March 2, 1985
21 471 The Gap Band, Sam Harris, Music Video: Glenn Frey March 16, 1985
22 472 Johnnie Taylor, Klymaxx, Music Video: Sade March 23, 1985
23 473 Jesse Johnson, LeVert March 30, 1985
24 474 Ray, Goodman & Brown, Glenn Jones April 6, 1985
25 475 Sheena Easton, Mary Jane Girls, Music Video: The Commodores April 13, 1985
26 476 Don Henley, Whitney Houston April 20, 1985
27 477 Atlantic Starr, Greg Phillinganes May 25, 1985
28 478 The Four Tops, Spandau Ballet June 1, 1985
29 479 Shannon, Alexander O'Neal June 8, 1985
30 480 Natalie Cole, Ready for the World June 15, 1985
31 481 Womack & Womack, Pennye Ford, Music Video: Phil Collins June 22, 1985
32 482 Carrie Lucas, Steve Arrington, Music Video: Harold Faltermeyer June 29, 1985

Season 15 (1985–1986)[edit]

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The program moved its taping location to Hollywood Center Studios, from its previous location at the Charlie Chaplin Studios; the show would remain there through season 22.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 483 Go West, Rosie Gaines, Music Video: Aretha Franklin October 5, 1985
2 484 Sheila E., Five Star, Music Video: Dire Straits October 12, 1985
3 485 Dennis Edwards, 9.9 October 19, 1985
4 486 Cheryl Lynn, a-ha October 26, 1985
5 487 Ready for the World, Starpoint, Music Video: Paul Young November 2, 1985
6 488 Rick Dees, U.T.F.O. November 9, 1985
7 489 New Edition, Lushus Daim and the Pretty Vain November 16, 1985
8 490 The System, Durrell Coleman November 23, 1985
9 491 Cameo, Michael McDonald November 30, 1985
10 492 Sheena Easton, Bernard Wright December 7, 1985
11 493 The Thompson Twins, The Jets, Doug E. Fresh December 14, 1985
12 494 Stephanie Mills, Howard Jones December 21, 1985
13 495 New Edition, Rosie Gaines March 8, 1986
14 496 Klymaxx, Jack Wagner, Music Video: Wham! March 15, 1986
15 497 Five Star, LL Cool J March 22, 1986
16 498 Janet Jackson, Atlantic Starr, Music Video: Billy Ocean March 29, 1986
17 499 The Gap Band, Force M.D.'s April 5, 1986
18 500 Zapp, Meli'sa Morgan, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam April 12, 1986
19 501 Johnnie Taylor, Yarbrough & Peoples, Full Force April 19, 1986
20 502 Culture Club, Cherrelle, Alexander O'Neal April 26, 1986
21 503 Little Richard, Animotion, Colonel Abrams May 3, 1986
22 504 Morris Day, Tramaine Hawkins, Eddie "E.T." Towns May 10, 1986
23 505 Al Green, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Music Video: Sly Fox May 17, 1986
24 506 Roy Ayers, The Pet Shop Boys May 24, 1986
25 507 Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald, Eugene Wilde May 31, 1986
26 508 Starpoint, The Dramatics, Ebo June 7, 1986
27 509 The S.O.S. Band, Jermaine Stewart, Juicy June 14, 1986
28 510 Philip Bailey, The Controllers June 21, 1986

Season 16 (1986–1987)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 511 Midnight Star, Gavin Christopher, Music Video: Michael McDonald September 20, 1986
2 512 Howard Hewett, Shirley Jones, Music Video: Janet Jackson September 27, 1986
3 513 Oran "Juice" Jones, The Whitehead Brothers, Special Guests: The Los Angeles Raiders October 4, 1986
4 514 James Ingram, LeVert, Music Video: Lionel Richie October 11, 1986
5 515 Jean Carne, Glenn Jones October 18, 1986
6 516 Run–D.M.C., Genobia Jeter, Special Guest: Dick Anthony Williams October 25, 1986
7 517 Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, Beau Williams November 1, 1986
8 518 Millie Jackson, Whodini November 8, 1986
9 519 Anita Baker, Gregory Abbott, Special Guest: Troy Beyer November 15, 1986
10 520 Luther Vandross November 22, 1986
11 521 Timex Social Club, Krystol, Music Video: Kool and The Gang November 29, 1986
12 522 Ready for the World, Rebbie Jackson, Music Video: Cameo (band) December 6, 1986
13 523 Klymaxx, Club Nouveau, Bobby Brown December 13, 1986
14 524 Al Jarreau, Vesta Williams December 20, 1986
15 525 Jody Watley, Jeff Lorber featuring Karyn White and Michael Jeffries, Special Guest: Tim Reid December 27, 1986
16 526 Loose Ends, George Howard January 3, 1987
17 527 O'Bryan, Beastie Boys, Music Video: Robbie Nevil March 7, 1987
18 528 James Cleveland, Grace Jones, The Rose Brothers March 14, 1987
19 529 Rose Royce, Chico DeBarge, Music Video: Jody Watley March 21, 1987
20 530 Little Richard, Miki Howard March 28, 1987
21 531 Duran Duran, Stacy Lattisaw April 4, 1987
22 532 Starpoint, Shirley Murdock April 11, 1987
23 533 Bunny DeBarge, The System, Georgio April 18, 1987
24 534 Howard Hewett, Donna Allen, Special Guest: Todd Davis (actor) April 25, 1987
25 535 Nona Hendryx, Robert Brookins, Music Video: Herb Alpert May 2, 1987
26 536 Stephanie Mills, Surface May 9, 1987
27 537 Lillo Thomas, Rainy Davis May 16, 1987
28 538 R. J.'s Latest Arrival, James "D-Train" Williams May 23, 1987
29 539 Natalie Cole, Robbie Nevil, Millie Scott May 30, 1987
30 540 Deniece Williams, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Kenny G June 6, 1987
31 541 The Whispers, 4 By Four, Carrie McDowell June 13, 1987
32 542 Cheryl Lynn, Lakeside, The Cover Girls June 20, 1987

Season 17 (1987–1988)[edit]

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Soul Train introduces a new theme song: "TSOP '87" by George Duke (vocalized by Howard Hewett).

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 543 Jody Watley, LeVert September 19, 1987
2 544 Shalamar, Alexander O'Neal September 26, 1987
3 545 Five Star, Babyface, Music Video: Madonna October 3, 1987
4 546 Atlantic Starr, La La, Giorge Pettus October 10, 1987
5 547 Anita Pointer, Chico DeBarge, Regina Belle October 17, 1987
6 548 Barry White, Shanice Wilson October 24, 1987
7 549 Marlon Jackson, Madame X October 31, 1987
8 550 DeBarge, Jonathan Butler November 7, 1987
9 551 Freddie Jackson, Whodini, Lace (U.S. group) November 14, 1987
10 552 LL Cool J, Meli'sa Morgan, Sting November 21, 1987
11 553 ABC, Colonel Abrams, Eric B & Rakim November 28, 1987
12 554 The Jets, Kashif, Public Enemy December 5, 1987
13 555 Full Force, Angela Winbush, The Controllers January 9, 1988
14 556 Smokey Robinson, Pretty Poison, classic clip: Smokey Robinson (1982) January 16, 1988
15 557 Ray Parker, Jr., Shanice Wilson, Miles Jaye January 23, 1988
16 558 The Deele, Georgio, Pebbles, Hal Jackson's Talented Teens Winner January 30, 1988
17 559 Vanity, Kool Moe Dee, Angela Winbush and Ronald Isley March 5, 1988
18 560 Lou Rawls, Heavy D and the Boyz, Miki Howard March 12, 1988
19 561 Peabo Bryson with Regina Belle, Rebbie Jackson, Keith Sweat March 19, 1988
20 562 Stacy Lattisaw, Salt-N-Pepa, Tony Terry March 26, 1988
21 563 The Whispers, Miles Jaye, Joyce Sims April 2, 1988
22 564 Gladys Knight & the Pips, de'Krash April 9, 1988
23 565 David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks, Dana Dane, Special Guest: Morris Day April 16, 1988
24 566 Howard Hewett, Club Nouveau, Michael Cooper April 23, 1988
25 567 Pebbles, Jermaine Stewart, The Bus Boys April 30, 1988
26 568 Stephanie Mills, Force MD's May 7, 1988
27 569 Evelyn "Champagne" King, Brownmark, Sherrick May 14, 1988
28 570 Hindsight, Mantronix, Pepsi & Shirlie May 21, 1988
29 571 Teena Marie, Junior, Guy May 28, 1988
30 572 Gregory Abbott, Siedah Garrett, Al B. Sure June 4, 1988
31 573 Melba Moore, Narada Michael Walden June 18, 1988
32 574 New Edition, Johnny Kemp, Bobby Brown June 25, 1988

Season 18 (1988–1989)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 575 Thomas Dolby, Vanessa L. Williams, Tony Terry September 24, 1988
2 576 The O'Jays, New Kids on the Block October 1, 1988
3 577 Johnny Mathis, Nia Peeples, Tracie Spencer October 8, 1988
4 578 New Edition, Paula Abdul October 15, 1988
5 579 The Commodores, Brenda Russell, The Boys October 22, 1988
6 580 Deniece Williams, Midnight Star, Kiara October 29, 1988
7 581 Jeffrey Osborne, The Mac Band, Giant Steps (band) November 5, 1988
8 582 Freddie Jackson, Ziggy Marley, Karyn White November 12, 1988
9 583 Ready for the World, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Billy Always November 19, 1988
10 584 Sheena Easton, Howard Huntsberry, Sweet Obsession November 26, 1988
11 585 Keith Sweat, Surface, EPMD December 3, 1988
12 586 LeVert, James "D-Train" Williams, Special Guest: Gregory Hines December 10, 1988
13 587 The Boys, Breathe, Desiree Coleman January 14, 1989
14 588 Chaka Khan Tribute/ Fishbone, Cameo: Arsenio Hall January 21, 1989
15 589 George Benson, Guy, Cameo: Keenan Ivory Wayans January 28, 1989
16 590 Starpoint, Cherrelle, Robert Brookins & Stephanie Mills February 4, 1989
17 591 El DeBarge, Vesta Williams, Troop March 11, 1989
18 592 Midnight Star, Gerald Alston, Kiara & Shanice Wilson March 18, 1989
19 593 Betty Wright, K-9 Posse, Today March 25, 1989
20 594 George Duke, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Marcus Lewis April 1, 1989
21 595 Milli Vanilli, Was (Not Was), Z-Looke April 8, 1989
22 596 Skyy, Desiree Coleman, Apollonia April 15, 1989
23 597 Ashford & Simpson, Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Johnny Kemp April 22, 1989
24 598 Georgio, The Bar-Kays, Tone Loc April 29, 1989
25 599 E.U., Grady Harrell, Joyce "Fenderella" Irby with Doug E. Fresh May 6, 1989
26 600 Third World, Donna Allen May 13, 1989
27 601 The Manhattan Transfer, René Moore, Lateasha May 20, 1989
28 602 Wendy & Lisa, Charlie Singleton May 27, 1989
29 603 Robert Palmer, Atlantic Starr, Stephanie Mills June 3, 1989
30 604 Tribute to Patti LaBelle, Eugene Wilde June 10, 1989
31 605 James Ingram, Hiroshima, M.C. Hammer June 17, 1989
32 606 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, June Pointer, Christopher Max June 24, 1989

Season 19 (1989–1990)[edit]

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A remixed version of the theme song, "TSOP '89", is introduced in this season.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 607 Debbie Allen, Heavy D & the Boyz, Music Video: Eddie Murphy September 23, 1989
2 608 Full Force, Chuckii Booker, Music Video: Jonathan Butler September 30, 1989
3 609 James Ingram, Exposé, Music Video: Paula Abdul October 7, 1989
4 610 Regina Belle, Alyson Williams, After 7 October 14, 1989
5 611 Sharon Bryant, Michael Bolton, Young M.C. October 21, 1989
6 612 Kool & the Gang, David Peaston, Music Video: Prince October 28, 1989
7 613 Stephanie Mills, Michael Cooper, The Good Girls November 4, 1989
8 614 BeBe & CeCe Winans, Christopher Williams, Music Video: James Ingram November 11, 1989
9 615 Barry White, Sybil November 18, 1989
10 616 Billy Ocean, Kashif, Stacy Lattisaw November 25, 1989
11 617 Cheryl Lynn, Entouch, Wrecks-N-Effect December 2, 1989
12 618 Jermaine Jackson, Finest Hour, D'Atra Hicks December 9, 1989
13 619 Soul II Soul, The Main Ingredient, Foster and McElroy January 13, 1990
14 620 The O'Jays, Troop, Tyler Collins January 20, 1990
15 621 The Temptations, Beastie Boys, Michael Jeffries, Karyn White January 27, 1990
16 622 Calloway, Pieces of a Dream, Eric Gable March 3, 1990
17 623 Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Big Daddy Kane, Body March 10, 1990
18 624 The Winans, Miki Howard, Jeff Redd March 17, 1990
19 625 The Jets, George Howard, Michel'le March 24, 1990
20 626 Angela Winbush, David Peaston, Seduction March 31, 1990
21 627 Jody Watley, The Newtrons, Music Video: Janet Jackson April 7, 1990
22 628 Randy Crawford, Bell Biv Devoe, Music Video: Bobby Brown April 14, 1990
23 629 Regina Belle, Timmy Gatling, Music Video: Jody Watley April 21, 1990
24 630 Stacy Lattisaw, Sherman Hemsley, KYZE April 28, 1990
25 631 Johnny Gill, Stacey & Kimiko, The Jamaica Boys May 5, 1990
26 632 Jeffrey Daniel, The Brat Pack, Music Video: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly May 12, 1990
27 633 Tyler Collins, En Vogue, Music Video: Luther Vandross May 19, 1990
28 634 Klymaxx, Def Con 4, Misa May 26, 1990
29 635 Kid 'n Play, Perfect Gentlemen, Music Video: Madonna June 2, 1990
30 636 The Gap Band, The Superiors, Domino Theory June 9, 1990
31 637 The Pointer Sisters, Mantronix, Music Video: MC Hammer June 16, 1990
32 638 The Good Girls, Today, The U Krew June 23, 1990

Season 20 (1990–1991)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 639 The Time, J.T. Taylor, Kwamé September 22, 1990
2 640 Lalah Hathaway, Tevin Campbell, Tony! Toni! Tone! September 29, 1990
3 641 Force MD's, Lakeside, Mellow Man Ace October 6, 1990
4 642 Body, The Afros, Midnight Star October 13, 1990
5 643 Quincy Jones Tribute featuring Tevin Campbell, Siedah Garrett, Al B. Sure, The Winans, El DeBarge, Valerie Mayo, Big Daddy Kane, Melle Mel,
Kool Moe Dee & Quincy Jones
October 20, 1990
6 644 D-Nice, Al B. Sure, Black Box, Music Video: Johnny Gill October 27, 1990
7 645 The Whispers, The Boys, Terry Steele November 3, 1990
8 646 Salt-N-Pepa, The Mac Band, Brenda Russell November 10, 1990
9 647 Snap!, E.U., Jasmine Guy November 17, 1990
10 648 Guy, Thelma Houston November 24, 1990
11 649 Father MC, LeVert, Music Video: Jasmine Guy December 1, 1990
12 650 Z-Looke, Maxi Priest, Music Video: Whitney Houston December 8, 1990
13 651 Ralph Tresvant, Samuelle January 12, 1991
14 652 Teena Marie, LL Cool J, The Rude Boys January 19, 1991
15 653 Loose Ends, Jeffrey Osborne, Music Video: Vanilla Ice January 26, 1991
16 654 Freddie Jackson, Tracie Spencer, EPMD February 2, 1991
17 655 Bernadette Cooper, Big Daddy Kane, Music Video: Al B. Sure February 9, 1991
18 656 Pebbles, Hi-Five, Music Video: Bell Biv DeVoe February 16, 1991
19 657 Howard Hewett, Monie Love, Another Bad Creation February 23, 1991
20 658 Today, Joey B. Ellis & Tynetta Hare, Music Video: Big Daddy Kane with Barry White March 2, 1991
21 659 Johnny Gill, Gerald Alston, M.C. Trouble March 9, 1991
22 660 Run D.M.C., Ice-T, Oleta Adams March 16, 1991
23 661 The O'Jays, Chubb Rock, Music Video: Jasmine Guy March 23, 1991
24 662 Keith Sweat, Shawn Christopher, Brand Nubian March 30, 1991
25 663 Sheena Easton, Altitude, Nikki D May 4, 1991
26 664 Al B. Sure, K-9 Posse, Color Me Badd May 11, 1991
27 665 Christopher Williams, Five Star, Tara Kemp May 18, 1991
28 666 Surface, Keith Washington, Victoria Wilson-James May 25, 1991
29 667 Boyz II Men, Ex-Girlfriend, Omar Chandler June 1, 1991
30 668 Junior, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs June 8, 1991
31 669 Damian Dame, Jodeci, Lisa Fischer June 15, 1991
32 670 B Angie B, Tony Terry, Small Change June 22, 1991

Season 21 (1991–1992)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 671 Tribute to Stevie Wonder September 21, 1991
2 672 C + C Music Factory, James "J.T." Taylor September 28, 1991
3 673 Tribute to Gladys Knight, Riff October 5, 1991
4 674 Color Me Badd, Ready for the World October 12, 1991
5 675 DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Brand New Heavies October 19, 1991
6 676 BeBe & CeCe Winans, Young MC, Chris Pittman October 26, 1991
7 677 Lenny Kravitz, Oaktown's 3-5-7 November 2, 1991
8 678 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Pretty in Pink, Chris Walker November 9, 1991
9 679 Kid n' Play, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Ralph Tresvant, Wreckx-N-Effect with Big Bub November 16, 1991
10 680 Keith Washington, The S.O.S. Band, F.S. Effect November 23, 1991
11 681 Big Daddy Kane, Atlantic Starr November 30, 1991
12 682 Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Tevin Campbell, Public Enemy December 7, 1991
13 683 Patti LaBelle, Chubb Rock January 11, 1992
14 684 Vanessa L. Williams, Shanice Wilson, Jodeci January 18, 1992
15 685 Jody Watley, Vesta Williams January 25, 1992
16 686 Karyn White, Eric Gable, Nice & Smooth February 1, 1992
17 687 Barry White with Isaac Hayes, Vickie Winans with Marvin Winans February 8, 1992
18 688 Mariah Carey, Sounds of Blackness February 15, 1992
19 689 Peabo Bryson, MC Lyte February 22, 1992
20 690 Gerald Levert with Eddie Levert, Phyllis Hyman February 29, 1992
21 691 Naughty By Nature, Glenn Jones, Hen-Gee & Evil E March 7, 1992
22 692 Atlantic Starr, UMC's, Aaron Hall March 14, 1992
23 693 Nia Peeples, Eric B. & Rakim March 21, 1992
24 694 Tony Terry, Patti Austin, D-Nice March 28, 1992
25 695 Chaka Khan, Joe Public May 2, 1992
26 696 El DeBarge with Chante Moore, Kris Kross, Lisa Taylor May 9, 1992
27 697 Meli'sa Morgan, Chris Walker, Little Shawn May 16, 1992
28 698 Kathy Sledge, Mint Condition, KCM May 23, 1992
29 699 TLC, Eugene Wilde, Doug E. Fresh May 30, 1992
30 700 Good 2 go, Brotherhood Creed June 6, 1992
31 701 The Boys, Sue Ann Carwell, Das Efx June 13, 1992
32 702 Cherrelle, Men at Large June 20, 1992

Season 22 (1992–1993)[edit]

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Season 22 is Don Cornelius's last season as host.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 703 Al B. Sure, Tyler Collins, Father MC 26 September 1992
2 704 Al Jarreau, Mary J. Blige, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth 3 October 1992
3 705 CeCe Peniston, After 7, Gary Brown, Everette Harp 10 October 1992
4 706 Charlie Wilson, Rachelle Ferrell, Me Phi Me 17 October 1992
5 707 Freddie Jackson, Miki Howard, Da Youngsta's 24 October 1992
6 708 Morris Day, Third World, The Cover Girls 31 October 1992
7 709 George Duke, Hi-Five, Yo-Yo 7 November 1992
8 710 Big Bub, EPMD, The Voices 14 November 1992
9 711 Bobby Brown, Wreckx-N-Effect 21 November 1992
10 712 Christopher Williams, Chante Moore, Prince Markee Dee & the Soul Convention 28 November 1992
11 713 Chuckii Booker, Nona Gaye, Arrested Development 5 December 1992
12 714 Howard Hewett, Jade, Tamrock, Trey Lorenz 12 December 1992
13 715 Keith Sweat with Jacci McGhee, Lo-Key, Aries Spears 16 January 1993
14 716 Shanice Wilson, Simple Pleasure, T.N.G 23 January 1993
15 717 Full Force, Jacci McGhee 30 January 1993
16 718 Toni Braxton, Silk, Portrait 6 February 1993
17 719 R. Kelly & Public Announcement, Monie Love, Music Video: Prince 13 February 1993
18 720 Kris Kross, Brian McKnight, Stacey McClain 20 February 1993
19 721 Mad Cobra, Immature, SWV 27 February 1993
20 722 Tisha Campbell, Lorenzo Smith, Young Black Teenagers 6 March 1993
21 723 Heavy D, Force One Network, P.O.V., Positive K 13 March 1993
22 724 Naughty By Nature, Miki Howard 20 March 1993
23 725 Regina Belle, Lords of the Underground 27 March 1993
24 726 Troop, The Good Girls, Prince Markie Dee & the Soul Convention 3 April 1993
25 727 LL Cool J, Shai (band), Mystro Clark 8 May 1993
26 728 Run DMC, Richard Osborne 15 May 1993
27 729 LeVert, Michael Cooper, T.C.F. 22 May 1993
28 730 AZ-1, Tene Williams, Redman 29 May 1993
29 731 Walter Scott & Scotty Scott, Paperboy, Kirk Whalum 5 June 1993
30 732 Chante Moore, Intro, Gumbo 12 June 1993
31 733 PM Dawn, Blackstreet, U.N.V. 19 June 1993
32 734 The Commodores, II D Extreme, Mahogany Blue 26 June 1993

Season 23 (1993–1994)[edit]

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This season introduced a new theme song, "Soul Train '93 (Know You Like to Dance)", performed by the rap group Naughty by Nature and saxophonist Everette Harp. The new opening animation introduces a revised, afrocentric-inspired Soul Train logo, and features video clips of performances from the show's first 22 seasons playing in floating video boxes in the background. The show is also moved to Paramount Studios, where the show would be filmed right up to the final season. Also for the next four years, the show used a revolving guest-host format.

Season Series Host Guests Original Airdate
1 735 Kim Wayans Keith Washington, H-Town, Xscape October 23, 1993
2 736 T.K. Carter MC Lyte, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Mica Paris October 30, 1993
3 737 Aries Spears Bell Biv Devoe, Zhane, Freedom Williams November 6, 1993
4 738 Ajai Sanders Raven-Symoné, Aaron Hall, Tag Team November 13, 1993
5 739 Steve White Teddy Pendergrass, II D Extreme November 20, 1993
6 740 Tyra Banks Me'Shell NdegeOcello, James "J.T." Taylor, Usher November 27, 1993
7 741 Mystro Clark Das Efx, Tevin Campbell, Angie & Debbie December 4, 1993
8 742 T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Onyx, Jody Watley, Erick Sermon December 11, 1993
9 743 Melanie Comarcho Snoop Doggy Dogg, Color Me Badd, Domino December 18, 1993
10 744 John Henton LL Cool J, Kris Kross, Vince Patterson (Comedian) December 25, 1993
11 745 Darrel Heath Queen Latifah, D.R.S., Souls of Mischief January 1, 1994
12 746 Tisha Campbell De La Soul, Riff, Coming of Age January 8, 1994
13 747 Mario Van Peebles Mavis Staples, Funky Poets January 15, 1994
14 748 Lewis Dix Mint Condition, K-7, UMC's January 22, 1994
15 749 Karyn Parsons Zhane, Another Bad Creation January 29, 1994
16 750 A.J. Jamal Chris Walker, 7669, Me-2-U February 5, 1994
17 751 Tichina Arnold Xscape, Gerald Albright February 12, 1994
18 752 John Witherspoon Michael McDonald, Jeru The Damaja, Main Source February 19, 1994
19 753 Sheryl Lee Ralph Joe, Chantay Savage February 26, 1994
20 754 Lester Barrie Lisette Melendez, Intro, Gangstarr March 5, 1994
21 755 Alfonso Ribeiro R. Kelly, Gabrielle March 12, 1994
22 756 Paula Jai Parker CeCe Peniston, Outkast, Tashan March 19, 1994
23 757 Adam Jeffries Kid 'N Play, Damion Hall March 26, 1994
24 758 George Wallace Ralph Tresvant, Eric Gable, Justin Warfield April 2, 1994
25 759 Holly Robinson Prince, For Lovers Only May 7, 1994
26 760 Alex Thomas Angela Winbush, Glenn Jones May 14, 1994
27 761 Byron Allen Atlantic Starr, Patra, DBG'Z May 21, 1994
28 762 Thea Vidale Blackgirl, Company, Sudden Change May 28, 1994
29 763 Morris Chestnut Patti LaBelle, Sounds of Blackness, Simple E June 4, 1994
30 764 Jackee Harry Lalah Hathaway, Melvin Riley, Immature June 11, 1994
31 765 Kristoff St. John Philip Bailey, For Real June 18, 1994
32 766 Ella Joyce Lisa Lisa, Masta Ace, Smooth Sylk June 25, 1994

Season 24 (1994–1995)[edit]

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Season Series Host Guests Original Airdate
1 767 Robert Townsend BLACKstreet, Take 6, The Conscious Daughters September 24, 1994
2 768 Telma Hopkins Tony! Toni! Tone!, Jonathan Butler, Lady of Rage October 1, 1994
3 769 Tyra Banks Public Enemy, El DeBarge, Brownstone October 8, 1994
4 770 Garcelle Beauvais Teena Marie, Warren G, N II U October 15, 1994
5 771 George Wallace Karyn White, BeBe & CeCe Winans, London Jones October 22, 1994
6 772 Karen Alexander Gerald Levert, Zhane, Brandy October 29, 1994
7 773 Jonelle Allen Barry White, Shanice Wilson, The Boogiemonsters November 5, 1994
8 774 Thyme Lewis Aaron Hall, Ex-Girlfriend November 12, 1994
9 775 Joseph Marcell Boyz II Men, Casserine November 19, 1994
10 776 Roshumba Williams Angela Winbush, The Whitehead Brothers, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth November 26, 1994
11 777 Melonee Rodgers Tony Terry, Blackgirl, Craig Mack December 3, 1994
12 778 T.C. Carson Rachelle Ferrell, A Few Good Men, Ill Al Skratch with Brian McKnight December 10, 1994
13 779 Sinbad Cameo, Men at Large, Method Man January 14, 1995
14 780 Lana Ogilvie Mary J. Blige, Lords of the Underground, Ebony Vibe Everlasting January 21, 1995
15 781 Veronica Webb Chante Moore, Immature, Subway January 28, 1995
16 782 Beverly Peele Howard Hewett, H-Town, Da Brat February 4, 1995
17 783 Gail O'Neill 69 Boyz, Tanya Blount, Y.N. Vee February 11, 1995
18 784 Dorien Wilson All-4-One, Hiroshima (band), Redman February 18, 1995
19 785 Cynthia Bailey BeBe & CeCe Winans, RajaNee, Usher February 25, 1995
20 786 Michelle Griffin Digable Planets, Soul 4 Real, Trisha Covington March 4, 1995
21 787 Victoria Rowell George Duke, Mint Condition, Fu-Schnickens March 11, 1995
22 788 T.K. Carter The Whispers, Lo-Key, Coolio March 18, 1995
23 789 Leah Gregory BLACKstreet, Miss Jones, Vicious March 25, 1995
24 790 Anna Getaneth Jade, Des'ree, Quo April 1, 1995
25 791 Amy Hunter Freddie Jackson, Brownstone, Kut Klose May 6, 1995
26 792 Steve Harvey Da Brat, Rottin Razkals, Diana King May 13, 1995
27 793 Kellie Shanygne Williams Portrait, Jesse May 20, 1995
28 794 Regina Monte Branford Marsalis, Fabu, Changing Faces, Keith Murray May 27, 1995
29 795 Waris Dirie Donna Summer, Shabba Ranks, Monica June 3, 1995
30 796 Michael Michele Naughty by Nature, Brian McKnight, E-40 June 10, 1995
31 797 Georgianna Robertson Stevie Wonder, Jody Watley, Vertical Hold June 17, 1995
32 798 Karla Otis Brandy, Sean Levert, Heather B June 24, 1995

Season 25 (1995–1996)[edit]

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Season Series Host Guests Original Airdate
1 799 Mark Curry CeCe Winans, Ini Kamoze, Mokenstef September 23, 1995
2 800 Tatyana Ali KRS-One, Deborah Cox, Shaggy September 30, 1995
3 801 Kenya Moore Jon B, Soultry, Faith Evans October 7, 1995
4 802 Senait Ashenafi Aaron Hall, D'Angelo, Solo October 14, 1995
5 803 Tisha Campbell All-4-One, Vybe, The Twinz October 21, 1995
6 804 Mari Marrow Michael Bolton, Anointed, AZ featuring Miss Jones October 28, 1995
7 805 Stacey Dash Shai, Maysa Leak, Mystikal November 4, 1995
8 806 Shemar Moore Brandy Norwood, A Few Good Men, Groove Theory November 11, 1995
9 807 Darnell Williams After 7, Intro, 3T December 16, 1995
10 808 Reagan Gomez-Preston Immature, Terry Ellis, Asante December 23, 1995
11 809 Renée Jones Aaron Neville, Silk, Jason Weaver December 30, 1995
12 810 Vivica A. Fox MC Hammer, Skillz January 6, 1996
13 811 Joseph C. Phillips Brian McKnight, Goodie Mobb, Barrio Boyzz January 13, 1996
14 812 Lark Voorhies LL Cool J, Pure Soul, Monifah January 20, 1996
15 813 Jeffrey Anderson Gunther Gerald Levert & Eddie Levert, Monica, Tamia January 27, 1996
16 814 Stephanie Roberts Jodeci, Faith Evans, Jesse & Trina February 3, 1996
17 815 James Reynolds Tha Dogg Pound with Snoop Doggy Dogg & Michel'le, J'Son, Total February 10, 1996
18 816 Carl Anthony Payne II Deborah Cox, Speech, Somethin' for the People February 17, 1996
19 817 Dorien Wilson PM Dawn, Erick Sermon with Aaron Hall, Keith Murray & Redman, LBC Crew February 24, 1996
20 818 Sheryl Lee Ralph Tony Rich, Boyz of Paradise, Suga" March 2, 1996
21 819 Thomas Mikal Ford H-Town with Shirley Murdock, Solo/ Jesse Powell March 9, 1996
22 820 Arthel Neville Kris Kross with Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri & Mr. Black, Chantay Savage, Earth Gyrlz March 16, 1996
23 821 Brian Austin Green The Winans, 3T, Yvette Michelle March 23, 1996
24 822 Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry D'Angelo, Patra with Aaron Hall, Nonchalant March 30, 1996
25 823 Michelle Thomas Ladae! featuring Al B. Sure, II D Extreme, Puff Johnson May 4, 1996
26 824 Clarence Gilyard Jr. Busta Rhymes featuring Zhane, Horace Brown, Art N'Soul May 13, 1996
27 825 Anne-Marie Johnson Men of Vizion, Monifah featuring AZ, Mr. X May 18, 1996
28 826 Lisa Canning Brian Austin Green, Silk May 25, 1996
29 827 Khandi Alexander Shai, Kenny Lattimore, Sa-Deuce June 1, 1996
30 828 Lanai Chapman The Whitehead Brothers, Jon B, Mista June 8, 1996
31 829 Kristoff St. John SWV, Donell Jones, MC Lyte June 15, 1996
32 830 Shemar Moore Kirk Franklin & the Family/ Mona Lisa (singer), Quindon Tarver June 22, 1996

Season 26 (1996–1997)[edit]

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Season Series Host Guests Original Airdate
1 831 Darius McCrary Mint Condition, For Real, Case featuring Foxy Brown, Southside B.O.I.Z. October 26, 1996
2 832 Aisha Henderson Montell Jordan, Dru Hill, 702 November 2, 1996
3 833 Fawn Reed The Isley Brothers, Tevin Campbell November 9, 1996
4 834 Jamie Foxx Blackstreet, Aaliyah, The Braxtons November 16, 1996
5 835 Christopher B. Duncan Keith Sweat, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Ginuwine November 23, 1996
6 836 Netfa Perry Take 6, Alfonzo Hunter, 112 November 30, 1996
7 837 Tasha Smith Immature, Az Yet, Shades December 7, 1996
8 838 Tracy Vilar Da Brat featuring Jermaine Dupri, Mona Lisa (singer), Quindon Tarver December 14, 1996
9 839 Dorian Gregory CeCe Peniston, Soul For Real, A+ December 21, 1996
10 840 Maria Costa Eric Benet, Dru Hill, Wild Orchid December 28, 1996
11 841 Shaun Baker Donell Jones, Yo-Yo, Gina Thompson January 4, 1997
12 842 Shawn Michael Howard Deborah Cox, Westside Connection, Day Ta Day January 11, 1997
13 843 Dorien Wilson Maxwell, II D Extreme, Goodfellas January 18, 1997
14 844 Maia Campbell Johnny Gill, Monica, Premiere January 25, 1997
15 845 Donald Faison Chaka Khan, Kenny Lattimore February 1, 1997
16 846 Lamont Bentley Roger Troutman & Zapp (band), Rashaan Patterson, Outkast February 8, 1997
17 847 Vivica A. Fox Zhane, Horace Brown, Jeru the Damaja February 15, 1997
18 848 Shari Headley Mint Condition, Erykah Badu, Quad City D.J.'s February 22, 1997
19 849 Terrence Dashon Howard LeVert, Ray J, Lil' Kim March 1, 1997
20 850 John Salley Tony! Toni! Tone!, Montell Jordan, Music Video: Heavy D, "Ms. Soul Train" & "Mr. Soul Train" Ford/AT&T Viewer Sweepstakes - preliminary March 8, 1997
21 851 David Michael MC Lyte featuring Missy Elliott, Hiroshima (band), Twice, Lil' Bud and Tizone March 15, 1997
22 852 Michelle Thomas Heavy D, Monifah, Tha Truth March 22, 1997
23 853 Tamala Jones Snoop Doggy Dogg, Nate Dogg, Ginuwine, Dean Phil! and Al B. Sure March 29, 1997
24 854 Traci Bingham Brownstone, Yvette Michelle, Next Levels, "Ms. Soul Train" & "Mr. Soul Train" Ford/AT&T Viewer Sweepstakes-Finals April 5, 1997
25 855 Thomas Mikal Ford Day Ta Day, Goodfellas, Music Video: Mary J. Blige April 12, 1997
26 856 T'Keyah Keymáh Dru Hill, Zakiya, Gyrl April 19, 1997
27 857 Cedric the Entertainer Warren G, 702, Nu Flavor April 26, 1997
28 858 Malik Yoba Maxwell, Tasha Holiday, Melky & Day, "Ms. Soul Train" & "Mr. Soul Train" Ford/AT&T Viewer Sweepstakes Grand Prize Presentation May 3, 1997
29 859 Countess Vaughn Sounds of Blackness, Joose, Dionne Farris May 10, 1997
30 860 Aaron Seville Joe, Billy Lawrence, Phajja May 17, 1997
31 861 Rhona Bennett Brand New Heavies, Allure, Rome May 24, 1997

Season 27 (1997–1998)[edit]

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The revolving guest-host format ends, and Mystro Clark takes over as permanent host at this point.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 862 Immature, K-Ball, ST Library: Whitney Houston 20 September 1997
2 863 SWV, Az Yet (live performance), Next 27 September 1997
3 864 Rome, Robyn, Sam Salter 4 October 1997
4 865 Brian McKnight, Davina, ST Library: Bobby Brown 11 October 1997
5 866 Wyclef with Destiny's Child, Chico DeBarge, Taral Hicks 18 October 1997
6 867 Jon B, Somethin' for the People, Nadanuf featuring Kurtis Blow 25 October 1997
7 868 Brownstone, Usher Raymond, Queen Pen featuring Teddy Riley 1 November 1997
8 869 K-Ci & JoJo, 98 Degrees, Myron 8 November 1997
9 870 Aaron Neville, Busta Rhymes, MQ3 15 November 1997
10 871 Immature with Bizzy Bone, Sounds of Blackness with Roger Troutman, Mase 22 November 1997
11 872 Backstreet Boys, Simone Hines, Uncle Sam 29 November 1997
12 873 Eric Benet, Ol' Skool 6 December 1997
13 874 Missy Elliott, Jagged Edge, Big Bub 10 January 1998
14 875 Jody Watley, Mack 10, Ice Cube & Snoop Doggy Dogg, Sam Salter 17 January 1998
15 876 H-Town, Kimberly Scott, Mic Geronimo 24 January 1998
16 877 Joe, Born Jamericans, Veronica 31 January 1998
17 878 LL Cool J, Dru Hill, Billy Porter 7 February 1998
18 879 The Whispers, Ginuwine, Public Announcement 14 February 1998
19 880 Bebe Winans, Ol' Skool with Xscape, Ice Cube 21 February 1998
20 881 Rome, God's Property, K.P. & Envyi 28 February 1998
21 882 Playa, Mýa featuring Sisqó, Cece Winans 4 April 1998
22 883 Tamia, Elusion, Luke 11 April 1998
23 884 Keith Washington, Destiny's Child, Outta Order 18 April 1998
24 885 Robyn, Next, Rufus Blaq 25 April 1998
25 886 Jon B, Militia, Tami Hert 2 May 1998
26 887 Rebbie Jackson, Ali, Kurupt 9 May 1998
27 888 Big Daddy Kane, Xscape, Sylke-E Fyne 16 May 1998
28 889 Daz Dillinger, Nutta Butta featuring Teddy Riley and Anonymous, David Miller[disambiguation needed], Angel Grant 23 May 1998
29 890 Color Me Badd, Davina, Charli Baltimore with Cam'ron 30 May 1998
30 891 Will Downing, Kelly Price, Christión, Imajin 6 June 1998
31 892 Chico DeBarge, Silk 130, Joe (singer) 13 June 1998
32 893 Gerald Levert, Yo-Yo (rapper), Mo Thugs Family, Tami Davis 20 June 1998

Season 28 (1998–1999)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 894 Nate Dogg featuring Warren G, Montell Jordan, Terrance Quaites 19 September 1998
2 895 Kenny Lattimore, Monifah, Nicole Wray 26 September 1998
3 896 Regina Belle, Jesse Powell, Tatyana Ali 3 October 1998
4 897 Deborah Cox, Tyrese, Voices of Theory 10 October 1998
5 898 Shaquille O'Neal featuring Peter Gunz, Kelly Price with Ronald Isley & R. Kelly, Levi Little 17 October 1998
6 899 Temptations, 69 Boyz, The Black Eyed Peas, Andrea Martin (singer) 24 October 1998
7 900 Tamia, Link, Pee Wee's Mag 7 31 October 1998
8 901 Next, MC Lyte featuring Gina Thompson, Sparkle (singer) 7 November 1998
9 902 Jermaine Dupri featuring Slick Rick, Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, Nicole Renee 14 November 1998
10 903 112, Willie Max featuring Raphael Saadiq, Jerome 21 November 1998
11 904 Kurupt, Divine, A+ (rapper) 28 November 1998
12 905 Bizzy Bone, Tyrese, 4Kast 5 December 1998
13 906 Terrance Quaites, Uncle Sam 9 January 1999
14 907 Jon B, Before Dark 16 January 1999
15 908 Kenny Lattimore, Public Announcement, Shae Jones 23 January 1999
16 909 Total (band), Reel Tight 30 January 1999
17 910 Tevin Campbell, Kelly Price, 3rd Storee 6 February 1999
18 911 Faith Evans, Shanice 13 February 1999
19 912 Dru Hill, Deborah Cox 20 February 1999
20 913 Monica, Outkast, Marc Dorsey 27 February 1999
21 914 Mýa, Silk, Cool Breeze featuring Goodie Mobb & Outkast 6 March 1999
22 915 Krayzie Bone, Men of Vizion, Cherokee 13 March 1999
23 916 DJ Quik featuring El DeBarge, 2nd II None, and Suga Free, Sparkle, Dave Hollister 20 March 1999
24 917 Ginuwine, Imajin, Baby DC featuring Imajin 27 March 1999
25 918 Chante Moore, Blaque, MC Eiht 1 May 1999
26 919 Nas, Chantay Savage, Donell Jones 8 May 1999
27 920 Divine, Shae Jones, Harlem World 15 May 1999
28 921 Tyrese, Trina & Tamera, JT Money 22 May 1999
29 922 Naughty By Nature, Jesse Powell, Les Nubians 29 May 1999
30 923 C-Note, Before Dark, Juvenile (rapper) 5 June 1999
31 924 Case (singer), Liberty City 12 June 1999
32 925 Eric Benet, Marc Dorsey, TWDY 19 June 1999

Season 29 (1999–2000)[edit]

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The 13th episode of this season and the 938th episode of the show marked the first new episode to air in the 21st century, with a major change: Shemar Moore takes over as host, replacing Mystro Clark. Along with Moore's debut, the program gets a new theme: "TSOP 2000" by Dr. Freeze, Samson, and Everette Harp.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 926 Kevon Edmonds, Grenique, Cha Cha 18 September 1999
2 927 Tracie Spencer, Marc Nelson, CJ Mac, Mack 10 featuring Terrance Quaites 25 September 1999
3 928 Ginuwine, 702, Profyle 2 October 1999
4 929 Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, Coko 9 October 1999
5 930 Silk, Eve, Lost Boyz 16 October 1999
6 931 Brian McKnight, IMx, Youngbloodz 23 October 1999
7 932 Chico DeBarge, 112, Trin-I-Tee 5:7 30 October 1999
8 933 DMX, Mint Condition, Keesha 6 November 1999
9 934 Jagged Edge, Donell Jones, Children of the Ghetto 13 November 1999
10 935 Yolanda Adams, Kurupt, Ideal (band) 20 November 1999
11 936 Goodie Mob, Shandozia, Sole (rapper) featuring J.T. Money 27 November 1999
12 937 Olu, Angie Stone, Humanwreck 4 December 1999
13 938 Q-Tip, Catero, 2nd II None 8 January 2000
14 939 Blaque, Rome, Eve 15 January 2000
15 940 Dave Hollister, Before Dark, Vega 22 January 2000
16 941 Eric Benet, Sounds of Blackness, Amyth 29 January 2000
17 942 Kevon Edmonds, Ideal (band), B.G. 5 February 2000
18 943 Snoop Doggy Dogg, Sammie, Sisqó 12 February 2000
19 944 Goodie Mob, Beverly, Lil' Wayne 19 February 2000
20 945 Ginuwine, Juvenile, Amel Larrieux 26 February 2000
21 946 Montell Jordan, The Roots, Lil' Zane 4 March 2000
22 947 Bone Thugs N Harmony, Jaze, F.A.T.E. 11 March 2000
23 948 Gerald Levert, N-Toon, Blaxuede 18 March 2000
24 949 IMx, BB Jay, Rah Digga 25 March 2000
25 950 Product G & B, Lucy Pearl, The Temptations 29 April 2000
26 951 Dwayne Wiggins, Mary Mary, Strings 6 May 2000
27 952 Tracie Spencer, Avant, Erick Onasis featuring DJ Quik & Xzibit 13 May 2000
28 953 504 Boyz, Erica Foxx, Tamar Braxton 20 May 2000
29 954 Ideal (band), Carl Thomas, Miracle 27 May 2000
30 955 69 Boyz, Something for the People, Ruff Endz 3 June 2000
31 956 Next, Kelis, Nelly 10 June 2000
32 957 Kelly Price, Jagged Edge, J-Shin 17 June 2000

Season 30 (2000–2001)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 958 L.V., So Plush, Big Tymers September 16, 2000
2 959 Lil' Kim, No Question, Major Figgas September 23, 2000
3 960 Rachelle Farrell, Changing Faces, Lil' Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri September 30, 2000
4 961 Joe, Trina, Yolanda Adams October 7, 2000
5 962 Tamia, Avant, Ced featuring C. Black October 14, 2000
6 963 Stephen Simmonds, Public Announcement, Cole October 21, 2000
7 964 Ricky Bell, Toni Estes, Tank October 28, 2000
8 965 Kandi Burruss, 3LW, Mack 10 November 4, 2000
9 966 Mýa, Lil' Zane, Jill Scott November 11, 2000
10 967 Mystikal, Pru, Sunday November 18, 2000
11 968 Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg, Monifah, Shaggy November 25, 2000
12 969 Macy Gray, Profyle, Doggy's Angels December 2, 2000
13 970 Chante Moore, Ja Rule, Bilal January 6, 2001
14 971 Ruff Endz, Sparkle, Bad Azz January 13, 2001
15 972 Outkast, Dave Hollister, Slimm Calhoun January 20, 2001
16 973 Carl Thomas, Crystal Sierra, Shyne January 27, 2001
17 974 K-Ci & JoJo, Musiq, Xzibit February 3, 2001
18 975 Common & Macy Gray, The Transitions, Olivia February 10, 2001
19 976 Nelly, Jamie Hawkins, Case February 17, 2001
20 977 112, Jaheim February 24, 2001
21 978 Silkk the Shocker, Lil' Bow Wow, Alicia Keys, Trina March 31, 2001
22 979 Jesse Powell, Koffee Brown, India.Arie April 7, 2001
23 980 Jon B, JT Money, R.L. April 14, 2001
24 981 Master P & Lil' Romeo, Eric Benet, April 21, 2001
25 982 Chante Moore, Da Brat, Dark Blu, P.Y.T. April 28, 2001
26 983 The Product G&B, The Iconz/ Craig David May 5, 2001
27 984 L-Burna, Tank, Canela May 12, 2001
28 985 Tyrese, City High, Trick Daddy May 19, 2001
29 986 IMx, Dante, Lil' Mo June 9, 2001
30 987 Nelly & the St. Lunatics, Spooks, B2K June 16, 2001
31 988 Silk, Angie Martinez, Syleena Johnson June 23, 2001
32 989 Full Force featuring Bambue, Sunshine Anderson, Toya, LOL June 30, 2001

Season 31 (2001–2002)[edit]

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This season, Soul Train reached an important milestone: their 1000th episode, which is the eleventh episode this season.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 990 Tyrese, Keke Wyatt October 13, 2001
2 991 Kenny Lattimore, India.Arie, Mr. Cheeks October 20, 2001
3 992 Ray J, Angie Stone, Coo Coo Cal October 27, 2001
4 993 P. Diddy, Lil' J, Allure November 3, 2001
5 994 Ruff Endz, Dena Cali, Jimmy Cozier November 10, 2001
6 995 Bell Biv DeVoe, Jesse Powell, Won G November 17, 2001
7 996 Ludacris & Jermaine Dupri, Lil' Romeo, Pru November 24, 2001
8 997 Master P, Montell Jordan, Prophet Jones, Christina Milian December 1, 2001
9 998 Fabolous featuring Nate Dogg, IMx, Glenn Lewis December 22, 2001
10 999 Warren G, Nate Dogg ,Mpress, featuring Fabolous December 29, 2001
11 1000 Faith Evans, Rayvon, Mack 10 January 5, 2002
12 1001 Regina Belle, B2K, G. Dep January 12, 2002
13 1002 Busta Rhymes, Corey, R.L. featuring Erick Sermon January 26, 2002
14 1003 Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley, Method Man, Redman, Ali February 2, 2002
15 1004 Ja Rule featuring Case and Ashanti, Jaguar Wright featuring Bilal, Pretty Willie February 9, 2002
16 1005 Nelly, Jagged Edge, Jaheim February 16, 2002
17 1006 Avant, Ashanti, Code 5 March 23, 2002
18 1007 Donell Jones, Sharissa, Horace Brown March 30, 2002
19 1008 Fat Joe featuring Ashanti, Joi, Mr. Cheeks featuring Horace Brown April 6, 2002
20 1009 Kirk Franklin, Lindsay Pagano, Cee Lo Green April 13, 2002
21 1010 B2K, Baha Men, Truth Hurts featuring Rakim May 18, 2002
22 1011 Musiq Soulchild, Tweet, Ying Yang Twins May 25, 2002
23 1012 Nappy Roots, Keke Wyatt, Jerzee Monet June 1, 2002
24 1013 DJ Quik, Naughty by Nature, 3LW, Mario June 8, 2002
25 1014 Winans Phase 2, Soluna, Ms. Jade June 15, 2002
26 1015 IMx, Yasmeen June 22, 2002
27 1016 Mary Mary, LovHer, Cee Lo Green June 29, 2002
28 1017 Bow Wow, Raphael Saadiq, Lady May featuring Blu Cantrell July 6, 2002

Season 32 (2002–2003)[edit]

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This is Shemar Moore's last season as host.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 1018 Nelly, Ali, Prymary Colors and Rah Digga, Isyss September 14, 2002
2 1019 Avant, Beenie Man featuring Calibe, 3rd Storee featuring Joe Budden September 21, 2002
3 1020 Glenn Lewis featuring Amel Larrieux, Cam'ron, Exhale September 28, 2002
4 1021 Ruff Endz, Tg4, Jade Anderson October 5, 2002
5 1022 India.Arie, Heather Headley, Robin Thicke October 12, 2002
6 1023 Deborah Cox, Dave Hollister, Pastor Troy October 19, 2002
7 1024 Angie Martinez, Tank, Black Coffey October 26, 2002
8 1025 Kelly Rowland, Trinitee 5:7, Clipse November 2, 2002
9 1026 Amerie, Fabolous, Big Tymers November 9, 2002
10 1027 Shaggy, Brian and Tony Gold, Lil' Wayne, 3LW November 16, 2002
11 1028 Jaheim, Floetry, W.C. from Nate Dogg November 23, 2002
12 1029 The Unit featuring Queen Latifah, Michelle Williams, Baby from Big Tymers November 30, 2002
13 1030 Marques Houston, Solange Knowles, Benzino January 4, 2003
14 1031 Ashanti, Sounds of Blackness, Smilez & Southstar January 11, 2003
15 1032 Busta Rhymes, Syleena Johnson, B2K January 18, 2003
16 1033 Darius Rucker, Slum Village, Talib Kweli January 25, 2003
17 1034 K-Ci & JoJo, Cam'ron, Field Mob February 1, 2003
18 1035 Next, Howard Hewett, Nappy Roots February 8, 2003
19 1036 Dru Hill, Lil' Romeo, Needa S. February 15, 2003
20 1037 Deborah Cox, Tyrese February 22, 2003
21 1038 MC Lyte, Ginuwine, Nivea March 1, 2003
22 1039 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, 702, Amanda Perez March 8, 2003
23 1040 Choppa featuring Master P , Floetry, Mr. Cheeks, March 15, 2003
24 1041 Chico DeBarge, Nick Cannon, Sean Paul March 22, 2003
25 1042 Jody Watley, Roscoe featuring Kurupt, Wayne Wonder May 3, 2003
26 1043 Chingy , Vivian Green, Impromp2 featuring Kim Fields May 10, 2003
27 1044 Brian McKnight, Deep Side, Deitrick Haddon May 17, 2003
28 1045 3LW, B.G., Donnie May 24, 2003
29 1046 Lil' Kim, Latif May 31, 2003
30 1047 Tamia, Loon, Novel June 7, 2003
31 1048 Blu Cantrell, Smokie Norful, Allen Anthony June 14, 2003
32 1049 Tyrese, Da Brat, Cherish, Question June 21, 2003

Season 33 (2003–2004)[edit]

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Starting with this season, Dorian Gregory takes over as host.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 1050 Jeffrey Osborne, Anthony Hamilton, Jacki-O October 11, 2003
2 1051 Big Gipp featuring Sleepy Brown, JS, Lumidee October 18, 2003
3 1052 Avant, Ramiyah, Da Band October 25, 2003
4 1053 Chante Moore, Kenny Lattimore, Lil' Zane featuring Tank November 1, 2003
5 1054 Montell Jordan, Tarralyn Ramsey, Justin Guarini November 8, 2003
6 1055 Nick Cannon, Javier, Music Video: P. Diddy featuring Lenny Kravitz and Pharrell Williams November 15, 2003
7 1056 The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley November 22, 2003
8 1057 Rhian Benson, Marques Houston/ATL November 29, 2003
9 1058 Dwele, Baby Bash & Frankie J, Joe December 6, 2003
10 1059 Brian McKnight, Kindred the Family Soul, Kem December 13, 2003
11 1060 Loon, Glenn Lewis, Jhene December 20, 2003
12 1061 Dave Hollister, Jagged Edge December 27, 2003
13 1062 En Vogue, C.L. Ryderz (Nine Up & Nobody) January 31, 2004
14 1063 Michelle Williams, Teedra Moses February 7, 2004
15 1064 Goapele, YahZarah February 14, 2004
16 1065 Master P, Freddie Jackson February 21, 2004
17 1066 Tamia, Van Hunt, Crea March 13, 2004
18 1067 Musiq, Knoc-Turn'al March 20, 2004
19 1068 Murphy Lee, Tiffany Villarreal, Young Rome featuring Omarion March 27, 2004
20 1069 Carl Thomas, ATL, Lil' Scrappy April 3, 2004
21 1070 Mr. Cheeks, Del, Tawny May 8, 2004
22 1071 Lorenzo Owens, JoJo May 15, 2004
23 1072 Teena Marie, Ricky Fanté May 22, 2004
24 1073 Rhian Benson, Tonx, Tino Brown May 29, 2004
25 1074 Lil' Wayne, Trina Broussard, LaShell Griffin June 5, 2004
26 1075 Freddie Jackson, Houston June 12, 2004
27 1076 Truth Hurts, Akon June 19, 2004
28 1077 Nina Sky, Mishon, Keyshia Cole June 26, 2004

Season 34 (2004–2005)[edit]

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Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 1078 Ying Yang Twins, Billy Miles October 9, 2004
2 1079 Tiffany Evans, Deitrick Haddon, Won-G October 16, 2004
3 1080 Regina Belle, 4Mula1 October 23, 2004
4 1081 Silkk the Shocker, O'Ryan, Boyz II Men October 30, 2004
5 1082 New Edition, Lina November 6, 2004
6 1083 Guerilla Black, Toshi, Urban Mystic November 13, 2004
7 1084 K. Young, Generation J, Lil' Eddie November 20, 2004
8 1085 Allure, Terrance Quaites November 27, 2004
9 1086 Fantasia Barrino, Ray, Razah February 12, 2005
10 1087 John Legend, Nina Shaw, Lil' iROCC February 19, 2005
11 1088 Brian McKnight, B5 February 26, 2005
12 1089 Mario, Lyfe Jennings March 5, 2005
13 1090 Smokie Norful, N2U, Frankie J April 9, 2005
14 1091 Trillville, J'Adore, Ee-De April 16, 2005
15 1092 Omarion, Kierra "Kiki" Sheard April 23, 2005
16 1093 Lalah Hathaway, Tye Tribbett April 30, 2005
17 1094 Vivian Green, Cuban Link featuring Mýa, Pretty Ricky May 7, 2005
18 1095 Mint Condition, Nicole C. Mullen May 14, 2005
19 1096 The Avila Brothers, Emelee May 21, 2005
20 1097 Leela James, J. Moss, Anisha Nicole May 28, 2005
21 1098 Mike Jones, Corey Clark June 4, 2005
22 1099 LaToya London, Michael Spencer, Dame June 11, 2005
23 1100 Ciara, T.I., P$C June 18, 2005
24 1101 Marques Houston, Fatty Koo, Slim Thug June 25, 2005

Season 35 (2005–2006)[edit]

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This is the last season to feature original episodes, and the shortest in the program's run, with only 16 episodes produced and aired.

Season Series Guests Original Airdate
1 1102 Chris Brown, The Pussycat Dolls, Na'sha November 5, 2005
2 1103 Mary Mary, Ginuwine, Nivea November 12, 2005
3 1104 Ray J, Ebony Eyez November 19, 2005
4 1105 Trey Songz, Dwele, Keke Wyatt November 26, 2005
5 1106 Floetry, Pretty Ricky January 7, 2006
6 1107 Eric Benet, Dem Franchize Boyz January 14, 2006
7 1108 Jazze Pha and Cee-Lo Green, Kindred the Family Soul, Taurus January 21, 2006
8 1109 Heather Headley, Chamillionaire January 28, 2006
9 1110 Kirk Franklin, T-Pain, Music Video: Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug and Bun-B "Check On It" February 4, 2006
10 1111 Donell Jones, LeToya Luckett February 11, 2006
11 1112 Charlie Wilson, Youngbloodz February 18, 2006
12 1113 Karen Clark-Sheard, Urban Mystic, Marcos Hernandez February 25, 2006
13 1114 Final Draft, Flipsyde, Cruna March 4, 2006
14 1115 T.I., Sammie March 11, 2006
15 1116 Javier, D4L March 18, 2006
16 1117 Goapele, Lorenzo Owens March 25, 2006

Season 36 (2006–2007): The Best of Soul Train[edit]

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For two years beginning in the fall of 2006, the program presented archived episodes under the title "The Best of Soul Train". Fifty-six editions of the show, randomly selected and ranging in a time frame from 1973 through 1988, were re-aired during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

Season Series Guests Airdate Original Airdate
1 76 Barry White, Love Unlimited, The Temprees December 9, 2006 October 27, 1973
2 158 War, The Main Ingredient December 16, 2006 November 15, 1975
3 375 Patti LaBelle, The Time December 23, 2006 November 14, 1981
4 514 James Ingram, Levert December 30, 2006 October 11, 1986
5 93 Al Green, The Impressions January 6, 2007 April 6, 1974
6 136 Blue Magic, Sister Sledge, Major Harris January 13, 2007 April 12, 1975
7 361 The Sugarhill Gang, Patrice Rushen January 20, 2007 May 16, 1981
8 567 Pebbles, Jermaine Stewart, The Bus Boys January 27, 2007 April 30, 1988
9 161 Average White Band, The Undisputed Truth February 3, 2007 November 29, 1975
10 338 Rick James, The S.O.S. Band February 10, 2007 October 11, 1980
11 414 Evelyn "Champagne" King, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five February 17, 2007 May 21, 1983
12 463 Donna Summer, The Staple Singers February 24, 2007 December 15, 1984
13 164 Billy Preston, The Sylvers March 3, 2007 December 27, 1975
14 410 Carl Carlton, Vanity 6 March 10, 2007 January 1, 1983
15 449 The Dazz Band, Run-D.M.C. March 17, 2007 June 16, 1984
16 551 Freddie Jackson, Whodini, Lace March 24, 2007 November 14, 1987
17 107 Billy Preston, Rufus, George McCrae March 31, 2007 September 7, 1974
18 137 The Dramatics, Barbara Mason, Ben E. King April 7, 2007 April 19, 1975
19 174 Wilson Pickett, Betty Wright, The Modulations April 14, 2007 March 6, 1976
20 227 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, The Whispers April 21, 2007 September 10, 1977
21 242 Brick, Sister Sledge April 28, 2007 December 24, 1977
22 269 Peabo Bryson, Stargard May 5, 2007 September 30, 1978
23 273 Freda Payne, Atlantic Starr May 12, 2007 October 28, 1978
24 283 Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Lakeside May 19, 2007 January 6, 1979
25 292 Gino Vanelli, Gloria Gaynor May 26, 2007 March 10, 1979
26 303 A Tribute to Minnie Riperton
(featuring Stevie Wonder, Wintley Phipps, Lorraine Fields and Larry Vickers)
June 2, 2007 September 15, 1979
27 318 Chic, High Inergy June 9, 2007 February 9, 1980
28 325 The Spinners, Con Funk Shun June 16, 2007 April 12, 1980
29 326 Captain and Tennille, The Ritchie Family June 23, 2007 April 19, 1980
30 329 Jermaine Jackson, The Dramatics June 30, 2007 May 10, 1980
31 339 Tyrone Davis, Teena Marie July 7, 2007 October 18, 1980
32 345 Lenny Williams, Yellow Magic Orchestra July 14, 2007 November 29, 1980
33 362 Betty Wright, Funkadelic July 21, 2007 May 23, 1981
34 388 Sister Sledge, Ray Parker Jr. July 28, 2007 May 1, 1982
35 398 A Taste of Honey, Jeffrey Osborne August 4, 2007 July 10, 1982
36 415 Angela Bofill, Con Funk Shun August 11, 2007 May 28, 1983
37 429 Jennifer Holiday, Klique August 18, 2007 November 26, 1983
38 465 Teena Marie, Whodini August 25, 2007 January 12, 1985
39 475 Sheena Easton, The Mary Jane Girls September 1, 2007 April 13, 1985
40 484 Sheila E., Five Star September 8, 2007 October 12, 1985
41 509 The S.O.S. Band, Juicy, Jermaine Stewart September 15, 2007 June 14, 1986
42 516 Run-D.M.C., Genobia Jeter September 22, 2007 October 25, 1986
43 529 Rose Royce, Chico DeBarge September 29, 2007 March 21, 1987
44 559 Vanity, Kool Moe Dee, Angela Winbush and Ronald Isley October 6, 2007 March 5, 1988
45 98 Sylvia, The Moments, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain October 13, 2007 May 11, 1974
46 102 The Staple Singers, Bunny Sigler October 20, 2007 June 8, 1974
47 103 Kool & the Gang, Al Wilson, Natural Four October 27, 2007 June 15, 1974
48 115 The Fifth Dimension, Al Wilson, Formula IV November 3, 2007 November 2, 1974
49 123 Graham Central Station, Zulema, Leon Haywood November 10, 2007 January 11, 1975
50 152 The Pointer Sisters, B.T. Express, Ralph Carter November 17, 2007 October 4, 1975
51 169 The Dells, Bloodstone November 24, 2007 January 31, 1976
52 194 Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Deniece Williams December 1, 2007 October 23, 1976
53 218 B.T. Express, Letta Mbulu, Enchantment December 8, 2007 April 9, 1977
54 264 The Brothers Johnson, The Dells December 15, 2007 August 26, 1978
55 286 Brass Construction, Peaches and Herb, Captain Sky December 22, 2007 January 27, 1979
56 289 Joe Simon, Cheryl Lynn December 29, 2007 February 17, 1979

Season 37 (2008): The Best of Soul Train[edit]

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At this point, once all of the 56 episodes of The Best of Soul Train had been aired, a select few out of the 56 were reaired again for this season.

By September 22, 2008, the series ceased distribution.

Season Series Guests Airdate Original Airdate
1 292 Gino Vanelli, Gloria Gaynor January 5, 2008 March 10, 1979
2 283 Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Lakeside January 12, 2008 January 6, 1979
3 303 A Tribute to Minnie Riperton January 19, 2008 September 15, 1979
4 318 Chic, High Inergy January 26, 2008 February 9, 1980
5 273 Freda Payne, Atlantic Starr February 2, 2008 October 28, 1978
6 325 The Spinners, Con Funk Shun February 9, 2008 April 12, 1980
7 269 Peabo Bryson, Stargard February 16, 2008 September 30, 1978
8 326 Captain and Tennille, The Ritchie Family February 23, 2008 April 19, 1980
9 242 Brick, Sister Sledge March 1, 2008 December 24, 1977
10 174 Wilson Pickett, Betty Wright, The Modulations March 8, 2008 March 6, 1976
11 329 Jermaine Jackson, The Dramatics March 15, 2008 May 10, 1980
12 339 Tyrone Davis, Teena Marie March 22, 2008 October 18, 1980
13 227 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, The Whispers March 29, 2008 September 10, 1977
14 429 Jennifer Holliday, Klique April 5, 2008 November 26, 1983
15 137 The Dramatics, Barbara Mason, Ben E. King April 12, 2008 April 19, 1975
16 415 Con Funk Shun, Angela Bofill April 19, 2008 May 28, 1983
17 107 Billy Preston, Rufus, George McCrae April 26, 2008 September 7, 1974
18 398 A Taste of Honey, Jeffrey Osborne May 3, 2008 July 10, 1982
19 551 Freddie Jackson, Whodini, Lace May 10, 2008 November 14, 1987
20 388 Sister Sledge, Ray Parker, Jr. May 17, 2008 May 1, 1982
21 449 The Dazz Band, Run-D.M.C. May 24, 2008 June 16, 1984
22 362 Betty Wright, Funkadelic May 31, 2008 May 23, 1981
23 410 Carl Carlton, Vanity 6 June 7, 2008 January 1, 1983
24 345 Lenny Williams, Yellow Magic Orchestra June 14, 2008 November 29, 1980
25 289 Joe Simon, Cheryl Lynn June 21, 2008 February 17, 1979
26 76 Barry White, Love Unlimited, The Temprees June 28, 2008 October 27, 1973
27 567 Pebbles, Jermaine Stewart, The Bus Boys July 5, 2008 April 30, 1988
28 218 B.T. Express, Letta Mbulu, Enchantment July 12, 2008 April 9, 1977
29 93 Al Green, The Impressions July 19, 2008 April 6, 1974
30 559 Vanity, Kool Moe Dee, Angela Winbush and Ronald Isley July 26, 2008 March 5, 1988
31 286 Brass Construction, Peaches and Herb, Captain Sky August 2, 2008 January 27, 1979
32 98 Sylvia, The Moments, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain August 9, 2008 May 11, 1974
33 529 Rose Royce, Chico DeBarge August 16, 2008 March 21, 1987
34 264 The Brothers Johnson, The Dells August 23, 2008 August 26, 1978
35 102 The Staple Singers, Bunny Sigler August 30, 2008 June 8, 1974
36 516 Run-D.M.C., Genobia Jeter September 6, 2008 October 25, 1986
37 514 James Ingram, Levert September 13, 2008 October 11, 1986
38 463 Donna Summer, The Staple Singers September 20, 2008 December 15, 1984

Note: The airdates came from various sources like the Library of Congress files, the U.S. Copyright files, vintage TV Guides, and actual videos of the episodes themselves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.loc.gov
  2. ^ Various TV Guides listings from 1971 to 1980
  3. ^ U.S. Copyright Office
  4. ^ http://www.retrojunk.com/details_tvshows/1115-soul-train-soul-train/, Soul Train - Season 12 Theme