List of Soul Train episodes

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Gladys Knight & the Pips on Soul Train in 1974
The Jackson 5 on Soul Train in 1973

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 December 2006 until the show's cancellation in September 2008. The dates shown are the first airings of the episodes. [1][2][3]

Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 References

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
130October 2, 1971April 22, 1972
237September 9, 1972August 11, 1973
339August 25, 1973July 20, 1974
439September 7, 1974June 21, 1975
539August 23, 1975June 19, 1976
639August 21, 1976May 14, 1977
739August 20, 1977May 13, 1978
840August 19, 1978May 19, 1979
932September 15, 1979June 14, 1980
1032September 20, 1980June 20, 1981
1132September 19, 1981July 10, 1982
1224October 16, 1982July 16, 1983
1328October 15, 1983June 23, 1984
1432September 22, 1984June 29, 1985
1528October 5, 1985June 21, 1986
1632September 20, 1986June 20, 1987
1732September 19, 1987June 25, 1988
1832September 24, 1988June 24, 1989
1932September 23, 1989June 23, 1990
2032September 22, 1990June 22, 1991
2132September 21, 1991June 20, 1992
2232September 26, 1992June 26, 1993
2332October 23, 1993June 25, 1994
2432September 24, 1994June 24, 1995
2532September 23, 1995June 22, 1996
2631October 26, 1996May 24, 1997
2732September 20, 1997June 20, 1998
2832September 19, 1998June 19, 1999
2932September 18, 1999June 17, 2000
3032September 16, 2000June 30, 2001
3128October 13, 2001July 6, 2002
3232September 14, 2002June 21, 2003
3328October 11, 2003June 26, 2004
3424October 9, 2004June 25, 2005
3516November 5, 2005March 25, 2006
3656December 9, 2006December 29, 2007
3738January 5, 2008September 20, 2008

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1971–72)[edit]

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.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests & Songs Original air date
1 1
  • Honey Cone ("Want Ads" & "Stick-Up")
  • Dance Songs: "Make It Funky" by James Brown, "Call My Name, I'll Be There" by Wilson Pickett, "Do That Breakdown Chillin'" by Rufus Thomas, "Gotta Get Over The Hump" by Simtec & Wylie[4]
  • Eddie Kendricks ("I Did It All For You" & "It's So Hard For Me To Say Goodbye")
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips ("Friendship Train" & "I Don't Want To Do Wrong")
  • Bobby Hutton ("You're My Whole Reason")
  • Soul Train Gang Q & A: Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Highlighted Soul Train Gang dancers: Jen Robinson and Roni Morrison, Dwayne Dirk and Natalia Combs, Denee Williams and Von Founder
  • Dance Contest winners: Renee Armalon, Tony Crandle
October 2, 1971
2 2 October 9, 1971
3 3
  • Chairmen of the Board ("Give Me Just a little more Time" & "Hang on to a Memory")
  • Rufus Thomas ("(Do the) Push and Pull", "Do the Funky Chicken" & "The World is Round")
  • Laura Lee ("Women's Love Rights" & "Wedlock is Padlock")
October 16, 1971
4 4 October 23, 1971
5 5 October 30, 1971
6 6 November 6, 1971
7 7
  • Martha and the Vandellas ("Dancing In The Streets" & "Bless You")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Get Down" by Curtis Mayfield
  • Dance Songs: "90 Day Freeze (On Her Love)" by 100 Proof (Aged In Soul), "Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin, "Groove On" by Isaac Hayes, "Make It Funky" by James Brown, "Natural Man" by Lou Rawls
  • The Intruders ("I Bet He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)" & "Cowboys To Girls")
  • G. C. Cameron ("Act Like A Shotgun")
  • Soul Train Gang Q & A: Martha and the Vandellas
November 13, 1971
8 8 November 20, 1971
9 9 November 27, 1971
10 10
  • Bobby Womack ("Communication" & "That's The Way I Feel About 'Cha")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin
  • Jr. Walker & the All Stars ("Do That Shing-A-Ling" & "These Eyes")
  • Dance Songs: "Let Me See You Do That Thing" by King Floyd, "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" by The Temptations
  • Thelma Houston ("I Want To Go Back There Again" & "Save The Country")
  • Soul Train Gang Q & A: Jr. Walker & the All Stars
December 4, 1971
11 11 December 11, 1971
12 12
  • The Chi-Lites ("For God Sakes, Give More Power to the People" & "Have You Seen Her")
  • Joe Tex ("Give the Baby Anything the Baby Wants" & "Bad Feet")
  • The Originals ("Baby I'm for Real" & "Keep Me")
December 18, 1971
13 13 December 25, 1971
14 14 January 1, 1972
15 15 January 8, 1972
16 16 January 15, 1972
17 17 January 22, 1972
18 18 January 29, 1972
19 19
  • The Dells ("It's All Up to You" & "The Love We Had")
  • Kim Weston ("Little By Little And Bit By Bit" & "If I Had it My Way")
  • Luther Ingram ("Be Good to Me Baby" & "I'll Love You Until the End")
February 5, 1972
20 20 February 12, 1972
21 21
  • Al Green ("Tired Of Being Alone" & "Let's Stay Together")
  • The Whispers ("Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong" & "Can't Help But Love You")
  • Denise LaSalle ("Trapped By This Thing Called Love" & "Now Run And Tell That")
February 19, 1972
22 22
  • Four Tops ("A Simple Game" & "MacArthur Park")
  • Jackie Wilson ("Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher" & "Love Is Funny That Way")
  • Kool & the Gang ("I Want to Take You Higher" & "Love The Life You Live")
February 26, 1972
23 23 March 4, 1972
24 24 March 11, 1972
25 25 March 18, 1972
26 26 March 25, 1972
27 27 April 1, 1972
28 28
  • Lou Rawls ("His Song Shall Be Sung")
  • Otis Clay ("Trying To Live My Life Without You")
  • The Peaches ("In My Heart" & "You Couldn't Have Been Thinking About Me")
April 8, 1972
29 29
  • The Isley Brothers ("Lay Away" & "Pop That Thang")
  • Dance Songs: "Funk Factory" by Wilson Pickett, "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart" by The Trammps, "You're The Man" by Marvin Gaye, "Ride Sally Ride" by Dennis Coffey
  • Love Unlimited ("Walkin' In The Rain (With The One I Love)" & "Fragile (Handle With Care)")
  • Millie Jackson ("Ask Me What You Want" & "My Man, A Sweet Man")
  • Soul Train Gang Q & A: The Isley Brothers
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "We Got To Get You A Woman" by The Four Tops
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Whispers; Song: "You Said A Bad Word" by Joe Tex
April 15, 1972
30 30
  • Ike & Tina Turner ("I Want To Take You Higher," "Feel Good" & "Proud Mary")
  • Dance Songs: "Pop That Thing" by The Isley Brothers, "I Wanna Be Where You Are" by Michael Jackson, "Is It You Girl" by Betty Wright
  • Jerry Butler ("I Only Have Eyes for You")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Stylistics; Song: "We The People" by The Soul Searchers
  • Soul Train Gang Q & A: Ike & Tina Turner
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "We Got To Get You A Woman" by The Four Tops
  • Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager ("Close To You")
April 22, 1972

Season 2 (1972–73)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
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 ("Help Me Make It Through the Night," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" & "Daddy Could Swear, I Declare"), The O'Jays ("Deeper (In Love With You)", "Back Stabbers"), Major Lance ("Since I Lost My Baby's Love") (Special Guests: Teresa Graves & Brock Peters) September 23, 1972
4 34 Eddie Kendricks ("Eddie's Love", "If You Let Me" & "Can I"), The Whispers ("I Only Meant To Wet My Feet" & "Life & Breath") (Special Guests: Gail Fisher & Bill Russell) September 30, 1972
5 35 The Jackson 5 featuring Jermaine Jackson ("That's How Love Goes", "I Want You Back", "Corner Of The Sky", "Daddy's Home" & "Lookin' Through The Windows") October 7, 1972
6 36 Johnnie Taylor ("Who's Making Love?", "Stop Doggin' Me Around" & "Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone"), The Undisputed Truth ("Girl You're Alright" & "Mama I Got A Brand New Thing (Don't Say No)" 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 ("Power Of Love"), The Sylvers ("Wish That I Could Talk To You"), Billy Paul ("Me And Mrs. Jones") (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 ("Papa Was A Rolling Stone"), King Floyd (Special Guest: Cicely Tyson) November 18, 1972
12 42
  • Betty Wright ("Clean Up Woman" & "Baby Sitter")[5]
  • Dance Songs: "Work To Do" by The Isley Brothers, "(It's The Way) Nature Planned It" by Four Tops, "Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Wilson Pickett, "Corner Of The Sky" by Jackson 5, "I'm So Tired" by Bobby Bland
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Wilson Pickett", song: "If You Had A Change In Mind" by Tyrone Davis
  • The Intruders ("Memories Are Here To Stay" & "(Win, Place Or Show) She's A Winner")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Love Train" by The O'Jays
  • True Reflection ("Beer Cans And Empty Hands")
  • Special Guest: George Kirby
December 16, 1972
13 43 Billy Paul, Barbara Mason, Anacostia ("On and Off") December 23, 1972
14 44
  • Tyrone Davis ("Turn Back The Hands Of Time" & "If You Had A Change In Mind")
  • Lyn Collins ("Think (About It)" & "Me And My Baby Got A Good Thing Going")
  • Dance Songs: "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder, "The World Is A Ghetto" by War, "Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas, "(I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind" by Joe Quarterman & Free Soul
  • Interview with Special Guest: Elgin Baylor
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Love Train" by The O'Jays
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Johnny Williams", Song: "Keeper Of The Castle" by Four Tops
  • Dance Contest: Songs "I Got A Bag of My Own" by James Brown, winners Cher O'Neal and Tyrone Proctor
  • Dance Spotlight: Dancers Patricia Davis and Gary Keys, dance number by Damita Jo Freeman and Jimmy Foster, song "Slow Motion" by Johnny Williams
December 30, 1972
15 45 Curtis Mayfield ("Superfly," "Pusherman" & "Freddie's Dead"), The Main Ingredient ("Everybody Plays The Fool" & "You've Got To Take It (If You Want It)", Hank Ballard ("From The Love Side") (Special Guest: Vonetta McGee) January 6, 1973
16 46
  • Stevie Wonder ("Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," "Superstition" & "Soul Train (All The Brothers And Sisters Get Together)")
  • Dance Songs: "I Got So Much Trouble In My Mind" by Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul, "Keeper Of The Castle" by The Four Tops, "Cisco Kid" by War, "I Got A Bag Of My Own" by James Brown, "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash,
  • (Special Guest: Judy Pace)
  • The Moments, ("Just Because He Wants To Make Love (Doesn't Mean He Loves You)" & "My Thing)
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Love Train" by The O'Jays
  • Fully Guaranteed ("We Can Make It Together")
January 13, 1973
17 47 Johnny Nash, Billy Butler & Infinity, Brighter Side of Darkness January 27, 1973
18 48 The Dramatics ("Get Up And Get Down," "In The Rain" and "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get"), Syl Johnson ("We Did It" & "Any Way The Wind Blows"), The Smith Connection "(I've Been A Winner, I've Been A Loser) I've Been In Love) February 3, 1973
19 49 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 ("I'll Be Around", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" & "How Could I Let You Get Away")
  • Sisters Love ("(I Could Never Make) A Better Man Than You" & "Give Me Your Love")
  • Dance Songs: "The World Is a Ghetto" by War
February 24, 1973
22 52 Al Green ("You Ought To Be With Me", "For The Good Times" & "Love And Happiness"), Mel & Tim ("Starting All Over Again" & "I May Not Be What You Want") 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 Austin (Special Guest: James Brown) May 5, 1973
30 60 The Supremes ("Floy Joy", "Bad Weather", "I Guess I'll Miss The Man", "Bad Weather" & "Stoned Love") Lloyd Price ("Just For Baby" & "Love Music") May 12, 1973
31 61 Bobby Womack, The Whispers, Thelma Houston May 19, 1973
32 62 Little Anthony & the Imperials ("Goin' Out of My Head"), 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 (1973–74)[edit]

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.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 68 The Intruders ("I'll Always Love My Mama" & "I Wanna Know Your Name") Foster Sylvers ("Misdemeanor" & "Hey Little Girl") (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 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
  • Love Unlimited ("Oh Love, Well We Finally Made It" & "It May Be Winter Outside")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Evil" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • (Special Guest: Lola Falana)
  • Dance Songs: "Funky Stuff" by Kool & The Gang, "This Time It's Real" by Tower Of Power, "If You Feel Like Coming Home" by The Whispers
  • Barry White ("I've Got So Much To Give" & "Never Never Gonna Give You Up")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Edwin Starr; Song: "Midnight Train To Georgia" by Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • The Temprees ("Love's Maze" & "Wrap Me In Love")
October 27, 1973
10 77
  • The Jackson 5 ("Dancing Machine", "Get It Together" & "Don't Say Good Bye Again")[6]
  • Interview: Joseph Jackson (including footage of a Jackson Family party)
  • Dance Songs: "It's Too Late To Change The Time" by Jackson 5, "Hum Along And Dance" by Jackson 5, "Blow Your Whistle" by KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Jermaine Jackson ("You're In Good Hands")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Put Your Hands Together" by The O'Jays
  • Soul Train Gang Q & A: Jackson 5
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Millie Jackson; Song: "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker" by Betty Wright
  • Michael Jackson ("With A Child's Heart")
November 3, 1973
11 78
  • Curtis Mayfield ("Back To The World," "If I Were Only A Child Again", "Future Shock")[7]
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Get It Together" by Jackson 5
  • Special Guest Interview: Clarence Avant
  • Dance Songs: "Keep On Truckin'" by Eddie Kendricks, "Joy" by Isaac Hayes, "Funky Stuff" by Kool & The Gang, "The Love I Lost" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
  • Millie Jackson ("Hypocrisy" & "Hurts So Good")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Tower of Power"; Song: "Ashes To Ashes" by The 5th Dimension
  • Natural Four ("Can This Be Real?")
November 10, 1973
12 79
  • Tower of Power ("This Time It's Real", "So Very Hard To Go" & "What Is Hip?")[8]
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Put Your Hands Together" by The O'Jays
  • The Pointer Sisters ("Yes We Can Can" & "Cloudburst")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Ohio Players", Song: "Rockin' Roll Baby" by The Stylistics
  • Tavares ("Check It Out")
  • Dance Songs: "Funky Stuff" by Kool & The Gang, "Stoned To The Bone" by James Brown
  • Soul Train Gang Q&A: Tower of Power
November 17, 1973
13 80
  • Smokey Robinson ("Just My Soul Responding", "Baby Come Close" & "Sweet Harmony")[9]
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Put Your Hands Together" by The O'Jays
  • First Choice ("Armed & Extremely Dangerous" & "Smarty Pants")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Tower of Power; Song: "Stoned To The Bone" by James Brown
  • Al Wilson ("Show And Tell")
  • Dance Songs: "Space Race" by Billy Preston, "If You're Ready (Come Go with Me)" by The Staple Singers
  • Interview: Smokey Robinson
November 24, 1973
14 81 The Temptations ("Plastic Man," "Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)" and "Masterpiece"), G.C. Cameron ("Let Me Down Easy" And "No Matter Where") 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 ("Flashback", "One Less Bell to Answer", "Ashes to Ashes" & "Black Patch")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I've Got To Use My Imagination" by Gladys Knight & the Pips
  • Dance Songs: "Stoned Soul Picnic" by The 5th Dimension, "High Heel Sneakers" by Ramsey Lewis, "Wedding Bell Blues" by The 5th Dimension
  • Willie Hutch ("Sunshine Lady" & "Tell Me Why Our Love's Gone Cold")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Eddie Floyd; Song: "I Miss You" by The Dells
January 26, 1974
21 88
  • Johnny Mathis ("I'm Coming Home," "I'm Stone In Love With You," "Life Is A Song Worth Singing" & "Foolish")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "For The Love Of Money" by The O'Jays
  • Dance Songs: "You're So Unique" by Billy Preston, "Satisfaction Guaranteed (Or Take Your Love Back)" by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, "Mighty Love" by The Spinners
  • The Dells ("I Miss You" & "Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "James Brown"; Song: "Boogie Down" by Eddie Kendricks
February 9, 1974
22 89
  • Marvin Gaye ("Come Get To This", "Distant Lover", "Let's Get It On" & "Keep Gettin' It On")
  • Dance Songs: "Mighty Love" by The Spinners, "For The Love Of Money" by The O'Jays, "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & The Gang
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "You're So Unique" by Billy Preston
  • The Whispers ("A Mother For My Children" & "What More Can A Girl Ask For?")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Johnny Mathis"; Song: "Sexy Mama" by The Moments
  • Interview with George Foreman
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 ("Sweet Sixteen","Jesus Is Waiting", "Livin' For You" & "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: First Choice, Song: "Newsy Neighbors" by First Choice
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
  • The Impressions ("If It's In You To Do Wrong" & "Finally Got Myself Together")
  • Dance Songs: "For The Love Of Money" by The O'Jays
April 6, 1974
27 94
  • The Stylistics ("Betcha by Golly, Wow", "You Make Me Feel Brand New" & "Rockin' Roll Baby")
  • Dance Songs: "The Payback" by James Brown, "I Told You So" by The Delfonics, "Boogie Down" by Eddie Kendricks
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
  • Bobby Womack ("Lookin For A Love" & "Let It Hang Out (Point Of No Return)")
  • The Undisputed Truth ("Help Yourself")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Stevie Wonder"; Song: "Sexy Mama" by The Moments
  • Interview: Fred Williamson and Jim Brown
April 13, 1974
28 95
  • The Four Tops ("Am I My Brother's Keeper?" & "I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind")
  • Dance Songs: "Boogie Down" by Eddie Kendricks, "For the Love Of Money" by The O'Jays, "The Payback" by James Brown, "Sexy Mama" by The Moments
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & the Gang
  • Blue Magic ("Look Me Up & "Stop To Start")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "The Moments"; Song: "Lookin' For A Love" by Bobby Womack
  • Barbara Mason ("World War Three")
April 20, 1974
29 96 Eddie Kendricks, The Dramatics, Martha Reeves April 27, 1974
30 97
  • Gladys Knight & the Pips ("I've Got To Use My Imagination", "On And On", "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)" & "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Martha Reeves"; Song: "Dancing Machine" by The Jackson Five
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Mighty Mighty" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Lamont Dozier ("Trying To Hold On To My Woman" & "Fish Ain't Bitin'")
  • Dance Songs: "For the Love Of Money" by The O'Jays, "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & The Gang
May 4, 1974
31 98 Sylvia Robinson, The Moments, Ecstasy, Passion & Pain May 11, 1974
32 99
  • The Spinners ("One of a Kind (Love Affair)", "Ghetto Child" & "Mighty Love")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & The Gang
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Lamont Dozier"; Song: "I'm In Love" by Aretha Franklin
  • The Independents ("The First Time We Met" & "Rise And Shine")
  • Dance Songs: "Boogie Down" by Eddie Kendricks, "Sally B. White" by Charles Bevills, "The Payback" by James Brown
  • Leroy Hutson ("Ella Wheeze")
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 ("If You're Ready","Touch A Hand, Make A Friend" & "We The People")
  • Mavis Staples ("A House Is Not A Home")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Mighty Mighty" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Gladys Knight, Song: "Honey Please, Can't Ya See" by Barry White
  • Dance Songs: "One Chain Don't Make No Prison" by The Four Tops, "You've Got My Soul On Fire" by The Temptations, "Come And Get Your Love" by Redbone, "For The Love Of Money" by The O'Jays
  • Bunny Sigler ("That's How Long I'll Be Loving You" & "Things Are Gonna Get Better")
June 8, 1974
36 103
  • Kool & the Gang ("Funky Stuff", "Hollywood Swinging" & "Jungle Boogie")
  • Dance Songs: "Let's Get Married" by Al Green, "Can You Handle It" by Graham Central Station, "I'm In Love" by Aretha Franklin, "You've Got My Soul On Fire" by The Temptations
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Bill Withers", Song: "Come And Get Your Love" by Redbone
  • Al Wilson ("Touch And Go" & "Broken Home")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "For The Love Of Money" by The O'Jays
  • Natural Four ("Love That Really Counts")
  • Interview with Kool & the Gang
June 15, 1974
37 104
  • The O'Jays ("Put Your Hands Together", "You Got Your Hooks In Me" & "For The Love Of Money")
  • Dance Songs: "Son Of Sagittarius" by Eddie Kendricks, "Help Yourself" by The Undisputed Truth, "Come And Get Your Love" by Redbone
  • Ramsey Lewis ("Sweet And Tender You" & "Love For A Day")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Mighty Mighty" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • (Special Guest: Marcia Ann Gillespie)
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Redbone", Song: "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" by Stevie Wonder
June 22, 1974
38 105
  • Sly & the Family Stone ("Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", "I Want To Take You Higher", "Dance To The Music" & "If You Want Me To Stay")
  • Dance Songs: "You've Got My Soul On Fire" by The Temptations, "Come And Get Your Love" by Redbone, "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" by Stevie Wonder
  • The Trammps ("Where Do We Go From Here")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Mighty Mighty" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Graham Central Station", Song: "One Chain Don't Make No Prison" by The Four Tops
June 29, 1974
39 106 "The Best of Soul Train" July 20, 1974

Season 4 (1974–75)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 107
  • Dance Songs: "Live It Up" by The Isley Brothers, "My Thang" by James Brown, "Boogie Joe The Grinder" by Quincy Jones, "Main Line" by Ashford & Simpson[10]
  • George McCrae ("Rock Your Baby")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Herbie Hancock", Song "Machine Gun" by Kool & the Gang
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan ("Tell Me Something Good" & "You Got The Love")
  • Comedian: Franklyn Ajaye
  • Billy Preston ("Nothing From Nothing" & "Struttin')
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Ballero" by War
September 7, 1974
2 108 September 14, 1974
3 109
  • Johnnie Taylor ("It Don't Pay To Get Up In The Morning" & "It's September")
  • The Joneses ("Hey, Babe" & "Sugar Pie Guy")
  • Syreeta Wright ("I'm Going Left")
September 21, 1974
4 110 The Miracles, Herbie Hancock, Yvonne Fair September 28, 1974
5 111 The Jackson 5 ("What You Don't Know", "Whatever You Got, I Want" and "If I Don't Love You This Way") MDLT ("What's Your Game" and "Runnin' and Pushing") 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 ("Good Things Don't Last Forever"), B.T. Express ("Do It Til You're Satisfied") 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
  • Dance Songs: "Boogie On Reagge Woman" by Stevie Wonder, "You're The First, The Last, My Everything" by Barry White, "Struttin'" by Billy Preston, "One Tear" by Eddie Kendricks[11]
  • The Isley Brothers ("That Lady", "Live It Up", "Summer Breeze", "Midnight Sky" & "Hello, It's Me")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Latimore", song: "Shoorah! Shoorah!" by Betty Wright
  • Interview: Isley Brothers
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Release Yourself" by Graham Central Station
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
  • Dance Songs: "Rhyme Time People" by Kool & the Gang, "When Will I See You Again" by The Three Degrees, "Funky President" by James Brown, "You're The First, The Last, My Everything" by Barry White [12]
  • Zulema ("Wanna Be Where You Are" & "Standing In The Backdoor")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "David Ruffin", Song: "Whatever You Got I Want" by The Jackson 5
  • Graham Central Station ("Feel The Need", "Release Yourself" & "Can You Handle It")
  • Leon Haywood ("Believe Half Of What You See (None Of What You Hear)")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Midnight Sky" by The Isley Brothers
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, The Hues Corporation, Garland Green February 1, 1975
21 127
  • Dance Songs: "Dance The Kung Fu" by Carl Douglas, "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle, "Pick Up The Pieces" by The Average White Band, "Get Dancin'" by Disco-Tex And The Sex-O-Lettes
  • The Crusaders ("Stomp And Buck Dance", "Greasy Spoon")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Buddy Miles", Song: "Happy People" by The Temptations
  • Ben Vereen ("By Your Side" & "Stop Your Half-Steppin' Ma Ma")
  • The Whispers ("Bingo" & All I Ever Do (Is Dream of You)")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Once You Get Started" by Rufus & Chaka Khan
February 8, 1975
22 128
  • Dance Songs: "Express" by B.T. Express, "Boogie On Reggae Woman" by Stevie Wonder, "Take Me To The River" by Al Green
  • Gino Vannelli ("People Gotta Move" & "Powerful People")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Manhattans", Song: "Fire" by The Ohio Players
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan ("Once You Get Started", "Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend)", "Pack'd My Bags" & "Stop On By", "I'm A Woman (I'm A Backbone)"
  • Bohannon ("South African Man")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I Am Love" by The Jackson Five
February 15, 1975
23 129
  • Dance Songs: "Get Dancin'" by Disco-Tex And The Sex-O-Lettes, "Dance The Kung Fu" by Carl Douglas, "Fire" by The Ohio Players
  • Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band ("Is It Real", "One Lie (Leads to Another)")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Jimmy Ruffin", Song: "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
  • Kool & the Gang ("Higher Plane", "Summer Madness", "Rhyme Tyme People")
  • The Jackson Sisters ("Boy, You're Dynamite" & "I Believe In Miracles")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Once You Get Started" by Rufus & Chaka Khan
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
  • Dance Songs: "What I'm Gonna Do With You" by Barry White, "I Didn't Know" by The Three Degrees, "Express" by B.T. Express, "L-O-V-E" by Al Green
  • Sister Sledge ("Circle Of Love" & "Love Don't You Go Through No Changes On Me")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Dionne Warwick", Song: "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Blue Magic ("Never Gonna Get Over You", "Love Has Found Its Way To Me" & "Sideshow")
  • Major Harris ("Love Won't Let Me Wait")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Bad Luck" by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
April 12, 1975
31 137
  • Dance Songs: "Reality" by James Brown, "One Beautiful Day" by Ecstacy Passion & Pain, "Satin Soul" by Love Unlimited Orchestra
  • Barbara Mason ("From His Woman To You" & "Shackin' Up")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Gladys Knight", Song: "My Little Lady" by Bloodstone
  • The Dramatics ("Me, Myself & I," "Me & Mrs. Jones" & "(I'm Going By) The Stars In Your Eyes)"
  • Ben E. King ("Supernatural Thing")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Once You Get Started" by Rufus & Chaka Khan
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
  • Dance Songs: "Shake You Booty" by Bunny Siegler, "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Satin Soul" by Love Unlimited Orchestra, "Bad Luck" by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
  • Greg Perry ("Come On Down", "One For The Road")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "B.T. Express", Song: "Reality" by James Brown
  • Dionne Warwick ("Move Me No Mountain", "Take It From Me" & "Getting In The Way")
  • The Futures ("I Had A Dream")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Glasshouse" by The Temptations
May 10, 1975
35 141 Elton John, Mandrill, Comedian: Karl Grigsby May 17, 1975
36 142 Barry White ("Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe", "What Am I Gonna Do with You" & "You're The First, The Last, My Everything"), Love Unlimited Orchestra ("Love's Theme") May 24, 1975
37 143
  • Dance Songs: "Give The People What They Want" by The O'Jays, "I Didn't Know" by The Three Degrees, "Shakey Ground" by The Temptations, "Dynomite" by Bazuka
  • Leroy Hutson ("All Because Of You" & "So In Love With You")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Barry White", Song "One Beautiful Day" by Ecstasy, Passion & Pain
  • Natural Four ("Heaven Right Here On Earth")
  • Curtis Mayfield ("Billy Jack" & "Jesus")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Bad Luck" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
June 7, 1975
38 144 Smokey Robinson, Betty Wright June 14, 1975
39 145 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes ("To Be True", "Bad Luck" & "Somewhere Down The Line"), The Southshore Commission ("Free Man") (Guest Host: Richard Pryor) June 21, 1975

Season 5 (1975–76)[edit]

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

No. in
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Guests Original air date
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, Leslie Uggams, The Fantastic Four November 1, 1975
12 157
  • Dance Songs: "Hooked For Life" by Trammps, "Messin' With My Mind" by LaBelle, "Salsoul Hustle" by Salsoul Orchestra, "Mr. D.J." by Aretha Franklin
  • Merry Clayton ("One More Ride" & "Keep Your Eyes On The Sparrow")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Barry White", Song: "Give It What You Got" by B.T. Express
  • The Spinners ("I've Got To Make It On My Own", "Sadie", "Games People Play" & "Love Don't Love Nobody")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Waterbed" by Herbie Mann
November 8, 1975
13 158
  • Dance Songs: "Love Power" by Willie Hutch, "Mr. D.J." by Aretha Franklin, "Salsoul Hustle" by Salsoul Orchestra
  • The Main Ingredient ("Over You" & "Shame On The World")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Esther Phillips", Song: "Fancy Lady" by Billy Preston
  • War ("Southern Part Of Texas", "Low Rider" & "Lotus Blossom")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Waterbed" by Herbie Mann
November 15, 1975
14 159 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes ("Bad Luck", "Wake Up Everybody"), Esther Phillips ("What A Difference A Day Makes") November 22, 1975
15 160 The Miracles ("Love Machine" & "Do It Baby"), Poison ("Let Me Lay My Funk On You"), Quincy Jones (Special Guest: Nat Adderley) ("Tryin' To Find Out About You" & "Is It Love That We're Missin'") November 29, 1975
16 161
  • Dance Songs: "To Each His Own" by Faith Hope & Charity, "Peace Pipe" by B.T. Express, "Happy" by Eddie Kendricks
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Quincy Jones", Song: "Love Power" by Willie Hutch
  • The Undisputed Truth ("Ma" & "Boogie Bump Boogie")
  • Average White Band ("Cut The Cake," "Person To Person" & "School Boy Crush")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I Love Music" by The O'Jays
December 6, 1975
17 162
  • Dance Songs: "Boogie Fever" by The Sylvers, "We're On The Right Track" by South Shore Commission, "That's The Way (I Like It)" by KC & the Sunshine Band, "That's Life" by Billy Preston
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Sylvers", Song: "Sing A Song" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • David Ruffin ("Walk Away From Love" & "Wild Honey")
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan ("Dance Wit Me," "Ooh I Like Your Loving", "Have A Good Time", "Sweet Thing" & "Fool's Paradise")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I Love Music" by The O'Jays
December 13, 1975
18 163
  • Dance Songs: "Happy" by Eddie Kendricks, "Love Machine" by The Miracles, "Superbad Superslick" by James Brown, "Baby Open The Door" by The Soul Train Gang, "I'm On Fire" by Jim Gilstrap
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Chaka Khan", Song: Is It Love That We're Missin'" by Quincy Jones feat. The Brothers Johnson
  • Freda Payne ("You," "I Hear Rumors" & "Seems So Long")
  • The Whispers ("Little Red Riding Hood" & "In Love Forever")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Boogie Fever" by The Sylvers
December 20, 1975
19 164
  • Dance Songs: "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players, "That's The Way (I Like It)" by KC & The Sunshine Band, "We're On The Right Track" by South Shore Commission, "Superbad Superslick" by James Brown
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Freda Payne", Song: "Happy" by Eddie Kendricks
  • Billy Preston ("That's Life", "Do It While You Can" & "Fancy Lady")
  • The Sylvers ("Free Style" & "Boogie Fever")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Dance Wit Me" by Rufus & Chaka Khan
December 27, 1975
20 165
  • Dance Songs: "Sing A Song" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Boogie Fever" by The Sylvers, "Dance Wit Me" by Rufus & Chaka Khan, " Is It Love That We're Missin'" by Quincy Jones feat. The Brothers Johnson
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Staple Singers", Song: "Full Of Fire" by Al Green
  • Faith, Hope and Charity ("Don't Go Looking For Love" & "To Each His Own")
  • Jeff Perry ("Love Don't Come No Stronger (Than Yours And Mine)")
  • David Bowie ("Golden Years" & "Fame")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I Love Music" by The O'Jays
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
  • Dance Songs: "Train Called Freedom" by South Shore Commission, "Sunny" by Yambú, "Honey I (I'll Live My Life For You)" by George McCrae, "What's the Name of This Funk (Spider Man)" by Ramsey Lewis, "Love Or Leave" by Spinners[13]
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Leon Haywood"; Song: "Let The Music Play" by Barry White
  • Betty Wright ("Slip And Do It" & "Everybody Was Rockin'")
  • The Modulations ("Worth Your Weight In Gold")[14]
  • Wilson Pickett ("The Best Part Of A Man" & "Love Will Keep Us Together")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Let's Go Disco" by Archie Bell & The Drells
March 6, 1976
30 175 Eddie Kendricks, The Temprees March 13, 1976
31 176 Johnnie Taylor ("Somebody's Gettin' It", "Disco Lady", "Running Out Of Lies"), Donna Summer ("Love To Love You Baby", "Could It Be Magic") 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
  • Dance Songs: "That's Where The Happy People Go" by Trammps, "Movin'" by Brass Construction, "Street Talk" by The Bob Crewe Generation, "After The Dance" by Marvin Gaye
  • Ronnie McNeir ("Sagittarian Affair", "I'm Your Lover")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "D. J. Rogers", Song: "Get Up And Boogie (That's Right)" by Silver Convention
  • Kool & The Gang ("Love And Understanding" & "Sugar")
  • Ashford & Simpson ("Tell It All" & "Somebody Told A Lie")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Living For The Weekend" by The O'Jays
May 1, 1976
35 180 The Delfonics, D.J. Rogers, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. 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 (1976–77)[edit]

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

No. in
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Guests Original air date
1 185 Johnnie Taylor, The Tymes August 21, 1976
2 186 The Sylvers, Sun, Special Guest: Frankie Crocker August 28, 1976
3 187
  • Dance Songs: "One Love In My Lifetime" by Diana Ross, "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" by KC and the Sunshine Band, "Who'd She Coo?" by The Ohio Players, "Get The Funk Out Ma Face" by The Brothers Johnson, "Message In Our Music" by The O'Jays
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Aretha Franklin", Song: "Getaway" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Melba Moore ("This Is It", "Lean On Me" & "Free")
  • The Whispers ("One For The Money" & "Living Together (In Sin)")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "You Should Be Dancing" by The Bee Gees
September 4, 1976
4 188 The O'Jays ("Message In Our Music", "Stairway To Heaven" & "I Love Music"), Thelma Houston ("The Bingo Long Song (Steal On Home)" & "Razzle Dazzle") 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. ("I Hope We Get To Love In Time", "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)" & "You Can't Change My Heart"), Deniece Williams ("Free" & "It's Important To Me") October 23, 1976
11 195 The Undisputed Truth, Impact, Carol Douglas October 30, 1976
12 196 The Four Tops ("Love Don't Come Easy", "Catfish" & "Feel Free") Vicki Sue Robinson ("Daylight" & "Turn The Beat Around") November 6, 1976
13 197
  • Dance Songs: "Enjoy Yourself" by The Jacksons, "Black Man" by Stevie Wonder, "I Like to Do It" by KC & The Sunshine Band, "Car Wash" by Rose Royce, "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots[15]
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Ronnie Dyson"; Song: "What Was I Thinkin' In My head" by Sly and the Family Stone
  • Ronnie Dyson ("(I Like Being) Close To You" & "The More You Do It (The More I Like It Done To Me)")
  • Interview: Stephen Burrows
  • Aretha Franklin ("Jump" & "Sparkle")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Message In Our Music" by O'Jays (with a fake fight)
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
  • Dance Songs: "Open Sesame" by Kool & The Gang, "I Wish" by Stevie Wonder, "Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)" by The O'Jays, "Shake Your Rump To The Funk by The Bar-Kays
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Sylvers", Song: "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love" by The Emotions
  • Donna Summer ("Spring Affair" & "Winter Melody")
  • The Moments ("Come In Girl", "With You" & "I Don't Want To Go")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "High School Dance" by The Sylvers
December 25, 1976
20 204 January 1, 1977
21 205 The Sylvers, Donald Byrd & the Blackbyrds January 8, 1977
22 206 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 Emotions, 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 March 12, 1977
31 215 March 19, 1977
32 216 Melba Moore, Joe Tex March 26, 1977
33 217
  • Dance Songs: "Dancing", "Ha Cha Cha" by Brass Construction
  • Gwen McCrae ("Damn Right It's Good" & "Tears On My Pillow")
  • Lonnie Liston Smith ("Space Lady", "Starlite and You")
  • Roy Ayers Ubiquity ("Searching" & "Everybody Loves The Sunshine")
  • Scramble Word: "Barry White", Song: "Disco Lucy" by Wilton Place Street Band
  • Soul Train Line Dance song: medley including "I Can't Help Myself", "Uptight" by Stevie Wonder, "Stop In The Name Of Love" by The Supremes, and others.
April 2, 1977
34 218
  • Dance Songs: "The Pride" by The Isley Brothers, "I Gotta Keep Dancin'" by Carrie Lucas, "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, "Super Band" by Kool & The Gang[17]
  • Enchantment ("Gloria", "Hold On")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Emotions"; Song: "I'm Qualified To Satisfy You" by Barry White
  • B.T. Express ("Expose Yourself" & "We Got It Together")
  • Letta Mbulu ("Music Man" & "Many Rains Ago (Oluwa)")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Uptown Festival" by Shalamar
April 9, 1977
35 219 Archie Bell & the Drells, Brainstorm April 16, 1977
36 220 Teddy Pendergrass, Double Exposure April 23, 1977
37 221
  • Dance Songs: "Got To Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye, "Do What You Wanna Do" by T-Connection, "Super Band" by Kool & the Gang, "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC & the Sunshine Band
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Commodores", Song: "I Gotta Keep Dancin' (Keep Smiling)" by Carrie Lucas
  • Lakeside ("If I Didn't Have You" & "Shine On (Lift Your Spirit Higher)")
  • Smokey Robinson ("Vitamin U", "There Will Come A Day (I'm Gonna Happen To You)" & "Let's Do The Dance Of Life Together")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Uptown Festival" by Shalamar
April 30, 1977
38 222 Marvin Gaye May 7, 1977
39 223 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Side Effect May 14, 1977

Season 7 (1977–78)[edit]

No. in
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series
Guests Original air date
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 ("A Real Mother For Ya", "Tarzan", "Lover Jones") The Whispers ("Make It With You", "I'm Gonna Make You My Wife") September 10, 1977
5 228 Tyrone Davis, Dorothy Moore September 17, 1977
6 229 The Dramatics, Tata Vega September 24, 1977
7 230
  • Dance Songs: ""O-H-I-O"" by The Ohio Players, "Turn This Mutha Out" by Idris Muhammad, "Wrap You Arms Around Me" by KC and the Sunshine Band, "Devil's Gun" by C. J. & Company, "Look What You've Done To My Heart" by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.[18]
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Reggie Jackson; Song: "Deeper" by New Birth
  • Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly ("While I'm Alone" & "Lady Of Magic")
  • The Emotions ("Rejoice," "Don't Ask My Neighbors" & "Best Of My Love")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I Feel Love" by Donna Summer
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
  • Dance Songs: "Any Way You Want Me" by The Sylvers, "Serpentine Fire" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "More Than a Woman" by Tavares, "As" by Stevie Wonder, "Brick House" by Commodores
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: James Harris; Song: "Come Go With Me!!" by Pockets
  • Sister Sledge ("Baby, It's the Rain" & "As")
  • Brick ("Dusic", "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" & "Happy")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Galaxy" by War
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
  • Dance Songs: "Which Way Is Up" by Stargard, "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" by Chic, "I Love You" by Donna Summer, "Come Go With Me" by Pockets[19]
  • Ronnie Laws ("Friends And Strangers" & "Always There")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Walter Payton"; Song: "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" by Brick
  • Freda Payne ("Love Magnet", "Master Of Love" & "Stares And Whispers")
  • Morris Jefferson ("Spank Your Blank Blank")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Galaxy" by War
January 14, 1978
23 246 The Sylvers, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs January 21, 1978
24 247 Bill Withers, Odyssey January 28, 1978
25 248
  • Dance Songs: "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" by Chic, "To Hot To Trot" by The Commodores, "Jupiter" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Junkie To My Music" by Lonnie Jordan, "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" by Brick
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Tom Bradley; Song: "Baby, Baby My Love's All For You" by Deniece Williams
  • Michael Henderson ("Won't You Be Mine" & "Let Me Love You")
  • L.T.D. ("Never Get Enough Of Your Love", "(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again" & "We Party Hardy")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Which Way Is Up" by Stargard
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 Emotions, Mandrill April 29, 1978
38 261 Smokey Robinson, Patti Austin May 6, 1978
39 262 Cuba Gooding, Lenny Williams May 13, 1978

Season 8 (1978–79)[edit]

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.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 263 The O'Jays ("Used Ta Be My Girl", "Brandy", "Cry Together"), Etta James ("Sugar On The Floor", "Laying Beside You") August 19, 1978
2 264
  • Dance Songs: "Used Ta Be My Girl" by The O'Jays, "Stuff Like That" by Quincy Jones, "Runaway Love" by Linda Clifford,"Don't Stop Get Off" by The Sylvers, "Smile" by The Emotions[20]
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Yaphet Kotto", Song: "Miss You" by The Rolling Stones
  • The Dells ("Superwoman" & "My Life Is So Wonderful (When You're Around)")
  • The Brothers Johnson ("Blam!", "Ain't We Funkin' Now" & "Ride-O-Rocket")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Only You" by Teddy Pendergrass
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) ("Serpentine Fire", "Fantasy")/ Heaven & Earth September 16, 1978
6 268
  • Dance Songs: "Holding On (When Love is Gone) by L.T.D., "Get Off" by Foxy, "If You Wanna Do A Dance" by The Spinners, "Strokety Stroke" by The O'Jays, "Smile" by The Emotions[21]
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Paul Robeson", Song: "Blam!" by The Brothers Johnson
  • D.J. Rogers ("Love Brought Me Back" & "When Love Is Gone")
  • Rose Royce ("Do It, Do It" & "I'm In Love (And I Love The Feeling)")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Only You" by Teddy Pendergrass
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
  • Dance Songs: "One Nation Under A Groove" by Funkadelic, "Strokety Stroke" by The O'Jays, "Got To Get You Into My Life" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Get Off" by Foxy, "Don't Stop, Get Off" by The Sylvers
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Leslie Uggams", Song: "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness" by Barry White
  • Atlantic Starr ("Stand Up" & "Being In Love With You Is So Much Fun")
  • Freda Payne ("Livin' For The Beat", "Happy Days Are Here Again" & "Falling In Love")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Only You" by Teddy Pendergrass
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
  • Dance Songs: "Le Freak" by Chic, "Got to Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn, "Now That We Found Love" by Third World, "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan, "Sha La La Means I Love You" by Barry White, "Take That to the Bank" by Shalamar[22]
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Azie Morton", song: "I'm Just Cooling Out" by Jerry Butler
  • The McCrarys ("Don't Wear Yourself Out" & "You")
  • Switch ("There'll Never Be" & "We Like To Party...Come On")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Look At Her" by Barry White
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 ("Shake Your Groove Thing", "Reunited"), Captain Sky January 27, 1979
25 287 The Jacksons February 3, 1979
26 288 Pattie Brooks, David Oliver February 10, 1979
27 289
  • Dance Songs: "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground" by The Jacksons, "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" by Rod Stewart, "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches & Herb, "Knock On Wood" by Amii Stewart, "Keep On Dancing" by Gary's Gang[23]
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Rick James", Song: "I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet" by Gonzalez
  • Joe Simon ("Love Vibration" & "Going Through These Changes")
  • Cheryl Lynn ("Got To Be Real" & "Star Love")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Contact" by Edwin Starr
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
  • Dance Songs: "Bustin' Loose" by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, "I Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet" by Gonzalez, "Heaven Knows" by Donna Summer, "Anger" by Marvin Gaye, "Aqua Boogie" by Parliament[24]
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Lorraine Hansberry, Song: "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart
  • Gloria Gaynor ("I Will Survive" & "Anybody Wanna Party?")
  • Spotlight Dance Routine: Cheryl Song & Randy Thomas, Song "Keep On Dancin'" by Gary's Gang
  • Gino Vannelli ("I Just Wanna Stop" & "Wheels Of Life")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "All Night Dancin'" by The Jacksons
March 10, 1979
31 293
  • Dance Songs: "At Midnight" by T-Connection, "Keep On Dancing" by Gary's Gang, "Souvenirs" by Voyage, "Disco Nights" by GQ[25]
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Jamal Wilkes; Song: "Contact" by Edwin Starr
  • Arpeggio ("Love & Desire" & "Spellbound")
  • Spotlight Dance Routine: Janice Carr & Abe Clark, Song: "Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet" by Gonzalez
  • The Bar-Kays ("Holy Ghost" & "Shine")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Knock On Wood" by Amii Stewart
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 (1979–80)[edit]

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

No. in
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No. in
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Guests Original air date
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
  • Dance Songs: It's a Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop) by The Isley Brothers, "Do You Love What You Feel" by Rufus & Chaka Khan, "Lover And Friend" by Minnie Riperton, "How Did You Know It Was Me?" by Barry White, "Deja Vu" by Dionne Warwick
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Jesse Jackson, Song: In The Stone by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Teena Marie ("Don't Look Back" & "I'm A Sucker For Your Love" as a duet with Rick James)
  • Spotlight Dance Routine: Larry "Bobcat" Jeffries, Song "Ladies Night" by Kool & the Gang
  • Rick James & the Stone City Band ("Fool On The Street" & "Love Gun")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson
October 20, 1979
7 309 Billy Preston, Creme D'Coca October 27, 1979
8 310 The Bar Kays ("Move Your Funky Body", "You've Been"), McFadden & Whitehead ("Ain't No Stopping Us Now","I've Been Pushed Aside), 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 ("A Song For Donny" & "Homemade Lovin'") Vernon Burch ("Never Can Find A Way (Hot Love)" & "Once Again In My Life"), Comedian: Tom Dreesen November 24, 1979
12 314 Tribute to Aretha Franklin December 1, 1979
13 315 Johnnie Taylor, Lakeside December 8, 1979
14 316 A Salute to The Commodores December 15, 1979
15 317 A Salute to War February 2, 1980
16 318 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
  • Dance Songs: "Got to Love Somebody Today" by Sister Sledge, "Don't Push It Don't Force It" by Leon Haywood, "You Are My Heaven" by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, "Let's Boogie, Let's Dance" by The Spinners, "Do That To Me One More Time" by Captain & Tennille
  • Con Funk Shun ("Got To Be Enough" & "Spirit Of Love")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Bessie Smith", Song: Masterjam by Chaka Khan & Rufus
  • Spotlight Dance Routine: Bobcat and Anton dancing to "And the Beat Goes On" by The Whispers
  • The Spinners ("Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl" & "Body Language")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Love Injection" by Trussel
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 (1980–81)[edit]

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

No. in
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No. in
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Guests Original air date
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 October 11, 1980
5 339
  • Dance Songs: "Lovely One" by The Jacksons, "Let Me Talk" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Pop What You Got" by One Way
  • Tyrone Davis ("How Sweet It Is" & "Overdue")
  • Comedian: Tom Dreesen
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Billy Simms, Song: "Give It On Up (If You Want To)" by Mtume
  • Teena Marie ("I Need Your Lovin'" & "Behind The Groove")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Wide Receiver" by Michael Henderson
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
  • Dance Songs: "Give It To Me Baby" by Rick James, "What Cha' Gonna Do for Me" by Chaka Kahn, "Ai No Corrida" by Quincy Jones, "Call It What You Want" by Bill Summers & Summers Heat[26]
  • Patrice Rushen ("Never Gonna Give You Up" & "I Need Your Love")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Billie Holliday", song: "Make That Move" by Shalamar
  • Spotlight Dance routine: Shabba Doo; song: "Get Tough" by Kleeer
  • Sugarhill Gang ("8th Wonder" & "Rapper's Delight")
  • Soul Train Line Dance song: "Superlove" by Skyy
May 16, 1981
28 362
  • Dance Songs: ""You're Lying" by Linx, "Superlove" by Skyy, "Make That Move" by Shalamar, "Take It To The Top" by Kool & The Gang[27]
  • Funkadelic ("Connections And Disconnections" & "Who's A Funkadelic?")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Roberta Flack, Song: "Paradise" by Change
  • Soul Train History Book: Joe Tex "I Gotcha" (from episode #20)
  • Betty Wright ("What Are You Going To Do With It?" & "I Like Your Loving")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Give It To Me Baby" by Rick James
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 (1981–82)[edit]

For this season, Soul Train tapings were moved to the Charlie Chaplin Studios, after spending its first decade in Hollywood at Metromedia Square.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 367 Barry White, Glodean White September 19, 1981
2 368 The Emotions, 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
  • Dance Songs: "Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Saturday, Saturday Night" by Zoom, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" by Diana Ross, "Snapshot" by Slave
  • The Time ("Get It Up" & "Cool")
  • Comedian: James Wesley Jackson
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Ray Charles", Song: "This Kind Of Lovin'" by The Whispers
  • Patti LaBelle ("Family" & "Over The Rainbow")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Inside You (Part I & II)" by The Isley Brothers
November 14, 1981
10 376
  • Dance Songs: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" by Diana Ross, "Steppin' Out" by Kool & The Gang, "Let's Dance (Make Your Body Move)" by West Street Mob
  • George Benson ("Turn Your Love Around" & "Love X Love")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Dusty Baker", Song: "Sweeter As The Days Go By" by Shalamar
  • Soul Train History Book: The Floaters ("Float On")
  • Patti Austin ("Do You Love Me?" & "Every Home Should Have One")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Saturday, Saturday Night" by Zoom
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 Zoom (band), Syreeta, Soul Train History Book: Deniece Williams and Johnny Mathis 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
  • Dance Songs: "Work That Sucker to Death" by Xavier, "You're The One for Me" by D-Train, "The Gigolo" by O'Bryan, "Genius Of Love" by Tom Tom Club
  • Ray Parker, Jr. ("The Other Woman" & "Street Love")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Ralph Sampson"; Song: "Let's Work" by Prince
  • Soul Train History Book: Smokey Robinson
  • Sister Sledge ("My Guy")
  • Kathy Sledge & David Simmons ("All The Man I Need")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Let It Whip" by Dazz Band
May 1, 1982
23 389 Lakeside, Sheree Brown, Soul Train History Book: Bobby Bland, James Brown and B.B. King May 8, 1982
24 390 George Duke, D-Train May 15, 1982
25 391
  • Dance Songs: "Freaky Behavior" by The Bar-Kays, "You're The One For Me" by D Train, "Tell Me Tomorrow" by Smokey Robinson, "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club [28]
  • O'Bryan ("Still Water" & "The Gigolo")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Coretta King", Song: "Work That Sucker To Death" by Xavier
  • Soul Train History Book: Chairmen of the Board ("Pay to the Piper")
  • War ("You Got The Power" & "Outlaw")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Let It Whip" by Dazz Band
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
  • Dance Songs: "Do I Do" by Stevie Wonder, "Early In The Morning" by The Gap Band, "Let It Whip" by Dazz Band, "Work That Body" by Diana Ross
  • Patrice Rushen ("Forget Me Nots" & "If Only")
  • Scramble Word: Jesse Jackson; Song: "Standing On The Top" by Temptations
  • Soul Train History Book: Marvin Gaye "Let's Get It On" (from Soul Train episode #89)
  • Cameo ("Be Yourself" & "Flirt")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Outlaw" by War
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
  • Dance Songs: "Standing On The Top" by The Temptations, "Outlaw" by War, "Early In The Morning" by The Gap Band
  • A Taste of Honey ("I'll Try Something New" & "We've Got The Groove")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Bill Cosby"; Song: "Old Fashioned Love" by Smokey Robinson
  • Soul Train History Book: Al Green ("Let's Stay Together" from Soul Train #21, 19-Feb-1972)
  • Jeffrey Osborne ("I Really Don't Need No Light" & "Baby")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Let It Whip" by Dazz Band
July 10, 1982

Season 12 (1982–83)[edit]

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.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 399 A Tribute to Joe Tex, Special Guest/Co Host: Barry White October 16, 1982
2 400 Evelyn "Champagne" King, The Emotions, George Wallace (American comedian) 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 ("A House Is Not A Home", "If This World Were Mine" as a duet with Cheryl Lynn, "Bad Boy/Having A Party")
  • Cheryl Lynn ("I Just Wanna Be Your Fantasy")
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
  • Dance Songs: "She's Just A Groupie" by Bobby Nunn, "Young Love" by Janet Jackson, "Change" by Barry White, "Muscles" by Diana Ross
  • Vanity 6 ("Nasty Girl" & "He's So Dull")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Stevie Wonder"; Song: "Do Wah Ditty" by Zapp
  • Soul Train History Book: Frankie Valli
  • Carl Carlton ("Baby, I Need Your Loving" & "Swing That Sexy Thang")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "1999" by Prince
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
  • Dance Songs: "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" by Michael Jackson, "We Got The Juice" by Attitude, "Tonight" by The Whispers, "Too Tough" by Angela Bofill[29]
  • Yarbrough & Peoples ("Heartbeats" & "Feels So Good")
  • Robert "Goodie" Whitfield ("Do Something")
  • The Gap Band ("Outstanding" & "You Dropped A Bomb On Me")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I'm Freaky" by O'Bryan
May 7, 1983
15 413
  • Dance Songs: "Fall In Love With Me" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "I'm Freaky" by O'Bryan
  • DeBarge ("I Like It" & "All This Love")
  • Champaign ("Try Again" & "Let Your Body Rock")
  • Soul Train History Book: Ramsey Lewis "That's The Way Of The World" (from episode #156)
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Eubie Blake"; song: "On The One For Fun" by Dazz Band
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: Too Tough by Angela Bofill
May 14, 1983
16 414 May 21, 1983
17 415 Angela Bofill ("Too Tough" & "Tonight I Give In"), Con Funk Shun ("Love's Train" & "You Are the One"), 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[31] July 16, 1983

Season 13 (1983–84)[edit]

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

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 423
  • Dance Songs: "Cold Blooded" by Rick James, "Get It Right" by Aretha Franklin, "Just Be Good To Me" by S.O.S. Band
  • Philip Bailey ("I Know" & "Your Boyfriend's Back")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Frank Robinson", Song: "High-Rise" by Ashford & Simpson
  • Soul Train History Book: Kool & the Gang ("Funky Stuff", from episode 36)
  • The Manhattans ("Crazy" & "Forever By Your Side")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock
October 15, 1983
2 424
  • Dance Songs: "Get It Right" by Aretha Franklin, "I Can Make You Dance" by Zapp, "Crazy" by The Manhattans
  • Jeffrey Osborne ("Don't You Get So Mad" & "Stay With Me Tonight")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Jesse Jackson", Song: "Just Be Good To Me" by The S.O.S. Band
  • Special Guest: T.K. Carter
  • Midnight Star ("Freak-A-Zoid" & "Wet My Whistle")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Cold Blooded" by Rick James
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
  • Dance Songs: "Kick It Live from 9-5" by The Sugarhill Gang, "Show Me The Way" by Skyy, "Cold Blooded" by Rick James, "Don't You Get So Mad" by Jeffrey Osborne
  • Klique ("Stop Doggin' Me Around" & "Burning Hot")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Mary Bethune", Song: "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus & Chaka Khan
  • Soul Train History Book: Jermaine Jackson ("Daddy's Home", from episode 35)
  • Jennifer Holliday ("I Am Love" & "Just Let Me Wait")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock
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
  • Dance Songs: "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, "I'm Ready (If You're Ready)" by The Gap Band, "Tell Me If You Still Care" by The S.O.S. Band, "Heartbreaker" by Zapp
  • Tavares ("Deeper In Love" & "Words And Music")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Martin Luther King", Song: "Delirious" by Prince
  • Special Guests: Hal Jackson and Talented Teen Winner: Delise Jones
  • Kool & the Gang ("Joanna" & "Tonight")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Put Our Heads Together" by The O'Jays
December 17, 1983
11 433 The Commodores, Anita Baker, Music Video: Herbie Hancock December 24, 1983
12 434
  • Dance Songs: "Heartbreaker" by Zapp, "Private Party" by Bobby Nunn, "Wet My Whistle" by Midnight Star[32]
  • James Ingram ("Party Animal" & "She Loves Me")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Jeffrey Osborne", Song: "Put Our Heads Together" by The O'Jays
  • Soul Train History Book: Tower of Power ("What Is Hip?")
  • Atlantic Starr ("Touch A Four Leaf Clover" & "Yours Forever")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Automatic Man" by Michael Sembello
December 31, 1983
13 435 Cheryl Lynn, Con Funk Shun January 14, 1984
14 436
  • Dance Songs: "Action" by Evelyn "Champagne" King, "Joystick" by The Dazz Band, "Nubian Nut" by George Clinton[33]
  • New Edition ("Candy Girl" & "Jealous Girl")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Andrew Young, Song: "Say It Isn't So" by Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • Music Video: Paul McCartney & Michael JacksonSay Say Say
  • Ray Parker, Jr. ("I Still Can't Get Over Loving You" & "In The Heat Of The Night")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I Wanted Your Love" by Luther Vandross
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
  • Dance Songs: "Lovelite" by O'Bryan, "Freakshow On The Dance Floor" by The Bar-Kays, "She's Strange" by Cameo
  • Run-D.M.C. ("Rock Box" & "Jam Master Jay")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: John Thompson, Song: "Don't Look Any Further" by Dennis Edwards feat. Siedah Garrett
  • Music Video: Huey Lewis and the News ("The Heart Of Rock & Roll")
  • The Dazz Band ("Joystick" & "Swoop (I’m Yours)")
  • Special Guest: Jesse Peralez
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Dancing In The Sheets" by Shalamar
June 16, 1984
28 450 Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., The Deele, Kim Fields June 23, 1984

Season 14 (1984–85)[edit]

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Guests Original air date
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
  • Dance Songs: "Centipede" by Rebbie Jackson, "No Favors" by Temper, "The Glamorous Life" by Sheila E., "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince[34]
  • Alicia Myers ("You Get The Best From Me (Say Say Say)" & "Appreciation")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Nell Carter", song: "Blue Jean" by David Bowie
  • Mr. T (Gives a speech, then sings "Mr. T's Commandments")
  • Jeffrey Osborne ("Don't Stop" & "The Borderlines")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Torture" by The Jacksons
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 December 15, 1984
14 464 January 5, 1985
15 465
  • Dance Songs: "Treat Her Like A Lady" by The Temptations, "Request Line" by Rock Master Scott, "The Borderlines" by Jeffrey Osborne, "Misled" by Kool & The Gang
  • Whodini ("The Freaks Come Out At Night" & "Friends")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Willie Brown"; Song: "Jamie" by Ray Parker Jr.
  • Music Video: Daryl Hall & John Oates ("Out Of Touch")
  • Teena Marie ("We've Got To Stop Meeting Like This" in duet with Ronnie McNeir & "Lovergirl")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Operator" by Midnight Star
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
  • Dance Songs: "Neutron Dance" by The Pointer Sisters, "Back In Stride" by Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, "Easy Lover" by Phillip Bailey feat. Phil Collins, "Scientific Love" by Midnight Star
  • Johnnie Taylor ("Lady My Whole World Is You" & "L.O.V.E.")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Ralph Sampson, Song: "Outta The World" by Ashford & Simpson
  • Music Video: Sade ("Smooth Operator")
  • Klymaxx ("Meeting In The Ladies Room" & "The Men All Pause")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Beep A Freak" by The Gap Band
March 23, 1985
23 473 Jesse Johnson, LeVert March 30, 1985
24 474 Ray, Goodman & Brown, Glenn Jones April 6, 1985
25 475 April 13, 1985
26 476 Don Henley, Whitney Houston, Comedian: Marsha Warfield 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 (1985–86)[edit]

The program returned to its former taping location at Metromedia Square, from its previous location at the Charlie Chaplin Studios; the show's taping would stay for only one year.

No. in
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Guests Original air date
1 483 Go West, Rosie Gaines, Music Video: Aretha Franklin October 5, 1985
2 484 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
  • Dance Songs: "You Wear It Well" by El DeBarge, "Count Me Out" by New Edition, "Frustration" by Rosie Gaines
  • Stephanie Mills ("Stand Back" & "Automatic Passion")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Diahann Carroll", Song: "Stop Playing On Me" by Vikki Love With Nuance
  • Howard Jones ("Like To Get To Know You Well" & "Bounce Right Back")
  • Soul Train Line Dance: "Digital Display" by Ready For The World
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
  • Dance Songs: "Crush On You" by The Jets, "Kiss" by Prince, "I'm Your Man" by Wham!, "Legs" by Art Of Noise
  • LL Cool J (I Can't Live Without My Radio" & "Rock The Bells")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Phillis Wheatley", Song: "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston
  • Five Star ("System Addict" & "Love Take Over")
  • Soul Train Line Dance: "Hot" by Roy Ayers
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
  • Dance Songs: "Do It To Me Good (Tonight)" by Michael Henderson, "Another Night" by Aretha Franklin, "I'm Not Gonna Let You (Get The Best Of Me)" by Colonel Abrams
  • Zapp ("Computer Love" & "Itchin' For Your Twitchin'")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "William Gray", Song: "Kiss" by Prince
  • Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam ("All Cried Out")
  • Meli'sa Morgan ("Do Me Baby" & "Do You Still Love Me?")
  • Soul Train Line Dance: "Crush On You" by The Jets
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 June 14, 1986
28 510 Philip Bailey, The Controllers June 21, 1986

Season 16 (1986–87)[edit]

The program moved to its location at Hollywood Center Studios, and would remain there until season 22.

No. in
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Guests Original air date
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
  • Dance Songs: "Sweet Freedom" by Michael McDonald, "Typical Male" by Tina Turner, "Word Up" by Cameo, "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
  • James Ingram ("Always")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "William Gray"; Song: "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent" by Gwen Guthrie
  • Music Video: Lionel Richie ("Dancing On The Ceiling")
  • LeVert ("(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind" & "Fascination")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Love Of A Lifetime" by Chaka Khan
October 11, 1986
5 515 Jean Carne, Glenn Jones October 18, 1986
6 516 October 25, 1986
7 517 Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, Beau Williams November 1, 1986
8 518 Millie Jackson, Whodini November 8, 1986
9 519 November 15, 1986
10 520 Luther Vandross ("Give Me The Reason", "Stop To Love", "Wait For Love") (Played for the dancers: "Never Too Much", "I'll Let You Slide") November 22, 1986
11 521
  • Dance songs: "Talk To Me" by Chico DeBarge, "Control" by Janet Jackson, "Shiver" by George Benson, "Jealousy" by Club Nouveau
  • Krystol ("Precious, Precious" & "Passion From A Woman")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Michael Jordan"; Song: "Gravity" by James Brown
  • Music Video: "Victory" by Kool & The Gang
  • Timex Social Club ("Rumors" & "Mixed Up World")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Nail It To The Wall" by Stacy Lattisaw
November 29, 1986
12 522
  • Dance Songs: "Control" by Janet Jackson, "Gravity" by James Brown, "Sweet Love" by Anita Baker, "Talk To Me" by Chico DeBarge
  • Ready For The World ("Love You Down" & "Mary Goes Round")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Harold Washington"; Song: "For Tonight" by Nancy Martinez
  • Music Video: Cameo (band) ("Candy")
  • Rebbie Jackson ("Reaction" & "Ticket To Love")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Crazay" by Jesse Johnson
December 6, 1986
13 523 Klymaxx ("Divas Need Love Too" and "Sexy"), Club Nouveau ("Jealousy"), Bobby Brown ("Girlfriend" and "Girl Next Door") 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 ("Slow Down"), George Howard January 3, 1987
17 527 O'Bryan, Beastie Boys, Music Video: Robbie Nevil March 7, 1987
18 528
  • Dance Songs: "She (I Can't Resist)" by Jesse Johnson, "If I Say Yes" by Five Star, "Serious" by Donna Allen
  • James Cleveland and the Cleveland Singers ("Sunshine Follows Rain" & "Love Is Only One Prayer Away")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Anita Baker"; Song: "Candy" by Cameo
  • The Rose Brothers ("Easy Love")
  • Grace Jones ("I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)" & "Crush")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "He Wants My Body" by Starpoint
March 14, 1987
19 529
  • Dance Songs: "Take It From Me" by The Commodores, "Serious" by Donna Allen, "Candy" by Cameo, "Respect Yourself" by Bruce Willis
  • Rose Royce ("It Doesn't Have To Be This Way" & "Lonely Road")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Spud Webb"; Song: "Save The Best For Me" by Bunny DeBarge
  • Music Video: Jody Watley ("Looking For A New Love")
  • Chico DeBarge ("Talk To Me" & "The Girl Next Door")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "She (I Can't Resist)" by Jesse Johnson
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
  • Dance Songs: "Rock-A-Lott" by Aretha Franklin, "D.Y.B.O." by Starpoint, "Never Say Never" by Deniece Williams
  • 4 By Four ("Want You For My Girlfriend" & "Don't Put The Blame On Me")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Jody Watley"; Song: "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston
  • Carrie McDowell ("Uh Uh No No Casual Sex")
  • The Whispers ("Rock Steady" & "In The Mood")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Baby, Let's Kiss" by Jesse Johnson
June 13, 1987
32 542
  • Dance Songs: "Diamonds" by Herb Alpert, "Baby, Let's Kiss" by Jesse Johnson, "Are You Man Enough" by Five Star
  • Lakeside ("Relationship" & "To Be Your Lover")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Cardiss Collins"; Song: "Wot's It To Ya" by Robbie Nevil
  • The Cover Girls ("Show Me")
  • Cheryl Lynn ("New Dress" & "If You Were Mine")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Rock-A-Lott" by Aretha Franklin
June 20, 1987

Season 17 (1987–88)[edit]

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

No. in
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Guests Original air date
1 543
  • Dance Songs: "U Got The Look" by Prince, "Love Will Save The Day" by Whitney Houston, "Jam Tonight" by Freddie Jackson
  • Jody Watley ("Don't You Want Me?" & "Some Kind Of Lover")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Percy Sutton"; Song: "How Soon We Forget" by Colonel Abrams
  • LeVert ("Casanova" & "My Forever Love")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Fake" by Alexander O'Neal
September 19, 1987
2 544
  • Dance Songs: "Jump Start (My Heart)" by Natalie Cole, "How Soon We Forget" by Colonel Abrams, "Love Will Save The Day" by Whitney Houston
  • Alexander O'Neal ("Fake" & "Criticize")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Eric Davis"; Song: "Love Power" by Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne
  • Shalamar ("Circumstantial Evidence" & "Games")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "The Pleasure Principle" by Janet Jackson
September 26, 1987
3 545 Five Star, Babyface, Music Video: Madonna October 3, 1987
4 546
  • Dance Songs: "Cross My Broken Heart" by The Jets, "Jump Start (My Heart)" by Natalie Cole, "Fake" by Alexander O'Neal
  • La La ("My Love Is On The Money" & "We'll Keep Strivin'" in duet with Bernard Wright)
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Ahmad Rashad"; Song: "Jam Tonight" by Freddie Jackson
  • Giorge Pettus ("My Night For Love")
  • Atlantic Starr ("One Lover At A Time" & "All In The Name Of Love")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "How Soon We Forget" by Colonel Abrams
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
  • Dance Songs: "How Soon We Forget" by Colonel Abrams, "Jump Start (My Heart)" by Natalie Cole, "Don't You Want Me" by Jody Watley
  • Madame X ("Just That Type Of Girl" & "I'm Weak For You")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Gordon Parks Sr.", Song: "Crazy Love" by Nancy Martinez
  • Marlon Jackson ("Don't Go" & "Baby Tonight")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Bad" by Michael Jackson
October 31, 1987
8 550 DeBarge, Jonathan Butler November 7, 1987
9 551
  • Dance Songs: "System Of Survival" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Bad" by Michael Jackson, "Sho' You Right" by Barry White
  • Whodini ("Be Yourself" & "Life Is Like A Dance")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Marla Gibbs", Song: "Skeletons" by Stevie Wonder
  • Lace ("My Love Is Deep")
  • Freddie Jackson ("Look Around" & "Jam Tonight")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston
November 14, 1987
10 552 LL Cool J, Meli'sa Morgan, Sting November 21, 1987
11 553
  • Dance Songs: "Sho' You Right" by Barry White, "System Of Survival" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Skeletons" by Stevie Wonder[35]
  • Colonel Abrams ("Nameless" & "How Soon We Forget")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Nelson Mandela"; Song: "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston
  • Eric B. & Rakim ("I Know You Got Soul")
  • ABC ("The Night You Murdered Love" & "When Smokey Sings")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Bad" by Michael Jackson
November 28, 1987
12 554
  • Dance Songs: "Skeletons" by Stevie Wonder, "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston, "Another Part Of Me" by Michael Jackson
  • The Jets ("I Do You" & "Cross My Broken Heart")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Ozzie Smith"; Song: "System Of Survival" by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Public Enemy ("Rebel Without A Pause")
  • Kashif ("Love Changes" in duet with Meli'sa Morgan & "Love Me All Over")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Baby Tonight" by Marlon Jackson
December 5, 1987
13 555 Full Force, Angela Winbush, The Controllers January 9, 1988
14 556
  • Tribute to Smokey Robinson
  • Dance Songs: "It's Time To Stop Shoppin' Around" by Smokey Robinson, "Love Don't Give No Reason" by Smokey Robinson, "The Tears Of A Clown" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  • Smokey Robinson ("Just To See Her", "What's Too Much", "If You Asked Me To" & "One Heartbeat")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Smokey Robinson", Song: "Cruisin'" by Smokey Robinson
  • Classic Clip: Smokey Robinson (1982)
  • Pretty Poison ("Catch Me (I'm Falling)")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Vitamin U" by Smokey Robinson
January 16, 1988
15 557 Ray Parker, Jr., Shanice Wilson, Miles Jaye January 23, 1988
16 558
  • Dance Songs: "Fight Like a Brave" by Red Hot Chili Peppers, "So Emotional" by Whitney Houston, "Baby Tonight" by Marlon Jackson[36]
  • Georgio ("Quarter To Nine" & "Lover's Lane")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Willie Brown", Song: "Love Overboard" Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Hal Jackson's Talented Teens Winner: Tammy Townsend
  • Pebbles ("Girlfriend")
  • The Deele ("Two Occasions" & "So Many Thangz")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Get It" by Stevie Wonder feat. Michael Jackson
January 30, 1988
17 559
  • Dance Songs: "Thinking Of You" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson, "Dark 'N' Lovely" by Stevie Wonder
  • Kool Moe Dee ("How You Like Me Now" & "Wild Wild West")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Wynton Marsalis", Song: "I Want Her" by Keith Sweat
  • Angela Winbush and Ronald Isley ("Hello Beloved")
  • Vanity ("Far Away Eyes" & "Undress")
  • Soul Train Line Dance song: "Rocket 2 U" by The Jets
March 5, 1988
18 560
  • Dance Songs: "Rocket 2 U" by The Jets, "Get It" by Stevie Wonder feat. Michael Jackson, "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson, "Kiss" by Total Contrast[37]
  • Miki Howard ("Baby Be Mine" & "Crazy")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Doug Williams; Song: "He Turned Me Out" by The Pointer Sisters
  • Heavy D & the Boyz ("The Overweight Lovers In The House")
  • Lou Rawls ("When Love Walked In The Door" & "I Wish You Belonged To Me")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Thinking Of You" by Earth, Wind & Fire
March 12, 1988
19 561 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
  • Dance Songs: "Lovin' On Next To Nothin'" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Love Struck" by Jesse Johnson, "Get It" by Stevie Wonder feat. Michael Jackson,
  • Jermaine Stewart ("Say It Again" & "Don't Talk Dirty To Me")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Andre Dawson", Song: "Da' Butt" by E.U.
  • The Bus Boys ("Never Giving Up")
  • Pebbles ("Mercedes Boy" & "Do Me Right")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson
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
  • Dance Songs: "Evil Roy" by Earth, Wind & Fire, "Love Struck" by Jesse Johnson, "Wild Wild West" by Kool Moe Dee, "Alphabet St." by Prince
  • Teena Marie ("Ooh La La La" & "Work It")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Frank Robinson"; Song: "Just Got Paid" by Johnny Kemp
  • Guy ("Groove Me")
  • Junior ("Yes... (If You Want Me)" & "Say That You Care")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Frank Robinson"; Song: "Just Got Paid" by Johnny Kemp
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Mercedes Boy" by Pebbles
May 28, 1988
30 572
  • Dance Songs: "Alphabet St." by Prince, "Mercedes Boy" by Pebbles, "My Girl" by Suave, "Da Butt" by E.U.
  • Al B. Sure! ("Nite And Day" & "Off On Your Own Girl")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Pat Riley"; Song: "Most Of All" by Jody Watley
  • Siedah Garrett ("K.I.S.S.I.N.G.")
  • Gregory Abbott ("I'll Prove It To You" & "Let Me Be Your Hero")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Just Got Paid" by Johnny Kemp
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 (1988–89)[edit]

No. in
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Guests Original air date
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
  • Dance Songs: "She's On The Left" by Jeffrey Osborne, "Roses Are Red" by The Mac Band, "Groove Me" by Guy
  • Paula Abdul ("(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me" & "Knocked Out")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Alvin Ailey", Song: "Sleepless Weekend" by Howard Huntsberry
  • New Edition ("You're Not My Kind Of Girl" & "N.E. Heart Break")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Loosey's Rap" by Rick James
October 15, 1988
5 579
  • Dance Songs: "Static" by James Brown, "My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown, "Don't Rock The Boat" by Midnight Star, "Single Girls" by The Dazz Band[38]
  • Brenda Russell ("Get Here" & "Piano In The Dark")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Freddie Jackson", Song: "Take Your Time" by Pebbles
  • The Boys ("Dial My Heart")
  • The Commodores ("Solitaire" & "Homeless")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Groove Me" by Guy
October 22, 1988
6 580 Deniece Williams, Midnight Star, Kiara October 29, 1988
7 581
  • Dance Songs: "My Prerogative" by Bobby Brown, "Single Girls" by Dazz Band, "Take Your Time" by Pebbles[39]
  • The Mac Band ("Stuck" & "Roses Are Red")
  • Soul Train Scramble Board: "Ben Johnson", Song: "Nightmare On My street" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
  • Giant Steps ("Another Lover")
  • Jeffrey Osborne ("She's On The Left" & "You Can't Go Back On A Promise")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Static" by James Brown
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: Keenen Ivory Wayans January 28, 1989
16 590
  • Dance Songs: "Language Of Love" by Karyn White, "Snake In The Grass" by Midnight Star, "The Lover In Me" by Sheena Easton, "Him Or Me" by Today
  • Cherrelle ("Everything I Miss At Home" & "Affair")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Alex Haley", Song: "Smooth Criminal" by Michael Jackson
  • Robert Brookins & Stephanie Mills ("Where Is The Love")
  • Starpoint ("Say You Will" & "Tough Act To Follow")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Teddy's Jam" by Guy
February 4, 1989
17 591 El DeBarge, Vesta Williams, Troop March 11, 1989
18 592
  • Dance Songs: "The Club" by Marcus Lewis, "Teddy's Jam" by Guy, "Start Of A Romance" by Skyy, "Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli
  • Midnight Star ("Snake In The Grass" & "Play Another Love Song")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Bill White", Song: "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul
  • Kiara & Shanice Wilson ("This Time")
  • Gerald Alston ("Take Me Where You Want To" & "Lay Your Love On Me")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Just Coolin'" by LeVert feat. Heavy D
March 18, 1989
19 593
  • Dance Songs: "Teddy's Jam" by Guy, "Snake In The Grass" by Midnight Star, "Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli, "Real Love" by El DeBarge
  • Today ("Girl I Got My Eyes On You" & "Him Or Me")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Louis Gossett Jr.", Song: "Just Coolin'" by LeVert feat. Heavy D
  • K-9 Posse ("Ain't Nothin To It" & "It Gets No Deeper")
  • Betty Wright ("No Pain, (No Gain)" & "From Pain To Joy")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "The Club" by Marcus Lewis
March 25, 1989
20 594 George Duke, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Marcus Lewis April 1, 1989
21 595
  • Dance Songs: "Just Coolin'" by LeVert feat. Heavy D, "Real Love" by Jody Watley, "Teddy's Jam" by Guy, "Mismatch" by Apollonia
  • Was (Not Was) ("Walk The Dinosaur" & "Spy In The House Of Love")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Tracy Chapman", Song: "Every Little Step" by Bobby Brown
  • Z-Looke ("Love Sick")
  • Milli Vanilli ("Girl You Know It's True" & "Don't Forget My Number")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Crucial" by New Edition
April 8, 1989
22 596
  • Dance Songs: "Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli, "Crucial" by New Edition, "Real Love" by El DeBarge
  • Desiree Coleman ("To Stay Together" & "Till We Put Our Heads Together")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Lenny Wilkins", Song: "So Fine" by Jamm
  • Apollonia ("Mismatch")
  • Skyy ("Start Of A Romance" & "Real Love")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Just Coolin'" by LeVert feat. Heavy D
April 15, 1989
23 597 Ashford & Simpson, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, Johnny Kemp April 22, 1989
24 598 Georgio, The Bar-Kays, Tone Lōc 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
  • Dance Songs: "Ain't Nothing But A Feeling" by Patti LaBelle, "New Attitude" by Patti LaBelle, "Be Yourself" by Patti LaBelle[40]
  • Patti LaBelle ("Yo Mister", "On My Own", "If You Asked Me To" & "I Can't Complain")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Patti LaBelle", Song: "Oh People" by Patti LaBelle
  • Eugene Wilde ("I Can't Stop This Feeling" & "Ain't Nobody's Business")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I Got It Like That" by Patti Labelle
June 10, 1989
31 605 James Ingram, Hiroshima, MC Hammer June 17, 1989
32 606 Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, June Pointer, Christopher Max June 24, 1989

Season 19 (1989–90)[edit]

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

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
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
  • Dance Songs: "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe, "Love Is Like An Itchin' In My Heart" by The Good Girls, "Shake It Up!" by The Jamaican Boys, "Fun House" by Kid 'N Play
  • En Vogue ("Hold On" & "Part Of Me")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Sarah Vaughn, Song: "Alright" by Janet Jackson
  • Music Video: Luther Vandross ("Here And Now")
  • Tyler Collins ("Girls Nite Out" & "Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Rub You The Right Way" by Johnny Gill
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 (1990–91)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 639 The Time, J.T. Taylor, Kwamé September 22, 1990
2 640 Lalah Hathaway, Tevin Campbell, Tony! Toni! Toné! 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! ("The Power"), 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 Big Daddy Kane, Bernadette Cooper, 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 May 18, 1991
28 666 Surface, Keith Washington, Victoria Wilson-James May 25, 1991
29 667
  • Dance Songs: "For The Love Of Money/Living For The City" by Troop and LeVert feat. Queen Latifah, "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo" by Yo-Yo feat. Ice Cube, "I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
  • Boyz II Men ("Motownphilly" & "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Robin Givens, Song: "Do Me Right" by Guy feat. Heavy D
  • Omar Chandler (Do You Really Want It?)
  • Ex-Girlfriend ("Why Can't You Come Home" & "Fellas In The Area")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Here We Go Let's Rock & Roll" by C+C Music Factory
June 1, 1991
30 668
  • Dance Songs: "Here We Go Let's Rock & Roll" by C+C Music Factory, "I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd, "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love" by B Angie B, "For The Love Of Money/Living For The City" by Troop and LeVert feat. Queen Latifah
  • Junior ("Stand Strong" & "Step Off")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Will Smith, Song: "She's Dope" by Bell Biv DeVoe
  • Cheryl Pepsii Riley ("How Can You Hurt The One You Love" & "Ain't No Way")
  • Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs ("Be A Father To Your Child" & "Stop (Think For A Moment)")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I'm Dreamin'" by Christopher Williams
June 8, 1991
31 669
  • Dance Songs: "She's Dope" by Bell Biv DeVoe, "Here We Go Let's Rock & Roll" by C+C Music Factory, "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo" by Yo-Yo feat. Ice Cube, "I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
  • Damian Dame ("Exclusivity" & "Believer")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: George Foreman, Song: "For The Love Of Money/Living For The City" by Troop and LeVert feat. Queen Latifah
  • Lisa Fischer ("How Can I Ease The Pain")
  • Jodeci ("Gotta Love" & "Stay")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love" by B Angie B
June 15, 1991
32 670
  • Dance Songs: "You Can't Play With My Yo-Yo" by Yo-Yo feat. Ice Cube, "Do Me Right" by Guy feat. Heavy D, "Here We Go Again" by The Service, "Here We Go Let's Rock & Roll" by C+C Music Factory
  • B Angie B ("I Don't Want To Lose Your Love" & "So Much Love")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Johnny Gill, Song: "I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
  • Tony Terry ("Head Over Heels" & "When I'm With You")
  • Small Change ("Why", "Teardrops")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "For The Love Of Money/Living For The City" by Troop and LeVert feat. Queen Latifah
June 22, 1991

Season 21 (1991–92)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 671 Tribute to Stevie Wonder September 21, 1991
2 672 C + C Music Factory, James "J.T." Taylor, Music Video: Vanessa L. Williams September 28, 1991
3 673 Tribute to Gladys Knight, Riff October 5, 1991
4 674 Color Me Badd, Ready for the World, Music Video: Karyn White October 12, 1991
5 675
  • Dance Songs: "D-O-G Me Out" by Guy, "Word To The Mutha!" by Bell Biv DeVoe, "I Wanna B Ure Lover" by F.S. Effect feat. Christopher Williams
  • Brand New Heavies ("Never Stop" & "Stay This Way")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Miles Davis, Song: "O.P.P" by Naughty By Nature
  • Music Video: Sounds of Blackness ("The Pressure, Part 1")
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince ("Ring My Bell" & "Summertime")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "House Party II (I Don't Know What You Come To Do)" by Tony! Toni! Toné!
October 19, 1991
6 676 BeBe & CeCe Winans, Young MC, Chris Pittman October 26, 1991
7 677
  • Dance Songs: "I Wanna B Ure Lover" by F.S. Effect feat. Christopher Williams, "D-O-G Me Out" by Guy, "O.P.P" by Naughty By Nature, "Running Back To You" by Vanessa Williams
  • Lenny Kravitz ("Always On The Run" & "It Ain't Over Til It's Over")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Jasmine Guy, Song: "Romantic" by Karyn White
  • Music Video: Luther Vandross ("Power Of Love")
  • Oaktown's 3-5-7 ("It's Not Your Money" & "Turn It Up")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Now That We Found Love" by Heavy D. & The Boyz feat. Aaron Hall
November 2, 1991
8 678 November 9, 1991
9 679 Tony! Toni! Toné!, Ralph Tresvant, Wreckx-N-Effect with Big Bub, Music Video: Mariah Carey 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, Music Video: Bell Biv Devoe November 30, 1991
12 682 Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Tevin Campbell, Public Enemy December 7, 1991
13 683
  • Dance Songs: "Temptation" by Patti LaBelle, "Is It Good To You" by Heavy D. & The Boyz, "Release Yourself" by Patti LaBelle, "Blue Cheese" by UMC's
  • Patti LaBelle ("Feels Like Another One", "Somebody Loves You Baby" & "Love Never Dies")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Douglas Wilder, Song: "Can't Let Her Get Away" by Michael Jackson
  • Chubb Rock ("Just The Two Of Us & "The Chubbster")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Let's Stay Together" by Guy
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, Music Video: MC Hammer February 15, 1992
19 689 Peabo Bryson, MC Lyte, Music Video: Vanessa L. Williams February 22, 1992
20 690 Gerald Levert with Eddie Levert, Phyllis Hyman, Music Video: Color Me Badd February 29, 1992
21 691 Naughty By Nature, Glenn Jones, Hen-Gee & Evil E March 7, 1992
22 692
  • Dance Songs: "Let's Stay Together" by Guy, "Shut 'Em Down" by Public Enemy, "Peaceful Journey" by Heavy D & The Boyz, "Can't Let Her Get Away" by Michael Jackson
  • UMC's ("One To Grow On" & "Blue Cheese")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Montel Williams, Song: "Spend A Little Time" by Keith Sweat feat. Charlie Wilson
  • Aaron Hall ("Don't Be Afraid")
  • Atlantic Starr ("Come Lover" & "Looking For Love Again")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Everything’s Gonna Be Alright" by Naughty By Nature
March 14, 1992
23 693 Nia Peeples, Eric B. & Rakim, Music Video: Color Me Badd March 21, 1992
24 694 March 28, 1992
25 695 May 2, 1992
26 696 El DeBarge with Chanté Moore, Kris Kross, Lisa Taylor May 9, 1992
27 697 May 16, 1992
28 698 May 23, 1992
29 699 May 30, 1992
30 700 June 6, 1992
31 701 June 13, 1992
32 702 Cherelle, Men at Large, Music Video: Prince June 20, 1992

Season 22 (1992–93)[edit]

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

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 703
  • Tyler Collins ("Just Make Me The One" & "It Doesn't Matter")[41]
  • Dance Songs: "Keep On Walkin'" by CeCe Peniston, "Humpin' Around" by Bobby Brown, "1-4-all-4-1" by East Coast Family
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Deion Sanders"; Song: "Keep On Walkin'" by CeCe Peniston
  • Father MC ("One Nite Stand")
  • Al B. Sure! ("Right Now" & "Natalie")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Jam" by Michael Jackson
September 26, 1992
2 704 October 3, 1992
3 705 October 10, 1992
4 706 Charlie Wilson, Rachelle Ferrell, Me Phi Me October 17, 1992
5 707 Freddie Jackson, Miki Howard, Da Youngsta's October 24, 1992
6 708 October 31, 1992
7 709
  • Dance Songs: "Skeeza" by Jacci McGee, "Something In Common" by Bobby Brown feat. Whitney Houston, "Jump Around" by House Of Pain, "Don't Wanna Love You" by Shanice
  • George Duke ("No Rhyme, No Reason")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: John H. Johnson, Song: "Give U My Heart" by Babyface feat. Toni Braxton
  • Hi-Five ("She's Playing Hard To Get" & "Quality Time")
  • Yo-Yo ("Home Girl Don't Play Dat" & "Black Pearl")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Humpin' Around" by Bobby Brown
November 7, 1992
8 710 November 14, 1992
9 711 Bobby Brown, Wreckx-N-Effect November 21, 1992
10 712 Christopher Williams, Chanté Moore, Prince Markie Dee & the Soul Convention November 28, 1992
11 713 Chuckii Booker, Nona Gaye, Arrested Development, Lester Barrie December 5, 1992
12 714 Howard Hewett, Jade, Tamrock, Trey Lorenz December 12, 1992
13 715 Keith Sweat featuring Jacci McGhee and Gerald Levert, Lo-Key January 16, 1993
14 716 Shanice Wilson, Simple Pleasure, T.N.G January 23, 1993
15 717 January 30, 1993
16 718 February 6, 1993
17 719
  • Monie Love ("Born 2 B.R.E.E.D." & "Wheel Of Fortune")
  • Dance Songs: "Push" by Tisha Campbell, "Da Munchies" by Immature, "Hey Love (Can I Have a Word)" by R. Kelly, "Here We Go Again!" by Portrait
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Ron Brown"; Song: "Don't Walk Away" by Jade
  • Music Video: Prince & the New Power Generation "Damn U"
  • R. Kelly & Public Announcement ("Honey Love" & "Dedicated")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Get Away" by Bobby Brown
February 13, 1993
18 720 Kris Kross, Brian McKnight, Stacey McClain February 20, 1993
19 721
  • Dance Songs: "Knock-N-Boots" by Wreckx-N-Effect, "Here We Go Again!" by Portrait, "All Day, All Night" by Stephanie Mills, "Letterman" by K-Solo
  • Immature ("Da Munchies" & "I Wanna Know You That Way")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Martin Lawrence, Song: "Get Away" by Bobby Brown
  • SWV ("Right Here")
  • Mad Cobra ("Flex" & "Legacy")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Push" by Tisha Campbell
February 27, 1993
20 722
  • Lorenzo ("Real Love" & "I Can't Stand The Pain")[42]
  • Dance Songs: "Da Munchies" by Immature, "Get Away" by Bobby Brown, "Don't Walk Away" by Jade
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Dizzy Gillespie"; Song: "All Day, All Night" by Stephanie Mills
  • Young Black Teenagers ("Tap The Bottle")
  • Tisha Campbell ("Push" & "Love Me Down")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Letterman" by K-Solo
March 6, 1993
21 723 Heavy D, Force One Network, P.O.V., Positive K March 13, 1993
22 724 Naughty By Nature, Miki Howard, Music Video: Whitney Houston March 20, 1993
23 725 Regina Belle, Lords of the Underground, Peabo Bryson March 27, 1993
24 726 Troop, The Good Girls, Prince Markie Dee & the Soul Convention April 3, 1993
25 727 LL Cool J, Shai, Mystro Clark May 8, 1993
26 728 Run DMC, Richard Osborne May 15, 1993
27 729 LeVert, Michael Cooper, T.C.F. May 22, 1993
28 730 AZ-1, Tené Williams, Redman May 29, 1993
29 731 Walter Scott & Scotty Scott, Paperboy, Kirk Whalum June 5, 1993
30 732 Chanté Moore, Intro, Gumbo June 12, 1993
31 733 PM Dawn, Blackstreet, U.N.V. June 19, 1993
32 734 The Commodores, II D Extreme, Mahogany Blue June 26, 1993

Season 23 (1993–94)[edit]

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.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Host Guests Original air date
1 735 Kim Wayans Keith Washington, H-Town, Xscape October 23, 1993
2 736 T.K. Carter Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Mica Paris, MC Lyte October 30, 1993
3 737 Aries Spears Bell Biv Devoe, Zhane, Freedom Williams November 6, 1993
4 738 Ajai Sanders Aaron Hall, Raven-Symoné, Tag Team November 13, 1993
5 739 Steve White November 20, 1993
6 740 Tyra Banks James "J.T." Taylor, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, Usher November 27, 1993
7 741 Mystro Clark Tevin Campbell, Angie & Debbie, Das EFX December 4, 1993
8 742 T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh Jody Watley, Onyx, Erick Sermon December 11, 1993
9 743 Melanie Comarcho Color Me Badd, Snoop Doggy Dogg, 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, Music Video: Salt-N-Pepa January 29, 1994
16 750 A.J. Jamal Chris Walker, 7669, Me-2-U February 5, 1994
17 751 Tichina Arnold Xscape, Gerald Albright, Music Video: Luther Vandross 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, Music Video: Toni Braxton February 26, 1994
20 754 Lester Barrie Lisette Melendez, Intro, Gangstarr March 5, 1994
21 755 Alfonso Ribeiro R. Kelly, Gabrielle, Music Video: Jody Watley 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, Music Video: Prince 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 Jackée Harry Lalah Hathaway, Melvin Riley, Immature June 11, 1994
31 765 Kristoff St. John Philip Bailey, For Real, Music Video: Keith Sweat June 18, 1994
32 766 Ella Joyce Lisa Lisa, Masta Ace, Smooth Sylk June 25, 1994

Season 24 (1994–95)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Host Guests Original air date
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, Music Video: Anita Baker 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 Chanté Moore, Immature, Subway featuring 702 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 (1995–96)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Host Guests Original air date
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 Morrow 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, 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 Mob, The 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 P.M. 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 & Tamera Mowry D’Angelo, Patra featuring 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 11, 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, Quindon Tarver June 22, 1996

Season 26 (1996–97)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Host Guests Original air date
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! Toné!, 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, Quindon Tarver December 14, 1996
9 839 Dorian Gregory
  • Dance Songs: "It's All About U" by SWV, "Living For The City" by Roger Troutman & Zapp, "Pony" by Ginuwine
  • CeCe Peniston ("Somebody Else's Guy" & "Movin' On")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Evander Holyfield, Song: "Never Miss The Water" by Chaka Khan feat. Me'Shell Ndegeocello
  • A+ ("All I See")
  • Soul For Real ("Love You So" & "Let's Stay Together")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Never Leave Me Alone" by Nate Dogg feat. Snoop Dogg
December 21, 1996
10 840 Maria Costa Eric Benét, 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, 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, "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 featuring Nas April 12, 1997
26 856 T'Keyah Crystal 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
  • Dance Songs: "Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G., "Blood On The Dance Floor" by Michael Jackson
  • Maxwell ("Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)" & "Whenever, Wherever, Whatever")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: Wynton Marsalis, Song: "Strait Playin'" by Shaquille O'Neal
  • "Ms. Soul Train" & "Mr. Soul Train" Ford/AT&T Viewer Sweepstakes Grand Prize Presentation
  • Melky & Day ("I Got A Love Jones For You")
  • Tasha Holiday ("Just The Way You Like It" & "So Real, So Right")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "I'll Be" by Foxy Brown feat. Jay-Z
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 (1997–98)[edit]

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

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 862 Immature, K Ball, ST Library: Whitney Houston September 20, 1997
2 863 SWV, Az Yet (live performance), Next September 27, 1997
3 864 Rome, Robyn, Sam Salter October 4, 1997
4 865 Brian McKnight, Davina, ST Library: Bobby Brown October 11, 1997
5 866 Wyclef with Destiny's Child, Chico DeBarge, Taral Hicks October 18, 1997
6 867 Jon B, Somethin' for the People, Nadanuf featuring Kurtis Blow October 25, 1997
7 868 Brownstone, Usher, Queen Pen featuring Teddy Riley November 1, 1997
8 869 K-Ci & JoJo, 98 Degrees, Myron November 8, 1997
9 870 Aaron Neville, Busta Rhymes, MQ3 November 15, 1997
10 871 Immature with Bizzy Bone, Sounds of Blackness with Roger Troutman, Mase November 22, 1997
11 872 Backstreet Boys, Simone Hines, Uncle Sam November 29, 1997
12 873 Eric Benét, Ol’ Skool, ST Library: Barry White December 6, 1997
13 874 Missy Elliott, Jagged Edge, Big Bub January 10, 1998
14 875 Jody Watley, Mack 10 featuring Ice Cube & Snoop Doggy Dogg, Sam Salter January 17, 1998
15 876 H-Town, Kimberly Scott, Mic Geronimo January 24, 1998
16 877 Joe, Born Jamericans, Veronica January 31, 1998
17 878 LL Cool J, Dru Hill, Billy Porter February 7, 1998
18 879 The Whispers, Ginuwine, Public Announcement February 14, 1998
19 880 Bebe Winans, Ol' Skool with Xscape, Ice Cube February 21, 1998
20 881 Rome, God's Property, K.P. & Envyi February 28, 1998
21 882 Playa, Mýa featuring Sisqó, CeCe Winans April 4, 1998
22 883 Tamia, Elusion, Luke April 11, 1998
23 884 Keith Washington, Destiny's Child, Outta Order April 18, 1998
24 885 Robyn, Next, Rufus Blaq April 25, 1998
25 886 Jon B, Militia, Tami Hert May 2, 1998
26 887 Rebbie Jackson, Ali, Kurupt May 9, 1998
27 888 Big Daddy Kane, Xscape, Sylke-E Fyne May 16, 1998
28 889 Daz Dillinger, Nutta Butta featuring Teddy Riley and Anonymous, David Miller, Angel Grant May 23, 1998
29 890 Color Me Badd, Davina, Charli Baltimore with Cam'ron May 30, 1998
30 891 Will Downing, Kelly Price, Christión, Imajin June 6, 1998
31 892 Chico DeBarge, Silk 130, Joe June 13, 1998
32 893 Gerald Levert, Yo-Yo, Mo Thugs Family, Tami Davis June 20, 1998

Season 28 (1998–99)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 894 Nate Dogg featuring Warren G, Montell Jordan, Terrance Quaites September 19, 1998
2 895 Kenny Lattimore, Monifah, Nicole Wray September 26, 1998
3 896 Regina Belle, Jesse Powell, Tatyana Ali October 3, 1998
4 897 Deborah Cox, Tyrese, Voices of Theory October 10, 1998
5 898 Shaquille O'Neal featuring Peter Gunz, Kelly Price with Ronald Isley & R. Kelly, Levi Little October 17, 1998
6 899 Temptations, 69 Boyz, The Black Eyed Peas, Andrea Martin (singer) October 24, 1998
7 900 Tamia, Link, Pee Wee's Mag 7 October 31, 1998
8 901 Next, MC Lyte featuring Gina Thompson, Sparkle November 7, 1998
9 902 Jermaine Dupri featuring Slick Rick, Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz, Nicole Renee November 14, 1998
10 903 112, Willie Max featuring Raphael Saadiq, Jerome November 21, 1998
11 904 Kurupt, Divine, A+ November 28, 1998
12 905 Bizzy Bone, Tyrese, 4Kast December 5, 1998
13 906 TQ, Uncle Sam, Music Video: Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston January 9, 1999
14 907 Jon B, Before Dark, Music Video: Dru Hill January 16, 1999
15 908 Kenny Lattimore, Public Announcement, Shae Jones January 23, 1999
16 909 Total, Reel Tight, Music Video: Deborah Cox January 30, 1999
17 910 Tevin Campbell, Kelly Price, 3rd Storee February 6, 1999
18 911 Faith Evans, Shanice, Music Video: Dru Hill February 13, 1999
19 912 Dru Hill, Deborah Cox, Music Video: Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston February 20, 1999
20 913 Monica, Outkast, Marc Dorsey February 27, 1999
21 914 Mýa, Silk, Cool Breeze featuring Goodie Mobb & Outkast March 6, 1999
22 915 Krayzie Bone, Men of Vizion, Cherokee March 13, 1999
23 916 DJ Quik featuring El DeBarge, 2nd II None, and Suga Free, Sparkle, Dave Hollister March 20, 1999
24 917 Ginuwine, Imajin, Baby DC featuring Imajin March 27, 1999
25 918 Chanté Moore, Blaque, MC Eiht May 1, 1999
26 919 Nas, Chantay Savage, Donell Jones May 8, 1999
27 920 Divine, Shae Jones, Harlem World May 15, 1999
28 921 Tyrese, Trina & Tamara, JT Money May 22, 1999
29 922 Naughty By Nature, Jesse Powell, Les Nubians May 29, 1999
30 923 C-Note, Before Dark, Juvenile June 5, 1999
31 924 Case, Liberty City, Music Video: R. Kelly featuring Nas June 12, 1999
32 925 Eric Benét, Marc Dorsey, TWDY June 19, 1999

Season 29 (1999–2000)[edit]

In the 13th episode of this season, 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.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 926 Kevon Edmonds, Grenique, Cha Cha September 18, 1999
2 927 Tracie Spencer, Marc Nelson, CJ Mac featuring Mack 10 and Terrance Quaites September 25, 1999
3 928 Ginuwine, 702, Profyle October 2, 1999
4 929 Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, Coko October 9, 1999
5 930 Silk, Eve, Lost Boyz October 16, 1999
6 931 Brian McKnight, IMx, Youngbloodz October 23, 1999
7 932 Chico DeBarge, 112, Trin-I-Tee 5:7 October 30, 1999
8 933 DMX, Mint Condition, Keesha November 6, 1999
9 934 Jagged Edge, Donell Jones, Children of the Ghetto November 13, 1999
10 935 Yolanda Adams, Kurupt, Ideal November 20, 1999
11 936 Goodie Mob, Shandozia, Solé featuring J.T. Money November 27, 1999
12 937 Olu, Angie Stone, Humanwreck December 4, 1999
13 938 Q-Tip, Catero, 2nd II None January 8, 2000
14 939 Blaque, Rome, Eve January 15, 2000
15 940 Dave Hollister, Before Dark, Vega January 22, 2000
16 941 Eric Benet, Sounds of Blackness, Amyth January 29, 2000
17 942 Kevon Edmonds, Ideal, B.G. February 5, 2000
18 943 Snoop Dogg presents Tha Eastsidaz, Sammie, Sisqó February 12, 2000
19 944 Goodie Mob, Beverly, Lil Wayne February 19, 2000
20 945 Ginuwine, Juvenile, Amel Larrieux February 26, 2000
21 946 Montell Jordan, The Roots, Lil' Zane March 4, 2000
22 947 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Jaze, F.A.T.E. March 11, 2000
23 948 Gerald Levert, N-Toon, Blaxuede & Big Ramp March 18, 2000
24 949 IMx, BB Jay, Rah Digga March 25, 2000
25 950 The Product G&B, Lucy Pearl, The Temptations April 29, 2000
26 951 Dwayne Wiggins, Mary Mary, Strings May 6, 2000
27 952 Tracie Spencer, Avant, Erick Onasis featuring DJ Quik & Xzibit May 13, 2000
28 953 504 Boyz, Erica Foxx, Tamar Braxton, Music Video: The Product G&B May 20, 2000
29 954 Ideal, Carl Thomas, Miracle May 27, 2000
30 955 69 Boyz, Somethin' for the People, Ruff Endz June 3, 2000
31 956 Next, Kelis, Nelly June 10, 2000
32 957 Kelly Price, Jagged Edge, J-Shin June 17, 2000

Season 30 (2000–01)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
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 featuring Jermaine Dupri September 30, 2000
4 961 Joe, Trina, Music Video: 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 featuring Snoop Dogg, Monifah, Shaggy November 25, 2000
12 969 Macy Gray, Profyle, Doggy's Angels December 2, 2000
13 970 Chanté 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 Soulchild, Xzibit February 3, 2001
18 975 Common featuring Macy Gray, The Transitions, Olivia February 10, 2001
19 976 Nelly, Jamie Hawkins, Case February 17, 2001
20 977 112, Jaheim, Music Video: Yolanda Adams featuring Gerald Levert February 24, 2001
21 978 Lil' Bow Wow, Alicia Keys, Silkk the Shocker featuring 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, Music Video: Mystikal April 21, 2001
25 982 Chanté Moore featuring Da Brat, Dark Blu, P.Y.T. April 28, 2001
26 983 The Product G&B, 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 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 (2001–02)[edit]

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

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 990 Tyrese, Keke Wyatt, Music Video: R. Kelly 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, Warren 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, Lil' Corey, R.L. featuring Erick Sermon January 26, 2002
14 1003 The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley, Method Man & Redman, Ali February 2, 2002
15 1004 Ja Rule featuring Case & Ashanti, Jaguar Wright featuring Bilal, Willie "Pdub" Moore Jr. 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 Keke Wyatt, Nappy Roots, 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, Music Video: Lil’ Bow Wow June 22, 2002
27 1016 Mary Mary, LovHer, Cee Lo Green June 29, 2002
28 1017 Lil’ Bow Wow, Raphael Saadiq, Lady May featuring Blu Cantrell July 6, 2002

Season 32 (2002–03)[edit]

This is Shemar Moore's last season as host.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 1018 Nelly, Ali, Prymary Colorz 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. featuring 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
  • Dance Songs: "Jenny From The Block" by Jennifer Lopez, "1,000 Kisses" by Will Smith, "Satisfaction" by Eve[43]
  • Slum Village ("Disco" & "Tainted")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Bill Bellamy", Song: "Do That..." by Baby feat. P. Diddy
  • Talib Kweli ("Get By")
  • Darius Rucker ("Wild One" & "I'm Glad You're Mine")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "Girl Talk" by TLC
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, Music Video: Dru Hill February 22, 2003
21 1038
  • Dance Songs: "Boy (I Need You)" by Mariah Carey, "Excuse Me Miss" by Jay-Z feat. Pharrell Williams, "Choppa Style" by Choppa feat. Master P[44]
  • MC Lyte ("Ride With Me" & "God Said Lyte")
  • Soul Train Scramble Word: "Mariah Carey", Song: "Your Pops Don't Like Me (I Really Don't Like This Dude)" by Nick Cannon
  • Nivea ("Laundromat")
  • Ginuwine ("Hell Yeah" & "Stingy")
  • Soul Train Line Dance Song: "In Da Club" by 50 Cent
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 Vivian Green, Impromp2 featuring Kim Fields, Chingy May 10, 2003
27 1044 Brian McKnight, Git Fresh, Deitrick Haddon May 17, 2003
28 1045 3LW, B.G., Donnie May 24, 2003
29 1046 Lil' Kim, Latif, Music Video: R. Kelly 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 (2003–04)[edit]

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

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 1050 Jeffrey Osborne, Anthony Hamilton, Jacki-O October 11, 2003
2 1051 Big Gipp featuring Sleepy Brown, The Gatson Company Dancers, JS, Lumidee October 18, 2003
3 1052 Avant, Ramiyah, Da Band October 25, 2003
4 1053 Chanté Moore, Kenny Lattimore, The Gatson Company Dancers, 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 Loon, Pharrell Williams & Lenny Kravitz 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 featuring Frankie J, Joe December 6, 2003
10 1059 Brian McKnight, Kindred, Kem December 13, 2003
11 1060 Loon, Glenn Lewis, Jhene December 20, 2003
12 1061 Dave Hollister, Jagged Edge, Music Video: Westside Connection featuring Nate Dogg December 27, 2003
13 1062 En Vogue, C.L. Ryderz (Nine Up & Nobody), Music Video: Mary J. Blige featuring Eve January 31, 2004
14 1063 Michelle Williams, Teedra Moses, Music Video: Alicia Keys February 7, 2004
15 1064 Goapele, YahZarah, Music Video: Marques Houston February 14, 2004
16 1065 Master P, Freddie Jackson, Music Video: Beyoncé February 21, 2004
17 1066 Tamia, Van Hunt, Crea March 13, 2004
18 1067 Musiq, Knoc-Turn'al, Music Video: Beyoncé 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, Music Video: Usher May 15, 2004
23 1072 Teena Marie, Ricky Fanté, Music Video: Beyoncé 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, Music Video: Usher June 12, 2004
27 1076 Truth Hurts, Akon, Music Video: Alicia Keys June 19, 2004
28 1077 Nina Sky, Mishon, Keyshia Cole June 26, 2004

Season 34 (2004–05)[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
1 1078 Ying Yang Twins, Billy Miles, Music Video: Shawnna featuring Ludacris October 9, 2004
2 1079 Tiffany Evans, Deitrick Haddon, Won-G October 16, 2004
3 1080 Regina Belle, 4Mula1, Music Video: R. Kelly October 23, 2004
4 1081 Silkk the Shocker, O'Ryan, Boyz II Men October 30, 2004
5 1082 New Edition, Lina, Music Video: Usher featuring Alicia Keys 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, Music Video: Twista featuring R. Kelly 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, Music Video: Destiny’s Child featuring T.I. & Lil Wayne 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, Music Video: Mariah Carey April 23, 2005
16 1093 Lalah Hathaway, Tye Tribbett, Music Video: Destiny’s Child April 30, 2005
17 1094 Vivian Green, Cuban Link featuring Mýa, Pretty Ricky May 7, 2005
18 1095 Mint Condition, Nicole C. Mullen, Music Video: Bobby V May 14, 2005
19 1096 The Avila Brothers, Emelee, Music Video: Snoop Dogg featuring Justin Timberlake & Charlie Wilson May 21, 2005
20 1097 Leela James, J. Moss, Anisha Nicole May 28, 2005
21 1098 Mike Jones, Corey Clark, Music Video: Ciara featuring Ludacris June 4, 2005
22 1099 LaToya London, Michael Spencer, Dame June 11, 2005
23 1100 Ciara, T.I., P$C, Music Video: Amerie June 18, 2005
24 1101 Marques Houston, Fatty Koo, Slim Thug June 25, 2005

Season 35 (2005–06)[edit]

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

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Original air date
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, Music Video: Mariah Carey November 19, 2005
4 1105 Trey Songz, Dwele, Keke Wyatt November 26, 2005
5 1106 Floetry, Pretty Ricky, Music Video: Mary J. Blige January 7, 2006
6 1107 Eric Benét, Dem Franchize Boyz, Music Video: The Black Eyed Peas January 14, 2006
7 1108 Jazze Pha and Cee-lo Green, Kindred the Family Soul, Taurus January 21, 2006
8 1109 Heather Headley, Chamillionaire, Music Video: 50 Cent January 28, 2006
9 1110 Kirk Franklin, T-Pain, Music Video: Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug and Bun B February 4, 2006
10 1111 Donell Jones, LeToya Luckett, Music Video: The Black Eyed Peas February 11, 2006
11 1112 Charlie Wilson, Youngbloodz, Music Video: Mary J. Blige 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, Music Video: Chris Brown March 11, 2006
15 1116 Javier, D4L, Music Video: Beyoncé March 18, 2006
16 1117 Goapele, Lorenzo Owens, Music Video: The Pussycat Dolls March 25, 2006

Season 36 (2006–07): The Best of Soul Train[edit]

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.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Airdate Original air date
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 Vannelli, 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]

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.

No. in
season
No. in
series
Guests Airdate Original air date
1 292 Gino Vannelli, 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. ^ https://www.loc.gov
  2. ^ Various TV Guides listings from 1971 to 1980
  3. ^ "U.S. Copyright Office". Archived from the original on 2008-01-05. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  4. ^ [1] Episode 1
  5. ^ Soul Train episode 42
  6. ^ Soul Train episode 77
  7. ^ Soul Train episode 78
  8. ^ Soul Train episode 79
  9. ^ Soul Train episode 80
  10. ^ episode 107
  11. ^ Soul Train episode 119
  12. ^ https://archive.org/details/BestOfSoulTrainEp123GrahamCentralStationLeonHaywoodZulemaCousseaux0175
  13. ^ Soul train episode 174
  14. ^ tv.com
  15. ^ Soul train episode 197
  16. ^ episode 204
  17. ^ [2] Soul Train episode 218
  18. ^ https://archive.org/details/SoulTrain1977WithTheEmotionsAndMaze
  19. ^ [3]
  20. ^ https://archive.org/details/BestOfSoulTrainEp264TheBrothersJohnsonTheDells0878
  21. ^ https://archive.org/details/SoulTrainSeason8Episode6RoseRoyceD.J.Rogers
  22. ^ episode 281
  23. ^ https://archive.org/details/TheBestOfSoulTrainEp.289FeatJoeSimonCherylLynn021979
  24. ^ Soul Train episode 292
  25. ^ Soul Train episode 293
  26. ^ Soul Train episode 361
  27. ^ Soul Train episode 362
  28. ^ Soul Train episode 391
  29. ^ Soul Train episode 412
  30. ^ [4] Episode 414
  31. ^ Soul Train - Season 12 Theme
  32. ^ episode 434
  33. ^ episode 436
  34. ^ Soul Train episode 456
  35. ^ Episode 553
  36. ^ Soul Train episode 558
  37. ^ https://archive.org/details/SoulTrainHeavyDMikiHowardLouRawls
  38. ^ Soul Train episode 579
  39. ^ https://archive.org/details/SoulTrainNov051988WithTheMacBandGiantStepsJeffreyOsborne
  40. ^ episode 604
  41. ^ episode 703
  42. ^ Soul Train episode 722
  43. ^ episode 1033
  44. ^ episode 1038