Songs (Luther Vandross album)

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Studio album by Luther Vandross
Released September 20, 1994 (US)
Recorded 1994
Genre R&B, soul, pop, adult contemporary
Label Epic
Producer Walter Afanasieff, Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross chronology
Never Let Me Go
This Is Christmas
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]
Los Angeles Times 1.5/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

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Songs the ninth studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, released on September 20, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Epic Records. The album, a collection of cover versions, produced the singles "Endless Love", "Always and Forever", and "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now". According to an interview both Luther and Mariah Carey had in Japan following their release of "Endless Love", there was mention that Carey had given advice as to what songs Vandross would cover in this album.[5][6]

Songs earned Vandross four nominations at the 1995 Grammy AwardsBest Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Love the One You're With", Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Endless Love", Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Always and Forever", and Best R&B Album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Originally Recorded by Length
1. "Love the One You're With"   Stephen Stills Stephen Stills 5:03
2. "Killing Me Softly"   Norman Gimbel, Charles Fox Lori Lieberman 5:33
3. "Endless Love" (duet with Mariah Carey) Lionel Richie Diana Ross and Lionel Richie 4:21
4. "Evergreen"   Barbra Streisand, Paul Williams Barbra Streisand 3:54
5. "Reflections"   Holland-Dozier-Holland Diana Ross & the Supremes 3:21
6. "Hello"   Lionel Richie Lionel Richie 4:44
7. "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now"   Jerry Cohen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead McFadden & Whitehead 4:53
8. "Always and Forever"   Rod Temperton Heatwave 4:53
9. "Going in Circles"   Anita Poree, Jerry Peters The Friends of Distinction 5:12
10. "Since You've Been Gone"   Aretha Franklin, Teddy White Aretha Franklin 4:15
11. "All the Woman I Need"   Dean Pitchford, Michael Gore Linda Clifford as "All the Man I Need" 4:54
12. "What the World Needs Now"   Burt Bacharach, Hal David Jackie DeShannon 5:18
13. "The Impossible Dream"   Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion Richard Kiley 5:16


Chart (1994) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 19
Austrian Albums Chart 27
Dutch Albums Chart 20
German Albums Chart 24
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 5
Swedish Albums Chart 48
Swiss Albums Chart 20
UK Albums Chart 1
U.S. Billboard 200 5
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Billboard 200 96



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Preceded by
From the Cradle by Eric Clapton
UK Albums Chart number-one album
October 1, 1994
Succeeded by
Monster by R.E.M.