The best ever Earth, Wind & Fire songs (Legends Slot)

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For the ninth playlist in The Legend Slot it’s time for us all to get our groove on. For this playlist I’m sharing funk, disco, soul and jazz legends Earth, Wind & Fire with you. I listened to all of their studio albums in ONE month and picked out 36 of the best Earth, Wind & Fire songs. The Legend Slot is an ongoing music blog series that I run here on Female Original. Each post focuses on a specific legendary musician or band. I listen to all of their studio albums and put together a playlist of what I thought were their best songs. To read the other posts in the series, click here.

Earth, Wind & Fire: A Brief History

Founded in 1969 in Chicago by Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire are an American funk, soul, R&B, pop, disco (as well as many other genres) group. Their original line up consisted of founder Maurice White (vocals, kalimba, drums, percussion), Verdine White (bass, percussion, vocals), Michael Beal (guitar, harmonica), Leslie Drayton (trumpet), Wade Flemons (electric piano, vocals), Yackov Ben Israel (conga, percussion), Sherry Scott (vocals), Alexander Thomas (trombone), Chester Washington (tenor saxophone) and Don Whitehead (acoustic/electric pianos, vocals). Although over the years the members have switched around a fair bit. 

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‘Earth, Wind & Fire’ (1971) – Earth, Wind & Fire.

Known for their use of kalimba (a 15-key African instrument with a wooden soundboard and metal keys), horn section, falsetto and energetic and engaging stage presence, Earth, Wind & Fire are very much considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. During their time as a band so far (they’re very much still going strong!) they’ve won a number of awards for their music, as well as plenty of nominations along the way too. Some of their biggest wins have included multiple Grammys and American Music Awards. As well as their awards they’ve also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and have amassed sales of over 90 million records worldwide. In February 2016, founding member Maurice White sadly passed away after suffering with Parkinson’s disease for some years prior. 

Fancy learning a bit more about Earth, Wind & Fire? You can check out their full Wiki page here

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I remember seeing something not so long ago on Twitter that said something along the lines of ‘scousers listen to the kind of music that your mum does’ and honestly I can’t even deny it. I don’t think you will ever come across someone from Liverpool who doesn’t love the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire. And I absolutely love that. So this scouser is sharing her favourite tunes from “yer ma’s” favourite band. 

A Few of My Favourites…

I’ve featured a few Earth, Wind & Fire tracks over the years on here so you might already be familiar with the fact that ‘Let’s Groove‘ from Raise! (1981) is one of my favourite songs ever. It’s one of my recommendations in my playlist of 30 must listen funk songs for a reason!  Something that I found out was that there were quite a few tracks that I forgot existed but absolutely loved. The first was ‘After The Love Has Gone’ from I Am (1979) which is a classic Earth, Wind & Fire ballad. It’s a real smooth sing-along ballad and I for one am very glad to have rediscovered it. 

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‘That’s The Way Of The World’ (1975) – Earth, Wind & Fire.

There was also ‘Evolution Orange’ from Raise! (1981) which, to be honest, I have absolutely no idea how I know. I didn’t recognise the name of it but as soon as it came on it was instantly familiar. Maybe I’d heard it on a night out, who knows? Either way it’s a must listen.  ‘Shining Star’ from That’s The Way Of The World (1975) is another standout. The opening bass line is enough to sell me on it as a track. Maybe one day I’ll teach myself how to play it (…or maybe not). Then of course there’s ‘Boogie Wonderland’ from I Am (1979) too but does that really need an explanation? I think not. 

New Discoveries

September was most definitely a month for new discoveries when it came to The Legend Slot. Earth, Wind & Fire were another one of those artists who’s hits were the only ones I knew. I’d say my knowledge of their music made it as far as around 7 tracks. But after all The Legend Slot is all about learning more about iconic musicians so only knowing a few of their tracks made them all the more interesting to research.

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‘Electric Universe’ (1983) – Earth, Wind & Fire.

So, onto the new discoveries. Well, it all kicked off with the first song from their first album. ‘Help Somebody’ from Earth, Wind & Fire (1971). I think I’ve actually featured the first song from the first album of every single artist in The Legend Slot so far. Maybe it’s because I start each month with a lot of excitement for all the listening I’m going to do, and so I see each first track as the most amazing thing ever. That or the songs are all just absolutely banging. I think it’s a mix of both. 

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I Am’ (1979) – Earth, Wind & Fire.

Another new favourite was ‘In The Stone’ from I Am (1979). That album was just something else entirely. SO good. I must’ve listened to the album in full at least 5 times this month alone. It most definitely set me back a few days in terms of listening to all of their albums, but it was also so so worth it. 

A Little Extra For You

As was the same with Prince, there was one track that for some reason was never on an Earth, Wind & Fire studio album. It’s actually their most well known track as well. I just couldn’t miss it out. So here’s a little shout out to the absolute tune that is September.

Have you listened to much of Earth, Wind & Fire’s music before? Are you familiar with them as a band or are they a new one for you. Let me know in the comments! And if you want EVEN MORE music content then make sure to go ahead and sign up to my newsletter.

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40 thoughts on “The best ever Earth, Wind & Fire songs (Legends Slot)

    1. I completely agree with you, their music is just so upbeat that you can’t help but feel happy! Hope you enjoy the playlist 🙂

  1. I personally love the name of this band as much as the fact that they use the kalimba. It is awesome to see obscure instruments being used in music. I love that you share the song “September”. How fitting a tune for this month, both in name and in tone. 🙂

  2. I loooove Earth Wind and Fire, they came up on my Spotify shuffle quite a number of times recently and then your blog post appeared – what a coincidence!

    1. Oooh such a coincidence! Their music is so good isn’t it? Never fails to put me in a great mood 🙂

    1. Ahh really?! I assumed everyone had heard of ‘September’ but that’s what I love about this series. When I posted the ABBA playlist quite a few people said they’d never heard of them which was absolutely crazy to me! It’s so interesting to find out everyone’s opinions on each of the artists that I feature, especially when it’s someone who they aren’t familiar with. I hope you enjoy learning a bit about them. Let me know if there are any songs that you enjoy 🙂 x

  3. I have to admit, I only know September from Earth, Wind & Fire, and it’s such a banger! You’ve really inspired me to give some more of their stuff a listen! Thanks for sharing x

    1. I think that’s the case with a lot of people tbh! September is such a tune. I hope you enjoy discovering a little bit more about their music! 🙂

  4. September was never on an album?! What?! This was fascinating. Got to admit, these guys would have never crossed my mind if I was trying to guess future people you would feature in this series. But I guess that makes it even more interesting. I only know the big hits too so I’m sure I’ll discover something amazing here x


    1. I know right? I was shocked that it wasn’t on any of their studio albums! Haha gotta keep everyone on their toes haven’t I! Hope you enjoy listening 🙂 x

  5. This is the first time that I know about Earth Wind and Fire. I think I will love it!
    Thanks for sharing

  6. I grew up listening to earth, wind & fire but I’ve honestly not listened to them in so long! I’ll definitely be checking the playlist out x

  7. Omg love that quote about scousers, haha, made me chuckle! I deffo need to listen to more Earth, Wind, & Fire. I only know their singles as well, and that needs to change; they’re so iconic, and their sound truly is amazing. Forever in love with this series!! xx

    1. Haha glad you enjoyed it! I was going to embed the Tweet but I couldn’t find it! Aw thanks so much, it means a lot that you’re enjoying the series 🙂 x

  8. Ooh what a fascinating post, I really enjoyed reading this! Earth, Wind and Fire is a name I’ve heard of a lot but never listened properly to their music. Definitely going to change that after reading this and will be checking out some of the tracks you’ve recommended. Really enjoyed this, thanks.

  9. I’ll admit I don’t really listen to this band, but I have heard some of their classics, especially September, I’ll just randomly hear it on the radio or a TV advert or something every so often haha. Maybe I’ll have to get a playlist of them on Spotify and have more of a listen to them! xx

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