481. Rick James, 'Super Freak'
Writers: James, Alonzo Miller
Released: Aug. '81, Gordy
24 weeks; No. 16
James wasn't exactly modest about his ambitions. As he declared in 1981, "I wanna make Paul McCartney white-boy money!" He got it with the self-described "punk funk" of "Super Freak," from his breakthrough album, Street Songs. James enlisted the Temptations for background vocals. The song got a second life when MC Hammer jacked it for the 1990 megasmash "U Can't Touch This."
Appears on: Street Songs (Motown)