Commodores, 'Commodores' (1977)
As Lionel Richie and the Commodores got more popular, they moved away from their more soulful, funkier Motown roots to incorporate more easy listening-tinged tunes that highlighted Lionel Richie's voice alongside co-singer Clyde Orange. Their breakout came with their self-titled fifth album, featuring Orange leading the funk classic "Brick House" and Richie's ballad "Easy," on top of party hits like "Squeeze the Fruit" and "Won't You Come Dance With Me." Richie's smooth, soft style paved the way for his later Eighties success and even a recent resurgence thanks to a duets album, Tuskegee, with some of today's biggest country stars. With all the attention paid to disco-funk throwbacks like Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, it's a wonder that the Commodores haven't seen another wave of popularity.