Earth, Wind & Fire: 12 Essential Songs

Savor the smoothest soul and most enlightened funk from the hitmaking legends

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"Got to Get You Into My Life" (1978)

With its hot horn section, "Got to Get You Into My Life" was already one of the funkier Beatles songs out there. That made it a natural fit for EWF, who covered the song for the 1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band film starring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton. The movie isn't exactly remembered fondly: "What was incredible is that people like … Earth, Wind and Fire got into that. You would have never thought any of them would have gotten into that ... thing," a regretful Barry Gibb later told RS. But the cover took on a life of its own, thanks largely to its prime placement on Earth, Wind & Fire's first greatest-hits album that same year — ensuring that generations of fans love the easygoing EWF groove as much or more than the version heard on Revolver.  

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