Earth, Wind & Fire: 12 Essential Songs

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

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"Reasons" (1975)

If you're an old-school rap fan, then you remember the scene in Erick Sermon's "Stay Real" video where he sings "Reasons" in the shower. Indeed, many people have tried and failed to reach the notes that Philip Bailey hits on this ballad from EWF's That's the Way of the World. The song is not only a karaoke classic, but also a sign of how the group had evolved from a visionary funk-rock band to a cosmopolitan ensemble that incorporated easy pop, jazz and disco. As Maurice White, who co-wrote the track with Bailey and producer Charles Stepney, explained to Billboard in 1975, "It was simply our goal to reach everybody."    

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