6. Bobby Womack "Woman's Gotta Have It," 1972
With its lush, orchestrated backdrop and "listen, my brother" élan, Womack's first first Number One hit (from 1972's Understanding) is perhaps the most poignantly lascivious fable of lost love ever recorded. Our soul survivor has botched a good relationship (perhaps foretelling the moment when Womack's wife caught him in bed with her 18-year-old daughter and fired a gun at him) and he advises others not to make the same mistake. His voice has a seen-it-all dominion over the proceedings that is utterly transfixing, and his advice, as is Womack's wont, does not lack for specifics, instructing, "You got to give her what she wants when she wants it, where she wants it, and how she wants it, oh yeah, every doggone time she feels she needs it."