The art of creating an album is one of the most understated aspects in music. There's something magical about how music ebbs and flows during a single sitting and takes you on a journey. Each song has a very specific placement within the track listing; there is a natural flow that invites the listener to keep listening from start to finish.

 

Here at Runaway Music, we have provided you with the "perfect albums" of some of the most influential artists of all time. These songs — comprised of both hits and deep cuts — work together to create a cohesive album that serves as more than just another greatest hits compilation.

Earth, Wind & Fire is arguably the most successful R&B group of all time. The band has an incredible crossover appeal; their music is perfect for barbecues, can be played at any family gathering, and you've likely unknowingly heard their music playing in department stores across the nation. With over 100 million records sold during their domination of the charts in the '70s and '80s, including hit songs like "Shining Star," "That's the Way of the World," "September," "Devotion," "Let's Groove" and more, as well as becoming the first black act to ever sell out Madison Square Garden, the band's commercial success is undeniable.

Led by frontman Maurice White — may he rest in peace — the band's success can be attributed to their attention to detail and unique sound. Through the dichotomy of White's sultry baritone and Philip Bailey's incredible falsetto, their use of horns, and attention to harmonies and groove, the band quickly became one of the most best-selling bands of all time. Earth, Wind & Fire also won 8 Grammys (6 as a band, with White and Bailey each winning one individually), are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and even have five — five! — members inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

We urge you to take a dive into the discography of one of the most consistently great acts in music history — your next party's playlist will thank you.

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Perfect Album Series: Earth, Wind & Fire

TRACK LISTING

01. Serpentine Haze

02. September

03. Devotion (Live)

04. Drum Song

05. Keep Your Head to the Sky

06. Fantasy

07. Beijo (Interlude) aka Brazilian Rhyme (Interlude)

08. Can't Hide Love

09. That's the Way of the World

10. All About Love

11. Love's Holiday

12. After the Love Has Gone

13. Reasons (Live)

14. Be Ever Wonderful

Vol. 1, No. 8 | Earth, Wind & Fire