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10 Isley Brothers Songs That Will Make You Want to Bust a Move

The Isley Brothers have hits that span decades. Whether you're a seasoned dancer or letting loose, The Isley Brothers have a song for you to dance to.


Dec. 13 2023, Published 6:31 p.m. ET

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Few artists have managed to stand the test of time like The Isley Brothers, and the group shows no signs of slowing down.

Known for their smooth harmonies and soulful melodies, this legendary R&B ensemble has left a lasting mark on the music industry.

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The group – which originally consisted of Ronald Isley, O'Kelly "Kelly" Isley Jr., Rudolph Isley, and Vernon Isley – rose to fame in the 1950s.

The Isley Brothers got their big break in 1959 with the release of "Shout." The song reached No. 47 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and became the group’s first cross-over hit.

The Isley Brothers went on to have a string of hits, solidifying their place in music history. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best Isley Brothers songs to dance, groove, and get down to.

"Shout" (1959)

Kicking off our list is the dance anthem "Shout." This classic has been a staple at parties for decades with its energetic call-and-response.

While the song is often regarded as one of the group’s biggest hits, it only took the band one take to record. “We went back to the studio, and we did it one time, just one time,” Ronald Isley told Jennifer Hudson.

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"It's Your Thing" (1969)

Released during the funk revolution, "It's Your Thing" is an upbeat groove that effortlessly blends funk, soul, and rock. Since its release, the song has been covered by artists like Aretha Franklin, The Jackson 5, and Led Zeppelin.

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"Twist and Shout" (1962)

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The Isley Brothers (L to R) O'Kelly Isley Jr., Ronnie Isley and Rudolph Isley

The Isley Brothers' rendition of this Beatles classic, which was originally released in 1963, is infused with a soulful twist. Paul McCartney joined The Isley Brothers in 2012 to perform the song with Usher and Jennifer Hudson (per Ultimate Classic Rock.)

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"That Lady" (1973)

The Isley Brothers' track, "That Lady," is a soulful masterpiece that combines funky beats and smooth guitar riffs that are perfect for those who want to glide across the dance floor with style.

In addition to being featured in a number of films, the song has been sampled by Kendrick Lamar and the Beastie Boys.

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"Fight the Power" (1975)

"Fight the Power" is a funk-rock anthem that not only urges you to move but also carries a powerful social message. It was released as the lead single from their 13th studio album, The Heat Is On, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

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"Between the Sheets" (1983)

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The Isley Brothers in 1970.

While it is a bit slower than some of the other songs on the list, "Between the Sheets" has an undeniable sensuality. Chaka Khan later covered the song, alongside Fourplay and Nathan East.

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"Harvest for the World" (1976)

Infused with socially conscious lyrics, “Harvest for the World” is a danceable anthem with a powerful message. “A nation planted, so concerned with gain,” the lyrics read. “As the seasons come and go, greater grows the pain.”

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"Summer Breeze" (1974)

"Summer Breeze" is the perfect song for a summer barbeque. The track was originally recorded by Seals and Crofts for their fourth studio album but was later covered by The Isley Brothers and became an R&B hit.

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"Take Me to the Next Phase" (1978)

Equipped with an electrifying beat and funky bassline, “Take Me to the Next Phase” is an invitation to bust out your best dance moves. The song was first released in 1978 and has since become an R&B classic.

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“I Like” (2003)

The Isley Brothers’ hit "I Like" is a testament to the band’s ability to cross generations. The song was released more than 50 years after the group made their debut as a part of their hit album Body Kiss.

"I Like" features longtime Isley Brothers collaborator R. Kelly along with rap icon Snoop Dogg.

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