15 of Otis Redding's Best Songs

 

 

September 9, 2016 would have been Otis Redding's 75th birthday. Redding died in 1967 just as his talents were connecting with a broader audience, but he left behind a great legacy of music. Let's go through the best songs from the albums released during his lifetime, and a couple of the key posthumous releases.

(click on the song titles below to hear the music)

 


 

 

Pain in My Heart

album: Pain in My Heart
year: 1964

don't miss: "Pain in My Heart," "That's What My Heart Needs"

 


 

The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
album: The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
year: 1965

don't miss: "That's How Strong My Love Is," "Mr. Pitiful"

 


 

Otis Blue
album: Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
year: 1965

don't miss: "Respect," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Shake"

 


 

The Soul Album
album: The Soul Album
year: 1966

don't miss: "Scratch My Back," "634-5789"

 


 

Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
album: Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
year: 1966

don't miss: "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)," "Try a Little Tenderness"

 


 

King & Queen
album: King & Queen (by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas)
year: 1967

don't miss: "Tramp," "Ooh Carla, Ooh Otis"

 


 

The Dock of the Bay
album: The Dock of the Bay
year: 1968

don't miss: "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

 


 

The Immortal Otis Redding
album: The Immortal Otis Redding
year: 1968

don't miss: "Hard to Handle"

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