This is surely the first and only list on which I’ll ever have a Lionel Richie album ahead of a Bob Dylan album, but I can’t deny the consistent excellence of Richie’s Can’t Slow Down, my #10 album of 1983.
Can’t Slow Down enjoyed considerable critical and commercial success, and even bested Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. and Prince’s Purple Rain for the Album of the Year Grammy. I can’t say I agree with that particular outcome, but it’s certainly a notch in this album’s belt.
I recently bought Lionel Richie’s Can’t Stop Now on an impulse after getting ‘Stuck On You’ stuck in my head one afternoon.
It’s a great album. Six of its eight tracks were major hits. Today’s SOTD is one of the two that weren’t, but it too is a silky piece of soulful pop balladry.
I’ve had this song stuck in my head for the better part of two days now, and I have no idea why. Maybe it’s featured in a commercial or something?
When I realized I didn’t have a SOTD scheduled this morning, I figured I’d give old Lionel Richie his due for planting ‘Stuck On You’ in my brain.
So here is Richie’s official Meet Me In Montauk debut, if you don’t count a cover of ‘Endless Love’ by the cast of Glee.