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Barry White was one of the most successful soul and disco artists of the 1970s, and his music still lives on nearly 20 years after his death in 2003.
Barry sold over 100 million records during his career, and we've picked just a handful of his very best songs to make for a perfect playlist:
Tina Turner ft Barry White - "Wildest Dreams" Official Clip Uncensored
What a fascinating single! Yes, Barry and Tina teamed up for this minor hit in 1996, only reaching number 32 in the UK.
Amazingly, actor Antonio Banderas appears on the album version in a spoken word passage, and its claymation video featured a cameo from Wallace and Gromit!
Barry White live in Birmingham 1988 - Part 7 - I've Got So Much To Give
This seductive ballad arguably kickstarted Barry's brand of music: mixing R&B and soul with elements of early disco, topped off with his soothing spoken passages.
It became the title track of his debut album, released in 1973.
Barry White - Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up • TopPop
Barry scored a top 10 hit with this song from his second album in 1973.
Lisa Stansfield later had a UK top 40 hit with a cover version over two decades later, and the pair even teamed up for a duet version on her song 'All Around the World'.
You See The Trouble With Me - Barry White (Don't Forget Your Toothbrush 1994)
Released in 1976, this song was actually a collaboration with Ray Parker Jr, who would go on to score a huge hit with 'Ghostbusters'.
Dance act Black Legend took a cover version to number one in the UK in 2000.
barry white - I'm gonna love you just a little bit more baby 1973
If there's ever going to be one song to get you into the mood for lurve, then this is it.
Barry's seductive track reached number three in the US, and has been used in various TV shows and movies over the years.
Barry White - let the music play (2000) "Live Performance"
This disco anthem was the title track to Barry's 1976 album, and was actually an outtake from his previous LP Just Another Way To Say I Love You.
It reached number 9 in the UK and became a live favourite.
Barry White / it's ecstasy when you lay down next to me (live)-(1977)
Another seductive anthem from Barry, this song would later get sampled by Robbie Williams on 'Rock DJ', taking it to number one in 2000.
Barry White - Just the way you are (music video)
Billy Joel's song was already a brilliant love song, but Barry put his own disco spin on it in 1979.
It's pretty darn tough trying to choose which version is best!
Barry White "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe" LIVE 1977 (Reelin' In The Years Archives)
Released in 1974, this became one of Barry's signature songs, and reached the top spot in the US.
We particularly love his appearance in The Simpsons, where he recorded a special version of the song.
You Are The First, My Last, My Everything (Barry White)
Also released in 1974, this song was originally written over 21 years previously by Peter Radcliffe as a country song, before Barry totally reworked it and took it to number one in the UK.
It took on a new lease of life in the 1990s, when Ally McBeal character John used it as his own personal theme song, leading to Barry appearing as himself on the TV show.