Hot Chocolate's 10 best songs ever, ranked

29 March 2022, 15:24

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Hot Chocolate. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

Hot Chocolate were one of the finest British soul groups of all time, scoring a number of huge hits around the world.

Fronted by the late Errol Brown and his soothing vocals, Hot Chocolate were one of the biggest bands around in the 1970s and 1980s, and we still love playing their music to this day.

Here is the ultimate Hot Chocolate song list:

  1. I'll Put You Together Again

    This romantic ballad wasn't from an album at the time, but gave Hot Chocolate a Top 20 hit single in 1978.

  2. I Gave You My Heart (Didn't I)

    This song was from Hot Chocolate's 1983 album Love Shot, and while not a massive hit, it has since become a fan favourite.

    The track's songwriter was Richard Gower, the lead singer of the group Racey.

  3. You Could Have Been a Lady

    One of Hot Chocolate's first singles, this song was written back in 1969.

    The song was re-recorded for their Man to Man album with a heavier production, and it's this version which is usually heard on compilations.

  4. Emma

    This emotional ballad was a top 10 hit for the band in both the UK and US. "The story is tied to the death of my mother, aged 38," Errol later said.

    "It was almost not released, as Mickie Most thought it too slow and morbid. The girls in his offices at RAK Records changed his mind."

  5. No Doubt About It

    This 1980 track peaked at number two in the UK, and deals with the experiences of a man who witnesses a UFO landing.

    Errol also claimed that it "sold so many records in the week it went to #2 that the factory ran out of stock, which deprived us of the #1 spot."

  6. Brother Louie

    This song is about an interracial love affair and the negative reactions from both sets of parents.

    Blues Incorporated musician Alexis Korner has a spoken word part in the song as the father of the white man dating a black woman.

    it was also covered by the band Stories, who scored a hit with a cover in the States in 1973, and was used as the theme tune to US sitcom Louie.

    Not to be confused with the very different song of the same name by '80s legends Modern Talking!

  7. Every 1's a Winner

    This funk classic is perhaps best known for its distinctive distorted guitar riff by Harvey Hinsley, and it was another UK and US top 10 hit.

    Errol Brown later told the Mail On Sunday in 2009 that the band's producer Mickie Most suggested the song's title: "I was getting nowhere with it when I heard my eldest daughter crying in a particular rhythm and used that for the melody."

  8. It Started With a Kiss

    This ballad gave Hot Chocolate another top five hit in the UK in 1982.

    Errol said of the song: "I thought of the title and connected it to my puppy love for a girl in my class in Jamaica when I was nine. Her name was Barbara Blackwood. She would have no idea it had anything to do with her."

  9. You Sexy Thing

    Probably their best known song, this disco number was a top three hit in both the UK and US in 1975 (it was beaten to number one in the UK by Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Amazingly, it was originally only meant to be a B-side!

    It had a new lease of life in the 1990s, after its heavy use in The Full Monty. It saw the song re-enter the UK top 10 and cemented the UK's love for Errol and the boys.

  10. So You Win Again

    This was the band's only number one single, released in 1977. Writer Russ Ballard wasn't too fond of it, later saying: "I didn't like their version at the time, it seemed too slow and too English for me, but I got used to it.

    "I wanted it more like Boz Scaggs, but Mickie was right and I was wrong."