It’s Alright: The Soul Sheet Music You Need

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If you’re a fan of soul music, then you know that it’s all about the feels. And what better way to get those feels than by playing some of the best soul sheet music around?

Whether you’re looking for classics like “Ain’t No Sunshine” or “Stand by Me”, or something a little more modern, we’ve got you covered. So check out our list of the must-have soul sheet music and get ready to feel the groove!


Welcome to It’s Alright, the soul sheet music guide. This website is dedicated to helping you find the soul sheet music you need.

We know that there are a lot of different places to find sheet music, and it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this guide. We’ll show you some of the best places to find soul sheet music, and we’ll give you some tips on how to choose the right piece for you.

Whether you’re looking for a specific piece of music or just want to browse, we hope you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Thanks for visiting!

The Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”

“Unchained Melody” is a song written by Alex North and Hy Zaret for the 1955 film Unchained. North used the music from a previously composed piece, “Plaintive Blues.” The lyrics for “Unchained Melody” were written by Hy Zaret and tell the story of a man’s yearning for a lost love. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1955.

The Righteous Brothers version of “Unchained Melody” was released in 1965 and was an instant hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song has been covered by many other artists over the years, but the Righteous Brothers version is considered by many to be the definitive recording of “Unchained Melody.”

The Temptations – “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” is a 1966 song and hit single by The Temptations for Motown Records’ Gordy label, written by Norman Whitfield and Edward Holland, Jr. The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was ranked number 91 on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list in 2004.
In 2006, the United States Library of Congress honored the song as one of 50 recordings selected that year for preservation in the National Recording Registry. It is also the title of a 2016 Broadway musical about the group.

Otis Redding – “Try a Little Tenderness”

“Try a Little Tenderness” is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, and Harry M. Woods. It was first recorded by American singer Vance Joy in 1932, and was popularized by a 1933 recording by the Boswell Sisters. The song was covered by rock singer Otis Redding in 1966, whose version became a hit, reaching number 4 on the Black Singles chart and number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Redding’s version of “Try a Little Tenderness” has been described as “one of the most transcendent moments in soul music”. Critic Craig Lytle described it as “a soaring three-minute tour de force that stands as one of the greatest Soul recordings of all time.” In 2004, Redding’s recording was ranked number 188 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Sam Cooke – “A Change is Gonna Come”

“A Change is Gonna Come” is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. Released on December 22, 1964 by RCA Victor, the song was a chart-topping hit on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox Top 100. The song describes Cooke’s growing despair as he becomes aware of the discrimination against African Americans, eventually leading to a realization that change will come.

Aretha Franklin – “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”

Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” was a Top 10 hit, but it was her recording of “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” that made her a superstar. Released as a single in 1967, the song went to number one on the R&B charts and number nine on the pop charts. The success of the song helped Aretha’s “I Never Loved a Man” album reach number two on the pop charts and number one on the R&B charts, making Aretha the first female artist to have an album reach the top of both charts.


So, what’s the takeaway? For one thing, there is no one “right” way to play soul music. Every artist has their own unique style that they bring to the genre. And, of course, there are many different subgenres within soul itself. So, whether you’re a fan of classic Motown or contemporary R&B, there’s sure to be a soul artist out there that you’ll love.

Secondly, if you’re interested in playing soul music yourself, don’t be afraid to experiment. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to this genre. So go ahead and try out different chord progressions, melodies, and grooves until you find something that feels right for you. Who knows? You might just come up with the next big soul hit!

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