1985 – From White Nights: “Say You, Say Me” by Lionel Ritchie (performed song and wrote music and lyrics)
Now this is music. This doozy of a love ballad may very well represent the pinnacle of high school dances. You know, the ones where you would stand on one side of the room hoping that a romantic song would come on that would prompt you to slow dance with that special someone. Ritchie just gets everyone in the mood. Toward the song’s conclusion, Ritchie makes a slight up-tempo detour to get the blood pumping, riling you up before bringing it back home with the memorable chorus.
Best lyrics: “So you think you know the answers? Oh no. Well, the whole world’s got you dancing, that’s right I’m telling you.