The Late Movies: Soul Songs

Erica Palan

For many religions following Western Christian principles, November 2nd is known as All Souls’ Day, an occasion to remember the dead, especially those who have not yet made it to heaven and need extra prayers to be saved from eternal life in purgatory. In celebration of this holiday, Late Movies brings you some songs about soul — whatever your definition of the term.

Heart and Soul

While every kid who ever took piano lessons has played this song, the most famous rendition comes from the movie Big.

Who Will Save Your Soul?

The first single off Jewel’s debut album, this song introduced the world to the American singer/yodeler.

Soul Man

Written in 1967 by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, this song took about new life 11 years after its original release when Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi performed it as the Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live.

The Blues Brothers - Soul Man
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Soul Kitchen

Released on the The Doors’ self-titled album, this song was written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore.

Soul Power

The great James Brown wants it ... soul power!

All About Soul

True story: I saw Billy Joel live a few summers ago on his tour with Elton John and he came on stage totally drunk and called up a roadie and let him play a song. He did not play this song.

Hey, Soul Sister

You probably recognize this song from Samsung’s 3-D TV commercial.


Released by the Allman Brothers in 1994, “Soulshine” was written by guitarist Warren Haynes. “Soulshine” was Hayne’s childhood nickname from his father.

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