This 1977 classic is perfect for a relaxing, pastoral Easter Sunday. Whether you’re getting out of church, hunting Easter eggs or stuffing yourself silly with chocolate rabbits, the blend of wordless harmonies, tasteful guitar solo and Lionel Richie’s soothing vocals make it a no-brainer why this was a #1 single in its day. Despite being a break-up song, it’s one where the narrator actually has a positive attitude about it, which is a change from the norm. Take a listen:
The song has had a long and fruitful life, as a karaoke favorite, performed on American Idol, and Faith No More even scored a major hit with it in the U.K. in December of 1992. The Commodores were an incredibly successful and diverse group, racking up other big singles such as “Brick House,” “Three Times A Lady,” and “Just To Be Close To You.” Of course, lead singer Lionel Richie would go on to have an incredibly successful solo career in the 1980s as well. If you haven’t before, take the opportunity this Sunday to take it “Easy” with one of the best R&B groups of the 1970s.
Jarad Matula | Senior Writer