James Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was a singer and entertainer. Often referred to as “The Godfather of Soul“, Brown started singing in church groups and worked his way up. He has been recognized as one of the most influential figures in the 20th century popular music and was renowned for his vocals and incredible dancing. He was also called “the hardest working man in show business”. As a prolific singer, songwriter, dancer and bandleader, Brown was a pivotal force in the music industry, and left his mark on numerous artists. Brown began his professional music career in 1956 and rose to fame during the late 1950s and early 1960s on the strength of his thrilling live performances and string of smash hits. In spite of various personal problems and setbacks he continued to score hits in every decade through the 1980s. In addition to his acclaim in music, Brown was also a presence in American political affairs during the 1960s and 1970s. Brown was recognized by numerous titles, including Soul Brother Number One, Mr. Dynamite, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, The King of Funk, The King of Soul, and foremost The Godfather of Soul. Although Brown fully earned the nickname “Godfather of Soul,” he is also tremendously important to the history of pop music. He placed 99 songs on the chart in a 30 year time span. This amazing achievement puts James Brown within the top 10 of the list of all-time most successful pop artists. With Browns numerous pop & r&b hits, it was extremely difficult to name his top ten greatest. Nevertheless, here’s my list of the Top 10 Greatest Songs by “The Godfather of Soul”, James Brown.