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Bobby Womack's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

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Bobby Womack poses for a portarit at home in 1974 in Los Angeles, United States.

The late Bobby Womack left a great impression on an array of Billboard's charts -- tallying hits on the R&B, pop, gospel, alternative and even dance/electronic tallies.

Womack, who died on Friday, June 27 at age 70, notched 45 hit singles on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in his lifetime. Among those are two No. 1 hits: "Woman's Gotta Have It" and "Lookin' For a Love." 

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The latter became his biggest hit on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart, climbing to No. 10 in 1974. On Womack's list of his top 10 biggest hits on the Hot 100 (see below), "Lookin'" ranks at No. 1.

Among his hits are songs like "If You Think You're Lonely Now," which he co-wrote and saw it peak at No. 3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 1982. It was later covered by K-Ci Hailey in 1995, reaching No. 11, and was interpolated in Mariah Carey's No. 1 Hot 100 hit "We Belong Together." (Carey's version even earned Womack a Grammy Award nomination for song of the year.)

In later years, Womack saw one of his more minor hits, "Across 110th Street," from the 1972 film of the same name, gain new life as a favorite of DJs and filmmakers — most notably, it soundtracks a key scene in the 2007 film "American Gangster," directed by Ridley Scott and starring Denzel Washington.   

Womack most recently charted with the 2012 album "The Bravest Man In the Universe," which reached No. 6 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart and No. 181 on the Billboard 200. The set, released on XL Recordings, was co-produced by Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz). Womack and the Gorillaz earlier teamed up for surprise hit single in 2010, "Stylo," which hit No. 24 on the Alternative Songs chart.

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As a guest musician, Womack found himself on an array of albums for everyone from the Rolling Stones to Aretha Franklin. 

The Rolling Stones, with the help of Womack on backing vocals, scored a No. 5 hit on the Hot 100 with their cover of "Harlem Shuffle" in 1986. 

Bobby Womack's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits

1. "Lookin' For A Love," Hot 100 peak: 10, 4/27/1974

2. "Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out," Hot 100 peak: 29, 9/8/1973

3. "That's The Way I Feel About Cha," Hot 100 peak: 27, 2/12/1972

4. "Harry Hippie," Hot 100 peak: 31, 2/10/1973
5. "Fly Me To The Moon," - Hot 100 peak: 52, 10/26/1968
6. "California Dreamin,'" Hot 100 peak: 43, 1/25/1969

7. "Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)," Hot 100 peak: 51, 10/7/1972
8. "Woman's Gotta Have It," Hot 100 peak: 60, 6/3/1972

9. "Across 110th Street," Hot 100 peak: 56, 4/28/1973

10. "You're Welcome Stop On By," Hot 100 peak: 59, 8/10/1974

Legend: This chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods.


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