51 Tartan Phantom 6 days ago "I know that soul and R&B are not everyone's cup o' tea around here, but I'm gonna post this anyway."No argument here, TP. Jackie Wilson's the man.Incidentally, it's been an education reading though this thread. As ever, it's each to his/her own of course. But I sometimes think that 'masterpiece' is one of those words like 'genius' and 'awesome' — somewhere along the line the bar has been, shall we say, lowered a little. And the OP did ask which songs, rather than performances, are regarded as masterpieces. IMO, in the the world of rock/pop music, many a silk purse has been made out of a sow's ear — and vice versa. I'll throw these in — two crackers from Hoagy Carmichael given remarkable performances. Spot on, Dave-- and in terms of performance of Hoagy Carmichael's timeless "Georgia On My Mind", I'll match Brother Ray's performance with the Beautiful rendition by Jerry & Chet-- as Jerry might say.... "SON!"