The 15 Best John Legend Songs

9 April 2015, 11:29 | Updated: 11 May 2017, 16:02

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Relive some John Legend classics including 'Ordinary People' and 'Number One' as well as discovering some of his lesser known tracks.

John Legend is the man to work with since the success of his beautiful 2014 piano ballad 'All Of Me,' which was the UK's third best-selling single last year and the USA's second. 
But with five studio albums and decades of experience in the music industry behind him, before we get carried away with what the 'Love In The Future' singer will release next, let's take a step back and appreciate 15 of the biggest, most emotional songs John Legend has already given us.  

John Legend - 'Ordinary People'

Before 'All Of Me,' 'Ordinary People' was certainly the song Legend was most famous for. Written by himself and Will.I.Am for his debut 'Get Lifted' album, released in 2004, the beautiful piano ballad won a Grammy award for 'Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.' 

John Legend - 'Used To Love You'

Let us take you back to 2004 when no one knew the name John Legend and he dropped his first ever single, co-produced by a certain someone called Kanye West, 'Used To Love U.' The song had moderate chart success, giving him a taster of bigger things to come.

John Legend Feat. Andre 3000 - 'Green Light' 

When John Legend and Andre 3000 are both credited on the same song you know it's going to be a big one. Back in 2008 they hooked up for an unusually upbeat song from Legend that kept its r&b soul. 

John Legend - 'Number one'

"You know that I love you, there's no one above you/ I said it the last time, but this is the last time…" Old friends John Legend and Kanye West made a summer hit when they worked together on the 'Get Lifted' single 'Number One.'

John legend - 'Tonight (Best You Ever Had)'

A year after Beyoncé was singing about the Best Thing I Never Had, John Legend was letting the world know that tonight he would be the "best you ever had." Featuring Ludacris, the song is better known in the US where it reach number 12 on the r&b chart, than in the UK. 

John Legend - 'Save Room'

Who can forget the video for Legend's 2006 song 'Save Room?' - you know, the one that sees him wake up wearing on those white boxers. As a digital release only in the UK, rules at the time prevented it from charting. 

John Legend - 'Glory'

Written for the 2014 film 'Selma,' which portrays the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches that Martin Luther King lead, 'Glory' went on to win Legend and his collaborator Common both a Golden Globe and an Oscar, deservedly so. 

Big Sean Feat. John Legend and Kanye West - 'One Man Can Change The World'

This year (2015) Legend contributed to Big Sean's debut album 'Dark Sky Paradise' on the inspiring song 'One Man Can Change The World.' The song tells the story of Sean's life and influences and hears the sounds of John Legend on the piano. 

John Legend And The Roots - 'Wake Up'

'Wake Up' was taken off John Legend's collaborative album with hip-hop band The Roots of the same name. The song is a cover of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes song and features Common, who Legend would go on to collaborate with again on 'Glory.'

John Legend - 'Let's Get Lifted'

'Let's Get Lifted' from John's 'Get Lifted' album has one of the catchiest tunes that Legend's ever created. 

John Legend Feat. Rick Ross - 'Who Do We Think We Are' 

'Who Do We Think We Are,' the first single released from Legend's 2013 'Love In The Future' album, which also homes 'All Of Me,' sees Legend and Rick Ross over indulge in it's official music video. 

John Legend - 'All Of Me'

Believe it or not, 'All Of Me' - which was only released in 2013 - was John Legend's first number one in the USA, knocking Pharrell's 'Happy,' which spent 10 weeks at number one, off the top spot. The beautiful love song about Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen, went on to become 2014's second best-selling single in the US and third best-selling single in the UK.

John Legend - 'Who Did That To You'

Taken from the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained,' 'Who Did That To You' could have been a single in its own right. 

John Legend - 'Heaven'

This song has Kanye West written all over it - and so it should, it was co-produced by 'The College Dropout' rapper. The chorus, the beat it's all so infectious and soulful.

John Legend - 'She Don't Have To Know'

John Legend revisits the recurring theme of cheating of cheating partners in his emotional song 'She Don't Have To Know.' Watch a passionate live performance of the song above.