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DeBarge

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Groomed to be the heirs to the Jackson 5 throne in the early '80s, DeBarge mirrored the Jacksons early success with a string of hits, but were unable to sustain their winning streak beyond the mid-'80s. Formed in 1978, the Grand Rapids, Michigan quintet was comprised of four brothers and one sister: Eldra, Mark, James, Randy, and Bunny. The group signed with the same label that the Jacksons started with, Motown (via the Gordy subsidiary), courtesy of older brothers Tommy and Bobby (who were members of another Gordy act, Switch). Led by the soft and sweet vocals of Eldra (or El, for short), DeBarge issued a debut album in 1981, The DeBarges, which showed that the group had yet to hone their hit-making style. But the quintet soon found the formula, as their sophomore effort, 1982's All This Love, would go on to become DeBarge's first gold-certified success, and spawn such hit singles as "I Like It," "Time Will Reveal," and the title track.

1983's In a Special Way was another gold-certified smash, spawning another hit single with "Love Me in a Special Way," and landing an opening slot on a sold-out U.S. tour with Luther Vandross. For their fourth release overall, 1985's Rhythm of the Night, DeBarge enlisted the aid of songwriter Diane Warren plus respected producers David Foster, Richard Perry, Giorgio Moroder, and Glen Ballard, which resulted in the group's third gold album in a row. The biggest hit single of their career, the uptempo title track nearly topped the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured in the movie The Last Dragon. Further hit singles were plucked from the album ("Who's Holding Donna Now?" and "You Wear It Well"), but not all was well behind the scenes.

While 1986 saw the release of the group's first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits, it also signaled El DeBarge's exit from the group. He scored a considerable hit right off the bat with a self-titled debut but struggled with substance abuse and a sporadically active, if occasionally brilliant, recording career. The El-less version of the group managed to issue just one more release, 1987's Back on Track, before splitting up two years later. (During the same time, another DeBarge brother, Chico, launched a recording career.) Further DeBarge compilations saw the light of day, including 1997's Ultimate Collection, 2000's 20th Masters: The Millennium Collection, and 2011's comprehensive Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi

Total plays

385.5 million
Updated on 2024-06-22

Country

United States

Monthly listeners

2,235,168

Followers

620,136

Top Cities

  1. Philippines
    49,646 listeners
  2. United States
    46,273 listeners
  3. United Kingdom
    28,600 listeners
  4. United States
    29,210 listeners
  5. United States
    24,015 listeners

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Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
Rhythm Of The Night - From "The Last Dragon" Soundtrack
Rhythm Of The Night - From "The Last Dragon" Soundtrack
117,362,193 3:48 1985-01-01
I Like It
I Like It
70,214,951 4:39 1982-04-28
Who's Holding Donna Now?
Who's Holding Donna Now?
53,834,640 4:30 1985-01-01
The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)
The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)
25,519,889 6:41 2023-08-11
Time Will Reveal
Time Will Reveal
23,768,344 4:19 1983-09-24
All This Love
All This Love
21,743,033 5:52 1982-04-28
Stay With Me
Stay With Me
11,026,306 3:48 1983-09-24
Starlight Express
Starlight Express
7,849,483 3:47 2024-04-12
A Dream
A Dream
7,156,718 5:14 1997-03-17
Love Me In A Special Way
Love Me In A Special Way
7,031,539 4:16 1983-09-24
All This Love - Single Version
All This Love - Single Version
7,012,006 4:09 2002-01-01
Who's Johnny
Who's Johnny
3,734,411 4:09 2023-07-08
Time Will Reveal - Long Version
Time Will Reveal - Long Version
2,969,508 5:03 2011-09-20
Rhythm Of The Night - Dance Mix
Rhythm Of The Night - Dance Mix
2,400,591 5:45 1997-03-17
Rhythm of the Night - Club Mix
Rhythm of the Night - Club Mix
2,400,591 5:43 2009-01-01
Dindi
Dindi
1,923,376 4:57 1997-01-01
I Like It - Soul Synopsis Mix
I Like It - Soul Synopsis Mix
1,850,148 5:48 2020-06-26
A Dream
A Dream
1,748,748 4:24 1983-09-24
Love Always
Love Always
1,494,526 5:24 1997-03-17
Who's Johnny
Who's Johnny
1,471,325 4:44 2000-11-21
Can't Stop
Can't Stop
1,014,119 4:07 1982-04-28
You Wear It Well
You Wear It Well
981,437 4:46 1985-01-01
You Wear It Well
You Wear It Well
777,317 3:54 1997-03-17
Rhythm Of The Night - Long Version
Rhythm Of The Night - Long Version
740,994 6:43 2011-09-20
Queen Of My Heart
Queen Of My Heart
685,924 3:40 1983-09-24
I'm In Love With You
I'm In Love With You
675,425 3:36 1982-04-28
It's Getting Stronger
It's Getting Stronger
544,763 4:01 1982-04-28
The Heart Is Not So Smart
The Heart Is Not So Smart
522,583 4:37 1985-01-01
Share My World
Share My World
479,936 5:36 1985-01-01
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
304,229 4:38 1982-04-28
Give It Up
Give It Up
303,754 4:19 1985-01-01
What's Your Name
What's Your Name
282,036 4:23 1981-01-01
Life Begins With You
Life Begins With You
276,988 4:48 1982-04-28
Need Somebody
Need Somebody
256,463 4:53 1983-09-24
Be My Lady
Be My Lady
255,262 4:15 1983-09-24
Prime Time
Prime Time
232,333 4:28 1985-01-01
Stop! Don't Tease Me
Stop! Don't Tease Me
223,901 5:51 1982-04-28
Single Heart
Single Heart
213,871 3:34 1985-01-01
You're Not the Only One
You're Not the Only One
186,813 3:15 1987-01-01
You're Not The Only One
You're Not The Only One
186,813 3:13 2015-04-10
Dance The Night Away
Dance The Night Away
164,932 4:23 1981-01-01
Saving Up (All My Love)
Saving Up (All My Love)
162,007 4:21 1981-01-01
I Give Up On You
I Give Up On You
159,038 3:47 1983-09-24
Baby, Won't Cha Come Quick
Baby, Won't Cha Come Quick
152,927 4:37 1983-09-24
Queen Of My Heart
Queen Of My Heart
150,270 3:51 1981-01-01
The Walls (Came Tumbling Down)
The Walls (Came Tumbling Down)
148,319 6:45 1985-01-01
Every Time I Think of You
Every Time I Think of You
144,537 4:30 1987-01-01
Every Time I Think Of You
Every Time I Think Of You
144,537 4:28 2015-04-10
Everytime I Think of You
Everytime I Think of You
144,537 4:30 2017-05-02
Share My World
Share My World
143,705 5:40 1981-01-01
You're So Gentle, So Kind
You're So Gentle, So Kind
140,459 4:45 1981-01-01
Hesitated
Hesitated
131,579 3:46 1981-01-01
All Over
All Over
122,383 4:29 1987-01-01
Dance All Night
Dance All Night
122,383 4:24 2015-04-10
Strange Romance
Strange Romance
120,421 5:07 1981-01-01
I Got You Babe
I Got You Babe
103,520 4:43 1987-01-01
Stop! Don't Tease Me
Stop! Don't Tease Me
94,800 3:55 1997-03-17
The Heart Is Not So Smart - Club Mix / Radio Edit
The Heart Is Not So Smart - Club Mix / Radio Edit
94,735 3:52 1997-03-17
Take It to the Top
Take It to the Top
93,762 3:03 2007-01-05
Say You Do
Say You Do
92,885 4:30 1987-01-01
Christmas Without You
Christmas Without You
92,272 4:14 2017-11-15
You're a Big Boy
You're a Big Boy
89,695 4:35 1987-01-01
You're A Big Boy
You're A Big Boy
89,695 4:32 2015-04-10
We're Having Fun
We're Having Fun
89,350 3:35 2019-05-29
VIBES
VIBES
69,063 4:06 2020-02-28
Rhythm Of The Night - 80s Flashback Dance Fitness
Rhythm Of The Night - 80s Flashback Dance Fitness
65,789 3:30 2009-01-01
Dance All Night
Dance All Night
65,130 3:42 2019-05-29
All This Love - Alternate Version
All This Love - Alternate Version
53,912 5:25 2011-09-20
I Like It (1895 Jazz Remix)
I Like It (1895 Jazz Remix)
45,119 4:26 2022-11-18
Stay With Me - Instrumental
Stay With Me - Instrumental
44,433 3:56 2011-09-20
Take It to the Top
Take It to the Top
43,154 3:22 1987-01-01
Take it To the Top
Take it To the Top
43,154 3:22 2015-04-28
Take It To The Top
Take It To The Top
43,154 3:19 2015-04-10
A Dream - Instrumental
A Dream - Instrumental
39,926 6:11 2011-09-20
Dance All Night
Dance All Night
34,792 3:44 1987-01-01
Love Me In A Special Way - Instrumental
Love Me In A Special Way - Instrumental
33,369 4:59 2011-09-20
Tonight - 2021 Remastered
Tonight - 2021 Remastered
32,930 5:05 2003-01-01
18th
18th
24,553 3:06 2022-07-29
You Wear It Well - M&M Club Mix
You Wear It Well - M&M Club Mix
22,734 6:53 2011-09-20
Get Involved - 2021 Remastered
Get Involved - 2021 Remastered
20,135 2:55 2003-01-01
I Like It - DJ KOMORI Mix
I Like It - DJ KOMORI Mix
20,132 3:26 2019-11-27
Rhythm Of The Night - Karaoke Version
Rhythm Of The Night - Karaoke Version
13,911 3:53 2010-01-01
Be My Lady - Instrumental
Be My Lady - Instrumental
13,828 4:23 2011-09-20
LUV LETTERS
LUV LETTERS
13,766 4:44 2021-07-10
You Wear It Well - M&M Dub Mix
You Wear It Well - M&M Dub Mix
12,333 5:20 2011-09-20
Exotic Spot (E-Spot)
Exotic Spot (E-Spot)
12,295 3:13 2005-01-01
The Heart Is Not So Smart - M&M Club Mix
The Heart Is Not So Smart - M&M Club Mix
12,058 6:28 2011-09-20
We're Having Fun
We're Having Fun
10,484 3:36 2015-04-10
The Heart Is Not So Smart - M&M Dub Mix
The Heart Is Not So Smart - M&M Dub Mix
9,971 6:01 2011-09-20
We're Having Fun
We're Having Fun
7,658 3:37 2015-04-28
We're Having a Party
We're Having a Party
7,658 3:37 1987-01-01
Say You Do
Say You Do
7,377 4:27 2015-04-10
Bonus** Hey Love (excerpt)(Performed by El DeBarge)
Bonus** Hey Love (excerpt)(Performed by El DeBarge)
7,354 1:41 2005-01-01
I Like It - Single Version
I Like It - Single Version
4,652 3:44 2019-03-20
Stay With Me - DJ KOMORI Mix
Stay With Me - DJ KOMORI Mix
3,920 3:24 2019-11-27
Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)
Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)
2,953 4:22 2014-11-04
Rhythm Of The Night - DJ LEAD Non Stop Version
Rhythm Of The Night - DJ LEAD Non Stop Version
1,996 1:06 2019-08-14
Stay With Me - DJ LEAD Non Stop Version
Stay With Me - DJ LEAD Non Stop Version
1,308 1:48 2019-08-14
A Dream - DJ LEAD Non Stop Version
A Dream - DJ LEAD Non Stop Version
< 1000 2:32 2019-08-14
All This Love - DJ LEAD Non Stop Version
All This Love - DJ LEAD Non Stop Version
< 1000 2:52 2019-08-14
You Wear It Well - TJO Mix
You Wear It Well - TJO Mix
< 1000 4:39 2019-12-25

New releases

I Like It (1895 Jazz Remix)
I Like It (1895 Jazz Remix)
2022-12-07
[Music Access, Inc.]
All This Love
All This Love
2021-03-05
[UME - Global Clearing House]
Every Time I Think of You
Every Time I Think of You
2019-05-29
[Church Lane]
Bad Boys
Bad Boys
2015-04-28
[NAR International]
The Best Collection
The Best Collection
2015-04-10
[Music Manager]
Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums
Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums
2011-09-20
[UNI/MOTOWN]
Rhythm Of The Night (Cut 1)
Rhythm Of The Night (Cut 1)
2005-01-01
[Motown]
Winning Combinations
Winning Combinations
2002-01-01
[UNI/MOTOWN]
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of DeBarge
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of DeBarge
2000-11-21
[UNI/MOTOWN]
The Ultimate Collection
The Ultimate Collection
1997-03-17
[UNI/MOTOWN]
Bad Boys
Bad Boys
1987-01-01
[HHO]
Rhythm Of The Night
Rhythm Of The Night
1985-01-01
[UNI/MOTOWN]
In A Special Way
In A Special Way
1983-09-24
[UNI/MOTOWN]
All This Love
All This Love
1982-04-28
[UNI/MOTOWN]
The DeBarges
The DeBarges
1981-01-01
[UNI/MOTOWN]