Craig Charles Picks A Funk ‘n’ Soul Playlist For The Rovers Return

We asked Craig Charles, host of the fantastic Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC 6Music, to tell us which ten tracks he’d play at the Rovers Return (the fictional pub frequented by Lloyd Mullaney, the character he plays in Coronation Street). This is what he said.


1Ray Charles -‘I’ve Got A Woman’

I used to watch my mum and dad dance around the kitchen to it when I could barely crawl.


2Otis Redding – ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ (Live Version)

One of the strongest, sweetest, most raw vocal performances of all time.

3Aretha Franklin – ‘Respect’ (Live At Philmore West)

Go out and buy it! Check the speed of the band – how can anyone play that fast? Dad used to play it all the time.


4Marvin Gaye – ‘What’s Going On’

I was about 10 and really wished I could grow a beard. He was that cool.


5Stevie Wonder – ‘I Wish’

Because I really do wish those days could come back once more.


6Parliament – ‘P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)’

I remember dancing to this in clubs with my afro and green earring and platform soles. And my Birmingham bags, with the 6-button waist band, thinking it don’t get cooler than this (and I’ve got weak ankles).


7Frankie Wilson – ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’

Northern soul at it greatest and rarest and most expensive. Who would have thought you’d be in a movement that would grow so strong?

8Corduroy – ‘London Calling’

Living in London hanging with the cool cats. Living the dream, thinking I was cooler than ever.

9Any Winehouse – ‘Back To Black’

I interviewed her at Maida Vale studios , just before she set the world on fire, thinking she sounded like all the Betty’s: Betty Harris, Betty Davis, Betty Smith. I thought she’d last forever. I guess she will.


10Cody ChestnuTT – ‘What Kind of Cool (Will We Think of Next) ‘

Just released and never off my decks. It’s like Marvin’s dad never shot him.


Listen to Craig’s top ten in a Spotify playlist below.

‘Craig Charles Funk N Soul Club’ is out on the 26th November on Freestyle records