Born Taalib Johnson, R&B crooner Musiq Soulchild burst onto the scene in 2000 as part of the "neo-soul" movement. He quickly became a force to be reckoned with jumping out the gate with a platinum debut album and several top 10 hits in his career. Today (Sept. 16th) he celebrates his 38th birthday and I look back at 5 definitive "must-have" Musiq songs for your catalog!

  • 1

    "Just Friends (Sunny)"

    "Just Friends" was Musiq's debut single and was an immediate hit for his upbeat and generally "Sunny" feel as he lays down his game quite flat over this jam.

  • 2

    Halfcrazy

    From his platinum sophomore effort "Juslisen", "Halfcrazy" tells the story of a friendship taken to the next level and how awkward that can get. Been there before brother.

  • 3

    "Buddy"

    "Buddy" could be seen as "Just Friends Part 2" because its basically Musiq running game on a female on how we can be more than just "friends". But you can't front on this one, he's jamming over Taana Gardner's "Heartbeat" and this jam earned him a Grammy nomination.

  • 4

    "Dontchange"

    Some would say that this song could be one of the best love songs written thus far in the 21st Century. "Dontchange" further solidified Soulchild as crooner and songwriter.

  • 5

    "Love"

    His signature song without a doubt. From his debut album, "Love" quickly became a smash hit to the point of even being covered by gospel artists. It still resonates to this day and will likely stand the test of time in this age of disposable music.

  • BONUS

    "Break You Off" The Roots Feat. Musiq

    Musiq teamed up with The Legendary Roots Crew for this classic and smooth "booty call" anthem. Love this song!