#18: Guy ‘I Like’

To say there is something about this song that I like would be a gross understatement. The truth is, I love everything about Guy's "I Like," which happens to be the group's third (THIRD!) song in this countdown's top 30--and my favorite track from Teddy Riley and Aaron and Damion Hall. I remember where I was when I first heard the song (business school) and will never forget how I rewound that tape (WHAT? It was 1988!!!) constantly, just trying to wrap my mind around the bass line Riley put together. It was obvious that he was experimenting with this one, adding different types of horns and percussion, with Aaron doing what he did best, ad libbing both at the beginning and end of the song. To me, it was the perfect personification of New Jack Swing (not to mention a karaoke singer's dream!). I'm not the only one who loved it, either, as it topped out at #2 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Hot 100 and, at the same time gave dudes tired of trying to sing slow jams a more uptempo way to woo the ladies.

OK, so here's what I need you to do. Stop what you're doing, press play on the file below and crank it up as loud as you can stand it, all the while reminiscing about where you were the first time you heard "I Like." And then, love it all over again. Go!

Guy: "I Like"

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9 Responses

  1. One of the bests!!!

  2. Only #18! (just kidding)
    Great, great song. The best on Guy's debut album, no question. After I saw "Groove Me," I knew this had to be coming up.

  3. The Bass Line: It's great that you mentioned that. Teddy really stepped his game up on this one. Stevie Wonder set the standard for synth bass playing....( yet to be surpassed). The next best is Jimmy Jam then maybe Teddy. both follow the Stevie mode of playing.
    Teddy also set the standard for the use of synth horns in gospel music. The man is appreciated but vastly under-rated.

  4. Talk about a feel good song... this is it. I can remember my stepfather blasting this song and the whole Guy album on Friday nights. It makes you wanna dance... not specific moves... but just motions....I love it.

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    @hoodedMonk Ah... finally someone who gets it ! Jimmy is second to only Stevie, lets not forget Bernie Worrell from Parliament he is beast.
    Classic song

  6. That entire album was on point!

  7. I love this record but no way this is over Groove Me

  8. It's GUY, to whom which I belong! I love it! "Smiles* remembering the 10 year old TiP falling in love with Guy. This is my favorite Guy song! There is nothing better than the Combination of Aaron's vocals and Teddy's tracks, simply AMAZING! But I also think the lyrics are Great! Aaron's voice singing those lyrics give me goose bumps everytime I hear it.....never gets old.
    P.S. 88 was a great year for music!

  9. I don't get it!! How can Al Green's 'Let's stay together' be number 19 and this 18? This top 100 chart has some great tracks but there are quite a few that don't deserve their place. This definetly being one of them!