The Night I Fell In Love
Released: Jan 1985
Widely considered Vandross' finest hour, The Night I Fell in Love excises the post-disco of past albums to focus on his strength as a master balladeer. There are two dance tracks -- indeed, "'Til My Baby Comes Home" and "It's Over Now" were black-radio hits -- but they're secondary to showcases like "If Only for One Night," wherein he describes the desperation of asking a woman for a one-night stand, and a definitive cover of Stevie Wonder's dream-like "Creepin'." The theme is intense romanticism, and Vandross' magnificently rich voice makes these love testaments seem vividly real.