Sade – “Smooth Operator” – (1984)

Sade – pronounced SHAH-DAY (don’t make the mistake of saying pronouncing it SAYD in front of one of the group’s fans) was both the name of the group and of the leader singer, Sade Adu. Diamond Life was the group’s debut album and it contained “Smooth Operator” which is one of the smoothest and coolest songs I can think of. This is a gateway song – fall in love with it and pretty soon you’ll be listening to the entire Sade catalog. This is their best known hit and they’ve got a fair number of pretty solid, awesome smooth jazz songs, but this remains my favorite.