The Root Recommends: Al Green's 'Greatest Hits'

Celebrate the soul singer's 65th birthday with his greatest-hits album.

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Chances are you're not Facebook friends (or real-life friends) with soul legend Al Green, who turns 65 today, so you can't give him a call or write "Happy birthday" on his wall. All is not lost! You can still celebrate his brilliant career by listening to his Greatest Hits album.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Green in 1995, calling him "one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music." If you need convincing, put any one of these on a loop: "Let's Stay Together," "Love and Happiness," "I'm Still in Love With You" or "Tired of Being Alone." Let the windows down, turn your stereo up and spread the goodness. Downloading a copy of Al Green's Greatest Hits is only half the gift. Knowing that Green's music remains timeless is golden.

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