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Top Ten Greatest Motown Songs
Reached number one on the R&B charts and was also the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two non-consecutive weeks
Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #415 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The Supremes recorded a cover of this song between 1965 and 1966, released on their #1 album, The Supremes A' Go-Go.
In 1980, Bonnie Pointer had a disco crossover hit, with the song peaking at #40 on the pop singles chart, #42 on the soul singles chart.
Written by Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter.
It first became popular in 1964 when recorded by Martha and the Vandellas whose version reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1982, the rock group Van Halen took their cover of "Dancing in the Street" to No. 38 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 15 in Canada on the RPM chart.
A 1985 duet cover by David Bowie and Mick Jagger charted at No. 1 in the UK and reached No. 7 in the US. The song was also covered by The Kinks, Grateful Dead and Black Oak Arkansas.
written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla Motown label.
The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
The song became a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. The song became Ross' first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Written by Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Hank Cosby.
Originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for the Tamla Records label subsidiary of Motown, first appearing on the 1967 album Make It Happen.
The song became an international multi-million seller and a 2002 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee.
Its success caused Miracles lead singer, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson, who had announced plans to leave the act, to stay until 1972.
Produced by Norman Whitfield and written by Whitfield and Edward Holland, Jr.
hit single by The Temptations for Motown Records' Gordy label.
The Rolling Stones made the Billboard Pop Chart Top 20 with a 1974 single release, from their album It's Only Rock 'n Roll.
In 2004 it finished #94 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs poll thanks to its inclusion in The Big Chill soundtrack.
Released in 1971 on the Motown subsidiary Tamla
Originally inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by Renaldo Benson.
Composed by Benson, Al Cleveland and Gaye and produced by Gaye himself.
Viewed as a meditation on the troubles and problems of the world, proving to be a timely and relatable release, and marked Gaye's departure from the Motown Sound towards more personal material.
It would sell over two million copies, becoming Gaye's second-most successful Motown song to date.
A psychedelic soul song, written by Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong.
Released as a single in early 1972, and peaked at number 63 on the pop charts and number 24 on the R&B charts.
Later that year, Whitfield, who also produced the song, took "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and remade it as a 12-minute record for The Temptations, which was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and won three Grammy Awards in 1973.
The Temptations' version of the song has been an enduring and influential soul classic. It was ranked #168 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Written by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin.
Linda Ronstadt recorded a hit cover of the song in 1975. "The Tracks of My Tears" has also been covered by many artists over the years, including a version by Johnny Rivers.
Tarplin's guitar licks at the song's intro are among the most famous in pop music history.
"The Tracks of My Tears" was a number 2 hit on the Billboard R&B chart, and it reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966.
Went to number two in the Billboard chart.
The Gaye recording has since become an acclaimed soul classic, and in 2004, it was placed on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
It was also inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant" value.
Recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label which became a number one hit in 1965.
Written and produced by The Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations' first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song.
binson's inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson. The song was featured on the Temptations album The Temptations Sing Smokey.