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I Can't Help Myself - 1965

By the Four Tops

I Can't Help Myself - The Four Tops

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.


Dancing In The Street

By Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

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.


Ain't No Mountain High Enough

By Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is a song 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, becoming 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.After the Top 20 success of her first single, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)", Ashford and Simpson had Ross re-record "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". Initially, Ross was apprehensive, as she had previously covered the song as a member of the Supremes in a duet with The Temptations.

Eventually, however, she was convinced to make the recording. The cover produced a version similar to gospel with elements of classical music strings (provided by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), spoken word passages from Ross, with the Andantes, Jimmy Beavers, and Ashford and Simpson as backing singers giving the song a soul and gospel vocal element.Motown chief Berry Gordy did not like the record upon first hearing it. 


Tears Of A Clown (1970)

By Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

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.


Ain't Too Proud To Beg

By The Temptations

Produced by Norman Whitfield and written by Whitfield and Edward Holland, Jr. A 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.