Sunday, May 12, 2013

100 best Motown songs

via Digital Dream Door

1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye  how could this not be #1? It's one of the best songs ever, and always makes me want to get up and move.
2. My Girl - Temptations - I don't know if this would be my #2, but it's definitely a happy, pleasant song.
3. Reach Out I'll Be There - Four Tops high energy, positive and very dancable/singable.
4. Where Did Our Love Go? - Supremes  cute and bouncy. feels a little dated now.
5. What's Goin' On? - Marvin Gaye
6. Dancing in the Street - Martha &The Vandellas: I always thought this was the weaker of the versions.
7. I Want You Back - Jackson 5
8. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
9. Please Mr. Postman - Marvelettes
10. My Guy - Mary Wells: So 60s. So classic.
11. (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave - Martha & The Vandellas
12. Do You Love Me? - Contours: A little co-dependent, but a lot of fun.
13. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye: Bleh. Slow and thinks it's seductive.
14. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: Great relationship song.
15. The Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Nobody does heartbreak like Smokey.
16. Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All Stars: I didn't recognize this song by name, until it started playing. It's okay.
17. I'll Be There - Jackson 5: Very sweet song.
18. Baby Love - Supremes: Very cutesy.
19. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - Temptations: Another one by the Temps. I really like this one.
20. Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder: Great upbeat, happy song. Gotta love Stevie Wonder.
21. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - Four Tops: I love this song. It's so bouncy, despite the heartbreak lyrics.
22. The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
23. Stop! In the Name of Love - Supremes
24. You've Really Got a Hold On Me - Miracles: Nice and smooth, though I have to say the voices are just a little off.
25. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - Temptations
26. Baby I Need Your Lovin' - Four Tops
27. You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
28. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
29. Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
30. Leavin' Here - Eddie Holland
31. Shop Around - Miracles: A bit more doo-wop than Motown, but still a great classic.
32. You Keep Me Hangin' On - Supremes: Classic and awesome. Pappo says "I don't like this one."
33. You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes
34. Endless Love - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
35. Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder: Another great Stevie Wonder love song. Upbeat and catchy.
36. Ooo Baby Baby - Miracles
37. Nowhere To Run - Martha & The Vandellas: Another classic, uptempo and very typical of the era.
38. It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
39. War - Edwin Starr
40. I Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Great classic tune.
41. Super Freak Part I - Rick James: Wow. I do not like this song.
42. Living For the City - Stevie Wonder
43. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips: Not a bad version, but I really prefer Marvin Gaye's version.
44. Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder: Not bad. Kinda funky, a bit angry. Sorta protesty.
45. Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations
46. I Can't Get Next To You - Temptations: Love the Temps, love this tune. Classic Motown.
47. Cloud Nine - Temptations
48. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) - Temptations: Socially aware, but still catchy and enjoyable.
49. Smiling Faces Sometimes - Undisputed Truth
50. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You) - Isley Brothers. I think I know a different version of this, but it's a good one. I realized that I've been mishearing the lyrics for years: I've been hearing "Waits for you" instead of "Is weak for you."
51. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted? - Jimmy Ruffin. Classic. This is what Motown sounds like to me.
52. Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) - Marvin Gaye
53. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) - Marvin Gaye
54. Playboy - Marvelettes
55. Jimmy Mack - Martha & The Vandellas
56. Don't Mess With Bill - Marvelettes
57. Since I Lost My Baby - Temptations
58. Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
59. All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Richie: This was popular when I was an adult, and I still like it. It's got a positive energy and a happy calypso beat.
60. Going To a Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
61. Fingertips Part II - Stevie Wonder
62. The One Who Really Loves You - Mary Wells
63. Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & The Pips
64. Love Hangover - Diana Ross: Back to disco. Hoo-boy, I didn't like this song then, and like it less now.
65. Upside Down (Inside Out) - Diana Ross: Very popular when I was in middle school A disco classic that now sounds very dated.
66. Brick House - Commodores
67. I Wish It Would Rain - Temptations
68. Beechwood 4-5789 - Marvelettes
69. The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game - Marvelettes
70. Bernadette - Four Tops
71. Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell: I remember this song from my youth. The paen to paranoia. I never would have classified this as Motown.
72. Hello - Lionel Richie
73. It's the Same Old Song - Four Tops
74. You've Made Me So Very Happy - Brenda Holloway
75. Jamie - Eddie Holland: Nice. Inoffensive and unmemorable.
76. Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: Just don't like this one.
77. Quicksand - Martha & The Vandellas: Sounds a lot like Heatwave.
78. Come and Get These Memories - Martha & The Vandellas
79. Keep on Truckin' Part I - Eddie Kendricks
80. Needle In a Haystack - Velvelettes
81. (I'm a) Roadrunner - Junior Walker & The All-Stars
82. ABC - Jackson 5: Motown pop classic.
83. I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
84. Give It To Me Baby - Rick James: The beat is fun, but the message is just awful. "I don't understand why you won't have sex with me when I come home late and drunk." Idiot.
85. Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson: God I love this song. It's so smooth and relaxing. How is this not up in the top 20?
86. My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) - David Ruffin - I honestly don't recognize this song, which is unusual for major Motown tunes. It's not bad.
87. Three Times a Lady - Commodores - Classic and lovely love song.
88. Heaven Must Have Sent You - Bonnie Pointer/The Elgins: More disco. More bleh. Bleh bleh bleh.
89. Let It Whip - Dazz Band
90. It's a Shame - Spinners: Meh. Don't really care for this one.
91. Baby I'm For Real - Originals: Crazy falsetto. Kind of like a slowed-down doo-wop.
92. The Bells - Originals
93. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' - Velvelettes: A bop-bop-shooby-doo-wop type song. Fairly typical, with a fun rhythm.
94. Come To Me - Marv Johnson
95. I Need Your Lovin' - Teena Marie: Motown meets disco in the worst way.
96. The Love You Save - Jackson 5. I didn't recognize the title, but I recognized the song. It brought me back to the golds and oranges of 70's Saturday morning television.
97. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love?) - Jr. Walker
98. Function At The Junction - Shorty Long: Probably one of the more boring Motown songs I've heard so far.
99. Does Your Mama Know About Me? - Bobby Taylor & The Vancouver. Slow, like a torch song. Heavy drums and big band background. It's a little all over the place.
100. Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) - Monitors/Valadiers: This was only so-so.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I must steal this and right some wrongs. "Endless Love" ranks higher than "The Love You Save?" NO!