Friday, May 15, 2020

The Top 100 Motown Songs

First posted 1/14/2012; updated 5/15/2020.

Motown:

Top 100 Songs

On January 12, 1959, Berry Gordy launched Tamla Records after borrowing $800 from his relatives. The label evolved into Motown. In celebration of the historic event, the DMDB presents this list of the top 100 songs in the history of Motown. The list was generated by looking at song’s status in Dave’s Music Database, which is determined by rankings on best-of lists, awards, chart appearances, sales, and airplay. Appearances on Motown specific lists and CD compilations is figured into the mix as well. Here are the results:

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1. Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
2. Stevie Wonder “Superstition” (1972)
3. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross “Endless Love” (1981)
4. Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On” (1971)
5. The Temptations “My Girl” (1964)
6. Martha & the Vandellas “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
7. Boyz II Men “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)
8. Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (1966)
9. The Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” (1969)
10. Boyz II Men “End of the Road” (1992)

11. Stevie Wonder “I Just Called to Say I Love You” (1984)
12. The Miracles “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
13. Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (1973)
14. The Supremes “Stop! In the Name of Love” (1965)
15. The Supremes “Where Did Our Love Go” (1964)
16. The Supremes “Baby Love” (1964)
17. Lionel Richie “All Night Long (All Night)” (1983)
18. The Jackson 5 “I’ll Be There” (1970)
19. The Commodores “Three Times a Lady” (1978)
20. Stevie Wonder “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” (1973)

21. The Supremes “You Can’t Hurry Love” (1966)
22. Diana Ross “Upside Down” (1980)
23. Lionel Richie “Say You, Say Me” (1985)
24. The Temptations “Just My Imagination Running Away with Me” (1971)
25. Lionel Richie “Hello” (1984)
26. The Temptations “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (1972)
27. The Jackson 5 “ABC” (1970)
28. Four Tops “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” (1965)
29. The Marvelettes “Please Mr. Postman” (1961)
30. The Miracles “The Tears of a Clown” (1970)

31. Martha & the Vandellas “Heat Wave” (1963)
32. Diana Ross “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1970)
33. The Temptations “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (1966)
34. Rick James “Super Freak” (1981)
35. Mary Wells “My Guy” (1964)
36. Edwin Starr “War” (1970)
37. Four Tops “Baby I Need Your Loving” (1964)
38. The Supremes “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” 1966)
39. Boyz II Men “On Bended Knee” (1994)
40. The Contours “Do You Love Me” (1962)

41. The Commodores “Brick House” (1977)
42. Little Stevie Wonder “Fingertips (Part 2)” (1963)
43. The Supremes “Love Child” (1968)
44. Stevie Wonder “Living for the City” (1973)
45. The Supremes “Someday We’ll Be Together” (1969)
46. Stevie Wonder “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” (1965)
47. Lionel Richie “Truly” (1982)
48. Martha & the Vandellas “Nowhere to Run” (1965)
49. The Miracles “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (1962)
50. Stevie Wonder “Higher Ground” (1973)

51. Marvin Gaye “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You” (1964)
52. Thelma Houston “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1976)
53. Junior Walker & the All Stars “Shotgun” (1965)
54. Stevie Wonder “My Cherie Amour” (1969)
55. The Supremes “Come See about Me” (1964)
56. Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” (1970)
57. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (1967)
58. Gladys Knight & the Pips “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1967)
59. Stevie Wonder “Sir Duke” (1977)
60. The Temptations “I Can’t Get Next to You” (1969)

61. Barrett Strong “Money (That’s What I Want)” (1960)
62. The Supremes “I Hear a Symphony” (1965)
63. The Miracles “Shop Around” (1960)
64. Diana Ross “Love Hangover” (1976)
65. Stevie Wonder “For Once in My Life” (1968)
66. Diana Ross “Do You Know Where You’re Going To (Theme from Mahogany)” (1975)
67. Michael Jackson “Ben” (1972)
68. Diana Ross “Touch Me in the Morning” (1973)
69. Steve Wonder “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” (1980)
70. The Commodores “Easy” (1977)

71. The Supremes “Back in My Arms Again” (1965)
72. Stevie Wonder “Part-Time Lover” (1985)
73. Marvin Gaye “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song)” (1971)
74. Stevie Wonder “I Wish” (1976)
75. Smokey Robinson “Being with You” (1981)
76. The Supremes with The Temptations “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” (1968)
77. Marvin Gaye “Got to Give It Up (Part 1)” (1977)
78. The Temptations “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (1964)
79. Jimmy Ruffin “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” (1966)
80. The Commodores “Still” (1979)

81. Boyz II Men “Water Runs Dry” (1995)
82. Stevie Wonder “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” (1974)
83. The Miracles “Ooo Baby Baby” (1965)
84. The Isley Brothers “This Old Heart of Mine” (1966)
85. Eddie Kendricks “Keep on Truckin’ (Part 1)” (1973)
86. Rockwell with Michael Jackson “Somebody’s Watching Me” (1984)
87. Diana Ross “I’m Coming Out” (1980)
88. The Temptations “I Wish It Would Rain” (1968)
89. The Temptations “Ball of Confusion” (1970)
90. The Jackson 5 “The Love You Save” (1970)

91. Lionel Richie “Stuck on You” (1983)
92. The Supremes Reflections” (1967)
93. Stevie Wonder “I Was Made to Love Her” (1967)
94. Charlene “I’ve Never Been to Me” (1977)
95. Michael Jackson “Got to Be There” (1971)
96. Commodores “Sail On” (1979)
97. The Supremes “Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone” (1967)
98. Lionel Richie “You Are” (1982)
99. The Miracles “I Second That Emotion” (1967)
100. Four Tops “Bernadette” (1967)


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