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Top 20 Motown Records


So what were the nation’s favourite Motown records?

According to the ITV programme last night here are the results of the voting, from a sample of UK fans, in reverse order:

20. Jimmy Mack – Martha & The Vandellas – 1967

19. Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder – 1966

18. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations – 1972

17. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye -1971

16. My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder -1969

15. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops – 1965

14. My Guy – Mary Wells – 1964

13. The Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – 1969

12. Reach Out I’ll Be There – The Four Tops – 1966

11. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 – 1970

10. Stop! In The Name Of Love – The Supremes – 1965

9. War – Edwin Starr – 1970

8. Baby Love – The Supremes – 1964

7. I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5 – 1970

6. The Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – 1970

5. My Girl – The Temptations – 1964

4. Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas – 1964

3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross – 1970

2. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted – Jimmy Ruffin – 1966

Winner: 1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye – 1969

Can’t disagree with many of these although I was never a Jackson 5 fan. Pleased to say that between us Barrie and I have performed several of these in the past including “Stop in the Name of Love”, “Reach out I’ll be there”, “My Girl”, and “Dancing in the Street”

Author: mikethepsych

He says he's a psychologist but aren't we all?

4 thoughts on “Top 20 Motown Records

  1. The obvious one missing from the top 5 is “Third finger left hand” by Martha and the Vandellas

  2. Not one of my faves and what about Needle in a Haystack by the Marvelettes?

  3. Was 3rd finger a Northern Soul favourite?

  4. It was actually a B side of one of their singles but was picked up by northern DJs and had a cult following amongst northern soul fans.
    Was never a great fan of needle in a haystack, it is good but for me does not make the list of the all time greats. I would also put in “I can help myself” by the Four Tops rather than “Reach out”

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