song praise

Joy (Marvin Gaye song)

"Joy" is a 1983 single released by Marvin Gaye, the final single issued from his Midnight Love album. The song, which was built around a funk vibe, was inspired by Gaye's religious background, which had also inspired songs such as "God is Love", "Everybody Needs Love" and "Praise". Gaye introduced the song as a tribute to his father during his 1983 concert tour.

The song peaked at number thirty-one on the Billboard R&B singles chart, and was the last single Gaye released while alive. Three later posthumous releases would reach the Billboard Top 40 over the next twenty years.


  • All vocals by Marvin Gaye
  • Instrumentation by:
    • Marvin Gaye: drums, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, bass synthesizers
    • Gordon Banks: guitars, bass
    • Bobby Stern: tenor saxophone solo

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