What Are Some Good Motown Songs?


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Rolling Stone compiled a list of the 10 greatest Motown songs, based on votes from readers, with top entries including Marvin Gay's "What's Going On," which was the most successful single of the singer's career, hitting the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks and placing 10th among Rolling Stone readers. "Dancing in the Street," a song written by Martha and the Vandellas, placed ninth among readers in the poll, with "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," a duet with Marvin Gay and Tammi Terrill, coming in eighth.

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"Tears of a Clown" from Smokey Robinson was a big hit in 1967 and a favorite among poll participants, followed by "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by the Temptations, a song that was later covered by The Rolling Stones. The fifth place for the most popular Motown songs was "Tracks of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, a song that made it to number 16 on Billboard's Hot 100 list in the summer of 1965. The Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" came in fourth, followed by Marvin Gaye's "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" at number three. The second most popular song was another Marvin Gaye hit, "What's Going On." The top hit among readers was "My Girl" from The Temptations, which reached number 10 on the Hot 100 with Billboard.

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