Some of Motown's greatest hits include The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," The Temptations' "My Girl," The Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine" and Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Barry Gordy Jr. founded Motown as a way to earn a larger share of song profits than he was making solely as a songwriter.Continue Reading
The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" was the first Jackson 5 single released by Motown Records. It quickly reached no. 1 on Billboard charts, and at the time was the most expensive Motown single to ever be recorded. The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & The Pips, followed by consideration of Diana Ross, but Barry Gordy thought the newly formed boy group best fit the lyrics.
The Temptations "My Girl" reached Billboard's no. 1 spot in 1965. It was written and produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White of the group The Miracles. Robinson wrote the song about his wife and fellow Miracles member, Claudette Rogers Robinson. "My Girl," which was the Temptations' first of many no. 1 singles, is still used in television shows and movies as of 2015. The song is also featured in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the top 500 songs of all time.Learn more about Art & Literature