Rolling Stone (USA) - 100 Greatest Motown Songs

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Rolling Stone (USA) - 100 Greatest Motown Songs

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1 | Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
2 | The Temptations, “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” (1972)
3 | Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On” (1971)
4 | Martha and the Vandellas, “Heat Wave” (1963)
5 | Stevie Wonder, “Superstition” (1972)
6 | The Temptations, “My Girl (1964)
7 | The Supremes, “You Keep Me Hanging On” (1967)
8 | The Jackson 5, “I Want You Back” (1969)
9 | Martha and the Vandellas, “Dancing In the Street” (1965)
10 | Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “The Tears of a Clown” (1967)
11 | Marvin Gaye, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1968)
12 | Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “I Second That Emotion” (1968)
13 | Stevie Wonder, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (1970)
14 | The Supremes, "Where Did Our Love Go" (1964)
15 | The Jackson 5, "ABC" (1970)
16 | The Four Tops, "Reach Out I'll Be There" (1966)
17 | The Supremes, "You Can't Hurry Love" (1966)
18 | Stevie Wonder, "Living for the City" (1973)
19 | The Marvelettes, "Please Mr. Postman" (1961)
20 | The Temptations, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (1966)
21 | The Four Tops, "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" (1965)
22 | Marvin Gaye, "Got to Give It Up" (1977)
23 | Edwin Starr, "War" (1970)
24 | Rick James, "Super Freak" (1981)
25 | Martha and the Vandellas, "Nowhere to Run" (1965)
26 | Diana Ross, "Upside Down" (1980)
27 | Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "You're All I Need to Get By" (1968)
28 | Stevie Wonder, "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" (1973)
29 | Smokey Robinson, "Cruisin'" (1979)
30 | Marvin Gaye, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (1971)
31 | The Supremes, "Baby Love" (1964)
32 | Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" (1962)
33 | The Commodores, "Nightshift" (1985)
34 | Jimmy Ruffin, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" (1966)
35 | The Temptations, "Get Ready" (1966)
36 | Marvin Gaye, "Let's Get It On" (1973)
37 | The Isley Brothers, "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" (1966)
38 | Mary Wells, "Two Lovers" (1963)
39 | Stevie Wonder, "Higher Ground" (1973)
40 | The Temptations, "Since I Lost My Baby" (1965)
41 | DeBarge, "Time Will Reveal" (1983)
42 | The Jackson 5, "I'll Be There" (1970)
43 | The Contours, "Do You Love Me" (1962)
44 | Gladys Knight and the Pips, "If I Were Your Woman" (1970)
45 | The Commodores, "Still" (1979)
46 | Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "Choosey Beggar" (1965)
47 | Stevie Wonder, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (1972)
48 | The Supremes, "Stop! In the Name of Love" (1965)
49 | Willie Hutch, "I Choose You" (1973)
50 | Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "Ooo Baby Baby" (1965)
51 | Michael Jackson, "Got to Be There" (1972)
52 | Barrett Strong, "Money (That's What I Want)" (1959)
53 | Jr. Walker and the All Stars, "Shotgun" (1965)
54 | The Marvelettes, "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" (1967)
55 | The Temptations, "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" (1971)
56 | The Supremes, "Come See About Me" (1964)
57 | Lionel Richie, "All Night Long (All Night)" (1983)
58 | Marvin Gaye, "Ain't That Peculiar" (1965)
59 | The Spinners, "It's a Shame" (1970)
60 | Thelma Houston, "Don't Leave Me This Way" (1976)
61 | Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1967)
62 | Stevie Wonder, "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" (1965)
63 | The Commodores, "Brick House" (1977)
64 | Diana Ross, "Love Hangover" (1976)
65 | Mary Jane Girls, "All Night Long" (1983)
66 | Marvin Gaye, "I Want You" (1976)
67 | The Temptations, "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)" (1970)
68 | Marvin Gaye, "Can I Get a Witness" (1963)
69 | The Four Tops, "Bernadette" (1967)
70 | Smokey Robinson, "Quiet Storm" (1975)
71 | The Commodores, "Easy" (1977)
72 | Diana Ross and the Supremes, "Love Child" (1968)
73 | Stevie Wonder, "My Cherie Amour" (1969)
74 | Teena Marie, "Square Biz" (1980)
75 | The Supremes, "Bad Weather" (1973)
76 | The Jackson 5, "The Love You Save" (1970)
77 | Brenda Holloway, "Every Little Bit Hurts" (1964)
78 | Stevie Wonder, "You Haven't Done Nothin'" (1974)
79 | The Supremes, "My World Is Empty Without You" (1965)
80 | The Undisputed Truth, "Smiling Faces Sometimes" (1971)
81 | Stevie Wonder, "Boogie On Reggae Woman" (1974)
82 | Diana Ross and the Supremes, "Someday We'll Be Together" (1969)
83 | The Temptations, "Cloud Nine" (1968)
84 | Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "Going to a Go-Go" (1965)
85 | Boyz II Men, "End of the Road" (1992)
86 | Stevie Wonder, "Sir Duke" (1977)
87 | Mary Wells, "My Guy" (1964)
88 | The Four Tops, "It's the Same Old Song" (1965)
89 | Martha and the Vandellas, "No More Tearstained Makeup" (1966)
90 | The Supremes, "Up the Ladder to the Roof" (1970)
91 | Marvin Gaye, "Trouble Man" (1972)
92 | Eddie Kendricks, "Girl You Need a Change of Mind (Part 1)" (1972)
93 | Rick James and Teena Marie, "Fire and Desire" (1981)
94 | The Marvelettes, "Too Many Fish in the Sea" (1964)
95 | Rare Earth, "I Just Want to Celebrate" (1971)
96 | The Originals, "Baby, I'm for Real" (1969)
97 | The Velvelettes, "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'" (1964)
98 | Dennis Edwards feat. Siedah Garrett, "Don't Look Any Further" (1984)
99 | Martha and the Vandellas, "Jimmy Mack" (1966)
100 | Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, "Shop Around" (1960)
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Re: Rolling Stone (USA) - 100 Greatest Motown Songs

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To clarify, the contents of the list are the top 100 songs specfically released by the Motown Record Label (and its sublabels), not songs in the genre nicknamed "Motown Sound" (although there's going to be overlap, of course).
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Re: Rolling Stone (USA) - 100 Greatest Motown Songs

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To clarify, the contents of the list are the top 100 songs specfically released by the Motown Record Label (and its sublabels), not songs in the genre nicknamed "Motown Sound" (although there's going to be overlap, of course).
As always with this kind of lists from Rolling Stone
I agree with like 60% of the list but another part is just a complete mystery for me
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Re: Rolling Stone (USA) - 100 Greatest Motown Songs

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samlarsoonn wrote: Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:36 am
To clarify, the contents of the list are the top 100 songs specfically released by the Motown Record Label (and its sublabels), not songs in the genre nicknamed "Motown Sound" (although there's going to be overlap, of course).
As always with this kind of lists from Rolling Stone
I agree with like 60% of the list but another part is just a complete mystery for me
I'm not well versed enough in Motown to form a solid opinion on this list, but comparing this with the current AM rankings and Rolling Stone's previous 500 greatest songs list, there are some interesting things here.

What surprises me the most is probably that "What's Going On" isn't #1, especially considering its themes and it generally being ranked as one of the best songs ever made (#4 in RS's 2010 song list, and #8 on AM). I also find "Heat Wave" over "Dancing in the Street" a little weird.
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