Motown Songs Volume 1

  • Track Count 17
  • Total Length 1:43:45
Sample this playlist
  1. 1 Heat Wave Linda Ronstadt 02:44
  2. 2 Introduction / Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) Working Week 05:01
  3. 3 Reach Out (I'll Be There) Shooting Star 04:13
  4. 4 You Keep Me Hangin' On Booker T. & the MG's 05:10
  5. 5 I Was Made To Love Her Stevie Wonder 04:27
  6. 7 Do You Love Me Katrina and the Waves 02:31
  7. 8 Money (That's What I Want) The Babys 05:01
  8. 9 You've Really Got A Hold On Me Eddie Money 03:44
  9. 10 This Old Heart Of Mine Rod Stewart 08:49
  10. 11 Love Child Heaven 03:49
  11. 12 I Want You Back Graham Parker and the Rumour 03:31
  12. 13 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Roberta Flack 04:10
  13. 14 What's Going On Les McCann 07:16
  14. 15 Superstition Stevie Wonder 04:23
  15. 16 Easy (Like A Sunday Morning) Richie Havens 07:42
  16. 18 Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) Paul Young 06:09
  17. 19 Get Ready Eddie and the Tide 10:13
Playlist Description

When Berry Gordy, Jr. decided he wasn't making as much money as he should have been writing songs for the like of Jackie Wilson and The Matadors, he decided to go into the production and publishing business. In 1959 he started Tamla Records which got off to a promising start when, fittingly enough, Barrett Strong's "Money (That's What I Want)" reached #2 on the R-and-B charts. He followed that up by signing The Matadors who quickly changed their name to The Miracles, buying a little property in Detroit that would become known as Hitsville, and starting a second label called Motown which would soon become the namesake for his parent record company. With a core staff of producers (Gordy, Smokey Robinson, William "Mickey Stevenson, Norman Whitfield, Harvey Fuqua), songwriters (Lamont-Dozier-Lamont, Ashford and Simpson, Whitfield-Strong), and a smoking house band (known collectively as the Funk Brothers), the label churned out hits faster than you could say "the hippies are coming," racking up 110 top 10 smashes between 1961 and 1971. These tracks came to define the "Motown Sound" which was soon imitated around the world.