Seems to be going around… But inspired by the Motown Concert at the White House tonight, everyone is picking their Top All Time List of Motown Songs.
President Barack Obama is celebrating rhythm and blues with a Motown White House concert Thursday night.
Smokey Robinson is set to headline PBS’ “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House,” with guests, including singers Sheryl Crow and John Legend, who will perform Motown hits.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden will also attend the event.
Other performers for the night include Natasha Bedingfield, Jamie Foxx, Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks.
Now unfortunately, other than Smokey Robinson, I’m not sure how many actual Motown Stars are going to be there. But without further ado – He’s BTx3’s Top 30 All Time Motown Song List!
- My Girl – Temptations
- I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – Four Tops
- Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Temptations
- The Tracks of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
- Where Did Our Love Go? – Supremes
- (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave – Martha & The Vandellas
- What’s Goin’ On? – Marvin Gaye
- Dancing in the Street – Martha & The Vandellas
- I Want You Back – Jackson 5
- Superstition – Stevie Wonder
- What Becomes of the Brokenhearted? – Jimmy Ruffin
- Please Mr. Postman – Marvelettes
- My Guy – Mary Wells
- Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – Temptations
- Shotgun – Jr. Walker & The All Stars
- Shop Around – Miracles
- War – Edwin Starr
- You Keep Me Hangin’ On – Supremes
- Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – Temptations
- Super Freak Part I – Rick James
- Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) – Marvin Gaye
- Jimmy Mack – Martha & The Vandellas
- Don’t Mess With Bill – Marvelettes
- Since I Lost My Baby – Temptations
- Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston
- All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie
- Let It Whip – Dazz Band
- What Does It Take (To Win Your Love?) – Jr. Walker
- Function At The Junction – Shorty Long
- Does Your Mama Know About Me? – Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
Now This is the Lead Vocal Track off of the 4 Tops “Just Ask The Lonely” Song performed by Levi Stubbs. I suspect someone re-created this because the background singers are flat. I would guess when this was originally recorded they still only used 8 tracks, and may not have moved up to 16. In any event it illustrates the shear power and artistry of Levi’s voice, on what I think is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and performed.
Here is the full mix, apparently from an analog source –