Motown Magic


Motown is that magical sound hailing from Detroit City in the late 1950s. MOTOWN RECORDS is easily one of the most successful record labels of all time as its name has since become synonymous with the sound of popular Soul, Funk & R&B music through the 1960s and 1970s.

The music itself began with artists like Fats Domino, Little Richard and Etta James emerging from the Jazz and Rock genres of the mid-fifties, bringing their own distinct R&B influenced sound along with them. Motown founder Berry Gordon Jr. saw what was happening and began the Motown Label in 1959, helping to create one of the greatest musical inventions in recent history. AND it remains one of the most popular genres for modern Weddings & Events! From James Brown to Stevie Wonder, these classic songs are loved by people young and old, familiar from their favourite movies, TV-shows and playlists that continue to use these tunes in their timeless soundtracks. This week we devote our attention to this inspiring era that holds so many of our favourite old songs. We split them into three categories beginning with (1) Motown Classics of the 1960s (2) The intricate & Funky Motown masterpieces that followed in the 1970s, and (3) We go back to the original bold 1950s Motown Origins that helped inspire this genre in the first place. We have listed 60 of our favourite songs listed below to celebrate 60 years since Motown Records started cranking out the hits in 1959! 60s Classic Motown

My Girl - The Temptations

It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye Wonderful World - Sam Cooke Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson Sherry - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Baby Love - Diana Ross & The Supremes Respect - Aretha Franklin Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown Uptight - Stevie Wonder Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin Twisting The Night Away - Sam Cooke Just One Look - Doris Troy It's In His Kiss - Betty Everett Stop! In The Name Of Love - Diana Ross & The Supremes He's So Fine - The Chiffons Be My Baby - The Ronettes You Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters Just My Imagination - The Temptations

70s Funky Motown

Get Up Off-a That Thang - James Brown

Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield Best Of My Love - The Emotions Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White Love Train - The OJays Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players I'll Be Good To You - The Brothers Johnson Love Machine - The Miracles Rubberband Man - The Spinners Brick House - The Commodores Tear The Roof Off The Sucker - Parliament Can't Get Enough Of Your Love - Barry White You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder Let's Stay Together - Al Green Lean On Me - Bill WIthers What's Goin On - Marvin Gaye

50s Motown Origins

Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino

At Last - Etta James Little Darlin - The Diamonds Rockin Robin - Bobby Day Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard What'd I Say - Ray Charles Searchin - The Coasters Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson Long Tall Sally - Little Richard I'm Walkin - Fats Domino Yakety Yak - The Coasters Come Go With Me - Dell-Vikings Good Golly Miss Molly - Ray Charles Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino Earth Angel - Marvin Merry & The Starlighters Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Franki Lymon & The Teenagers The Great Pretender - The Platters Only You - The Platters You Send Me - Sam Cooke