Motown Magic

November 19, 2019

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

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