Motown are one of my favourite record labels of all time because of the amount of brilliant singles they released. Their pop-soul sound is instantly recognisable. One thing I love is the contrast many Motown songs show between heartbreaking lyrics and upbeat music. With this in mind, here are my Top Five Motown Heartbreak Songs:
1. It’s The Same Old Song by The Four Tops
That video must be the worst miming i’ve ever seen! If you put the vocals to some more tearful music, the effect is amazing.
2. Baby Love by the Supremes
The Supremes are experts at the heartbreak song with classics like Where Did Our Love Go, You Keep Me Hangin’ On and Stop! In The Name Of Love.
3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
Oringinally recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, and also by Gladys Knight & the Pips, Gaye’s recording is so powerful, as this a capellla version shows.
4. Nowhere To Run by Martha and the Vandellas
This song is one of many Motown songs written by Holland-Dazier-Holland. The trio wrote many of the hits for the label and helped define the Motown Sound.
5. Reach Out, I’ll Be There by the Four Tops
I finish with an uplifting and inspiring song. Now if you feel that you can’t go on, because all your hope is gone, and your life is filled with confusion, and happiness is just an illusion, and your world around is tumblin’ down, darling, reach out.