I am so glad that I was introduced to the music of Motown at such a young age (Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Jackson 5, etc.) rather than learning about it later in life. It's so influential to so many genres of music that was often overlooked in the 60s and 70s.
Today we're talking about our top ten favorite Motown songs from the 60s, which you can also find on our 60s Week playlist.
Land Of 1,000 Dances (1966) - Wilson Pickett: "I have heard this song so many times in my life, yet I don't know how to do all of the dances."
Evil (1954, but it counts)- Howlin' Wolf: "LONG WAY FROM HOME"
Rollin' And Tumblin' (1950, but it still counts) - Muddy Waters: "I may not have known who Muddy Waters was before this song, but I really love it."
You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman) (1968) - Aretha Franklin: "I have been screaming the lyrics to this song in my head since I was thirteen."
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1967) - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: "This song ALWAYS puts me in a great mood and is so fun to dance to."
My Whole World Ended (1969) - David Ruffin: "This song... I can't even begin how it makes me feel, how it excited it makes me... It's the song that plays before Greta Van Fleet comes out on stage and once it reaches that certain part of the song, right when they come out, I want to cry."
Mustang Sally (1966) - Wilson Pickett: "This was the first song I knew by him and it remains my favorite."
Hit The Road, Jack (1962) - Ray Charles: "This is the song they play at the end of weddings and dances when they want you to 'not go home, but not stay there'".
I Say A Little Prayer (1968) - Aretha Franklin: "Forever and ever you'll stay in my heart and I will love you forever and ever..."
I Want You Back (1969) - The Jackson 5: "I love screaming the lyrics to this song, I love watching videos of The Jackson 5 performing this song with their dances, they NEVER missed a beat."