Pick: What are your Motown and soul preferences?

It's time to decide: Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye?

 

The birth of Motown started in 1959 in Detroit. Motown Records was so successful it achieved 79 records in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 1969. Motown artists provided us with songs that made us cry, tunes that made us bust a move and albums that inspired change.

Some of these artists included: The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and many more. Many of these artists appeared on classic TV, too.

Soul music in the era was equally important. It paved the way for artists today and brought us immense feelings that still stick with us.

We still listen to them today. Now the question is, if you had to choose, which Motown or soul song would you rather listen to?

  1. Which song are you spending the night dancing to?
  2. Which song are you playing in the background at dinner?
  3. Which of these songs are you playing on a romantic date?
  4. Which of these songs would you listen to on repeat?
  5. Which of these albums would you get autographed if you had the chance?
  6. Which Motown artist would you choose to meet?
  7. Which song is most iconic in your opinion?
  8. Which Motown song is most underrated?
  9. Which Motown song takes you back to the decade?
  10. Which song would you listen to on a rainy day?
  11. Which song gets you in your feels?

Pick: What are your Motown and soul preferences?

Your Result...

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121 Comments

Randall 12 months ago
I walk in Shadows, searching for light, cold and alone no comfort in sight !! One of the best soul songs ever written!
DeborahRoberts 15 months ago
I have to pick "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James for romance (since you didn't include Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On," but another commenter was correct in pointing out that James and the brilliant Sam Cooke weren't Motown artists. All but a couple of these songs are on my regular playlists. Unforgettable music.
Kramden62 23 months ago
Sam Cooke and Etta James were *not* Motown artists. Cooke first recorded for tiny Keen Records, then moved to RCA. Etta James recorded for Chess Records' sister label Cadet.

BTW - 67% similar.
musicman37 Kramden62 17 months ago
Thank you for pointing this out - you'd think that MeTV would have a better research staff than to just lump all records to Motown just because the artists were black.
Randall Kramden62 12 months ago
I am glad someone noticed this, Also some VERY good soul songs from the Supremes were not mentioned! Who could forget Back in My Arms Again, Reflections, ( used as the theme from CHINA BEACH) and LOVE CHILD Those were Key songs in the 60s!
Kramden62 Randall 12 months ago
I have the original copy of "Love Child" - with "Will This Be the Day" on the flip - in my 1976 Seeburg jukebox. I also have "Love is Like an Itching in My Heart," which I will eventually put in there.
Randall 24 months ago
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED is pure MAGIC!! I WALK IN SHADOWS, SEARCHING FOR LIGHT, COLD AND ALONE< NO COMFORT IN SIGHT! every time I hear that is like the first time!! One song they should have mentioned was FALLING IN AND OUT OF LOVE by THE SUPREMES, Hey THE SUPREMES got SHORTCHANGED in this poll! THEY WERE THE 60s !!
Moverfan Randall 22 months ago
I know I've got to find some kind of peace of mind...I've been searching everywhere just to find someone to care...
musicman37 Randall 17 months ago
I like "In and Out of Love", but it was a little bit country - the Supremes best "soul" record was "You Keep Me Hangin' On" - because Holland-Dozier-Holland tried to specifically craft a rock and roll record for them with this. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
JHP 24 months ago
couldnt take the quiz - it would be like deciding between Porterhouse and Ribeye
geleta 25 months ago
60%….. not bad, not bad at all 😊
bagandwallyfan52 25 months ago
I love Motown Music but I also
Love these 2 Love Songs of The
Beatles:.Do You Want To Know A Secret? And PS I Love You.
These 2 Beatles Songs follow
My comments.
retro6 25 months ago
46%. Primary genre of music I group up with so difficult to choose but picked the ones based on my growing up with all these songs
RichLorn 26 months ago
62% in mono.
But in stereo it would be 31% left and 31% right.
musicman37 RichLorn 17 months ago
Most of the Motown records sounded punchier for the tiny AM radios at the time, but lacked in detail, and some were mixed into the WORST sounding stereo ever. Over the years, Universal (who owns Motown now) has tried to remedy this by allowing remixes of some of this iconic music.
tintin 26 months ago
I had a hard time choosing between some of these songs but I see I chose mostly the same as a lot of people
tintin 26 months ago
Was the song if you don’t know me by now you will never never never know me by Harold Melvin (I think) Done on Motown.
rclyde tintin 26 months ago
No, it was a Philadelphia label
Kramden62 rclyde 23 months ago
Philadelphia International Records (distributed by Sony Music).
musicman37 Kramden62 17 months ago
No, distributed by Columbia Records. The sale to Sony didn't take place for another 20 years. The Harold Melvin record came out in 1972.
Kramden62 musicman37 17 months ago
I like to think of Columbia, Epic, etc. as Sony now (and technically, Sony now owns most of their product, including Philadelphia International). I know back then Columbia Records was owned by CBS.
Moverfan 26 months ago
Fifty percent similar...to what, i don't know. Some of these songs I've never heard or even heard of--can't put a melody to them, anyway. So I say we crank the radio up and go find the doofus who thinks you can choose between Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye because there is something wrong with that boy!
Moverfan Moverfan 17 months ago
Just took it again (January 25) and now I'm down to 45%! Cour Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder...list the music I grew up on and demand I choose one...there's a reason for mixtapes and playlists, people!
Michael 26 months ago
In 1979, I met a woman from Detroit. And s.he said something about emulating the Supremes as a kid. Exceot they wou ld never let her be Diana Ross.
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