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Best Motown Songs
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Welcome to my best Motown songs page where you'll find 30 plus songs on this page and links to nearly 70 more songs you can easily learn on the acoustic guitar.

Help yourself to the free chord sheets and demos, and if you need or want to purchase the full tutorial lessons, you can do so at a small fee from the prices listed above.

Artists on this page:
Al Green - Amos Wilburn
Buddy & Ella Johnson
Dorothy Moore
George Benson - Grayson Hugh
Howlin Wolf
Jimmy Cliff - Jimmy Ruffin
Joe Cocker - Johnny Taylor
Lou Rawls - Luther Vandross
Maria Muldaur - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
RB Greaves - The Blues Brothers
The Fifth Dimension - The Manhattans
The O'Jays - Todd Snider

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Best Motown Songs
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1. Back Stabbers - The O'Jays

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Back Stabbers the song managed to reach #1 for The O'Jay's on the Hot Soul Singles chart back in 1972 and then climbed to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song hails from the album of the same name.


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2. Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross

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Dance With My Father was a single from the album of the same name from 2003.

The song was co-written with Richard Marx and won song of the years and best male R&B award at the 2004 Grammy's.


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3. Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas


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4. Doublewide Blues - Todd Snider

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Doublewide Blues is a track from the 2003 album from Todd Snider entitled Near Truths and Hotel Rooms.

The song was never released as a single.


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5. Evil (Is Goin' On) - Howlin Wolf

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Evil is a track from Howlin Wolf's first studio album which he strongly disliked when it was first recorded back in 1969.

Howlin Wolf had previously recorded the song first in 1954 and again in 1959. The song peaked at #43 on the US R&B charts.


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6. Fine Brown Frame - Lou Rawls

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Fine Brown Frame appeared on Lou's 1989 album At Last. The song was performed as a duet with Dianne Reeves.

The song was never released as a single.


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7. Fortunate Son - Todd Snider

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Fortunate Son is a 1969 song of course from CCR but was covered by Todd Snider on his 2008 album called Peace Queer.

The track was never released as a single.


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8. Gimmie Some Lovin - The Blues Brothers

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9. Hey Bartender - The Blues Brothers

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Hey Bartender was first recorded by Floyd Dixon back in 1954. In 1978 the song regained traction once more as part of the movie The Blues Brothers.

Hey Bartender quickly became a signature song for this band and their version of this classic song remains one of the most well known out there on the musics scene.


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10. In Between Jobs - Todd Snider

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In Between Jobs is a track from Todd Snider's 2012 album Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables.

This track was never released as a single.


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11. Last Two Dollars - Johnny Taylor

Last Two Dollars .. info soon.


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12. Let's Just Kiss And Say Goodbye - The Manhattans

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13. Let's Stay Together - Al Green

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Let's Stay Together is a 1972 album released by Al Green and this track as the lead song. The single was released ahead of the album in 1971 and topped the Billboard 100 Chart.

The song also hit #1 on Billboards R&B chart. At the end of 1972, the song claimed Billboards Year End chart title for best R&B song.


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14. Lover Bird - Buddy & Ella Johnson

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Lover Bird is a track from the 1958 album from Buddy and Ella Johnson album called Sing Me.

I have no idea if this track was ever released as a single.

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15. Midnight At The Oasis - Maria Muldaur

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Midnight At The Oasis was a 1973 single from Maria Muldaur when she released her debut album.

The song reached #2 in Canada, #6 in the US and #21 in the UK. The song and album were nominated for song and album of the year at the 1975 Grammy's.

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16. Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore

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Misty Blue was first recorded 10 years before Dorothy Moore recorded it by Wilma Burgess in 1966 and Eddy Arnold in 1967. Both were country hits.

In 1976 Dorothy Moore released her version. She didn't see the song as a hit when she recorded it but the song went on to become a top 10 hit is several countries, peaking the highest

at #2 in the US.

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17. On Broadway - George Benson

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On Broadway was first recorded by The Drifters back in 1963 and had a #9 hit with the song. George Benson took a smooth jazz approach with his version and can be found on his 1978 album Weekend In LA.

The single release hit #7 on Billboard and #2 on the R&B charts. He also won a Grammy for best vocal performance with this song.


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18. One Less Bell To Answer - The Fifth Dimension

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One Less Bell To Answer was written for jazz singer Keely Smith in 1967. But in 1969 producer Bones Howe came across the tune and wanted The 5th Dimension to record the song as part of their 1970 debut album.

They recorded it, released it and peaked at #2 behind My Sweet Lord by George Harrison.


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19. One Scotch One Soda One Beer - Amos Wilburn

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One Scotch One Soda One Beer was recorded by Amos Wilburn in 1953. It eventually became part of several compilation albums.

The song was a top ten as a single release for Amos Wilburn.


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20. She Caught The Katy - The Blues Brothers

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She Caught The Katy was an old blues tune first recorded back in 1968 Taj Mahal, who co-wrote the song with James Rachell.

In 1980, The Blues Brothers brought the song back for their album and movie and according to John Belushi's widow, it was his favourite blues song.


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21. Sweet Home Chicago - The Blues Brothers

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Sweet Home Chicago was first recorded by Robert Johnson back in 1936. In 1980 The Blues Brothers incorporated the song into the film and brought the song to a whole new audience. 

The song was never released as a single but has become a well know song in the bands repertoire.


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22. Take A Letter Maria - RB Greaves

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Take A Letter Maria was released by RB Greaves in September 1969. The song picked up airplay and by Nov the song sold a million copies.

In 1970 it had reached 2.5 million in sales. The track is from the album RB Greaves.


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23. Talk It Over - Grayson Hugh

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Talk It Over is a track from Grayson Hugh's 1988 Blind To Reason.

The song reached #3 in NZ, #4 in Australia and #19 in the US.


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24. The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff

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The Harder They Come is a song from Jimmy Cliff with a reggae feel. In 1972 the song was recorded for the movie of the same name.

Cliff wrote the melody and lyrics after he agreed to take the lead role of a musician who tuned to crime. Madness, Rockers Revenge and Joe Jackson have all covered this number.


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25. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted was a big hit song for Jimmy Ruffin back in 1966. It did really well on the music charts, reaching the top 10 in both the United States and R&B charts. The song was on Jimmy's first album, which was also called "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted."

People loved the song because it had meaningful lyrics and Jimmy's powerful voice. Since then, many other singers have covered the song, showing how much it's still loved today. Overall, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" is one of Jimmy Ruffin's most famous songs, and it's had a big impact on music over the years.


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26. Who's Been Talkin - Howlin Wolf

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Who's Been Talkin is a track from Howlin Wolf's 2nd album released in 1962 called simply Howlin' Wolf.

All tracks on this album were previously released between 1960 and 1962 under the Chess label. Some people refer to this as the Rockin Chair album for obvious reason.

This number was not released as a single.


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27. You Are So Beautiful (To Me) - Joe Cocker

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You Are So Beautiful became a #4 hit in Canada and a #5 hit in the US for Joe Cocker back in 1975. 

The song hails from the album I Can Stand A Little Rain. Billy Preston co-wrote this song with Bruce Fisher and first released it in 1974.

This was Joe Cockers highest charting single.


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28. You Can Leave Your Hat On - Joe Cocker

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You Can Leave Your Hat On was recorded by Joe Cocker but written by Randy Newman.

The track appears on the album Cocker from 1986 and was a top 40 in a few countries.


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