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The Songs of Motown the Musical from A-Z

A whopping 58 songs are featured in Motown The Musical! Here they are from A to Z.

“ABC” - The song made famous by the Jackson 5 and launching them into superstardom after their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

“A Breathtaking Guy” - The Supremes

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell where the first artists from the Motown label to record this hit in 1968. It would become a hit again in 1970 when it was covered by Former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. 

“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” - The Temptations 
“Baby I Need Your Lovin’” - The Four Tops
“Baby Love” - The Supremes
“Ball of Confusion”  - The Temptations 
“Brick House” - The Commodores
“Buttered Popcorn” - The Supremes

“Can I Close the Door (On Love)” - Written by Berry Gordy, Jr. and Michael Lovesmith for Motown The Musical.

“Cruisin’” - Written, produced, and performing by Smokey Robinson. This smash hit took 5 years to write and came together after Robinson moved to Los Angeles and was driving down Sunset Boulevard listening to a song by The Rascals called "Groovin'."

“Dancing in the Street” - Originally performed by Martha and the Vandellas and written by Marvin Gaye, William Stevenson, and Ivy Jo Hunter, this song would continue to grow in popularity with covers by The Mamas & The Papas and Mick Jagger and David Bowie. 

“Do You Love Me” - The Contours
“Get Ready” - The Temptations 
“Give It to Me, Baby” - Rick James
“Good Morning, Heartache” - Original Billie Holiday, covered by Diana Ross
“Got a Job” - The Miracles 
“Happy Birthday” - Stevie Wonder
“Hey Joe (Black Like Me)” - Written by Berry Gordy and Michael Lovesmith for Motown The Musical
“I Can’t Get Next to You” - The Temptations 

“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” - This 1965 song gave the Motown group, The Four Tops their first #1 chart-topping hit.  

“I Got the Feeling” - Today
“I Hear a Symphony” - The Supremes 
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” - Marvin Gaye 
“(I Know) I’m Losing You” - The Temptations 
“It’s What’s in the Grooves That Counts” - Written by Berry Gordy, Jr. for Motown The Musical.
“Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” - Bryan Highland
“I Want You Back” - The Jackson 5

“I Wish” - This #1 hit was performed, written, and produced by Stevie Wonder. The song was sampled in 1999 by Will Smith in the song "Wild Wild West" for the feature film of the same name. 

“Lonely Teardrops” - Jackie Wilson
“Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone” - The Supremes 
“Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)” - Marvin Gaye 
“Money (That’s What I Want)” - Barrett Strong
“My Girl” - The Temptations 
“My Guy” - Mary Wells 
“My Mama Done Told Me” - The Miracles
“Please, Mr. Postman” - The Marvelettes 
“Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” - The Four Tops 
“Reach Out and Touch” - Diana Ross
“Reet Petite” - Jackie Wilson
“Remember Me” - Diana Ross

“Shop Around” - Performed by The Miracles and written by Miracles leader Smokey Robinson and Motown Founder Berry Gordy,  this was Motown's first Top 10 single in the U.S., not to mention the label's first million-seller.

“Shotgun” - Junior Walker & The All Stars
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” - Steve Wonder 
“Square Biz” - Teena Marie
“Stop in the Name of Love” - The Supremes 
“Stubborn Kind of Fellow” - Marvin Gaye
“Super Freak” - Rick James
“The Happening” - The Supremes 
“The Love You Save” - The Jackson 5
“To Be Loved” - Jackie Wilson
“War” - The Temptations
“What’s Going On” - Marvin Gaye
“Where Did Our Love Go” - The Supremes 
“Who’s Loving You” - The Jackson 5
“You’re All I Need to Get By” - Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
“You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You” - Original Dean Martin, covered by The Supremes
“You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” - The Miracles

Don't miss these songs and more in Motown The Musical March 23-25!

Motown The Musical is sponsored by Bank of America.

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