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The Official Top 100 Motown songs of the Millennium
26 August 2019 | By Rob Copsey

As Motown celebrates its 60th anniversary, we reveal the labels biggest songs, including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes and Marvin Gaye.

Founded 60 years ago in Detroit, Michigan, Motown was the label that launched a musical revolution. Its impact still reverberates across music today: songs like Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, My Girl and Stop! In The Name of Love are timeless classics that remain as popular today as when they were first released.

Motown was founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy, an unknown record producer who borrowed $800 from his family to start up the label. It went on to revolutionise pop with its distinctive brand of R&B-soul with a pop influence – and helped pushed black artists into the mainstream.

To celebrate Motown’s 60th anniversary, Official Charts have teamed up with BBC Radio 2 to reveal the UK’s Official Top 100 Motown Chart, combining digital download sales and streams. The Top 100 will be counted down on August 26 between 12pm and 6pm, presented in two sections, by first by Craig Charles followed by Trevor Nelson. The chart is part of a weekend of Radio 2 shows about Motown, all of which can be listened to on BBC Sounds.

Number 1 on the chart goes to Superstition by music legend Stevie Wonder. Despite being far from his highest charting single - peaking at Number 11 in 1973 - the track's popularity has endured over the years to earn its place at the top of the chart with 1.1 million chart sales.

Celebrating the news, Stevie told us: "Motown is one of the all time great labels, and I’ve been associated with it all my life. Many of the artists have been my friends and family. I am proud to have been chosen at the top of such an incredibly talented group of artists."

Discussing the Top 100 chart, Trevor Nelson said: "The Top 3 are three of the most timeless songs of all time, true classics which appeal to music lovers of all ages. Stevie is my favourite artist of all time so for me, the right song is at Number One - Superstition is perfection! I'm pleased that this chart features streams and downloads as it proves that the music of Motown is as popular as ever."

Below are 10 key facts about the Top 100. The Top 10 appears at the bottom of the page - the full Top 100 will be posted at 6pm.
  1. The Top 100 features nine UK Number 1 singles and 57 Top 10 hits.
  2. The Top 100 is made up of 7 million permanent downloads and 1.1 billion audio streams.
  3. Stevie Wonder's Superstition is Number 1 overall, with 1.1 million charts sales, made up of 460,000 downloads and 65 million audio streams.
  4. Stevie Wonder is also the biggest artist overall in the Top 100 and has the most chart entries, with 20 tracks. Stevie accounts for nearly 10% of all downloads (1.8m) and just over 20% of all streams in the chart (254m). The graph below shows the acts with multiple entries on the chart.
  5. The second most popular artist in the chart based on sales and streams is Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, followed by Marvin Gaye (including his duets with Tammi Terrell).
  6. The newest track in the Top 10 is Ne-Yo’s Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself). The track was a Number 1 hit in 2012 and was co-written by Sia.
  7. Rick James’ Super Freak is the highest charting song in the Top 100 that wasn’t originally released as a single in the UK. It was a Top 20 in America’s Billboard Hot 100, reaching Number 16.
  8. The second highest track not originally released as a single in the UK is Frank Wilson’s Do I Love You (Indeed I Do). It was scheduled for release in 1965, but Berry Gordy wasn't a fan of the track and shelved it. Wilson was more focused on his production and song writing career and went on to produce many of Motown's greatest hits.
  9. The third highest track not released as a single in the UK is Martha Reeves and the Vandellas’ Love is Like A Heatwave. The song peaked at Number 4 in the US and is considered to be one of the first tracks to exemplify the 'Motown Sound'.
  10. The impact of streaming on Christmas tracks is evident here with four entries for festive classics that receive a boost every year from November onwards: Michael Jackson & Jackson Five's Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (27), Stevie Wonder's What Christmas Means To Me (65), and Jackson Five's I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (86) and Frosty The Snowman (96).

The UK's Official Top 10 Motown songs
Note: The full Top 100 will be posted on Monday, August 26 at 8pm GMT.

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK CHART SALES
1 SUPERSTITION STEVIE WONDER 11 in 1973 1.1M
2 I WANT YOU BACK JACKSON 5 2 in 1970 820K
3 AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL 80 in 2013 734K
4 LET ME LOVE YOU (UNTIL YOU LEARN TO LOVE) NE-YO 1 in 2012 547K
5 SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED (I'M YOURS) STEVIE WONDER 15 in 1970 517K
6 MY GIRL TEMPTATIONS 43 in 1965 473K
7 ABC JACKSON 5 8 in 1970 469K
8 ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) LIONEL RICHIE 2 in 1983 454K
9 LET'S GET IT ON MARVIN GAYE 31 in 1973 404K
10 I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE MARVIN GAYE 1 in 1969 393K
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This chart is compiled taking in permanent downloads and streaming equivalent sales.
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Ne-Yo looks so odd in that list. laugh.gif didn’t realise he was signed to Motown (and looks like he only was from 2012 onwards)
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Surprised to see LGIO above IHITTG

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The full top 100 has now been posted!

1 SUPERSTITION STEVIE WONDER 11 in 1973 1.1m
2 I WANT YOU BACK JACKSON 5 2 in 1970 820k
3 AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL 80 in 2013 734k
4 LET ME LOVE YOU (UNTIL YOU LEARN TO LOVE) NE-YO 1 in 2012 547k
5 SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED (I'M YOURS) STEVIE WONDER 15 in 1970 517k
6 MY GIRL TEMPTATIONS 43 in 1965 473k
7 ABC JACKSON 5 8 in 1970 469k
8 ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) LIONEL RICHIE 2 in 1983 454k
9 LET'S GET IT ON MARVIN GAYE 31 in 1973 404k
10 I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE MARVIN GAYE 1 in 1969 393k
11 EASY COMMODORES 9 in 1977 346k
12 SIR DUKE STEVIE WONDER 2 in 1977 339k
13 END OF THE ROAD BOYZ II MEN 1 in 1992 339k
14 I CAN'T HELP MYSELF FOUR TOPS 23 in 1965 338k
15 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE STEVIE WONDER 3 in 1969 314k
16 YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE SUPREMES 3 in 1966 312k
17 HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVIE WONDER 2 in 1981 282k
18 HELLO LIONEL RICHIE 1 in 1984 272k
19 ISN'T SHE LOVELY STEVIE WONDER 94 in 2012 271k
20 I'M COMING OUT DIANA ROSS 13 in 1980 265k
21 DANCING ON THE CEILING LIONEL RICHIE 7 in 1986 256k
22 I'LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BOYZ II MEN 5 in 1994 250k
23 BABY LOVE SUPREMES 4 in 1964 224k
24 REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE FOUR TOPS 1 in 1966 221k
25 ENDLESS LOVE DIANA ROSS & LIONEL RICHIE 7 in 1981 220k
26 WHAT'S GOING ON MARVIN GAYE 80 in 1983 219k
27 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN MICHAEL JACKSON & JACKSON FIVE 30 in 2019 217k
28 DANCING IN THE STREET MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS 5 in 1969 212k
29 DO YOU LOVE ME CONTOURS 76 in 1998 201k
30 THIS OLD HEART OF MINE ISLEY BROTHERS 3 in 1968 199k
31 UPSIDE DOWN DIANA ROSS 2 in 1980 192k
32 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU STEVIE WONDER 1 in 1984 190k
33 SHE KNOWS NE-YO FT JUICY J 28 in 2015 188k
34 THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES 9 in 1969 183k
35 MASTER BLASTER (JAMMIN') STEVIE WONDER 2 in 1980 182k
36 WHO'S LOVIN' YOU JACKSON 5 36 in 2009 179k
37 I'LL BE THERE JACKSON 5 4 in 1971 172k
38 WAR EDWIN STARR 3 in 1970 172k
39 UPTIGHT (EVERYTHINGS ALRIGHT) STEVIE WONDER 14 in 1966 171k
40 GOT TO GIVE IT UP MARVIN GAYE 7 in 1977 161k
41 WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED JIMMY RUFFIN 8 in 1966 157k
42 MY GUY MARY WELLS 5 in 1964 152k
43 ROCKIN' ROBIN MICHAEL JACKSON 3 in 1972 151k
44 STUCK ON YOU LIONEL RICHIE 12 in 1984 146k
45 PLEASE MR POSTMAN MARVELETTES 2 in 1975 141k
46 SUPER FREAK RICK JAMES N/A 140k
47 NOWHERE TO RUN MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS 26 in 1965 139k
48 GET READY TEMPTATIONS 10 in 1969 137k
49 BEN MICHAEL JACKSON 7 in 1972 135k
50 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) FRANK WILSON N/A 133k
51 PAPA WAS A ROLLIN' STONE TEMPTATIONS 14 in 1973 133k
52 (LOVE IS LIKE A) HEATWAVE MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS N/A 130k
53 THE TEARS OF A CLOWN SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES 34 in 1976 129k
54 COMING WITH YOU NE-YO 14 in 2015 129k
55 THREE TIMES A LADY COMMODORES 1 in 1978 127k
56 STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE SUPREMES 7 in 1965 122k
57 HIGHER GROUND STEVIE WONDER 29 in 1973 122k
58 MY DESTINY LIONEL RICHIE 7 in 1992 119k
59 WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO SUPREMES 3 in 1964 116k
60 RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT DEBARGE 4 in 1985 115k
61 I WISH STEVIE WONDER 5 in 1977 111k
62 PART-TIME LOVER STEVIE WONDER 3 in 1985 110k
63 AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH DIANA ROSS 6 in 1970 109k
64 YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE STEVIE WONDER 7 in 1973 109k
65 WHAT CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME STEVIE WONDER N/A 104k
66 SOMEBODYS WATCHING ME ROCKWELL 6 in 1984 103k
67 HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU ELGINS 3 in 1971 102k
68 MY CHERIE AMOUR STEVIE WONDER 4 in 1969 101k
69 SAY YOU SAY ME LIONEL RICHIE 8 in 1985 96k
70 YOU'RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL 19 in 1968 94k
71 IT TAKES TWO MARVIN GAYE 16 in 1967 94k
72 NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK VELVELETTES N/A 94k
73 LATELY STEVIE WONDER 3 in 1981 92k
74 LIVING FOR THE CITY STEVIE WONDER 15 in 1974 90k
75 I LOVE YOUR SMILE SHANICE 55 in 1991 88k
76 AINT TOO PROUD TO BEG TEMPTATIONS 21 in1966 86k
77 MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) MARVIN GAYE N/A 85k
78 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN' ON SUPREMES 8 in 1966 84k
79 JIMMY MACK MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS 21 IN 1967 81k
80 ITS THE SAME OLD SONG FOUR TOPS 34 in 1965 81k
81 THE NIGHT FRANKIE VALLI/THE FOUR SEASONS 7 IN 1975 80k
82 BRICK HOUSE COMMODORES 32 in 1977 79k
83 NIGHTSHIFT COMMODORES 3 in 1985 77k
84 AS STEVIE WONDER N/A 77k
85 I SECOND THAT EMOTION SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES 27 in 1968 76k
86 I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS JACKSON 5 91 in 1987 75k
87 THERES A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R DEAN TAYLOR 3 in 1974 72k
88 YOU ARE EVERYTHING DIANA ROSS 5 in 1974 70k
89 HOW SWEET IT IS (TO BE LOVED BY YOU) MARVIN GAYE 49 in 1964 69k
90 GOT TO BE THERE MICHAEL JACKSON 5 in 1972 67k
91 JUST MY IMAGINATION TEMPTATIONS 8 in 1971 66k
92 ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE MICHAEL JACKSON 1 in 1981 65k
93 FOREVER NOW NE-YO 31 in 2013 65k
94 COME SEE ABOUT ME SUPREMES 27 in 1965 65k
95 I'M STILL WAITING DIANA ROSS 1 in 1971 64k
96 FROSTY THE SNOWMAN JACKSON 5 N/A 64k
97 DONT YOU WORRY BOUT A THING STEVIE WONDER N/A 62k
98 I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER STEVIE WONDER 5 in 1967 59k
99 STONED LOVE SUPREMES 3 in 1971 59k
100 DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY THELMA HOUSTON 13 in 1977 57k
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The Tears of a Clown was number one in 1970, but the OCC show it as number 34 in 1976? They also fail to credit Kim Weston on Marvin Gaye's It Takes Two, and fail to credit Marvin Gaye on Diana Ross' You Are Everything, despite both songs being credited to two artists in their own archive. Shanice also got to number 2 in 1992, and therefore didn't peak at 55 in 1991.

Are there any other errors that I and Lee Moore haven't already got on this list? (and already posted in the comments on the OCC page)
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Was enjoying listening to the countdown of this on Radio 2 today! It was definitively a lot better than normal daytime Radio 2. Rockwell - Somebody's Watchin Me one certainly sounded a lot different to anything else they played in the list around it because it is more electronic and synthpop.

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Ne-Yo looks so odd in that list. laugh.gif didn’t realise he was signed to Motown (and looks like he only was from 2012 onwards)


Let me Love You is a bit odd but the rest of his songs in this kind of fit into the Motown sound I think...


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Wasn’t Kelly Rowland signed to Motown for the Here I Am era ?
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QUOTE(vibe @ Aug 27 2019, 10:14 AM) *
Wasn’t Kelly Rowland signed to Motown for the Here I Am era ?


She was signed to Universal Motown while Ne-Yo is signed to Motown Records.

I assume there's some sort of difference or maybe not. Both are under UMG.
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The title is somewhat misleading - I assumed it meant the current millennium, not the last one... smile.gif
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It's based on streams and sales from 2000 onwards, it just so happens that all the big sellers from Motown are the classics aside from Ne-Yo as Motown hasn't been much of a thing for decades.
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already posted in the comments on the OCC page


They keep deleting comments (including mine) when errors are pointed out.
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"You Can't Hurry Love" had sold less than 287k as of June 2019, so has sold over 25k since then?
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6 MY GIRL TEMPTATIONS 43 in 1965 473K


Yet on 13/8/18 OCC said for digital sales for tracks released in the 60s,
10 MY GIRL TEMPTATIONS 566,000

Why the discrepancy?
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QUOTE(ben08 @ Aug 27 2019, 10:32 PM) *
Yet on 13/8/18 OCC said for digital sales for tracks released in the 60s,
10 MY GIRL TEMPTATIONS 566,000

Why the discrepancy?


Video streams?
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Unlikely to be video streams.
OCC has closed down discussion on this topic after several errors were highlighted. Not very democratic.
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Could it be as simple as My Girl having re-recordings or versions by The Temptations that weren't released under the Motown label?

I know it was re-released in 1992 for the movie by Epic, could it be that those download sales doesn't count towards the Motown release?


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QUOTE(ben08 @ Aug 28 2019, 11:31 AM) *
Unlikely to be video streams.
OCC has closed down discussion on this topic after several errors were highlighted. Not very democratic.



They obviously don't like criticism
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QUOTE(Jack Murs @ Aug 27 2019, 06:31 PM) *
"You Can't Hurry Love" had sold less than 287k as of June 2019, so has sold over 25k since then?


Is it possible that they have somehow shifted 25k in a physcial format since 2000, perhaps vinyls reissues? This chart seems to be only digital formats, if I've understood it correctly.



Edit: Sorry the quote was meant to be this one regarding My Girl:

"6 MY GIRL TEMPTATIONS 43 in 1965 473K

Yet on 13/8/18 OCC said for digital sales for tracks released in the 60s,
10 MY GIRL TEMPTATIONS 566,000

Why the discrepancy?"


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