Legendary groups The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas and The Marvelettes are well known, but there are many female Motown stars you need to know.
For the ravenous Northern soul collector, one label consistently brought the goods: Chess Northern soul classics continue to epitomise the sound today.
In the way its music was presented and the universal themes its artists sang of, Motown broke racial barriers to move everyone, no matter their skin colour.
Attempting to build on the success of ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ The Temptations’ And Norman Whitfield created ‘Masterpiece’ in 1973.
If you’re suffering from heartbreak, trying to get next to someone, or dreaming about the unattainable, the best Motown love songs will suit your mood.
The best Bob Marley love songs are passionate and personal declarations that continue to speak to that most timeless of emotions…
Considered too rough for airplay, ‘Yo! Bum Rush The Show’ found Public Enemy starting their countdown to Armageddon, paving the way for genius.
Something of a last testament from reggae legend Bob Marley, ‘Redemption Song’ continues to spread its message of emancipation far and wide.
Rejected for the ‘Hell Up In Harlem’ soundtrack, ‘The Payback’ found James Brown exacting revenge and laying the blueprint for gangsta rap.
Making success sound so easy, Tone Lōc’s ‘Lōc-ed After Dark’ was a laidback mega-hit with two juggernaut singles, ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Funky Cold Medina’.
Adapting to the new funk scene of the early 70s, Booker T & The MGs released the perfectly titled ‘Melting Pot’, an album that still sounds in the moment.
Sam & Dave’s second album, ‘Double Dynamite’, remains a classic example of the dynamic soul duo at their best, and a classic in the Stax Records catalogue.
Not often a label thought of in hip-hop terms, the best Motown samples prove that Berry Gordy’s empire had more than enough beats for the crate-diggers.
In the late 90s, ‘Mos Def And Talib Kweli Are Black Star’ forged a new path in which culture and unity took precedence over hip-hop’s beefs and disses.
The most underrated icon of African-American Music, Barry White’s unique vision delivered a romantic soul music that seduced the world.