The best Motown songs are timeless soul classics that capture everything it means to be in love, to suffer heartbreak – and to want to dance with abandon.
They made the countdown for the first time in May 1967, but only after a delayed release and a title change.
Cutting far deeper than most break-up songs, ‘What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted’ remains Jimmy Ruffin’s defining Motown soul statement.
On March 13, 1970, the three-piece released their self-titled debut album on Decca’s short-lived Nova imprint.
'I've Passed This Way Before' made its debut on Billboard’s Top Selling R&B Singles chart of Christmas Eve 1966.
'Motown Chartbusters Volume 4' was not only another collection of big hits from the label, it became the latest No.1 in the series itself.
'Beauty Is Only Skin Deep' became the third of four consecutive R&B No.1s for the Emperors of Soul.
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's hit inspires our Motown duets playlist.
Jimmy Ruffin was a Motown soul singer with numerous hit singles including 'Hold On (to My Love)' and 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted'.
The long-awaited third instalment in the Motown 7”s box set series contains rarites and previously unreleased music, and is due for release on 21 October.
The death of Jimmy Ruffin, at the age of 78, robs us of another of the great vocal stylists of Motown’s glory years.