DETROIT – 2021 is the 60th anniversary of Motown’s very first No. 1 strike, “Please Mr. Postman,” by the Marvelettes.
To commemorate the famous tune, and the legacy of Detroit’s Motown Documents in normal, Rolling Stone launched a checklist of the “100 Biggest Motown Songs” on Tuesday.
Tracks by legends these kinds of as Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Mary Wells, the Miracles, The 4 Tops, Stevie Speculate, The Supremes, The Temptations, Diana Ross, The Commodores, Martha and the Vandellas and several more are featured on the extensive listing, but only just one song could be No. 1.
The alternative, according to a panel of Rolling Stone, writers? “The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles from 1965.
“The genius of Smokey Robinson, beautifully captured in a few minutes,” Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield wrote. “Only 1 songwriter could craft a heartbreak ballad as anguished as “The Tracks of My Tears,” and only just one singer could wring so much emotion out of these superior notes. And they were the identical person. Just about every songwriter alive desired to be Smokey in 1965, and music like this are why.”
Penned by Robinson, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin and launched on The Miracles’ album “Going to a Go-Go”, the song has been inducted into The Grammy Corridor of Fame.
The music, described as a “pained confession” is viewed as amid the greatest recordings of The Miracles, and it offered above one million information inside two several years.
“Tarplin plays that delicate guitar intro, the Miracles appear in with sweet doo-wop harmonies, and then Smokey sighs, “People say I’m the lifestyle of the occasion ‘Cause I tell a joke or two.” Sheffield wrote. “This track is Smokey at his best, which usually means it’s also Motown at its finest. And one particular thing hardly ever improvements — even soon after all these yrs, no one can sing Smokey like Smokey. A national treasure, then and now and without end.”
You can see the complete Rolling Stone countdown here.