50 Years Of Classic Motown Songs

Classic Motown

Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown is now celebrating 50 years of classic Motown music. Formerly known as Tamal Records, Motown produced some of the greatest hits ever, and is one of the most successful music labels. From Marvin Gaye to the Temptations, Motown soulful music is still popular today.

The History of Motown

Originally based in Detroit, Motown Records was a big player in racial integration in the United States.  And provided songs that had great crossover success.  Did you know -- Berry Gordy was a songwriter before opening Motown Records

In 1972 Motown Records moved from Detroit to Los Angeles and continued making classic Motown hits. Do you know all the artist signed by Motown? Below is the Motown Artist Honor-Roll from 1950 to present day.

The History of Motown

Motown Artists 1950-Present (A-G)

  • 902
  • 98 Degress
  • Akon
  • Georgio Allentini
  • Andantes
  • Another Bad Creation
  • India Arie
  • Ashanti
  • Ashford & Simpson
  • Erykah Badu
  • J. J. Barnes
  • Be Your Own Pet
  • Drake Bell
  • Yummy Bingham
  • Birdman
  • Blinky
  • Blue October
  • Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers
  • Boys
  • Boyz II Men
  • Trina Broussard
  • Dorsey Brunette
  • G. C Cameron
  • Charlene
  • Chocker Campbell & his 16 Piece Band
  • Chris Clark
  • Angela Clemmons
  • Commodores
  • Contours
  • Carolyn Crawford
  • Howard Crockett
  • Bobby Darin
  • Dazz Band
  • Bunny DeBarge
  • Chico DeBarge
  • Elgins DeBarge
  • DeBarge
  • Kiki Dee
  • Rare Earth
  • Duane Eddy
  • Dennis Edwards
  • Elgins
  • Forever The Sickest Kinds
  • Four Tops
  • Frankie Valli & Four Seasons
  • Siedah Garrett
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Valerie George
  • Johnny Gill
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Good Girls

Motown Artists 1950-Present (H-O)

  • Tom Hale
  • Sam Harris
  • Craic Haus
  • Edward Holland, Jr
  • Dave Hollister
  • Brenda Holloway
  • Patrice Holloway
  • Thelma Houston
  • Willie Hutch
  • High Inergy
  • Isley Brothers
  • Chuck Jackson
  • Jermaine Jackson
  • Michael Jackson
  • Jackson 5
  • Jada
  • Rick James
  • Mable John
  • Marv Johnson
  • JoJo
  • Jr. Walker & the All Stars
  • Kem
  • Eddie Kendericks
  • Queen Lafifah
  • Stacy Lattisaw
  • Lil Wayne
  • Lloyd
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • London +
  • Shorty Long
  • Teena Marie
  • Damian Marley
  • Stephen Marley
  • Martha & Vandellas
  • Marvelettes
  • Mary Jane Girls
  • MC Trouble
  • Michael McDonald
  • Carrie McDowell
  • Brian McKnight
  • Barbara McNair
  • Miracles
  • Monitors
  • Debelah Morgan
  • Mya
  • Nelly
  • Originals

Motown Artists 1950-Present (P-Z)

  • Pal
  • Bonnie Pointer
  • Billy Preston
  • Q Tip
  • Dina Rae
  • Barbara Randolph
  • Martha Reeves
  • Lionel Richie
  • Jimmy Robbins
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Rockwell
  • Diana Ross
  • Asher Roth
  • David Ruffin
  • Jimmy Ruffin
  • Rustix
  • Irene Ryan
  • San Remo
  • Golden Strings
  • Remy Shand
  • Shanice
  • Sharissa
  • Shiny Toy Guns
  • Shontell
  • Sparkle
  • Spinners
  • Phyllis St. James
  • Edwin Starr
  • Stoney & Meatloaf
  • Barrett Strong
  • Supremes
  • Bobby Taylor
  • Felicia Taylor
  • R. Dean Taylor
  • Tammi Terrell
  • Tony! Toni! Tone!
  • Trick Trick
  • Undisputed Truth
  • Valadiers
  • Frankie Valli
  • Earl Van Dyke
  • Vanity Velvelettes
  • Taylor Washington
  • Mary Wells
  • Kim Weston
  • Bruce Willis
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Syreeta Wright
  • Val Young
  • Zhane
  •  Zion

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What's Your Favorite Motown Hit? 5 comments

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stacies29 7 years ago from Washington DC

"Reflections" By The Supremes.


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vlkinpa 7 years ago from South central Pennsylvania

As a teenager I loved the Motown sound and I still do today.


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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

i cant really pick a single song, since there's lots of great motown artists.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

I grew up listening to Motown. Some great memories.


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bluebird 6 years ago

Nice hub, love Motown artists! Thanks for sharing such a comprehensive list. Good job!

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