The music of Motown has had a major impact on popular music as we know it today. R and B, Hip-Hop, Rap, and many rock tunes can be found to have their roots in Motown. Believe it or not, the Music of that era is still relevant and widely played at most of the weddings we work. Since it is so popular, we thought it would be fun to compile a list of some of our favorites.
There are many points in your reception where you might find them useful. An added bonus would be that your grandma and even parents will love these hits from the past.
Below you’ll find said list along with a links to videos in the titles, and a little info about each tune.
Several brides like to throw this song in for “their” dude. Written by the Smokey Robinson, it was released on March 13, 1964, and eventually skyrocketed to Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It can be argued that Stevie Wonder is the official face of Motown, and more than likely, you’ll hear his voice at pretty much every wedding reception. A popular choice for the bridal party entrance, and a great way to get the party officially started. Released in June of 1970, the song easily hit Number 1 on the Hot 100.
Marvin Gaye has two spots on this list for a reason. If Stevie was the face of Motown, then Marvin would most definitely be the heart. He continued to make music until his untimely death in 1984. Several people thought this was written by James Taylor, but Taylor’s version is only a cover. Both versions are very popular choices wedding receptions.
Great for a cocktail song…or as a second dance tune. It’s a great one to throw in to show your new hubby exactly how you’re feeling about him. Released back in January of 1963, it spent 4 weeks at the top of the charts.
With Stevie wonder as the face and Marvin Gaye as the heart, Smokey Robinson would have to be the soul of Motown. A great song for during your ceremony or during cocktail hour, this tune invokes a happy vibe that sets the tone for your evening. Released in the fall of 1967, it’s one of the most requested Motown songs at receptions.
A perfect track for the dinner playlist. This song was released in January of 1971 and would top the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Billboard R&B charts.
Some might argue that this tune doesn’t have roots in Motown, but I would argue that Lionel Ritchie, having been with the Commodores, is quintessential Motown…as is this song. Also making it’s way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and Hot R&B charts, this song was released in the fall of 1983.
One of the most requested for Father/Daughter Dance, The Temptations released this song just before Christmas in 1964, like the others on our list, went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
You can’t have Motown without the Jacksons and this song, which was released in August of 1970, is a perfect way to ensure they get mentioned. Covered by Mariah Carey in the spring of 1992, it hit Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B chart.
Want a parting song, or one to set that perfect honeymoon vibe as the reception winds down. Our man Marvin has ya covered. Released in September of 1973, it definitely ruled the charts.
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