The Ultimate Motown Playlist & Where to Find the Records

By: Amber Ogden | January 22, 2018
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Known as the “The Sound that Changed America” Motown has a unique sound all of its own.  But can you name a Motown hit just by hearing it? Even though Motown music is very distinctive, it supported artists that created individual and timeless sounds that will live on forever. From Johnny Gill to the ageless Diana Ross, Motown created jamming playlists for every kind of listener.  Whether it was an up tempo song like I Want You Back that made you dance the night away or a sad love song like I Wish it Would Rain, it was sure to be a hit. Here is a grooving playlist from Hitsville USA that laid the groundwork for some of the best classic songs to date.

Smiling Faces Sometimes – The Temptations

Where Do We Go From Here – Stacy Lattisaw featuring Johnny Gill

You and I – Rick James

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Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Love Hangover – Diana Ross

Time Will Reveal – Debarge

MotownPhilly – Boyz II Men

Stubborn Kind of Fellow – Marvin Gaye

My Guy – Mary Wells

First I Look at the Purse – The Contours

Now that we have your attention and you are boogieing to your favorite Motown hit, go grab some old records and keep the party going. Where? You ask. Check out these metro-Detroit record shops, there’s nothing like hearing your favorite Motown hit on vinyl.  (Whispers: They still sell CDs too).

Peoples Records
1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: (313) 831-0864

Hello Records
Address: 1459 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI 48216
Phone: (313) 300-5654

Found Sound
234 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: (248) 565-8775

Record Graveyard
2610 Carpenter Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212
Phone: (313) 870-9647

Street Corner Music
26020 Greenfield Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237
Phone: (248) 967-0777