Chart Position: 1

  • Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
  • #21 on Recording Industry of America’s ‘Songs of the Century’
  • #22 on Pitchfork Media’s 200 Greatest Songs of the Sixties
  • #80 on Rolling Stone magazines List of 500 greatest songs
  • BMI named this song the 28th most played song of the 20th century
  • Originally recorded by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (1966)
  • Instruments: Funk Brothers
  • Backing vocals: Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson
  • Produced by Norman Whitfield
  • Recorded in Detroit MI
  • This was the biggest selling Motown record up until the eighties
  • Six different artists have had Hot 100 hits with this song
  • Also recorded by Gladys Knight and the Pips (1967), King Curtis (1968), Bobby Taylor & Vancouvers (1968), Ike and Tina Turner & Ikettes (1969), Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970), Chi-lites (1969), Young-Holt Unlimited (1969), Ella Fitzgerald (1970), Earl Klugh (1976), Albino Gorilla (1971), Panhandle (1972), Slits (1979), Undisputed Truth (1971), Average White Band (1976), Flying Pickets (1984), Joe Cocker (1978), Riff Burglars (1983), Roger (1981), Marisa Monte (1988), California Raisins (1988), BJ Scott & Doug Duffy (1994), Soultans (1997), Crust Brothers (1998), King (1998), Dynamo’s Rhythm Aces (1999), Ben Harper (2002), Human Nature (2005), Gilbert Montagne (2006) and many others

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