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10 of the Best from Motown the Musical

Motown was a legendary era and a slice of it arrives here soon. Here are some of our favourite tracks from Motown the Musical.

1. Dancing In The Street

Originally sung by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, this Motown track has been covered by The Kinks, Everly Brothers, Grateful Dead and was a big hit as a duet for Mick Jaggar and David Bowie in 1985.

2. Stop! In the Name of Love

Karis Anderson and Cast as Diana_Ross and The Supremes

Stop! In the Name of Love was released by The Supremes in 1965 with lead vocals by Diana Ross. The girls created their iconic choreography - one hand on the hip and the other outstretched in a 'stop' gesture - for their first live TV appearance.

3. You've Really Got a Hold on Me

This million-selling record and 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame Award winner, by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles has been covered by countless musicians including the Beatles on their second album.

4. My Girl

My Girl, written by Smokey Robinson, became The Temptations’ first US number-one single and remains to this day, their signature song. Get yourself down here to catch this song, live on stage.

The Temptations

5. What's Going On

The closing song in Act One, What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye is a politically powerful, iconic and classic track sung from the perspective of a Vietnam veteran returning home to find hatred, suffering and injustice.

6. I Heard It Through the Grapevine

After being on top of the Billboard Pop Singles chart for seven weeks, I Heard It Through the Grapevine became the biggest hit single on the Tamla Motown record label, which was the brand used outside of the US.

7. I Want You Back

The Jackson Five

This classic track by the Jackson 5 became the first number-one hit for the band and the record label on 31 January 1970 and was ranked at 121 in Rolling Stone's  500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

8. Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)

Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand) was the debut solo single from the legendary singer, Diana Ross. In this musical you'll find out how Diana Ross rose to fame with her solo career after her time with The Supremes.

9. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)

This classic Motown tune by legendary Stevie Wonder spent six weeks on the US R&B chart and was the very first single Stevie Wonder produced on his own.

Daniel Haswell as Stevie Wonder

10. Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Karis Anderson as Diana Ross

This high energy number at the end of the show will definitely leave you with a smile on your face. Originally sung by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967, it became a huge hit for Diana Ross in 1970.

Motown the Musical will be with us from 26 March - 6 April 2019.