(L-R) Berry Gordy Jr, head of Motown Records with The Supremes, (L-R) Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, in the recording studio at Motown Records, Detroit, USA, 14th January 1965. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns) | Gilles Petard via Getty Images

(L-R) Berry Gordy Jr, head of Motown Records with The Supremes, (L-R) Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, in the recording studio at Motown Records, Detroit, USA, 14th January 1965. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns) | Gilles Petard via Getty Images

When it comes to songs about first love, true love and heartbreak, we go back, again and again, to a record label that took its heart and soul from Detroit: Motown.

The home of Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and the young Michael Jackson. The music itself is pop rooted in the traditions of gospel, accompanied by pounding drums, layers of strings and brassy call-and-response bits. But it’s easier just to say “Motown.” It’s music that actually sounds like love, and you don’t need to speak English or have grown up in the 1960s for that message to translate.

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