These 22 Lost Classics Of Motown Deserve To Be Rediscovered

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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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