While Motown was responsible for some of the greatest hit-makers in music history, people like Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, the label also had its fare share of artists who only broke through once. While these Motown songs aren't as well known as the ones by the superstar counterparts, they're all worth hearing, and a vital part of the legacy of the famous Detroit R&B label.
Ranked in order of the most popular one-hit Motown song wonders to the least popular, you can see which dance songs are favorites by viewers just like you. Feel free to place your votes for your favorite one-hit Motown songs as well, and see them get raised to a higher position on the list. You can also copy and paste from the list to make your own list of favorite songs.Do you not see your favorite one-hit Motown song on the list? Go ahead and add it to the list so that others can listen to it as well.
1 63 12 What Becomes of the Broken Hearted Jimmy Ruffin Went to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966.
2 43 14 Do You Love Me The Contours The group had other minor hits, but this was their only smash, hitting #1 in 1962.
3 42 16 Don't Leave Me This Way Thelma Houston Houston (no relation to Whitney) hit #1 on the pop chart in 1976, but never had another pop hit.
4 35 11 Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now McFadden & Whitehead Though not on Motown, McFadden and Whitehead wrote songs for a number of Motown acts. Their only pop chart hit went all the way to #1.
5 39 15 Somebody's Watching Me Rockwell Rockwell was Motown founder Berry Gordy's son. This song hit #1 in 1983 - thanks to Michael Jackson singing the chorus.
6 28 9 Money (That's What I Want) Barrett Strong Motown songwriter Strong had his only success as a performer in 1960 with this classic, hitting #2 on the pop chart.
7 25 11 Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) Kim Weston Reached #4 in 1965. Weston also sang the hit "It Takes Two" with Marvin Gaye.
8 12 2 My Guy Mary Wells
9 23 14 In My House Mary Jane Girls This track from the Rick James prodigy group went to #7 in 1983 - their only Top 40 hit.
10 22 16 Let It Whip Dazz Band This was the Motown funk group's only pop hit, reaching #5 in 1982.
11 14 9 My Smile Is Just a Frown (Turned Upside Down) Carolyn Crawford Hit #39 in 1964, her only chart hit.
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13 10 5 Every Little Bit Hurts Brenda Holloway
14 20 15 I've Never Been to Me Charlene This 1977 Motown single misfired, but it was re-released in 1982 and became a huge hit.
15 15 11 Indiana Wants Me R. Dean Taylor Motown released this soft rock song on their rock subsidiary Rare Earth and it hit #5 on the pop chart in 1970.
16 13 11 You Can't Turn Me Off (In the Middle of Turning Me On) High Inergy Girl Group High Inergy hit #2 in 1977 with this. It was their only hit.
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18 7 5 Money (That's What I Want) Barrett Strong
19 7 5 It's a Shame Spinners
20 13 12 Here Comes the Judge Shorty Long Hit #4 on the U.S. R&B chart in 1968. Long drowned a year later.
21 10 9 Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) The Monitors Went to #21 on the R&B chart in 1966.
22 1 0 jerophonic added Oh How Happy Shades of Blue