One Hit Wonders The Greatest Motown Songs by One-Hit Wonders  

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List Rules Only songs by Motown artists who were one-hit wonders.

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.

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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted Jimmy Ruffin - Went to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966.

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Do You Love Me The Contours - The group had other minor hits, but this was their only smash, hitting #1 in 1962.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My Guy Mary Wells

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In My House Mary Jane Girls - This track from the Rick James prodigy group went to #7 in 1983 - their only Top 40 hit.

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Let It Whip Dazz Band - This was the Motown funk group's only pop hit, reaching #5 in 1982.

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Every Little Bit Hurts Brenda Holloway

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I've Never Been to Me Charlene - This 1977 Motown single misfired, but it was re-released in 1982 and became a huge hit.

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My Smile Is Just a Frown (Turned Upside Down) Carolyn Crawford - Hit #39 in 1964, her only chart hit.

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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.

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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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Here Comes the Judge Shorty Long - Hit #4 on the U.S. R&B chart in 1968. Long drowned a year later.

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Needle in a Haystack The Velvelettes - They never released a full album, but this track from girl group the Velvelettes hit #45 on the pop charts in 1965.

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It's a Shame Spinners  

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What You See Is What You Get Stoney & Meatloaf - Singer Meatloaf was briefly a member of a duo who cut one album for Motown. This song was their only hit, reaching #71 on the Pop chart.

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Greetings (This Is Uncle Sam) The Monitors - Went to #21 on the R&B chart in 1966.

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Electric Boogie Marcia Griffiths

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Love's Gone Bad Chris Clark - Clark's only chart hit, this song hit #41 on the R&B chart in 1966.

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Love Power Willie Hutch - Hutch recorded numerous singles for Motown, and this reached #8 on the R&B chart in 1966.

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Let it Whip Dazz Band

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Does Your Mama Know About Me Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers - Co-written by band member Tommy Chong, this hit #29 in 1968. Taylor later discovered the Jackson 5.

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Jamie Eddie Holland

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Needle in a Haystack The Velvelettes

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