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Chapter 69: Build Me Up Buttercup

Motown R&B

Once again, it’s head-spinning to listen to all of these songs in a row and realize they all came from the same literal Hit Factory. Late 60s Motown just gets more powerful and more confident - “I Want You Back” holds nothing back, and “Heard It Through The Grapevine” oozes with venom. Perhaps the most astonishing song is “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” with Levi Stubbs going beast mode over an eerie, angry, flute-heavy track.
1. Jackson 5

I Want You Back

2. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

3. The Supremes

You Can't Hurry Love

4. The Four Tops

Reach Out I'll Be There

5. The Temptations

My Girl

6. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

The Tears of a Clown

7. The Supremes

Stop! In the Name of Love

8. The Foundations

Build Me up Buttercup

9. Marvin Gaye

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

10. Jimmy Ruffin

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted