Greatest Motown Singers

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The Top Ten

1
Michael Jackson
He's great! I wish I could have seen him in concert, he has a great musical talent and voice! My favorite song by him was "thriller. " I have also enjoyed his moon walk. He deserve's to be number one! Thank you...
-L
There are no words great enough to describe him, he was a true inspiration and will never ever fade from our lives. At first, there was Michael on record, then CD, then MP3, then Ipod and he will always be there no matter how much technology updates. An absolute angel. I love him forever.
I love Michael. He was very talented. He was gone to soon. My favorite song by him is I Want You Back. He deserves to be number one. YOU GO BOY!
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2Marvin Gaye
I am only 16 years old, have listened to many old Motown singers, they have all had a hit or two that caught my attention. Te first time I heard Marvin's voice, I was instantly hooked. It is hard to explain in words. In a way he had a simple voice, but it has a certain sound to it that makes people listen. I can hear the struggles in his voice. You can't just listen to " Let's Get it On", "What's going on", and "sexual healing". While those songs are certainly some of his best, he has many other unappreciated titles under his belt. I recommend the gold album on iTunes. It starts out with happy songs while he was becoming known, but as the album continues he begins sounding more worried and depressed. He certainly has something for everyone.
Marvin Gaye is way better than Michael Jackson by a LONG MILE! Michael's songs were good but Marvin's songs could touch the heart and soul. If you disagree with me then you should listen to his classic album "What's Going On" and you will see that Marvin is better!
Marvin Gaye is easily no. 1. Michael is maybe top twenty on this list, he's more pop than Motown.
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3Gladys Knight

4David Ruffin (The Temptations)
David was the best there was. The others were great but David had the soul of his people and ancestors. Even Marvin Gaye said david had something great in his voice that Marvin himself lacked. I'm tired of all the negative talk I hear about David. A lot of people are hearing the same junk and are judging him and neglecting and ignoring his legacy. David gave to us the voice and soul no other has given. I truly love this man. He wasn't perfect and he made many mistakes but who hasn't made mistakes. We all have made mistakes so why do we expect that David should have been perfect. He was human and he was a man. Now this book" my temptation" must have been written by some sicko. First of all she made the statement that she could here David telling her to write and publish the book. Now why would David come to her in a vision, dream or any other way and tell her to bash his name and legacy like that. Why would he want the world to remember him in that way.? He wouldn't. So we know this very troubled and psycho lady is lying. It's obvious he didn't love her and she is out for bloody revenge. Now if any woman should have been disappointed it should have been Sandra, his wife. She doesn't talk about how she dated and purposefully got pregnant by him. But Sandra has kept her dignity and her true love for David by not smearing his name, memory and legacy. That is why he married Sandra he knew she was an honorable woman. He did not marry Jenna Sapia because he knew from the beginning she was after him because if his fame and fortune. David was not a dumb man even though he might have done some dumb things which we all do at some time or another. Now this son David Jr. Is just as bad as his mom. He hell and high water on his mother side with this junk yet he's busy trying to ride his way to fame on David Sr. Accomplishments and talents. But like David Ruffin Sr. Said there ain't but one David Ruffin. Now we know David Jr wasn't born a ruffin he was born a Sapia and David sr obviously was going to keep it that way. After all he only gave the boy his last name to keep from going to jail. Is that woman and her son delusional? I think so! Please forget this woman and her bitterness over a man she could never have and she never will. The sick woman even made the statement they would get it right in the next life after all the dirt she wrote about him. Now that's sick. Besides if he didn't want her dumb ass in this life why would he want her in another one. Please keep his legacy alive in a positive way. The man was a sensitive and outstanding singer and performer. Lets remember the good and forgive the bad.

Signed; David Eli Ruffin's number 1 fan
You all r crazy I read where Marvin said when he first herd David sing he herd what his voice was lacking. If where talking about voices its no competition ruff is the greatest. Smokey Robinson & Gladys before David is a joke & a reminder that people don't know music. By the way David didn't sing cloud nine but thanks anyway.
This brother had a voice that can never be mistaken, you know sometimes we say that sounds like so and so, BUT when you hear Ruffin everyone knows who he is, can not be imitated or impersonated, the VOICE a gift from THE LORD ABOVE, he was a rare jewel that has only a single 'cut' and 'BAM' the mold was broken, David and Sam Cooke only come once in a lifetime and I'm truly glad in was in mine. MAY GOD BLESS THEIR SOULS FOREVER. RIP.
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5Smokey Robinson
Great singer and an amazing poet! Tracks of my Tears is his finest work but he has written many great songs which he's given away to other artists!
Love him, sing his songs all the time

6Stevie Wonder
Stevie is a very influential and amazing singer that is a lot better than a lot of Motown singers because of his pitch perfect singing and voice quality. He should be regarded higher than the other artists.
Signed, Sealed, Deliverd... from the first note to the last he sings absolutely perfect.
He is such an under rated artist. I think he is a musical genius.
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7Diana Ross
Diana Ross introduced Motown to the world and much of her work is so underappreciated Surrender Album produced by Ashford ^^ Simpson will stand up against any motown album and it's virtually unknown.
Diana Ross is the image of a superstar. Her versatility and longevity and sheer number of hits have proved that.

8Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops)
You haven't heard this great man sing till you've heard what the Tops are NOT famous for! His interpretations of Honey and Climb Every Mountain, to name two, unreleased tracks- Just A Little Love and Old Fashioned Man (all on YouTube) show how diverse, emotional and varied his voice was. No one does passion and emotion like Levi Stubbs, listen to Ask the Lonely, Baby I Need Your Loving, I'll Never Leave Again and I Believe In You and Me. But never wanting the limelight he was and always will be known as part of the Four Tops, if people listen to these 5 odd tracks before voting, Levi Stubbs should be top and deservedly so!
My personal favourite, amazing voice, Marvin Gaye even said Levis voice was better
Pure emotion, it's the same old song just rules
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9Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men)
BOYZ II MEN SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE. WHEN IT COMES TO VOCALS, PEOPLE PLEASE, BOYZ II MEN CAN TURN BITTER INTO SWEET IN A SPLIT SECOND. QUESTION, WHO COULD HOLD A NOTE LONGER BETWEEN M. J AND WANYA?

10Edwin Starr

The Contenders

11Eddie Kendricks (The Temptations)
The greatest falsetto there was... The guy could sing like an angel and his smile would light up a room and was just as vital too the temps as ruffin... If ruffin is the greatest of all time A... Then this guy is greatest of all time B.
Eddie sang solos, leads, duets, background, soul, show tunes, R&B, Tin Pan Alley, and Disco. He out sang Diana Ross on "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "I'll Try Something New" and was he set the template for every falsetto singer who came after him. A Grammy Award winner, he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Temptation. Eddie was in a class by himself.

12Martha Reeves
Love this group! They were the best!

13Tina Turner

14Brenda Holloway

15Barbara McNair

She needs to be recognized as a great singer and stunningly beautiful, Motown did not know what they had.


16Janelle Monae
She is such an amazing singer and I wish people would listen to singers like her then that rap hip hop crap is so popular and I don't know why.

17Jackson 5
I like Jackson 5 because they have always been great Motown singers and they all have great talent that goes above and beyond a lot of other Motown singers that aren't as pitch perfect and don't have the amazing quality they have.
Jackson 5 is very close to rhyming with cheddar pie LEL

18Jermaine Jackson

19G. C. Cameron
It's a shame is my favorite oldie, this kid can sing listen to It's A Shame live

20Bobby Taylor
Have You All forgotten the voice range on the cut "I Am You're Man", "Does You're Mama Know About Me", And my personal favorite "Malinda". Bobby Taylor Ranks right behind David Ruffin

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This list was created 6 years, 2 days ago and has been voted on over 1,000 times. This top ten list has been blogged about 2 times.

Updated Thursday, April 17, 2014


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