The Motown record label was originally founded in 1960 by Berry Gordy Jr in Detroit, Michigan. It produced a huge range of instantly recognisable hits that still resonate with all generations today.
The name itself is a portmanteau of the words ‘motor’ and ‘town’, and has actually become a nickname for the city of Detroit.
As an African-American record label, the development of Motown played an integral part in the inclusivity and racial integration of pop music at the time.
Known as a style or sub-genre of soul music with aspects of pop, it combines rhythm, blues and jazz. Specifically though, as a genre Motown is a rhythmic gospel inspired sound. It was incredibly influential during the Civil Rights Movement.
The songs generally have an upbeat tempo, contain catchy pop hooks and feature fantastic, relatable lyrics.
Motown is not only one of the most successful and influential music genres. It’s a state of mind, a way of life, an institution.
With such a positive and life-affirming sound, Motown music is perfectly suited to a celebration and is guaranteed to have all your wedding guests twisting the night away on the dance floor.
As the heartbeat of American pop, this atmospheric genre is the perfect celebratory sound for your wedding day. Loved by young and old alike, we are confident that an excellent Motown-style live band or playlist will have your guests upbeat and dancing.
Including artists such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations, this soulful sound is just as romantic as it is optimistic.
In honour of this wonderful musical style, we’ve put together a list of the Top 10 Motown Songs you should have at your wedding:-
Higher And Higher – Jackie Wilson
With an irresistible beat and catchy melody, Jackie Wilson’s classic is a sure-fire hit at any wedding.
(Love Is Like A) Heatwave – Martha and the Vandellas
Similarly, this 3-minute blast of up-tempo fun is a perfect dance floor-filler during the wedding reception.
I’ll Be There – The Four Tops
No one can argue with the message being said here, The Four Tops suggest a great approach to take as the happy couple dive into married life.
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
In preparation for the wedding night, Marvin Gaye’s velvet-textured voice will bring all the couples together. Perhaps it might even make a romantic first dance song?
My Girl – The Temptations
In homage to the bride, the groom can sing along with this number to make his new wife feel extra special…
My Guy – Mary Wells
…and immediately afterwards, she can return the compliment!
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”. What could be more appropriate on your wedding day?
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
A mantra for the specific joys and challenges of married life, this song celebrates the commitment that newlyweds should feel for one another.
I Hear A Symphony – Diana Ross and The Supremes
A love song by one of the original girl groups, no Motown night is complete without a catchy number from The Supremes.
I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
“If you feel like giving me a lifetime of devotion, I second that emotion”. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves!
This Top 10 selection of timeless classic Motown hits is perfectly suited to a wedding party, although of course there’s also a huge range of other songs – we’d love to hear your suggestions. If you are looking for a Motown Band to perform at your wedding, look no further than Hop Till You Drop, the live music specialists.