Marvin Gaye songs

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  1. Ain't No Mountain High Enough

    Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1967)


    "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" is an R&B/soul song written by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson in 1966 for the Tamla Motown label. The composition was first successful as a 1967 hit single recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, becoming a hit again in 1970 when recorded by former Supremes frontwoman Diana Ross. The song became Ross' first solo number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

  2. Let's Get It On

    Let's Get It On (1973)


    "Let's Get It On" is a song and hit single by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released June 15, 1973 on Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. The song was recorded on March 22, 1973 at Hitsville West in Los Angeles, California. The song features romantic and sexual lyricism and funk instrumentation by The Funk Brothers. The title track of Gaye's landmark 1973 album of the same name; it was written by Marvin Gaye and producer Ed Townsend. "Let's Get It On" became Gaye's most successful single for Motown and one of his most well-known songs. With the help of the song's sexually-explicit content, "Let's Get It On" helped give Gaye a reputation as a sex icon during its initial popularity.

  3. After the Dance

    After the Dance (1976)


    "After the Dance" is a slow jam recorded by singer Marvin Gaye and released as the second single off Gaye's hit album, I Want You. Though it received modest success, the song served as one of Marvin's best ballads and the song served as part of the template for quiet storm and urban contemporary ballads that came afterwards.

  4. Come Get to This

    Come Get to This (1973)


    "Come Get to This" is a 1973 hit for American soul singer Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla (Motown) label.

  5. Sanctified Lady

    Sanctified Lady (1985)


    "Sanctified Lady" is a song by American soul singer Marvin Gaye, released posthumously in 1985 by Columbia Records.

  6. Distant Lover

    Distant Lover (1973)


    "Distant Lover" is the sixth song issued on singer Marvin Gaye's 1973 album, Let's Get It On and the b-side of the second single from that album, "Come Get to This." A live recording was issued as a single in 1974. The live version of the song was Gaye's most successful single during the three-year gap between Let's Get It On and his following 1976 album, I Want You.

  7. I Want You

    I Want You (1975)


    "I Want You" is a song written by songwriters Leon Ware and Arthur "T-Boy" Ross and recorded and released as a single by singer Marvin Gaye. Released as a single in 1976 on the Tamla label, the song introduced a change in musical styles for Gaye, who before then had been recording songs with a funk edge. Songs such as this gave him a disco audience thanks to Ware, who produced the song alongside Gaye.

  8. A Funky Space Reincarnation

    A Funky Space Reincarnation (1979)


    "A Funky Space Reincarnation" is a 1978 funk single recorded and released in 1979 by Marvin Gaye on the Tamla label.

  9. What's Going On

    What's Going On (1971)


    "What's Going On" is a song by American recording artist Marvin Gaye, released in 1971 on the Motown subsidiary Tamla. Originally inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by Renaldo "Obie" Benson, the song was composed by Benson, Al Cleveland and Gaye and produced by Gaye himself. The song, which focused on major seventh and minor seventh chords, and was oriented in sounds by jazz, gospel and classical music orchestration, was mainly viewed as a meditation on the troubles and problems of the world, proving to be a timely and relatable release, and marked Gaye's departure from the Motown Sound towards more personal material. Later topping the Hot Soul Singles chart for five weeks and crossing over to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, it would sell over two million copies, becoming Gaye's second-most successful Motown song to date.

  10. Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

    Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing (1968)


    "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" is a 1968 single released by American R&B/soul duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, on the Tamla label in 1968. The B-side of the single is "Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl" from the duo's United LP. The first release off the duo's second album: You're All I Need, the song - written and produced by regular Gaye/Terrell collaborators Ashford & Simpson - became a hit within weeks of release eventually peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, the first of the duo's s two #1 hit R&B hits. In the UK "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" reached #34.

  11. Love Me Now Or Love Me Later

    Love Me Now Or Love Me Later (1995)


    "Love Me Now or Love Me Later" is a 1980 song recorded by singer Marvin Gaye, who issued it on his final Motown release, In Our Lifetime, in 1981. The song talked of a conversation between two Lords: "The Good Lord" and "The Evil Lord" in which after creating Earth brings upon man and have a heated discussion over what to do with him. The "evil Lord" wants control of the man while "the good Lord" insists on sharing him equally giving him the reason for love and understanding. When the man, presumably Marvin, messes up, the "evil Lord" fusses that he shouldn't have allowed "the good Lord" to "give him reasons" telling the man in question that he's "got what the soul desires for mankind's flesh" while the "good Lord" tells the man "you can listen to me/I gave you reason for (love and life)". This explains the cover of the album which depicts "the Good Lord" and "the Evil Lord" as clones of Marvin discussing over a table and is probably considered as the album's centerpiece. In the album's alternate version, cut from Odyssey Studios, found the singer reciting a prayer at the end of the song. The song's musical background was used for an earlier recording, 1979's "Just Because You're So Pretty" for Marvin's aborted Love Man album.

  12. Trouble Man

    Trouble Man (1972)


    "Trouble Man" is a 1972 hit single for American soul singer Marvin Gaye on the Tamla (Motown) label.

  13. If I Should Die Tonight

    If I Should Die Tonight (1973)


    "If I Should Die Tonight" is a song written by songwriter Ed Townsend and American recording artist Marvin Gaye. Gaye recorded the track, a soul ballad, for his Let's Get It On album. It was issued as the third track on the album's set list.

  14. Can I Get a Witness

    Can I Get a Witness (1963)


    "Can I Get a Witness" is a song composed by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland and produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier as a song for American recording vocalist Marvin Gaye, who issued the record on Motown's Tamla imprint in September 1963.

  15. Just to Keep You Satisfied

    Just to Keep You Satisfied (1973)


    "Just to Keep You Satisfied" is a song by soul singer Marvin Gaye. The song was the b-side to Marvin's modest 1974 hit, "You Sure Love to Ball" and was the eighth and final song issued on the singer's 1973 album, Let's Get It On.

  16. Here, My Dear

    Here, My Dear (1978)


    "Here, My Dear" is a song written, composed and produced by American soul singer Marvin Gaye, issued on the album of the same name in 1978. The song was a sort of introduction to the deeply confessional and post-divorce concept that gave a chronological look back at the tempestuous marriage between Marvin and first wife Anna. The lyric, You don't have the right to use a son of mine to keep me in line, became a memorable lyric for fans of Gaye and very much was a lyric attacking Anna for demanding alimony and child support payments to support then-twelve-year-old Marvin, III. Marvin then sarcastically told his wife that he dedicated the album to her but warned that she might "not be happy" and telling Anna "this is what you wanted" making a reference to the judge in their divorce case to give up royalties from this album to Anna. The song's musical background would be used for the song "Everybody Needs Love" from this album.

  17. Anna's Song

    Anna's Song (1978)


    "Anna's Song" is a song recorded by singer Marvin Gaye as part of his 1978 album, Here, My Dear. Recorded during the midst of Marvin and estranged wife Anna going through an acrimonious divorce, the song autobiographically depicted several parts of Marvin and Anna's past including one lyric that hints at his first hit single, "Stubborn Kind of Fellow" where Gaye says "What's it, husband, makes you so stubborn?". A memorable part of the song for Marvin's fans includes a verse where Marvin's vocals rise when singing Anna's name. Unlike most of the songs on the album with the exception of "Sparrow", this song was recorded in a jazzy atmosphere.

  18. Ain't That Peculiar

    Ain't That Peculiar (1965)


    "Ain't That Peculiar" is a 1965 song recorded by American soul musician Marvin Gaye for the Tamla (Motown) label. The single was produced by Smokey Robinson, and written by Robinson, and fellow Miracles members Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin. "Ain't That Peculiar" features Gaye, with The Andantes on backing vocals, singing about the torment of a painful relationship.

  19. Sexual Healing

    Sexual Healing (1982)


    "Sexual Healing" is a Grammy Award-winning 1982 classic hit song recorded by American singer Marvin Gaye on the Columbia Records label. It was his first single since his exit from his long-term record label Motown earlier in the year, following the release of the In Our Lifetime album the previous year. People magazine described it as "America's hottest pop-culture turn-on since Olivia Newton-John suggested she wanted to get 'Physical'." It is listed at No. 233 on the Rolling Stone list of its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

  20. Pride And Joy

    Pride And Joy (1963)


    "Pride and Joy" is a 1963 single by Marvin Gaye, released on the Tamla label. The single, co-written by William "Mickey" Stevenson, Gaye and Norman Whitfield, and produced by Stevenson, was considered to be a tribute to Gaye's then-girlfriend, Anna Gordy.

  21. Come Live With Me Angel

    Come Live With Me Angel (1976)


    "Come Live with Me Angel" is a sultry 1975 song recorded by singer Marvin Gaye, issued on his acclaimed 1976 album, I Want You.

  22. God Is Love

    God Is Love (1970)


    "God is Love" is a 1970 song written by Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, James Nyx Jr. and Elgie Stover and recorded by Marvin for his What's Going On album. The song was a return of sorts to Gaye's religious background dedicating this song to God and his father, Marvin Gay, Sr. The song was originally recorded as the B-side to "What's Going On" shortly after that song was recorded. The original 45 rpm version of "What's Going On" included a slower, string-laden version of this song as its B-side. The musical composition was used for the original version of "Just to Keep You Satisfied" by The Monitors, who recorded it in 1968. The song was later retooled in a more joyous, faster version thanks to composition from Marvin Gaye brought on after the success of "What's Going On" as a hit song. It also ended in a much faster and abrupt tone leading into the album's next single, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)". The original version has since been re-issued on several greatest-hits sets and re-issues of the album. J Dilla sampled the original version first for his instrumental "Marvin and the Fam", and then with rapper Common on his song "Love Is", from his 2005 album Be.

  23. Chained

    Chained (1968)


    "Chained" is a 1968 single released by soul singer Marvin Gaye on the Tamla label.

  24. 'til Tomorrow

    'til Tomorrow (1983)


    "'Til Tomorrow" is a 1982 R&B/Soul quiet storm-styled song recorded by American singer Marvin Gaye. The song was the second song to be promoted off Midnight Love but wasn't released as a physical single, but more of a promotional song as Gaye prepped for a U.S. tour in the year of its release. The single was released on February 8, 1983.

  25. Falling in Love Again

    Falling in Love Again (1978)


    "Falling in Love Again" is a 1977 song recorded by singer Marvin Gaye and issued on his 1978 album, Here, My Dear album. The song was another track on the personal album that did not discuss the demise of his first marriage. Instead of Anna Gaye, the song talked of the other woman in Marvin's life. Described in "You Can Leave, But It's Going to Cost You" as "that young girl", she was Janis Hunter, whom Gaye had married. In a solemn but still certain tone, he wanted to be sure that this time his love for Janis will be what he had always wanted. But as irony would have it, by the time of the album's release, Marvin and Janis' relationship was failing. By the end of the album's promotion, Janis had split from the singer after nearly two years as a married couple. They eventually divorced in February 1981. This song was the last song on Here, My Dear with a reprise from the album's "theme song", "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You", playing soon afterwards putting the album to a close for good.

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