The Nation’s Favourite Motown Song: ITV Top 20 Results and Winner

The Temptations - Motown Records

The Temptations – Motown Records

This Sunday night on ITV sees the Nation’s Favourite Motown Song count down the UK’s 20 most loved Motown numbers.

Narrated by Craig Charles, this 90 minute music special will feature a blend of archive footage and fresh interviews with some of the genres biggest names. During the chart run down, we’ll hear from such legendary Motown singers as Martha Reeves and Smokey Robinson, plus members of The Supremes, The Jackson 5, the Four Tops and The Temptations.

The programme will also speak to some of the lesser known figures behind the hits, including the Detroit producers, musicians and songwriters. Singers John Newman, Dionne Warwick, Aloe Blacc, Michael Bolton, James Morrison and Gabrielle will also be on hand to discuss their love of Motown and how it’s influenced their own musical styles.

The Nation’s Favourite Motown Song top 20 will include such classics as Marvin Gaye’s ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, The Temptations’ ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ and ‘My Girl’, Martha and the Vandellas’ ‘Dancing in the Street’, The Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You back’, The Supremes ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, Jimmy Ruffin’s ‘What Becomes of the Broken Hearted’, plus many more. Full results list below.

To find out which song is named the winner, tune into the Nation’s Favourite Motown Song on ITV at 9:00pm on Sunday, 6 July, 2014, with catch-up available later via ITV Player.

Here the Top 20 results and winner listed in reverse order as they were revealed on ITV. Spoiler Alert, if you haven’t yet watched the show and don’t want to know the results, best stop reading now.

20. Jimmy Mack – Martha & The Vandellas – 1967

19. Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder – 1966

18. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations – 1972

17. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye -1971

16. My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder -1969

15. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) – The Four Tops – 1965

14. My Guy – Mary Wells – 1964

13. The Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – 1969

12. Reach Out I’ll Be There – The Four Tops – 1966

11. I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 – 1970

10. Stop! In The Name Of Love – The Supremes – 1965

9. War – Edwin Starr – 1970

8. Baby Love – The Supremes – 1964

7. I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5 – 1970

6. The Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – 1970

5. My Girl – The Temptations – 1964

4. Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas – 1964

3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross – 1970

2. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted – Jimmy Ruffin – 1966

Winner: 1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye – 1969

The top 20 songs and results lineup has been decided based on votes from a representative panel of ITV viewers from across Britain. The show follows on from last years highly successful Nation’s Favourite Elvis Song. As with the Elvis countdown, there’s been an accompanying album released entitled ‘The Nation’s Favourite Motown Song’, available on CD or via download.

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