Ranking Marvin Gaye’s American top ten singles

Well, ain’t that peculiar — an artist with no meh top tens? That’s Marvin Gaye, who followed an inimitable run as Motown’s premier male singer to a solo run in which his own productions and compositions, full of fire but capable of a tenderness that rarely went louche, maintained a standard. It’s not often said, but I’m just glad that “Sexual Healing” simmers like “I’ll Be Doggone” does.

Sound, Solid Entertainment

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (with Tammi Terrell)
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)

Good to Great

That’s the Way Love Is
I’ll Be Doggone
I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Trouble Man
Your Precious Love (with Tammi Terrell)
What’s Going On
Ain’t That Peculiar
You’re All I Need to Get By (with Tammi Terrell)
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Sexual Healing
Pride and Joy
Let’s Get It On
Got to Give It Up (Part 1)
If I Could Build My Whole World Around You (with Tammi Terrell)

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