Ranking Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ American top 40 singles

A master of fusing melodies, hooks, and wordplay into the closest approximation to Cole Porter in post-1960 American pop, Smokey Robinson will have generous tributes written when he’s dead. The smashes you know. Even less celebrated hits like “If You Can Want” can sustain whole careers.

The Hague

Meh

One Heartbeat
Point It Out

Sound, Solid

(Come ‘Round Here) I’m the One You Need
Mickey’s Monkey
Tell Me Tomorrow
If You Can Want
Yester Love
Here I Go Again/Doggone Right
Just to See Her
What’s So Good About Goodbye
Being With You
I Don’t Blame You at All

Good to Great

I Second That Emotion
The Tracks of My Tears
More Love
Special Occasion
The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage
If You Can Want
Shop Around
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
The Agony and the Ecstasy
Baby, Baby Don’t Cry
Ooo Baby Baby
My Girl Has Gone
Cruisin’
I Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying
The Tears of a Clown
Baby That’s Backatcha
Going to a Go-Go
Let Me Be the Clock

1 thought on “Ranking Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ American top 40 singles

  1. Jukebox

    Flawless man, flawless songwriter, super sexy (those green eyes!). When Smokey sings I hear violins, yeah (and how queer is that video Alfred? I love it!)
    Flawless list.

    Reply

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