500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Barrett Strong, 'Money (That's What I Want)'

294. Barrett Strong, 'Money (That's What I Want)'

Writers: Berry Gordy, Janie Bradford
Producer: Gordy
Released: Jan. '60, Anna
17 weeks; No. 23

The sessions lasted more than 40 takes and several days, but Gordy didn’t care: It was the first song cut in his Hitsville USA studio, and there were no bills to pay. With a howling vocal over a live band, this was gutbucket R&B, far more raw than the Motown hits that followed. But when it became Gordy’s first hit, it provided the money to pay for them.

Appears on: Motown: The Classic Years (Polygram)

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