Readers' Poll: The 10 Greatest Motown SongsYour picks include 'Ain't Too Proud to Beg,' 'Dancing in the Streets' and 'Tracks of My Tears'
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9. Martha and the Vandellas - 'Dancing in the Street'
It was hard to go anywhere in the summer of 1964 without hearing Martha and the Vandellas' hit "Dancing in the Street." Most people initially saw it as a simple dance song, but when the civil rights movement adopted it as an anthem, some radio stations actually removed it from their playlists. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were clearly fans, and their lyrics to "Street Fighting Man" ("Summer's here and the time is right/ For fighting in the street") echo the song.
"Dancing in the Street" has since been covered countless times by everyone from Van Halen to Mick Jagger and David Bowie.