So funky, so soulful. One of my favorite parts is the "aaah, baby!" he does up top.
The Playlist Special: Top Artists Pick Their Personal Top 10
"Marvin was always late to sessions," recalls Robinson, Gaye's old friend. "But it didn't matter: You'd play a song once and he'd sing it like he wrote it."
Listen: Smokey Robinson's Top Marvin Gaye Songs
1."Let's Get It On" | Marvin Gaye, 1973
2."Try It Baby" | Marvin Gaye, 1964
I like the subject – you're with somebody when they got nothing, now they have everything and they're too good for you.
3."How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Album Version (Stereo)" | Marvin Gaye, 1964
The melody is so unforgettable, even people who can't sing can sing it. Holland-Dozier-Holland were some of the greatest songwriters of all time.
4."Sexual Healing" | Marvin Gaye, 1982
Marvin went to Belgium to dry out from drugs, and when I saw him later he'd started running and making music. What a comeback.
5."What's Going On" | Marvin Gaye, 1971
I remember visiting Marvin at home when he was working on this LP. He was at the piano, saying, "Smoke, God is writing this album, he's sending me these songs."
6."I Heard It Through The Grapevine" | Marvin Gaye, 1968
The Miracles were the first to record this, and Gladys Knight had a huge hit with it, but Marvin made it haunting from the first note.
7."You're All I Need To Get By" | Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, 1968
I heard this in a Motown meeting. Everybody raised their hand saying it was a smash hit.
8."That's The Way Love Is " | Marvin Gaye, 1969
It's one of those songs where you could go anywhere in the world and people will sing along.