500 Greatest Songs of All Time


Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, 'Shop Around'

Writers: Berry Gordy, Robinson
Producer: Gordy
Released: Dec. '60, Tamla
16 weeks; No. 2

Robinson thought Barrett Strong should record "Shop Around," but Gordy persuaded Smokey that he was the right man for the song. After it came out, Gordy heard it on the radio and found it way too slow. He woke Robinson at 3 a.m. and called him back to the studio to re-cut it — faster and with Robinson's vocal more prominent. That one worked.

Appears on: The Ultimate Collection (Motown)


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