Motown 50 Fanthology: The Jackson 5 are All Time Favorite Motown Artists
The Jackson 5 chosen the People’s Choice Winner for All Time Favorite Motown Artists. They will be acknowledged at the People’s Choice Awards 2010.
The fans have spoken–and “My Girl” by The Temptations is their
all-time favorite Motown recording. The results of the online voting
held in June and July can be heard on the two-CD set Motown 50
Fanthology (Motown/UMe), to be released September 1, 2009, which
continues the celebration of Motown’s 50th anniversary.
An album by the fans and for the fans, the package’s recordings are arranged in order of most votes received.
The Top 10 are:
1. “My Girl” – The Temptations
2. “What’s Going On” – Marvin Gaye
3. “Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
4. “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” – The Temptations
5. “The Tracks Of My Tears” – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
7. “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
8. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
9. “ABC” – Jackson 5
10. “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” – The Temptations
Marvin Gaye holds seven of the 46 spots, while The Temptations are next
with five. With four positions each are Michael Jackson (three with The
Jackson 5), Diana Ross (solo, with The Supremes and with Lionel Richie)
and Lionel Richie (solo, with Diana and with the Commodores). Next with
three are the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, and Tammi Terrell (all with
Gaye). Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Martha & The
Vandellas, Rick James, Boyz II Men, and Jr. Walker & The All Stars
scored two fan favorites each. Also heard are Jimmy Ruffin, Teena Marie
and the Isley Brothers.
Via special Website, U.S. fans chose their five most beloved songs from
a list of more than 100 of Motown’s greatest recordings, with more than
40 artists represented. The first 500 voters received an “I Voted!
Motown 50” collector’s edition bumper sticker. All voters were entered
in a random drawing for a grand prize–a trip for two to Hitsville,
U.S.A., the Detroit home of Motown, including airfare, hotel
accommodations, admission to the Motown Museum, and tickets to a
forthcoming Motown gala event. The winner will be announced August 17.
In addition, UMe/Motown partnered with the People’s Choice Awards to
offer fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite Motown artist of
all time on the People’s Choice website. Out of 10 choices, fans
selected the Jackson 5 as their favorite. The winner will now be
recognized during the 36th Annual People’s Choice Awards in 2010.
An irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy’s
legendary Motown Records made its mark not just on the music industry
but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most
significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the
20th century. No other record company in history has exerted such an
enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and
culture. That influence is still being felt today, from pop to hip-hop,
as Motown celebrates the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding.
Today, Motown is part of the Universal Music Group, with its classic
recorded music catalog managed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).