Take a look at the below list of Smokey Robinson And The Miracles Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. William “Smokey” Robinson Jr. was born on 19th February 1940. He is an American songwriter, singer, and record producer and a former executive producer. Robinson also founded the Motown vocal group the Miracles and served as its chief producer and songwriter. He led the team from 1955 until 1972 when he declared his retirement from the group. According to him, the reason for doing that was to focus on his role as Motown’s vice president. He later returned to the music world as a solo artist in 1979 and produced great hits including “Just to See Her,” “Being With You” and “Cruisin'”
List of Top 10 songs by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles of all time Till 2017
10. Aint It, Baby
The miracles remained at number one on the Billboard’s R&B chart with the breakthrough “Shop Around,” but after a short time they came up on commercial appeal with their “Ain’t It, Baby.” Artistically, the song is solid gold and an open letter to a girl who seemingly doesn’t love Smokey Robinson anymore – this is based on what the singer calls “the evil things you do.” The powerful hit would be a cover on one of Rolling Stone’s first albums.
9. You’ve Got a Hold on Me
The soulful ballad topped R&B charts for various good reasons, but in the following season, the Beatles – whose version was more tortured – covered the song, thanks to Robinson-worshiping efforts of young John Lennon at his emotional best. That is how the song appeared on “A Bit of Liverpool,” a sovereign album timed to cash on British invasion threatening to take over Motown’s grasp on young America.
8. My Girl
Perhaps, “My Girl” is the greatest song Smokey has ever given away. It is a committed celebration of the singer’s special girl, written in collaboration with Ronald “Ronnie” White, another Miracle. With the aching vocal of David Ruffin, the Temptations remained at the top of R&B and Pop charts (even though they had remained on the R&B charts for a longer time). The production profoundly helped! It offered a euphoric orchestration and classic guitar that the Miracles would provide that decade. Rolling Stones and Otis Redding also covered the song.
7. Ooo Baby Baby
“Ooo Baby Baby” has a gorgeous melody, which is possibly Smokey’s finest. Miracle Pete Moore took home co-writing credit, but he only underscores the aching in Smokey’s voice. The singer sounds as if she is crying while assuming responsibility for doing the song wrong – while commenting, in his defense, that she also made her mistakes. Surprisingly, the unquestioned song stalled at number sixteen on pop charts, nine bits lower than Linda Ronstadt version.
6. The Tracks of My Tears
This song, “The Tracks of My Tears,” was Miracles equally melancholic follow-up to their “Ooo Baby Baby.” Written by Marv Tarplin and Moore, the song also stalled at number sixteen on pop charts. According to Berry Gordy, the masterwork has brilliant lyrics. The song is about confessions of a person who is playing life of the party in public, but his heart is breaking. The singer states: “My smile is my makeup I wear since my breakup with you.” that’s a shot of pop genius! This is one of the Smokey Robinson And The Miracles Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
5. Ain’t That Peculiar
“Ain’t That Peculiar,” written by Tarplin and White, was the second Smokey most successful co-write. Marvin Gaye sold over one million copies, and what’s more, the song ranked at number one on Billboard’s R&B charts in less than one year. The arrangements of this hit, produced by Smokey, offsets Marvin’s tortured lyrics reading with an upbeat backing the track driven by female backing vocals and handclaps.
4. From Head To Toe
“From Head To Toe” featured on “Going to a Go-Go” album is an unsung gem. It is a 1965 release which includes “The Tracks of My Tears,” and “Ooo Baby Baby.” The Rolling Stones managed to take the ballad to number 25 on the Billboard charts. The song is the surprisingly lively celebration of being in love. Anyone would feel very comfortable writing lyrics such as “Hey, hey, sweet baby. Now don’t you know that I am yours from head to toe?”
3. I Second That Emotion
“I Second That Emotion” is the first great pop song that the group produced after changing their name from the Miracles to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. “I Second That Emotion” stalled number four and became their biggest hit since the year 1961 when their song, “Shop Around,” hit number two on the Billboard charts. The song features a slinkier groove and one that is more percussive than that of the group’s earlier songs. The upbeat horns are also impressive.
2. The Tears Of A Clown
The Miracles possibly used the name Pagliacci in the best way for the first time in the history of pop music. Originally, “The Tears of a Clown” appeared on the Miracles’ 1967 album, “Make It Happen,” but in 1970 it returned to the top of US soul and pop charts after stalling number one on the UK charts that September. Stevie Wonder and Hank Cosby (Motown producer) were the writers of the song. The song is more like “Tracks of My Tears,” but it’s somehow wonderful.
1. Don’t Think It’s Me
In this song, “From Head To Toe,” Robinson blames the reality that he cannot live without you on his eyes, lips, ears and arms and most importantly his foolish heart – but not himself. The song’s arrangement does the best to tap into ‘Spanish Harlem”s vibe and the Drifters. The singer says, “Don’t think it’s me,” he continues to say, “I can do without you.”
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles Additional Love Songs
1. Being With You
Recorded in the year 1981, “Being with You,” is the title track from Smokey Robinson’s Gold-certified album of the same name. The song remained at the top position on Hot Soul Singles chart for five weeks during the 1981 spring. It also reached number two on Billboard Hot 100, behind Kim Carnes’ “Bette Davis Eyes.”
2. A Love She Can Count On
“A Love She Can Count On” was Smokey Robinson and the Miracles 1963 hit taken the form “The Fabulous Miracles.” The song was a follow-up to the group’s multimillion-selling “Granny Hall of Fame” induced tune, “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me.” It peaked at number 31 on Billboard Top 40 but missed the Top 20 after ranking at number 21.
Robinson’s interest in music began after he hearts the groups Nolan Strong and the Diablos, Billy Ward and his Dominoes on radio as a child. In his career, he managed to produce several beloved songs that touch on our daily lives.