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Best Marvin Gaye Songs Top 10 All-Time


Marvin Gaye is a true R&B and Soul music legend. Marvin was a mainstay for Motown Records in the Sixties and continued through the Seventies and until his death in 1984. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Marvin Gaye had seven top 40 hits as duets with Tammi Terrell also of Motown Records in the Sixties. The duo singing would have continued if her life had not stopped short in 1970 due to a brain tumor. Marvin’s career was also cut short as he was murdered by his father in 1984.


Best Marvin Gaye Songs

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Marvin Gaye song list curated by Matthew Campbell

10. I Want You
Released in 1976
On Album: I Want You

You’re the best I ever had
You’re so bad baby
But I must like you like that

9. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (with Tammi Terrell)
Released in 1968
On Album: You’re All I Need

No other sound is quite the same as your name
No touch can do half as much
To make me feel better
So let’s stay together

8. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Released in 1964
On Album: How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You

With sweet love and devotion
Deeply touching my emotions
I wanna stop (stop) and thank you, baby

7. You’re All I Need to Get By (with Tammi Terrell)
Released in 1968
On Album: You’re All I Need

There’s no, no looking back for us
We got love sure ‘nough, that’s enough
You’re all, You’re all I need to get by

6. Mercy Mercy Me
Released in 1971
On Album: What’s Going On

Oh mercy, mercy me
Oh things ain’t what they used to be


5. Sexual Healing
Released in 1982
On Album: Midnight Love

And baby, I can’t hold it much longer
It’s getting stronger and stronger
And when I get that feeling
I want sexual healing

4. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Released in 1968
On Album: In the Groove
This was Marvin’s first number one hit on the Billboard charts.

I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine

3. Got To Give It Up, Part I
Released in 1977
On Album: Live at the London Palladium

But my body yearned to be free
I got up on the floor and found
Someone to choose me

2. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (with Tammi Terrell)
Released in 1967
On Album: United

Ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

1. Let’s Get It On
Released in 1973
On Album: Marvin Gaye
Let’s Get It On was Marvin Gaye’s most successful single as it reached number one on the Billboard charts for two weeks in 1973.

Understand me, sugar
Since we’ve got to be here
Let’s live
I love you


The Let’s Get It On album was also the most commercially successful album in Gaye’s career. The album featured three hit singles: Let’s Get It On, Come Get to This, and You Sure Love to Ball. Also check out the album Number 1’s: Marvin Gaye – Marvin Gaye.

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Marvin Gaye Highest-Charting Songs

  • #1 I’ll Be Doggone, 1965
  • #1 Ain’t That Peculiar, 1965
  • #1 Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing (with Tammi Terrell), 1968
  • #1 You’re All I Need to Get By (with Tammi Terrell), 1968
  • #1 I Heard It Through the Grapevine, 1968
  • #1 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby, 1969
  • #1 What’s Going On, 1971
  • #1 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), 1971
  • #1 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler), 1971
  • #1 Let’s Get It On, 1973
  • #1 I Want You, 1976
  • #1 Got to Give It Up (Part 1), 1977
  • #1 Sexual Healing, 1982
  • #2 Pride and Joy 1963
  • #2 What’s the Matter with You Baby (with Mary Wells), 1964
  • #2 Your Precious Love (with Tammi Terrell), 1967
  • #2 If I Could Build My Whole World Around You (with Tammi Terrell), 1967
  • #2 That’s The Way Love Is, 1969
  • #2 Sanctified Lady, 1985
  • #2 Music (with Erick Sermon) 2001
  • #3 Can I Get a Witness, 1963
  • #3 You’re a Wonderful One, 1964
  • #3 Once Upon a Time (with Mary Wells), 1964
  • #3 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You), 1964
  • #3 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (with Tammi Terrell), 1967
  • #3 Come Get to This, 1973
  • #4 One More Heartache, 1966
  • #4 It Takes Two (with Kim Weston), 1966
  • #4 Trouble Man, 1972
  • #4 You’re a Special Part of Me (with Diana Ross), 1973


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