Artist Countdown: Temptations Top 50 Hits 6pm ET

temps-origThe Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success with Motown Records during the 1960s and 1970s. Known for their choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy wardrobe, they were highly influential to R&B and soul .

Known to always feature at least five male vocalists and dancers, the group formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name The Elgins. Having sold tens of millions of albums, the Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history. As of 2013, the Temptations continue to perform and record for Universal Music Group with one living original member, Otis Williams, still in the lineup.

The original founding members of the group were Otis Williams, Elbridge “Al” Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams. The members were from two former rival vocal groups, the Distants and the Primes. In 1964, Bryant was replaced by David Ruffin. Four years later, Ruffin was replaced by Dennis Edwards. In 1971, the lineup changed again when Kendricks and Paul Williams were replaced by Ricky Owens and Richard Street. The former replacement was soon replaced by Damon Harris. Like its “sister” group, The Supremes, the Temptations’ lineup has changed frequently over the years.

temptations-newOver the course of their career, the Temptations have released four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles and fourteen R&B number-one singles. Their material earned them three Grammy Awards. The Temptations was the first Motown recording act to win a Grammy Award and in 2013 the group received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Six of the Temptations (Edwards, Franklin, Kendricks, Ruffin, Otis Williams and Paul Williams) were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Three classic Temptations songs, “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”, and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”, are among The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The Temptations were also ranked at #68 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of all time. -Wikipedia

1 I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (with Diana Ross & the Supremes)
2 Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
3 Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today)
4 I Can’t Get Next to You
5 Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone
6 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
7 Cloud Nine
8 (I Know) I’m Losing You
9 Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
10 You’re My Everything
11 Get Ready
12 Psychedelic Shack
13 My Girl
14 I Wish It Would Rain
15 Take a Look Around
16 Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)
17 I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)
18 It’s Growing
19 Treat Her Like a Lady
20 Sail Away
21 Motown Song (with Rod Stewart)
22 Standing On The Top – Pt. 1 (featuring Rick James)
23 I Wonder Who She’s Seeing Now
24 Runaway Child, Running Wild
25 Masterpiece
26 All I Need
27 The Way You Do the Things You Do
28 (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It’s You That I Need
29 Since I Lost My Baby
30 Don’t Let The Joneses Get You Down
31 Shakey Ground
32 Let Your Hair Down
33 Please Return Your Love To Me
34 I’ll Try Something New  (with Diana Ross & the Supremes)
35 Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)
36 Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)
37 Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite The World)
38 Happy People
39 Glasshouse
40 Plastic Man
41 The Weight  (with Diana Ross & the Supremes)
42 Lady Soul
43 Heavenly
44 I’ll Be in Trouble
45 Keep Holdin’ On
46 It’s Summer
47 You’ve Got My Soul on Fire
48 All I Want From You
49 My Love is True (Truly for You)
50 Do You Really Love Your Baby

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