Monday, April 30, 2012

Hits List: The Temptations

Here we have one of the giants of the Rock Era, the incomparable Temptations.  These guys had so much vocal ability and all of them could sing lead.  They were great entertainers as well, and put together some of the greatest music of all-time in the 1960's and 1970's.  There are very few acts that can top their chart record.  Here is the complete Hits List of the Temptations:

Otis Williams & the Siberians:
1958:  "Pecos Kid"

The Distants:
1959:  "Come On" (with the Andantes)
1960:  "Open Your Heart"

The Temptations:
1961:  "Oh Mother of Mine"
            "Check Yourself"
1962:  "Dream Come True" (#22 R&B)
            "Mind Over Matter ("I'm Gonna' Make You Mine") (as the Pirates)
            "Paradise"
1963:  "I Want A Love I Can See"
            "Farewell My Love"

1964:  "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (#11, #1 R&B)
            "I'll Be in Trouble" (#33, #22 R&)
            "The Girl's Alright with Me" (#39 R&B)
            "Girl (Why You Wanna' Make Me Blue)" (#26, #11 R&B)
            "My Girl" (#1, #1 R&B, #43 U.K.)
1965:  "It's Growing" (#18, #3 R&B, #45 U.K.)
            "Since I Lost My Baby" (#17, #4 R&B)
            "You've Got to Earn It" (#22 R&B)
            "My Baby" (#13, #4 R&B)
            "Don't Look Back" (#83, #15 R&B)

1966:  "Get Ready" (#29, #1 R&B, #10 U.K.)
            "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (#13, #1 R&B, #21 U.K.)
            "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" (#3, #1 R&B, #18 U.K.)
            "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (#8, #1 R&B, #19 U.K.)
1967:  "All I Need" (#8, #2 R&B)
            "You're My Everything" (#6, #3 R&B, #26 U.K.)
            "I've Been Good to You"
            "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need" (#14, #3 R&B)
1968:  "I Wish It Would Rain" (#4, #1 R&B, #45 U.K.)
            "I Truly, Truly Believe" (#41 R&B)
            "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)" (#13, #1 R&B, #47 U.K.)
            "Please Return Your Love To Me" (#26, #4 R&B)
            "Cloud Nine" (#6, #2 R&B, #15 U.K.)
            "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
            "Silent Night"

1969:  "I'm Gonna' Make You Love Me" (with Diana Ross & the Supremes) (#2, #2 R&B, #3 U.K.)
            "Runaway Child, Running Wild" (#6, #1 R&B)
            "I'll Try Something New" (with Diana Ross & the Supremes) (#25, #8 R&B)
            "Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down" (#20, #2 R&B)
            "I Second That Emotion" (with Diana Ross & the Supremes) (#18 U.K.)
            "I Can't Get Next to You" (#1, #1 R&B, #13 U.K.)
            "The Weight" (With Diana Ross & the Supremes) (#46, #4 R&B)

1970:  "Psychedelic Shack" (#7, #2 R&B, #33 U.K.)
            "Why (Must We Fall in Love)" (with Diana Ross & the Supremes) (#31 U.K.)
            "Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) (#3, #2 R&B, #7 U.K.)
            "Ungena Za Ulimwengu (United the World)" (#33, #8 R&B)
            "Hum Along and Dance"

1971:  "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" (#1, #1 R&B, #33 Adult, #8 U.K.)
            "It's Summer" (#51, #29 R&B)
            "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" (#18, #8 R&B, #32 U.K.)
1972:  "Take a Look Around" (#30, #10 R&B, #13 U.K.)
            "Mother Nature" (#92, #27 R&B)
            "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On" (#27 R&B)
            "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (#1, #5 R&B, #14 U.K.)

1973:  "Masterpiece" (#7, #1 R&B)
             "Plastic Man" (#40, #8 R&B)
             "Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)" (#35, #2 R&B)
             "Law of the Land" (#41 U.K.)
             "Let Your Hair Down" (#27, #1 R&B)

1974:  "Heavenly" (#43, #8 R&B)
             "You've Got My Soul on Fire" (#74, #8 R&B)
             "Happy People" (#40, #1 R&B)
1975:  "Shakey Ground" (#26, #1 R&B)
             "Glasshouse" (#37, #9 R&B)
1976:  "Keep Holdin' On" (#54, #3 R&B)
            "Up the Creek (Without A Paddle)" (#94, #21 R&B)
            "Who Are You (and What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life)" (#22 R&B)
1977:  "In a Lifetime" (#21 R&B)
1978:  "Think for Yourself" (#58 R&B)
            "Bare Back" (#42 R&B)
            "Ever Ready Love" (#31 R&B)
1980:  "Power" (#43, #11 R&B)
            "Struck By Lightning Twice" (#55 R&B)
            "Take Me Away" (#69 R&B)
1981:  "Aiming At Your Heart" (#67, #36 R&B)
             "Oh What a Night"
1982:  "Standing On the Top - Pt. 1" (#66, #6 R&B, #53 U.K.)
            "More on the Inside" (#82 R&B)

1983:  "Love On My Mind Tonight" (#88, #17 R&B)
            "Miss Busy Body (Get Your Body Busy)" (#67 R&B)
            "Sail Away" (#54, #13 R&B, #17 Adult Contemporary)
1984:  "Treat Her Like a Lady" (#48, #2 R&B, #12 U.K.)
1985:  "My Love is True (Truly for You)" (#14 R&B, #84 U.K.)
            "How Can You Say That It's Over" (#81 R&B)
            "Do You Really Love Your Baby" (#14 R&B, #88 U.K.)
1986:  "Touch Me" (#63 R&B)
            "A Fine Mess" (#63 R&B, #28 AC)
            "My Girl" (re-issue) (#27 AC, #92 U.K.)
            "I'm Fascinated" (#84 U.K.)
            "Lady Soul" (#47, #4 R&B)
            "To Be Continued..." (#25 R&B)
1987:  "Someone" (#45 R&B)
            "I Wonder Who She's Seeing Now" (#3 R&B, #36 AC, #90 U.K.)
            "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (re-issue) (#31 U.K.)
            "Look What You Started" (#8 R&B, #63 U.K.)
1988:  "Do You Wanna' Go With Me" (#53 R&B)
1989:  "All I Want From You" (#16 R&B, #71 U.K.)
            "Special" (#10 R&B)

1990:  "Soul to Soul"  (#12 R&B)
1991:  "The Motown Song" (with Rod Stewart) (#10, #3 AC)
             "The Jones" (#41 R&B, #69 U.K.)
1992:  "My Girl" (re-issue) (#2 U.K.)
            "Hoops of Fire" (#68 R&B)
1994:  "Error of Our Ways" (#86 R&B)
1995:  "Silent Night" (#16 R&B)
1998:  "Stay" (#28 R&B)
1999:  "This is My Promise" (#54 R&B)
            "How Could He Hurt You" (#57 R&B)

2000:  "I'm Here" (#40 R&B)

That's 55 hits for this Motown legend, including 16 Top 10's and four #1's.  On the R&B chart, the Temptations are nearly unparalleled, with 87 R&B hits (fourth all-time), with 43 Top 10's and 14 #1's. 

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