In honor of Motown’s 50th anniversary, we sat down with the Four Tops’ Duke Fakir and had him name the songs from the label that would make his ultimate playlist. (He also shared great stories, like how he actually begged Motown founder Berry Gordy not to release the Tops’ No. 1 hit “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” what it was like to watch his bandmate Obie Benson and Marvin Gaye pen “What’s Going On,” and what joke he and Stevie Wonder used to play on the Supremes.)What’s your favorite Motown song? There are so many to choose from, from the Tops, Gaye, Wonder, and the Supremes, to the Temptations, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, the Jackson 5, the Commodores, solo Lionel Richie, Johnny Gill (oh, you know you love “Rub You the Right Way”)…. But if you ask me what track I never get tired of hearing, it’s the Contours’ “Do You Love Me.” Watch the video below and see the crowd go crazy. (That’s why I love going to oldies’ concerts — that moment when the audience explodes is amplified by 30 years of memories.)
After the jump, watch a video for the Commodores’ “Sail On,” just because it’s that good.