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    Michelle Obama's Motown Playlist

    01 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin & Tammi
    02 The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Temptations
    03 Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    04 Please Mr Postman - The Marvelettes
    05 This Old Heart Of Mine - The Isley Brothers
    06 Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Marvin & Tammi
    07 Baby Love - Diana Ross & The Supremes
    08 It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops
    09 Just My Imagination - The Temptations
    10 Sugned, Sealedm Delivered - Stevie Wonder
    11 I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips
    12 My Guy - Mary Wells
    13 It Takes Two - Marvin & Kim
    14 I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops
    15 Who's Lovin You - Jackson 5
    16 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep - The Temptations
    17 The Tracks Of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    18 For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
    19 Baby I'm For Real - The Originals
    20 Reach Out I'll Be There - Four Tops
    21 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
    22 Mercy Mercy Me - Marvin Gaye
    23 As - Stevie Wonder
    24 Color - Zhane
    25 I Love Your Smile - Shanice
    26 Treat Her Like a Lady - Temptations
    27 Zoom - Commodores
    28 The Truth - India Arie
    29 Didn't Cha Know - Erykah Badu
    30 My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
    31 Woman's World - BJ The Chicago Kid
    32 I'm Coming Out - Diana Ross
    33 Video - India Arie
    34 Square Biz- Teena Marie
    35 Rhythm Of The Night - DeBarge
    36 You and I - Rick James
    37 Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes
    38 Feels So Good - Do The Right Thing - Perri

    https://www.motownrecords.com/lifest...e-motown-hits/

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    Wow, she's a huge Motown fan. Glad to see this. As I recall she has visited the Motown Museum earlier this year. This is colossal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodward View Post
    Wow, she's a huge Motown fan. Glad to see this. As I recall she has visited the Motown Museum earlier this year. This is colossal.
    Maybe this explains why her husband had so little Motown on his list; he probably didn't want to take away her shine!

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    As one can easily see, the vast majority of her favorites were on Motown. I went through the listing to see what percentage were Motown. It was somewhat difficult as there are some names on the list that I know NOTHING about. With the help of google, I determined that only 3 of the 38 listed were not Motown affiliated. Shanice, Erykah Badu, and Perri appear to be not Motown but three others [total 4 songs] are Motown affiliated, but I am unfamiliar with them. Zhane, India Arie, and BJ the Chicago Kid are Motown affiliated --- see you learn something every day. Therefore, 35 are Motown affiliated artists [92%] and 3 are now Motown affiliated artists [8%]. I am satisfied with this high percentage. It is doubtful that it could get much higher. It is nice that she likes some modern day Motown artists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodward View Post
    As one can easily see, the vast majority of her favorites were on Motown. I went through the listing to see what percentage were Motown. It was somewhat difficult as there are some names on the list that I know NOTHING about. With the help of google, I determined that only 3 of the 38 listed were not Motown affiliated. Shanice, Erykah Badu, and Perri appear to be not Motown but three others [total 4 songs] are Motown affiliated, but I am unfamiliar with them. Zhane, India Arie, and BJ the Chicago Kid are Motown affiliated --- see you learn something every day. Therefore, 35 are Motown affiliated artists [92%] and 3 are now Motown affiliated artists [8%]. I am satisfied with this high percentage. It is doubtful that it could get much higher. It is nice that she likes some modern day Motown artists.
    If I'm not mistaken, both Shanice and Erykah Badu were signed to Motown. Shanice even had a #1 hit there with I LOVE YOUR SMILE. I think Perri were on another label but their record FEELS SO GOOD was issued on Motown as part of the DO THE RIGHT THING soundtrack.

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    Shanice's "I Love Your Smile" is one of my all time favourite Motown tracks.
    Last edited by mysterysinger; 09-02-2020 at 12:41 PM.

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    It is clear she prefers the black voice over white singers.

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    It's a Motown playlist so there's bound to be a large proportion of black voices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circa 1824 View Post
    It is clear she prefers the black voice over white singers.
    It's a Motown playlist so there's bound to be a large proportion of black voices-
    said mystery singer....

    And it's Michelle's playlist, a Black woman who grew up with Black music.
    Problem?....

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    The point is that it's a Motown playlist. A playlist of tracks released by Motown to the exclusion of any other label or genre. It is hardly surprising that a playlist of favourite Motown music selected by anyone would consist mostly of songs sung by a black person's voice. It's irrelevant what colour the selector is isn't it? If the purpose was for Michelle to select her favourite Beatles releases then the songs and artist would be different.

    If I were to select my favourite Motown playlist there might be a similar cross section of artists to Michelle's and consist of predominantly black artists. If, however I was permitted to select my favourite music of any kind then whilst Motown releases would feature heavily I doubt any of them would come in the top 10 because, for example, classical works would feature highly.

    It would be interesting to see a Michelle Obama selected playlist where she was allowed to select from music more widely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysterysinger View Post
    The point is that it's a Motown playlist.

    It would be interesting to see a Michelle Obama selected playlist where she was allowed to select from music more widely.
    Michelle has for years posted playlists and other comments about the music she listens to
    on other labels and in other genres. She's mentioned Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl,
    Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time alongside Erykah Badu and a favorite of mine Lianne Las Havas. I thought for sure you already knew that. I'd probably throw a lot of the music played in her household in the trash but that's because I for the most part have outgrown
    most hip-hop. It's like styrofoam for me. I wish sometimes we could un-invent it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by splanky View Post
    It's like styrofoam for me. I wish sometimes we could un-invent it...
    great line!

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