Archive for April 2011

Motown Homages (Throwback Songs)

April 20, 2011

I love the old Motown Detroit-era sound. Apparently, so do a lot of artists because they keep dipping into that sound again and again. Here is my list of songs that appear to be obvious homages to the Motown sound.

Note: To make sure these were true homages, they couldn’t be actual covers, and they had to be recorded after 1972 (when Motown Detroit closed its doors). I also excluded any obvious parodies (The California Raisins) or original songs from period movies (like Dreamgirls, That Thing you Do, etc.)


  • Money Grabber, Fitz & The Tantrums (2011)
  • Rumour Has It, Adele (2011)
  • The Song Otherwise Known as Forget You, Cee-Lo Green (2010)
  • I Learned The Hard Way, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (2010)
  • Summer Days, Sheryl Crow (2010)
  • Dog Days Are Over, Florence & The Machine (2008)
  • Then The Morning Comes, SmashMouth (1999)
  • Give Me One Reason, Tracy Chapman (1996)
  • Waterfalls, TLC (1995)
  • The Motown Song, Rod Stewart (1991)
  • Good Thing, FYC (1989)
  • Two Hearts, Phil Collins (1988 – produced by Lamon Dozier!)
  • Roll With It, Steve Winwood (1988)
  • I Can Dream About You, Dan Hartman (1984)
  • Uptown Girl, Billy Joel (1983)
  • Tell Her About It, Billy Joel (1983)
  • Maneater, Hall & Oats (1982)
  • Giving Him Something He Can Feel, Aretha Franklin (1976) and En Vogue (1991)