While it feels unfair to be tasked with choosing only ten of our favorite Temptations songs, we’ve narrowed it down to this list of songs we're most excited to hear when the band performs at the Main Event Center on Sunday, January 17th at 8pm!
It didn’t take long for “My Girl” to leap to the top of the charts, making it the Temptations’ first number one hit. It remains a lasting favorite: in 2004, it scored the #88 spot on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
“Just My Imagination”
Also known as “Running Away with Me,” this Billboard Hot 100 single is reminiscent of the band’s early Motown sound. With its bluesy tone and full orchestral accompaniment, it’s one of the Temptation’s more expansive, unforgettable tunes.
“You’re My Everything”
As the ultimate romantic ballad, “You’re My Everything” was a mainstay of high school slow dances in the 1960s.
“The Way You Do the Things You Do”
This track’s romantic lyrics (“You got a smile so bright/you know you coulda’ been a candle”) were born out of banter between friends. When songwriters Robert Rodgers and Smokey Robinson put the jokes to music, it became one of the most flirtatious songs of the decade.
“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
The success of this track earned writer Norman Whitfield his place as the lead songwriter for The Temptations. It was also one of the band’s first genre-crossing tunes, scoring spots on both the Pop and R&B Billboard charts.
“Since I Lost My Baby”
The Temptations slowed it down for “Since I Lost My Baby,”—the song’s melancholy lyrics tug at our heartstrings each and every time we hear it.
“Treat Her Like A Lady”
The band’s first foray into electropop was a huge success - today, the disco beats and synchronized dance moves make it as great as ever.
In 1966, the dance move “The Duck” took discos by storm. “Get Ready” was created as a backup track to America’s new favorite dance. While “The Duck” may be long over, “Get Ready” remains a top song.
“I’ll Be in Trouble”
The slipping-and-sliding piano notes provide an impactful opening to this soulful single. With its slow buildup and rocking crescendo, it’s one of those tunes that you can’t help tapping your feet to.
“Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone”
At the same time psychedelic and soulful, “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” marked a big departure from The Temptations’ Motown roots. The original song was quickly expanded to a 12-minute, 3-time Grammy Award-winning track.
The Temptations have been leading the soul movement for more than fifty years. Don’t miss the chance to experience this iconic group live at Spirit Mountain: buy your ticket today! We’ll see you at the show!