🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 The Four Tops/The Temptations

Double bills week concludes and it’s a fucking good one…

Mclusky and FOTL go just either side of the 4 mark:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57

Let’s move on then:

THE FOUR TOPS

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THE TEMPTATIONS

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From the two ‘Ultimate Collections’:

FOUR TOPS

  • Baby I Need Your Lovin
  • Reach Out, I’ll Be There
  • Standing In The Shadows Of Love
  • Bernadette
  • Ask The Lonely
  • It’s The Same Old Song
  • Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
  • I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
  • Something About You
  • I Got A Feeling
  • I’m In A Different World
  • Walk Away Renee
  • What Is A Man
  • A Simple Game
  • Still Water (Love)
  • (It’s The Way) Nature Planned It
  • It’s All In The Game
  • You Keep Running Away
  • If You Don’t Want My Love
  • 7-Rooms Of Gloom
  • I’ll Turn To Stone
  • Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over)
  • Sad Souvenirs
  • Yesterday’s Dreams

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TEMPTATIONS

  • The Way You Do The Things You Do
  • My Girl
  • It’s Growing
  • Since I Lost My Baby
  • Don’t Look Back
  • Get Ready
  • Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
  • (I Know) I’m Losing You
  • All I Need
  • You’re My Everything
  • Angel Doll
  • I Wish It Would Rain
  • Cloud Nine
  • I Can’t Get Next To You
  • Ball Of Confusion (That’s What The World Is Today)
  • Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
  • Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone
  • Shakey Ground
  • Treat Her Like A Lady
  • Error Of Our Ways

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Is there a link between these two? I didn’t know that, time to learn!

Anyway, the Norman Whitfield / Temptations stuff from the psychedelic soul era is tremendous, and they need a 5 just for that, not to mention that Papa… is one of the greatest jams of all time, but don’t go messing about with radio edits, you need the whole thing:

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Not really, just thought they’d both benefit numbers wise from being put together. Always group them together in my head.

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Got it. Good to have the explanation, the OP had turned me into a

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I’m breaking my admin-only rule for this one. Two of the the biggest 5s going. Both amazing, highly influential and important groups, especially The Tempations like MLH said with their journey into psychedelia, and those singles lists speak for themselves. 4 of the best voices in music history too across both bands in Eddie Kendricks, Levi Stubbs, David Ruffin and Obie Benson.
I’m not imagining this thread will have a high turnout or anything, and probably lots of ‘abstains’ but I don’t care, I love both these bands and if there’s any justice they’ll both go top 10.

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4, tops.

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sorry, the temptations was too great.

Pair of 5s obviously.

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Massive blind spot - I expect to find out that I know loads of tunes by both but without ever realising it was them. Look forward to a spot of education over the next 48 hours.

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One of the greatest songs ever written

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One of the most joyous expressions of love and happiness ever recorded

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cor that’s two incredible lists of tunes

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Went Temptations 5, Four Tops 4. The world is much better off having both of these groups around. Uncanny vocal harmonies, both bands have had their turmoil but they are in the cannon of Motown’s greatest. Hit machines when they were started out. If no one has seen it the biopic on the Temptations is really good. Some of my favs.

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How could I forget the fucking Funk Brothers!

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Everyone has heard this a million times but it’s genuinely perfect. The absolute pinnacle of pop music.

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Smokey also a 5.

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5s! 5s! 5s! Across the board!

little disappointed it isn’t Minor Threat/Fugazi though :sweat_smile:

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Did I ever tell you all that I was in the Temptations once, for 3 mins.
When I was doing the Motown studios tour in Detroit the guide picked me and 4 others out. We were taken into a side room and got a very quick demonstration on how the temptations ‘danced’.
We were then taken in to Studio A and ‘danced’ and mimed along to My Girl in front of the rest of the tour!
One of the best moments of my life.

Ps… Reach Out, I’ll Be There is one of the best songs ever recorded.

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This might be the day HGATR finally dies :grimacing:

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Don’t know enough by either acts to say much about them. Some amazing songs but I’ll have to have a deeper listen before I could vote.

These are two undeniably great acts but maybe just not ones that have a lot of discussion points amongst our demographic. I’m sure most people know and would appreciate the biggest hits, but I doubt even the band members involved have much to say about some of the Temptations’ 43 studio albums.

Anyone wanting to listen to an album by each to get a feel for what else they could do beyond the songs winning the polls could do a lot worse than winding the clock back to 1973:

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