Marvin Gaye tops list of 'Greatest Title Tracks'

Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" tops a newspaper's list of the 100 Greatest Title Tracks by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Calling the song "a masterclass in layering that would reshape R&B music, Cleveland.com says, "If Marvin Gaye were alive today, he'd probably be heartbroken to learn that the messages on 'What's Going On' are even more relevant today than they were when he released his landmark album back in 1971. It was a socially conscious crowning achievement that changed Motown and the soul music world."

The Eagles' "Hotel California," David Bowie's "Heroes," Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin" and Janet Jackson's "Control" round out the Top 5.

Other familiar titles on this list:

8. Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run”

10. Prince – “Purple Rain”

12. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

15. Elton John – “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”

19. The Clash – “London Calling”

22. The Beatles – “Help!”

23. Sly and the Family Stone – “Stand!”

24. Marvin Gaye – “I Want You”

25. Madonna – “Like a Prayer”

26. Fleetwood Mac – “Tusk”

27. Prince – “Sign ‘O’ the Times”

28. John Lennon – “Imagine”

29. Eagles – “Desperado”

33. The Who – “My Generation”

34. The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”

37. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – “Night Moves”

38. Prince – “1999”

40. Marvin Gaye – “Let’s Get It On”

42. Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the U.S.A.”

44. The Beatles – “Let It Be”

45. Madonna – “Like a Virgin”

46. Paul Simon – “Graceland”

48. Curtis Mayfield – “Superfly”

49. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – “I Love Rock ‘n Roll”

50. Green Day – “American Idiot”

 
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