Song of the Day: Ultimate Motown gift set arrives

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

This love song by the magnificent Marvin Gaye is one you should know, but I highlight it only as one example of the wonderful things you'll find inside 202 Motown Songs: The Complete No. 1s, a comprehensive, 10-disc box set from arguably the most important independent label of all time.

Everything is on here: The Supremes, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, The Temptations and nearly everyone else who made Motown synonymous with dance music for more than a decade. The songs you know ("My Girl") appear next to those you should but don't ("Touch Me in the Morning" by Diana Ross). Instead of creating discs with various themes, there's only one recurring motif here: chart domination.

Containing at least four discs could make a dessert-island list, it's a must for anyone who's a huge fan or trying to dive into the sound of Detroit.