Motown Music is probably the most recognizable record label in the world. You can’t help to think about Motown when you hear an R&B or soul tune on the radio. In fact, it can probably be true to say that you will find a Motown record in anyone’s CD collection somewhere. The enduring legend of soul and R&B is amazing to think about. So much good music has been released on the label that it is almost daunting to think about. Probably even Barry Gordy didn’t realize what a huge effect the label was going to have on the record industry.
Who could have known that Motown Music would change the whole world of music? Rhythm and blues and soul music are the foundations of much of the music you hear today from country music to rap. There isn’t an artist out there who wouldn’t say Motown had some influence on their music. Rock and roll especially. The ability of R&B to attach itself to your soul is what makes it so attractive. R&B soul is a telling of the story of black America, and it is gripping and cannot be ignored.
Motown Music grabs the listener and makes them a part of the song. If you think about it can you ever remember someone not being affected in some way my a Motown song? The hand clapping, finger snapping and audience participation is all part and parcel of the inspiration of the tune. That is why it is called soul music it gets right down to your soul. The music and artist that have come out of Motown had that in mind. They were looking to grab their listeners and take them in as part of the experience. No other music has done that as successfully as R&B.
Although the song title may have some thinking that the album includes 50 tracks, it refers to the 50 years of Motown music. Michael Jackson performs many of the classic Motown hits, such as his popular favorites, Ben, I’ll Be There and ABC, and gives them a refreshing and new twist that is sure to impress.
It is not just in the US either because Motown Music is a monster all over the globe. Everywhere you go people know who Michael Jackson, Marvin, Gaye and Aretha Franklin are, or any of the other artists that made Motown what it is today. The artists that have come out of Motown are household words and their music has brought pleasure to five generations of people all over the world. The music itself is timeless, smooth and romantic. It always remains fresh no matter when it came out. A Jackson 5 song today is just as fresh and exciting as it was in the “60” and 70’s. Very few other musical varieties can make such claims. Motown indeed changed the world with its music and continued to do so. The R&B of today may be different, but it comes from the same stock and trade of yesterday’s fabulous music. It can be a part of your soul forever. Motown is an enduring legend.