List of cover versions of The Miracles songs

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This is a list of covers of The Miracles songs that have been recorded and released. According to several websites, the Miracles are one of the most oft-covered groups in recorded history and the most covered Motown group ever.[1] Their music and songs have influenced artists all over the world – in every major musical genre – over the last 50 years.[2]

"(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need"[edit]

"(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" is a 1966 Top 20 hit song by the Miracles, written for them by Holland-Dozier-Holland and featured on their album, Away We Go-Go. It was also a top 20 hit in England, and was the last Miracles single released under the group's collective name before lead singer Robinson got top billing on all future Miracles singles.

Year Covered by Album
1967 The Cowsills The Cowsills
1970 The Jackson 5 ABC

"(You Can) Depend on Me"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1960 The Supremes Let the Music Play: Supreme Rarities 1960–1969
1962 Mary Wells Looking Back: 1961–1964
1964 Brenda Holloway Every Little Bit Hurts
1965 The Temptations The Temptations Sing Smokey
1967 Barbara Mason

"(You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1968 Chuck Jackson Arrives!

"A Fork in the Road"[edit]

"A Fork in the Road" is a 1965 song by the Miracles, written by Miracles Smokey Robinson, Ronnie White, and Pete Moore, and featured on their album, Going to a Go-Go.

Year Covered by Album
1984 Rebbie Jackson Centipede

"After All"[edit]

"After All" is a 1960 song written by Smokey Robinson and is one of the few Miracles songs in which sole female member Claudette Rogers Robinson takes lead.

Year Covered by Album
1961 The Supremes The Supremes
1970 The Marvelettes The Return of the Marvelettes

"Baby, Baby Don't Cry"[edit]

"Baby, Baby Don't Cry" is a 1969 million-selling Top 10 hit single by The Miracles, written by Smokey Robinson,Terry "Buzzy" Johnson, and Al Cleveland .[3]

Year Covered by Album
1969 Gerald Wilson and His Orchestra Eternal Equinox

"Bad Girl"[edit]

"Bad Girl" is a 1959 song by the Miracles, their first charted single, and has since been cited as a "classic doo-wop song".

Year Covered by Album
1961 Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want to Take a Chance
1982 Dazz Band On the One

"Can You Love a Poor Boy?"[edit]

This song, originally recorded by The Miracles, appears on their 1966 album, Away We A Go-Go. It was written by Stevie Wonder

Year Covered by Album
1967 Gil Bernal
1998 Softones
2000 Bobby Vee
2001 Ronnie Walker

"Choosey Beggar"[edit]

"Choosey Beggar" is a ballad recorded for the Miracles' Going to a Go-Go album. The song became one of several hit singles released from the album. was issued as the B-side of the group's top-20 million-selling single,"Going to a Go-Go", and was taken from the group's Billboard Top 10 Pop album of the same name. Written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Pete Moore and produced by Robinson, this song also became a national hit, reaching number 35 on the Billboard R&B chart.

Year Covered by Album
1979 Debby Boone Debby Boone
2004 Chazz Dixon Hitsville: The House That Berry Built

"Darling Dear"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1970 The Jackson 5 ABC

"Determination"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1965 The Contours

"Do It Baby"[edit]

This single, led by Billy Griffin, was released off of the group's 1974 album of the same name and reached the Billboard Pop Top 20,and sold over one million copies,* peaking at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and The Top 10 on the Hot Selling Soul Singles chart in early 1974, peaking at #4. It was the group's first major hit single after Robinson's departure.

Year Covered by Album
1976 Jimmy Ponder Illusions
197? Red Holt

"Doggone Right"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1970 Bobby Davis & The Sensations

"From Head to Toe"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1967 Chris Clark Soul Sounds
1982 Elvis Costello Imperial Bedroom

"Going to a Go-Go"[edit]

"Going to a Go-Go" is a hit single by The Miracles, which peaked at the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and the top ten of the R&B chart. It has also been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll", and sold over one million copies...making it The Miracles' fifth million-selling record.[4]

Year Covered by Album
1982 The Rolling Stones Still Life
2010 Phil Collins Going Back

"Got a Job"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1961 The Marcels

"Happy Landing"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1964 The Temptations You've Got to Earn It (1962–1968)

"Here I Go Again"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1986 Oran "Juice" Jones Juice
2000 Little Willie G. Make Up for the Lost Time
2004 Chazz Dixon Hitsville: The House That Berry Built

"I Don't Blame You At All"[edit]

A 1971 chart hit for the Miracles, which reached the Top 20 on the American and British Charts (Top 10 R&B).

Year Covered by Album
1970 Rosetta Hightower Rosetta

"I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1964 The High Numbers
1965 Jimmy James & The Vagabonds

"I Like It Like That"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1966 Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
2000 Bobby Vee

"I Second That Emotion"[edit]

"I Second That Emotion" is a million-selling 1967 hit single by The Miracles that topped the R&B charts in early 1968.

Year Covered by Album
1968 Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations
1970 Kiki Dee
1978 Thelma Jones
1982 Japan
1994 Tammy Wynette Without Walls
2004 Michael McDonald Motown Two

"If You Can Want"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
2001 The Dirtbombs Ultraglide in Black

"I'll Try Something New"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1966 Spyder Turner (as an excerpt into "Stand by Me")
1966 Barbara McNair Here I Am
1969 Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations Diana Ross & the Supremes Join The Temptations
1982 A Taste of Honey Ladies of the Eighties

"I've Been Good to You"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1964 Brenda Holloway Every Little Bit Hurts
1966 The Temptations Gettin' Ready
1982 Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw

"Love Machine"[edit]

"Love Machine" is a number-one hit single by the Miracles, recorded in 1975 and released on their album, City of Angels."Love Machine" was a multi-million selling Platinum single,[5] and a number-one smash hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and, with 4.5 million copies sold, was the best-selling single of The Miracles' career.[6] The single went to #5 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, and went to #20 on Record World's National Disco file Top 20 chart. It was also a Top 10 hit in England, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart.

Year Covered by Album
1979 Thelma Houston
1982 Wham! Fantastic

"Mickey's Monkey"[edit]

"Mickey's Monkey was a million-selling Top 10 Hit for the Miracles from 1963,written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland.

Year Covered by Album
1965 Martha & the Vandellas Dance Party
1965 The Hollies
1966 The Supremes
1966 The Defenders
1977 Mother's Finest Another Mother Further

"Mighty Good Lovin'"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1969 Edwin Starr
196? Chris Clark

"More Love"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1973 Foster Sylvers Foster Sylvers
1980 Kim Carnes Romance Dance
1990 Mica Paris Contribution
1994 Paul Young Reflections

"My Girl Has Gone"[edit]

A Top 20 1965 hit (Top 10 R&B).

Year Covered by Album
1969 Bobby Taylor Taylor-Made Soul
1970 Ken Parker

"Ooo Baby Baby"[edit]

"Ooo Baby Baby" is a 1965 hit single by the Miracles, one of several released from their Going to a Go-Go album. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Miracles' original version of this song as #262 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[7]

Year Covered by Album
1966 The Five Stairsteps
1973 Todd Rundgren (as part of his "Soul Classics Medley") A Wizard, A True Star
1978 Linda Ronstadt Living in the USA
1981 Sylvester Too Hot to Sleep
1989 Zapp Zapp Vibe

"Oh Be My Love"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1965 Barbara Lewis The Many Grooves of Barbara Lewis
1972 The Supremes Floy Joy

"Shop Around"[edit]

This Miracles song is the Motown label's first number 1 hit on the Billboard magazine R&B singles chart, and also hit No. 2 on the Hot 100.[8] "Shop Around" also reached No. 1 on the Cash Box magazine Top 100 pop chart and is also noted for being the first million-selling record for the Miracles and for the Motown Record Corporation, as well as a 2006 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee.The Miracles' original version was also ranked No. 500 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[9]

Year Covered by Album
1961 Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby I Don't Want to Take a Chance
1964 The Astronauts
1965 Bobby Vee
1968 Don Bryant
1969 Clarence Reid
1976 Captain & Tennille Song of Joy
1983 The Spinners
2008 David Archuleta
2013 Angela Miller American Idol Season 12 Top 8

"The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage"[edit]

"The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" is a 1967 Top 20 hit single by The Miracles. It was the first official single to be credited under the billing "Smokey Robinson & The Miracles".

Year Covered by Album
1970 The Jackson 5 ABC

"The Tears of a Clown"[edit]

This 1967 Miracles song was not released as a single until 1970, and was an international multi-million seller and a 2002 Grammy Hall of Fame inductee...reaching # 1 on both the American and British Pop Charts.

Year Covered by Album
1971 Petula Clark Petula '71
1979 The Merton Parkas Face In The Crowd
1980 The Beat
1995 La Toya Jackson Stop in the Name of Love
2002 Nnenna Freelon Tales of Wonder
2004 Peter Cox
2010 Phil Collins
2010 Marc Cohn Listening Booth

"The Tracks of My Tears"[edit]

The Miracles' most-honored and most-covered song, a million-selling 1965 song-covered by numerous artists over the decades .It was also a 2007 inductee into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as #50 in its listing of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.On May 14, 2008, the track was preserved by the United States Library of Congress as an "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significance" to the National Recording Registry. The song "The Tracks of My Tears" was also awarded "The Award Of Merit" from The American Society of Composers, Authors,and Publishers (ASCAP) for Miracles members/composers Pete Moore, Marv Tarplin, and Smokey Robinson.[10] It was also chosen as one of the Top 10 Best Songs of All Time by a panel of 20 top industry songwriters and producers including Hal David, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Jerry Leiber, and others as reported to Britain's Mojo music magazine,[11][12] and was selected by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of their list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll .[13] In addition, "The Tracks of My Tears" has been ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America and The National Endowment for the Arts at #127 in its list of the Songs of the Century – the 365 Greatest Songs of the 20th Century.[14][15]

(This song has been covered by numerous artists. This is a partial list)

Year Covered by Album
1967 Johnny Rivers
1969 Aretha Franklin Soul '69
1970 Gladys Knight & The Pips
1973 Bryan Ferry These Foolish Things
1975 Linda Ronstadt Prisoner in Disguise
2004 Gavin DeGraw
2004 Michael McDonald Motown Two
2007 Boyz II Men Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
2009 Rod Stewart Soulbook

"Way Over There"[edit]

The Miracles' second national chart hit. It was also covered by Edwin Starr on his 1968 album Soul Master.

Year Covered by Album
1961 The Marvelettes Please Mr. Postman
1965 The Temptations The Temptations Sing Smokey

"We've Come Too Far to End It Now"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
197? The Escorts

"What's So Good About Goodbye"[edit]

Year Covered by Album
1965 The Temptations The Temptations Sing Smokey

"Who's Lovin' You"[edit]

This song was the "B" side of The Miracles' first million-seller, "Shop Around".In addition to the artists posted, it was also covered by the group En Vogue as an a cappella introduction to their 1990 hit,"Hold On".

Year Covered by Album
1961 The Supremes Meet the Supremes
1964 Brenda Holloway Every Little Bit Hurts
1965 The Temptations The Temptations Sing Smokey
1966 Brenda & the Tabulations Dry Your Eyes
1969 The Jackson 5 Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5
1987 Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby

"You've Really Got a Hold on Me"[edit]

The Miracles' second million-selling record-from 1962-with cover versions by numerous artists.This song received a 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame Award. It has also been selected as one of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Year Covered by Album
1963 The Beatles With The Beatles
1964 The Supremes A Bit of Liverpool
1965 The Temptations The Temptations Sing Smokey
1965 Sonny & Cher
1966 Percy Sledge
1967 Small Faces
1968 Barbara McNair The Ultimate Motown Collection
1969 The Jackson 5 Motown Sings Motown Treasures
1971 Laura Nyro Gonna Take a Miracle
1973 Michael Jackson Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection
1976 Cher and Gregg Allman Two the Hard Way
1977 Eddie Money Eddie Money
1984 Mickey Gilley
2003 Cyndi Lauper
2009 Rod Stewart

Complete list of Miracles songs covered and sampled by other artists[edit]

The Miracles, Motown's first group, are the most covered Motown group of all time.[1] Their music and songs have influenced artists all over the world – in every major musical genre – over the last 50 years.[2] Almost all of their hits were self-written, making them unique among Motown acts. Many of the Miracles' songs have been major hits or important recordings for other artists. Among these are:

  • "Going to a Go-Go" – The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, The Hags, and Secret Affair.
  • "I Second That Emotion" – Japan, Michael McDonald, Kiki Dee, The Manhattan Transfer, Jerry Garcia, Diana Ross & the Supremes with the Temptations, 10db, Tammy Wynette, José Feliciano, Emilie, Stuck In The Middle, Thelma Jones.
  • "(Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need " – The Jackson 5, The Cowsills, The GP's
  • "If You Can Want" – The Dirtbombs, Barbara McNair, Chazz Dixon.
  • "Nowhere To Go- Kanye West (as the basis of his song "About An Angel"), Beanie Sigel (as "Got Nowhere"), Freeway
  • "Much Better Off" – J Dilla.
  • "You've Got The Love I Need" -J Dilla, Raekwon.
  • "A Legend In Its Own Time" – J Dilla (as an exercept of his song "One Eleven").
  • "Oh Be My Love"- Barbara Lewis, The Supremes, Barbara McNair.
  • "I Don't Blame You At All"- Rosetta Hightower.
  • "Mighty Good Lovin"-Edwin Starr, Chris Clark.
  • "You're So Fine and Sweet"- The Undertakers.
  • "I Like It Like That" (Miracles song)- Bobby Vee, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.
  • "Would I Love You"-Len Barry.
  • "Happy Landing"- The Temptations.
  • "Special Occasion- Jim Gilstrap.
  • "I'll Try Something New" – Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations, Barbara McNair, A Taste of Honey, Spyder Turner (as an excerpt from his cover of "Stand By Me")
  • "My Girl Has Gone" – Etienne Daho, Bobby Taylor, Edwyn Collins, Ken Parker.
  • "Yester Love" – Gerald Wilson & His Orchestra.
  • "The Love I Saw In You Was Just a Mirage" – The Jackson 5, Vance Gilbert, The Uniques
  • "Love Machine" – Wham!, Thelma Houston
  • "Determination" – The Contours.
  • "Choosey Beggar" – Chazz Dixon, Debby Boone.
  • "I've Been Good To You" – Marshall Crenshaw, Brenda Holloway, Joe Meek, The Temptones, Ray, Goodman & Brown (The Moments), The Ones, The Temptations.
  • "Mickey's Monkey" – Mother's Finest, Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Hollies, The Young Rascals, John Mellencamp, Lou Christie, Cannibal & the Headhunters, The C.A.Quintet, The Defenders, Chris Catena, The Sugar Beats, The Mac Truque.
  • "More Love" – Kim Carnes, Paul Young, Barbara McNair, Mica Paris, The 5th Dimension, Rick Webb, Foster Sylvers.
  • "Ooo Baby Baby" – Linda Ronstadt, Brenda Holloway, Shalamar, Ruby Turner, Sylvester, Spirit Traveler, Five Stairsteps, Zapp, Laura Nyro, Ella Fitzgerald, Honey Cone, Human Nature, Fingazz
  • "Shop Around" – Captain & Tennille, Don Bryant, The Astronauts, The Allusions, and Georgie Fame, Neil Merryweather and Lynn Carey, among numerous others.
  • "The Tears of a Clown" – La Toya Jackson, The Beat, The Rocking Chairs, The Re-Bops, Nnenna Freelon, The Flying Pickets, Caligula, Human Nature, Enuff Z'Nuff, Eumir Deodato, Brian Ray, Marc Cohn, Phil Collins.
  • "The Tracks of My Tears " – Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Rivers, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mongo Santamaría, Martha and the Vandellas, Bryan Ferry, Björns Vänner (as Ser Jag Ut Att Må Bra?), Dolly Parton, Boyz II Men, Human Nature, among many others
  • "Darling Dear" – The Jackson Five.
  • "Who's Loving You" – The Jackson 5, En Vogue, Terence Trent D'Arby, Brenda Holloway, The Supremes, The Temptations, Honey Cone, Stevie B., Archie Bell & the Drells, Nikka Costa.
  • "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" – Percy Sledge, Barbara McNair, The Beatles, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Zombies, Aidan Smith, Sonny & Cher, Mickey Gilley, Eddie Money, Cyndi Lauper, The Bobs, Greg Brown, Small Faces, Bobby McFerrin, Derrick Harriott, UFO8, and She & Him among many others.
  • "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying" – The Who, Jimmy James.
  • "From Head to Toe" – Elvis Costello, Chris Clark
  • "A Fork in the Road " – Rebbie Jackson
  • "Way Over There" – The Royal Counts, The Temptations, Edwin Starr, The Marvelettes, New Man, Eddie Adams Jr.
  • "(You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man In You" – Chuck Jackson
  • "What's So Good About Goodbye" – Giant Sunflower, The Temptations, Quix*O*Tic
  • "More, More, More of Your Love" – Bob Brady & the Con Chords
  • "Doggone Right" – Bobby Davis.
  • "After All" – The Supremes, The Marvelettes.
  • "Swept For You Baby" – The Sylvers, The Blenders, The Tamlins (as Sweat For You Baby).
  • "The Hurt is Over" – The DT's
  • "Whatever Makes You Happy"- Jacki Gore, Steve Washington.
  • "Save Me" – The Undertones
  • "(You Can) Depend On Me" – The Temptations, The Supremes, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Barbara Mason.
  • "Baby Baby Don't Cry" – Gerald Wilson and His Orchestra, Projekt.
  • "Can You Love a Poor Boy" – Bobby Vee, Softones, Gil Bernal, Ronnie Walker.
  • "Bad Girl" – Dazz Band.
  • "That's What Love Is Made Of" – Michael Jackson, Bobby Vee, Choker Campbell, The Magicians.
  • "We've Come Too Far To End It Now"-The Escorts
  • "Here I Go Again" – Chazz Dixon, Carey Bell, A.J. De Bravo, Little Willie G., Oran "Juice" Jones.
  • "Point It Out"' – The Supremes and The Temptations.
  • "Got A Job" – The Marcels
  • "Whole Lotta Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)" – The Hellacopters, Marv Johnson.
  • "Give Me Just Another Day" – Young Jeezy (as the basis for his song, "Mr 17.5"), Schoolboy Q, Wade Waters, Christina Milian, Rick Ross, Marco Polo feat. Torae, and others.[63]
  • "Do It Baby"- Jimmy Ponder, Red Holt (of Young-Holt Unlimited).
  • "Who's Gonna Take The Blame" – Capone N. Noreaga (as the basis of their song "Live On Live Long").
  • "Come On Do The Jerk" – The Righteous Brothers [64]

References: Allmusic, The Covers Project, Second Hand Songs, "Who Sampled" website.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Motown Legends Today : Tamla Motown News". Funandmusic.biz. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "GONNNA TAKE SOME MIRACLES The Miracles on Blurt Online". Blurt-online.com. August 28, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.gbelv.com/pete_moore_miracles_facts.html
  4. ^ "Hits Of The Sixties: The Million Sellers"- by Demitri Coryton & Joseph Murrells (pg 131)
  5. ^ http://www.gbelv.com/pete_moore_awards.html
  6. ^ http://www.cleveland.com/rockhall/index.ssf/2012/04/the_miracles_in_the_60s_we_lov.html
  7. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 404. 
  9. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2008-06-19. 
  10. ^ "WBMM Pete Moore Awards". Gbelv.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  11. ^ "Mojo – the 100 greatest songs of all time (august 2000)". Muzieklijstjes.nl. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  12. ^ "TOP 10 tag: Rock". WatchMojo.com. Retrieved May 4, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Experience the Music: One-Hit Wonders and the Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll". The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Songs of the Century List". Mylistpad.com. 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  15. ^ Whitaker, Dave (2012-03-07). "Dave's Music Database: The RIAA/NEA's Top 365 Songs of the 20th Century". Davesmusicdatabase.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-04-16.