Marvin Gaye discography

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Marvin Gaye discography

Marvin Gaye performing at the London Palladium on October 3, 1976.
Studio albums 25
Live albums 4
Compilation albums 24
Singles 83
Video albums 3
Music videos 2
Soundtracks 1
Tribute and cover albums 2

This is a listing of all of the singles and albums released by the American musician, Marvin Gaye. Starting his career as member of the doo-wop group, the Marquees, at 18, Gaye recorded two songs as a member of the group produced by Bo Diddley before Diddley reassigned the act to be mentored by Harvey Fuqua, who changed their name to Harvey and the New Moonglows, after Fuqua's fifties group, the Moonglows, recording four songs with them, including Gaye's first lead vocal, "Mama Loochie", in 1959. After leaving the group in 1960, he worked for Fuqua in the record labels, Anna, Harvey and Tri-Phi, before he signed with Motown Records at the end of the year following a performance at Motown founder Berry Gordy's house. Gaye recorded and released his first solo songs in 1961 on the Tamla subsidiary of Motown and also released his first album, The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye that same year. Gaye's first three singles failed to chart nationally and his album failed to enter the charts.

Gaye started finding success in late 1962 with the song, "Stubborn Kind of Fellow", which would be the first of 60 R&B top-forty singles Gaye would record over two decades. Gaye entered the top-40 of the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with the songs, "Hitch Hike", "Pride & Joy" and "Can I Get a Witness". In 1964, he scored his first two charted albums, first with the Mary Wells duet project, Together, and then with the compilation, Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits. A year later, he scored his first million-selling singles with "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", "I'll Be Doggone" and "Ain't That Peculiar". After scoring another hit duet, "It Takes Two" with Kim Weston, Gaye found his biggest duet success with Tammi Terrell in 1967 with songs such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Your Precious Love", "You're All I Need to Get By" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing". These successes were followed up a year later, in 1968 with "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", which became the final number-one single in 1968 and the first number-one single in 1969, spending seven total weeks at the top. Gaye scored two more top-ten hits in 1969 with "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" and "That's the Way Love Is" before going into a seclusion after Gaye's duet partner Tammi Terrell succumbed from a brain tumor in 1970.

Gaye returned to the top with bis first million-selling as well as Motown's largest selling album to date What's Going On in 1971, with three of its singles - "What's Going On", "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)", reaching the top-ten of the pop charts and peaking at number-one on the R&B charts as well as selling over a million copies, respectively. After some mild success in 1972 with the song "You're the Man" and the soundtrack to the crime thriller, Trouble Man, Gaye reached the top of the charts in 1973 with "Let's Get It On" and its parent album, which spent five weeks at number-two on the Billboard 200. Gaye's final number-one pop single was the disco-leaning funk song, "Got to Give It Up", in 1977, which also topped the R&B and dance charts. The album that featured the song, Live at the London Palladium, sold over two million copies, becoming one of the top-ten best-selling albums of the year. After a self-imposed European tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye returned in 1982 with "Sexual Healing", which peaked at number three on the pop chart and stayed at number-one on the R&B chart for ten weeks. The album, Midnight Love, would later become his best-selling album, selling over three million copies in the United States alone.

In total, Gaye reached the Billboard charts a total 67 times, including 41 songs that reached the top-forty on the Billboard Hot 100, eighteen reaching the top-ten and three reaching number-one, with 60 of those songs reaching the top 40 of the R&B charts, 38 reaching the top 10 and thirteen reaching number-one. Six albums reached the top-ten of the Billboard 200 and eighteen reached the top-ten on the R&B chart with a total of seven albums reaching number-one. Gaye also had major success in the UK, and modest success in several other European countries.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
1961 The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye
1963 That Stubborn Kinda Fellow
1964 When I'm Alone I Cry
Hello Broadway
1965 How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You 128 4
A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole
1966 Moods of Marvin Gaye 118 8
1968 In The Groove (a.k.a. I Heard It Through the Grapevine) 63 2
  • UK: Gold
1969 M.P.G. 33 1
1970 That's the Way Love Is 189 17
1971 What's Going On 6 1 56*
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Gold
1972 Trouble Man 14 3
1973 Let's Get It On 2 1 39
  • UK: Silver
1976 I Want You 4 1 22
1978 Here, My Dear 26 4
1981 In Our Lifetime 32 6 48
1982 Midnight Love 7 1 10
  • UK: Gold
  • US: 3x Platinum
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • * The album charted in the UK in 1996.

Posthumous albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
1985 Dream of a Lifetime 41 8 46
Romantically Yours
1997 Vulnerable
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Duet albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
1964 Together
(with Mary Wells)
1966 Take Two
(with Kim Weston)
1967 United
(with Tammi Terrell)
69 7
1968 You're All I Need
(with Tammi Terrell)
60 4
1969 Easy
(with Tammi Terrell)
1973 Diana & Marvin
(with Diana Ross)
26 7 6
  • UK: Gold
1980 Motown Superstar Series
(with Tammi Terrell)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
1963 Marvin Gaye Recorded Live on Stage
1974 Marvin Gaye Live! 8 1
1977 Live at the London Palladium 3 1
2005 Marvin Gaye at the Copa
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
1964 Greatest Hits 72
1967 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 178 19 40
1969 Marvin Gaye and His Girls 183 16
1970 Super Hits 117 19
Greatest Hits 171 17 60
1974 Anthology (version one) 61 10
1976 Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits 44 17
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Gold
1983 Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye 80 13
  • US: Platinum
1984 Anthology (version two)
1986 Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye: Never Before Released Masters 193 48
1988 A Musical Testament: 1964-1984 69
18 Greatest Hits
1990 The Marvin Gaye Collection 67
1994 The Norman Whitfield Sessions
Love Starved Heart: Rare and Unreleased
1995 Anthology (version three)
The Master: 1961/1984 (box set)
1999 Love Starved Heart (Expanded Edition)
2000 Marvin Gaye: The Love Songs 8
  • UK: Silver
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 1 - the 1960s
2001 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 2 - the 1970s
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
The Complete Duets (with Tammi Terrell)
Love Songs: Greatest Duets
2002 Love Songs: Bedroom Ballads
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye (re-released in 2005 as Marvin Gaye: Gold) 167 85 3
  • UK: Platinum
2005 Marvin Gaye: Gold (re-released title of above album) 86
2008 Playlist Your Way 77
2010 Icon 44
2011 S.O.U.L.: Marvin Gaye 68
2012 S.O.U.L.: Marvin Gaye Volume 2 40
2013 Ballads
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Re-release albums[edit]

Year Title Label
1998 Midnight Love and the Sexual Healing Sessions (re-released in 2007 as Midnight Love: The 25th Anniversary Legacy Edition) Legacy
2001 What's Going On (Deluxe Edition) Universal
Let's Get It On (Deluxe Edition) Universal
2003 I Want You (Deluxe Edition) Universal
2007 In Our Lifetime (Expanded Love Man Deluxe Edition) Hip-O Select
2008 Here, My Dear (Expanded Edition) Universal/Hip-O Select
2011 What's Going On (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) Universal
2012 Trouble Man (40th Anniversary Expanded Edition) Universal/Hip-O Select


The Marquees
  • 1957: "Baby You're the Only One"
  • 1958: "Wyatt Earp"
The Moonglows
  • 1958: "Twelve Months of the Year"
  • 1959: "Mama Loocie"
  • 1960: "Blue Skies"
  • 1960: "Beatnik"
Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
1961 "Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide" The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye
1962 "Sandman"
"Soldier's Plea" That Stubborn Kinda Fellow
"Stubborn Kind of Fellow" 46 8
"Hitch Hike" 30 12
1963 "Pride and Joy" 10 2
"Can I Get a Witness" 22 3*
"I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby" 77
1964 "You're a Wonderful One" 15 3*
"Once Upon a Time"
(with Mary Wells)
19 3* 50 Together
"What's the Matter with You Baby"
(with Mary Wells)
17 2*
"Try It Baby" 15 6*
"Baby Don't You Do It" 27 14*
"What Good Am I Without You"
(with Kim Weston)
61 28*
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" 6 3 49
1965 "I'll Be Doggone" 8 1 Moods of Marvin Gaye
"Pretty Little Baby" 25 16
"Ain't That Peculiar" 8 1 Moods of Marvin Gaye
1966 "One More Heartache" 29 4
"Take This Heart of Mine" 44 16
"Little Darling (I Need You)" 47 10 50
"It Takes Two"
(with Kim Weston)
14 4 16 Take Two
1967 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
(with Tammi Terrell)
19 3 80 2 United
"Your Unchanging Love" 33 7
"Your Precious Love"
(with Tammi Terrell)
5 2 United
"You" 34 7 I Heard It Through the Grapevine!
"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You"
(with Tammi Terrell)
10 2 41 United
1968 "If This World Were Mine"
(with Tammi Terrell)
68 27
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
(with Tammi Terrell)
8 1 34 You're All I Need
"You're All I Need to Get By"
(with Tammi Terrell)
7 1 19
"Chained" 32 8 I Heard It Through the Grapevine!
"Keep On Lovin' Me Honey"
(with Tammi Terrell)
24 11 You're All I Need
"You Ain't Livin' till You're Lovin'"
(with Tammi Terrell)
"His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" 1 1 1 I Heard It Through the Grapevine!
1969 "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By"
(with Tammi Terrell)
30 11 26 Easy
"Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" 4 1 5 M.P.G.
"That's the Way Love Is" 7 2
"Abraham, Martin and John" 9
"What You Gave Me"
(with Tammi Terrell)
49 6 Easy
"How Can I Forget" 41 18 That's the Way Love Is
1970 "Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got" 67 26
"The Onion Song"
(with Tammi Terrell)
50 18 9 Easy
"California Soul"
(with Tammi Terrell)
"The End of Our Road" 40 7
1971 "What's Going On" 2 1 What's Going On
"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" 4 1
"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" 9 1
"Save the Children" 41
1972 "You're the Man" 50 7
"Trouble Man" 7 4 Trouble Man
"I Want to Come Home for Christmas"
1973 "Let's Get It On" 1 1 31
  • US: Platinum
Let's Get It On
"You're a Special Part of Me"
(with Diana Ross)
12 4 Diana & Marvin
"Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"
(with Diana Ross)
"Come Get to This" 21 3 51 Let's Get It On
1974 "You Sure Love to Ball" 50 13
"My Mistake (Was to Love You)"
(with Diana Ross)
19 15 Diana & Marvin
"Don't Knock My Love"
(with Diana Ross)
46 25
"You Are Everything"
(with Diana Ross)
  • UK: Silver
"Distant Lover (Live)" 28 12 Marvin Gaye Live!
1976 "I Want You" 15 1 I Want You
"After the Dance" 74 14
"Since I Had You"
1977 "Got to Give It Up" 1 1 7
1978 "Pops, We Love You (A Tribute to Father)"
(with Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder & Smokey Robinson)
59 26 66
1979 "A Funky Space Reincarnation" 106 23 Here, My Dear
"Anger" (Canadian release)
"Ego Tripping Out" 17 In Our Lifetime
1981 "Praise" 101 18
"Heavy Love Affair" 61
1982 "Sexual Healing" 3 1 4
  • CAN: Gold
  • UK: Silver
  • US: Platinum
Midnight Love
1983 "My Love Is Waiting" 34
"'Til Tomorrow" 31
"Joy" 78
1985 "Sanctified Lady"1 101 2 51 Dream of a Lifetime
"It's Madness"1 55
"Just Like"1
1986 "The World Is Rated X"1
1991 "My Last Chance"1 16
1994 "Lucky, Lucky Me"1 67
2001 "Music"1 (with Erick Sermon) 21 2 36
2005 "Let's Get It On (The M.P.G. Groove Mix)"1 94
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • * November 1963 to January 1965 R&B Singles chart positions come from Cashbox.
  • 1 All singles after 1984 were posthumous releases.
  • 2 "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" reached its peak in the UK Singles Chart in 2013


Video albums[edit]

Year Title Format
2003 Marvin Gaye: Live in Montreux 1980 DVD
2006 The Real Thing: In Performance (1964–1981) DVD
2006 What's Going On DVD

Music videos[edit]

Year Title
1979 "A Funky Space Reincarnation"
1982 "Sexual Healing"

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
1994 "Sexual Healing" (live version) Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I[3]
2013 "Rage" Young Buck Back On My Buck Shit Vol. 3


  1. ^ a b c d e f Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 223. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ BMRB Chart 1970- 1976 Top 50 plus Top 10 Breakers
  3. ^ "Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume 1: Various Artists". Retrieved 2011-11-21. 

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