The Motown Song

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"The Motown Song"
Single by Rod Stewart featuring The Temptations
from the album Vagabond Heart
B-side "Sweet Soul Music" (live)
Released 1991
Genre Rock, R&B, Soul, New Jack Swing, Motown

4:00 (album version)

4:17 (single remix)
Writer(s) Larry John McNally

The Motown Song is a song performed by Rod Stewart and featuring The Temptations. The song is from Stewart's 1991 album Vagabond Heart. The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 21, 1991. It also peaked at #3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It was written by Larry John McNally and was originally recorded by McNally for the soundtrack to the film Quicksilver in 1986.

Music video[edit]

The music video with Rod Stewart was produced by Animation City, an animation company in London, England, directed by Derek Hayes. It followed the success of the Madonna video "Dear Jessie", and Elton John's "Club at the End of the Street", by the same company.

It paid tribute to Motown (featuring animated versions of The Temptations and The Supremes) and featured other charting stars of the time, including animated versions of Vanilla Ice, Sinéad O'Connor, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Elton John; along with both a live action and an animated Rod Stewart with his animated dog.

  • Director: Derek Hayes
  • Producer: Maddy Sparrow
  • Animators: Jimmy Farrington, Andy Goff, Malcolm Hartley, Derek Hayes, Ric Machin, Gaston Marzio, Paul (Robert) Stone.
  • Additional Animation: 'A' For Animation
  • Production Company: Animation City


Chart (1991) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[1] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
End of year chart (1991) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 99