Nothing but Heartaches

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"Nothing but Heartaches"
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Single by The Supremes
from the album More Hits by The Supremes
B-side"He Holds His Own"
ReleasedJuly 16, 1965 (1965-07-16)
FormatVinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
RecordedHitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); May 13 and May 17, 1965
GenrePop, R&B
M 1080
The Supremes singles chronology
"Back in My Arms Again"
"Nothing but Heartaches"
"I Hear a Symphony"
More Hits by The Supremes track listing
12 tracks
Side one
  1. "Ask Any Girl"
  2. "Nothing but Heartaches"
  3. "Mother Dear"
  4. "Stop! In the Name of Love"
  5. "Honey Boy"
  6. "Back in My Arms Again"
Side two
  1. "Whisper You Love Me Boy"
  2. "The Only Time I'm Happy"
  3. "He Holds His Own"
  4. "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love"
  5. "(I'm So Glad) Heartaches Don't Last Always"
  6. "I'm In Love Again"
Audio sample
"Nothing but Heartaches"

"Nothing but Heartaches" is a 1965 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.[1]

Written and produced by Motown songwriting and producing team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was notable for breaking the first string of five consecutive number-one pop singles in the United States, peaking at number 11 from August 29, 1965 through September 4, 1965 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.[2]



By the spring of 1965, The Supremes had elevated from regional R&B favorites to an internationally successful pop group thanks to a series of five singles which consecutively topped the United States Billboard pop charts: "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again." Known for creating repetitive follow-ups, Motown at this time was relying on a formula to create songs with a similar sound present in records by The Temptations, The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye among other recording acts.

Confident that they had finally found a successful formula, Berry Gordy had Holland–Dozier–Holland created a song similar to several of their earlier hit singles. As expected, "Nothing but Heartaches" had a similar sound to "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again." Gordy felt confident that the song would become their sixth consecutive number-one hit.


The lukewarm response to "Nothing but Heartaches" was not what Gordy had predicted, as it peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's more modest top 20 charting prompted Gordy to circulate a memo around the Motown offices:

After canceling the planned subsequent release of "Mother Dear," Holland-Dozier-Holland produced "I Hear a Symphony."


Chart history[edit]


  1. ^ Steel, Bert (20 August 1965). "Bob Dylan's Lyrics Catchy on New Disc". Windsor Star. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 77 (36): 36. 1965. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
  3. ^ Liner notes. The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 5: 1965, Hip-O Select – B0006775-02, USA, 04 Aug 2006
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2016-07-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2016-02-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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