Nowhere to Run (song)

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This article is about the Martha and the Vandellas song. For other songs with the same title, see Nowhere to Run (disambiguation).
"Nowhere to Run"
Single by Martha and the Vandellas
from the album Dance Party
B-side "Motoring"
Released February 10, 1965
Format 7" single
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); October 21, 1964
Genre Pop, soul
Length 2:48
Label Gordy
G 7039
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer(s) Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland
Martha and the Vandellas singles chronology
"Wild One"
"Nowhere to Run"
"You've Been in Love Too Long"

"Nowhere to Run" is a 1965 pop single by Martha and the Vandellas for the Gordy (Motown) label and is one of the group's signature songs. The song, written and produced by Motown's main production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, depicts the story of a woman trapped in a bad relationship with a man she cannot help but love.


Holland-Dozier-Holland and the Funk Brothers band gave the song a large, hard-driving instrumentation sound similar to the sound of prior "Dancing in the Street" with snow chains used as percussion alongside the tambourine and drums.

Included on their third album, Dance Party, "Nowhere to Run" hit number eight on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, and number five on the Billboard R&B Singles chart.[1] It also charted in the UK peaking at number twenty-six on the chart. The single release was backed with "Motoring".

This version was ranked #358 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2]



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 378. 
  2. ^ "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Retrieved 2008-06-19.