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Motown Dance Party

The Distinctive Soul Sound of Tamla/Motown


Everybody loves Motown, it's the original soulful dance party music. Every song was written to dance to (slow or fast) and to be a hit, and that's exactly why Motown is still one of our most requested theme nights.


Our Top 10 Requested Motown Artists

The Commodores

The Commodores

Best known for their ballads, including Easy and Three Times A Lady, The Commodores were also responsible for lots of earlier floor-stomping favourites such as Brick House, The Bump, Fancy Dancer and Too Hot Ta Trot during their career spanning 9 years from 1974.

Diana Ross & The Supremes

Diana Ross & The Supremes

Between 1959 and 1989 The Supremes, frequently accompanied by the amazing vocalist Diana Ross, pumped out dozens of superb tracks including dancefloor favouries such as Where Did Our Love Go and Baby Love, Stop! In The Name Of Love and You Can't Hurry Love.

Edwin Starr

Edwin Starr

With a career spanning 3 decades, Edwin Starr is often remembered for his 1970 mega-hit War - but he'd already delivered several dancefloor fillers including S.O.S. (Stop Her On Sight and continued to conjure up memorable tunes throughout the 70s including Contact.

The Four Tops

The Four Tops

Sugar Pie Honey Bunch aka I Can't Help Myself thrust The Four Tops into the big time in 1965, swiftly followed by favourites such as Reach Out I'll Be There and Bernadette. The band, in one form or another, are still touring to this day!

The Jackson Five

The Jackson Five

Possibly the most famous musical family band ever! Performing a wide repertoire covering R&B, soul and disco, the Jacksons pumped out hits such as I Want You Back, ABC and I'll Be There. Later, as "The Jacksons" hits included Can You Feel It?

The Temptations

The Temptations

Known for distinct harmonies and sharp suits, 22 members have featured over the year, but only 5 at a time! Hits include 1965's My Girl to 1972's Papa Was A Rolling Stone amongst others. A 1991 Rod Stewart collaboration resulted in a chart appearance for The Motown Song.

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Martha's tenure with The Vandellas resulted in more than a dozen chart successes including Jimmy Mack, Dancing in the Street (later covered by Mick Jagger & David Bowie) and Nowhere To Run. Martha toured the festival circuit in 2010 and 2011.

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Classic soul tracks such as How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) and I Heard It Through The Grapevine earned Marvin the nickname "The Prince of Soul" in the 1960s, but his career extended through into the 80s with memorable tunes including Sexual Healing.

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

Long-time Motown vice-president and recording artist William Robinson, predominantly with The Miracles, delivered a string of hits throughout his career. He also wrote and produced for many other Motown artists including Mary Wells and The Temptations.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

Signed to Tamla at age 11, Stevie still records for Motown to this day. Responsible for over 20 definitive albums and winner of 25 Grammys, hardly a disco goes by without at least one or two of Stevie's classic soul or dance tracks being played.

Theme Ideas

SoulDisco specialises in a range of popular musical styles from the 60s, 70s and 80s including Motown, Funk and Soul.

If a whole evening of the best of Motown isn't your bag, why not consider one of our other popular themes?

Alternatively, we'd be more than happy to put together a mixed playlist just for you!

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Playlist Faves

Other Motown Dance Party favourites that we play on a regular basis include:

  • Chuck Jackson
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips
  • Isley Brothers
  • Jimmy Ruffin
  • Jr. Walker & The All Stars
  • Kim Weston
  • Mary Wells
  • Pointer Sisters
  • R. Dean Taylor
  • Tammi Terrell
  • The Contours
  • The Marvelettes
  • The Miracles
  • The Velvelettes

Any Questions?

Ask Martin a question about parties and events featuring Motown classics!

SoulDisco - Specialist Motown DJ

There's even more to Motown than all the chart hits – as true aficionados we know that if you look a little deeper into the catalogue of this record label there's a wealth of soulful and funky tunes that are guaranteed to satisfy the real fans.