Marvin Gaye discography

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Marvin Gaye discography

Marvin Gaye performing at the London Palladium on October 3, 1976.
Studio albums25
Live albums4
Compilation albums24
Video albums3
Music videos2
Tribute and cover albums2
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Marvin Gaye discography

Marvin Gaye performing at the London Palladium on October 3, 1976.
Studio albums25
Live albums4
Compilation albums24
Video albums3
Music videos2
Tribute and cover albums2

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]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
1961The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye
1963That Stubborn Kinda Fellow
1964When I'm Alone I Cry
Hello Broadway
1965How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You1284
A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole
1966Moods of Marvin Gaye1188
1968In The Groove (a.k.a. I Heard It Through the Grapevine)632
1970That's the Way Love Is18917
1971What's Going On6156*
  • UK: Platinum
  • US: Gold
1972Trouble Man143
1973Let's Get It On2139
  • UK: Silver
1976I Want You4122
1978Here, My Dear264
1981In Our Lifetime32648
1982Midnight Love7110
  • UK: Gold
  • US: 3x Platinum
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Posthumous albums[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
1985Dream of a Lifetime41846
Romantically Yours
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Duet albums[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
(with Mary Wells)
1966Take Two
(with Kim Weston)
(with Tammi Terrell)
1968You're All I Need
(with Tammi Terrell)
(with Tammi Terrell)
1973Diana & Marvin
(with Diana Ross)
  • UK: Gold
1980Motown Superstar Series
(with Tammi Terrell)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
1963Marvin Gaye Recorded Live on Stage
1974Marvin Gaye Live!81
1977Live at the London Palladium31
2005Marvin Gaye at the Copa
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications
1964Greatest Hits72
1967Greatest Hits, Vol. 21781940
1969Marvin Gaye and His Girls18316
1970Super Hits11719
Greatest Hits1711760
1974Anthology (version one)6110
1976Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits4417
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Gold
1983Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye8013
  • US: Platinum
1984Anthology (version two)
1986Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye: Never Before Released Masters19348
1988A Musical Testament: 1964-198469
18 Greatest Hits
1990The Marvin Gaye Collection67
1994The Norman Whitfield Sessions
Love Starved Heart: Rare and Unreleased
1995Anthology (version three)
The Master: 1961/1984 (box set)
1999Love Starved Heart (Expanded Edition)
2000Marvin Gaye: The Love Songs8
  • UK: Silver
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 1 - the 1960s
200120th 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
2002Love Songs: Bedroom Ballads
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye (re-released in 2005 as Marvin Gaye: Gold)167853
  • UK: Platinum
2005Marvin Gaye: Gold (re-released title of above album)86
2008Playlist Your Way77
2011S.O.U.L.: Marvin Gaye68
2012S.O.U.L.: Marvin Gaye Volume 240
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Re-release albums[edit]

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


The Marquees
The Moonglows
YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
1961"Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide"The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye
"Soldier's Plea"That Stubborn Kinda Fellow
"Stubborn Kind of Fellow"468
"Hitch Hike"3012
1963"Pride and Joy"102
"Can I Get a Witness"223*
"I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby"77
1964"You're a Wonderful One"153*
"Once Upon a Time"
(with Mary Wells)
"What's the Matter with You Baby"
(with Mary Wells)
"Try It Baby"156*
"Baby Don't You Do It"2714*
"What Good Am I Without You"
(with Kim Weston)
"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)"6349
1965"I'll Be Doggone"81Moods of Marvin Gaye
"Pretty Little Baby"2516
"Ain't That Peculiar"81Moods of Marvin Gaye
1966"One More Heartache"294
"Take This Heart of Mine"4416
"Little Darling (I Need You)"471050
"It Takes Two"
(with Kim Weston)
14416Take Two
1967"Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
(with Tammi Terrell)
19380 2United
"Your Unchanging Love"337
"Your Precious Love"
(with Tammi Terrell)
"You"347I Heard It Through the Grapevine!
"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You"
(with Tammi Terrell)
1968"If This World Were Mine"
(with Tammi Terrell)
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
(with Tammi Terrell)
8134You're All I Need
"You're All I Need to Get By"
(with Tammi Terrell)
"Chained"328I Heard It Through the Grapevine!
"Keep On Lovin' Me Honey"
(with Tammi Terrell)
2411You'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"111I Heard It Through the Grapevine!
1969"Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By"
(with Tammi Terrell)
"Too Busy Thinking About My Baby"415M.P.G.
"That's the Way Love Is"72
"Abraham, Martin and John"9
"What You Gave Me"
(with Tammi Terrell)
"How Can I Forget"4118That's the Way Love Is
1970"Gonna Give Her All the Love I've Got"6726
"The Onion Song"
(with Tammi Terrell)
"California Soul"
(with Tammi Terrell)
"The End of Our Road"407
1971"What's Going On"21What's Going On
"Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)"41
"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"91
"Save the Children"41
1972"You're the Man"507
"Trouble Man"74Trouble Man
"I Want to Come Home for Christmas"
1973"Let's Get It On"1131
  • US: Platinum
Let's Get It On
"You're a Special Part of Me"
(with Diana Ross)
124Diana & Marvin
"Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"
(with Diana Ross)
"Come Get to This"21351Let's Get It On
1974"You Sure Love to Ball"5013
"My Mistake (Was to Love You)"
(with Diana Ross)
1915Diana & Marvin
"Don't Knock My Love"
(with Diana Ross)
"You Are Everything"
(with Diana Ross)
  • UK: Silver
"Distant Lover (Live)"2812Marvin Gaye Live!
1976"I Want You"151I Want You
"After the Dance"7414
"Since I Had You"
1977"Got to Give It Up"117
1978"Pops, We Love You (A Tribute to Father)"
(with Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder & Smokey Robinson)
1979"A Funky Space Reincarnation"10623Here, My Dear
"Anger" (Canadian release)
"Ego Tripping Out"17In Our Lifetime
"Heavy Love Affair"61
1982"Sexual Healing"314
  • CAN: Gold
  • UK: Silver
  • US: Platinum
Midnight Love
1983"My Love Is Waiting"34
"'Til Tomorrow"78
1985"Sanctified Lady"1101251Dream of a Lifetime
"It's Madness"155
"Just Like"1
1986"The World Is Rated X"1
1991"My Last Chance"116
1994"Lucky, Lucky Me"167
2001"Music"1 (with Erick Sermon)21236
2005"Let's Get It On (The M.P.G. Groove Mix)"194
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Video albums[edit]

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

Music videos[edit]

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

Other appearances[edit]

1994"Sexual Healing" (live version)Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I[3]
2013"Rage"Young BuckBack 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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