What's Going On
Marvin Gaye

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1971
  • No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart in 1971
  • from Marvin Gaye's eleventh studio album, What's Going On (1971)
  • ranks #4 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • upset that Marvin Gaye was addressing social and political issues on the "What's Going On" album, Motown founder Berry Gordy claims to have said "What's Going On" was the worst song he ever heard
  • lead and backing vocals: Marvin Gaye,  additional backing vocals: Mel Farr, Lem Barney
  • instrumentation by The Funk Brothers and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • written by Al Cleveland, Renaldo Benson, Marvin Gaye
  • produced by Marvin Gaye
  • recorded June 10, 1970 at Hitsville USA (Studio A)
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