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Motown’s music was crafted with an ear towards pop appeal. The record company specialized in a type of soul music it referred to with the trademark "The Motown Sound". The Motown Sound was typified by a number of characteristics: the use of tambourines to accent the back beat, prominent and often melodic electric bass guitar lines, distinctive melodic and chord structures, and a call and response singing style that originated in gospel music. In addition, pop production techniques such as the use of orchestral string sections, charted horn sections, and carefully arranged background vocals were also used. Complex arrangements and elaborate, melismatic vocal riffs were avoided.


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ROLLING HOHNER - (by Aricorder)  Year: 2011
Aricorder Back to Motown in the late 60's with an modern touch. A Down and Dirty Neo soul tune in the vein of D'angelo, Maxwell, Prince and Sly Stone. A hip beat featuring a lead Hohner Piano T. Elegant music for making love, slow dancing, promos of elegant fashion, romantic productions. instrumental, Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
484250 1:34 Medium 112   
Variation (without drums) - RnB, Motown
485268 1:34 Medium 112   
30sec - RnB, Motown
485267 0:32 Medium 112   


DOIN NOTHIN - (by Leon Ayers, Jr.)  Year: 2015
Leon Ayers, Jr. Funky, soulful, laidback track with the sound of Motown. Easy going downtown Detroit spirit. Nice and chilled summer time groove. Works well for lounge, chilling out, a cool and funky lifestyle, corporate videos, branding, ad campaigns, sports, news, documentaries, film, television, etc. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
707477 2:15 Medium 120   
Variation (Narrative) - RnB, Motown
707475 2:15 Medium 120   
60sec - RnB, Motown
707474 0:59 Medium 120   
30sec - RnB, Motown
707473 0:33 Medium 120   
Stinger - RnB, Motown
707476 0:05 Medium 120   


MOTOR CITY CRUISERS - (by Leon Ayers, Jr.)  Year: 2015
Leon Ayers, Jr. Standing on the sideline watching the Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest one-day celebration of classic cars. Great for muzak, spa, meditation, adult contemporary, relaxing, easy listening, car commercials, infomercials, spa, lifestyle etc. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
707482 2:08 Med Slow 87   
Variation (Narrative) - RnB, Motown
707480 2:07 Med Slow 87   
60sec - RnB, Motown
707479 1:04 Med Slow 87   
30sec - RnB, Motown
707478 0:32 Med Slow 87   
Stinger - RnB, Motown
707481 0:06 Med Slow 87   


SHAKE IT (VOCAL VERSION) - (by Dan Gautreau)  Year: 2011
Dan Gautreau Vocal pop / soul / RnB that has a certain 1960's-1970's sound but really is also very much up to date and could just as well be a radio hit today. Very bouncy and joyful with a super catchy chorus. Think Motown meets today's feelgood pop acts and boy bands. Features a real live brass section! Als, Male Vocals, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
12 Mixes Available
548899 2:18 Med Fast 134   


HITSVILLE HAPPENING - (by Gary Wolk)  Year: 2013
Gary Wolk An uptempo, energetic instrumental track inspired by the Motown sound of the 1960’s. The track has the same feel as the Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love”. It features drums, bass, vibes, electric guitars, and bari sax. Has a retro sound to it, but it could be used in any commercial, or video setting. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
616013 1:21 Very Fast 200   


MO TOWN - (by Gary Wolk)  Year: 2010
Gary Wolk The sound of Motown records made at Hitsville USA in Detroit. This track has elements of the hey day of the label. Using multiple guitars, organ, piano, vibes, horns and more. This track would fit any documentary or film about Detroit in that era. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
420464 3:42 Medium 120   


IVORY TOWER - (by Malaya Blue)  Year: 2013
Malaya Blue An exciting fusion of Motown style Pop, and 1960's influenced Rock. Shades of Marvin Gaye's 'Heard It Through The Grapevine', with a little Supertramp and a touch of Eric Clapton guitar. Features a passionate female vocal. Works well for background music in a bar, club, or playing on a car stereo, Female Vocals, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
639033 3:26 Med Slow 100   
Variation (Instrumental) - RnB, Motown
630599 3:28 Med Slow 100   


STEPPIN OUT TONIGHT - (by Leon Ayers, Jr.)  Year: 2015
Leon Ayers, Jr. Smooth soulful Motown tune with 60's organ, horns and syncopated handclaps. Groovy R&B style backing. Would work well under dialog for soaps, luxury items, infomercials, corporate events, phone on hold, HGTV, Food Network, Style channel or various multimedia projects. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
707487 2:08 Medium 110   
Variation (Narrative) - RnB, Motown
707485 2:08 Medium 110   
60sec - RnB, Motown
707484 1:02 Medium 110   
30sec - RnB, Motown
707483 0:34 Medium 110   
Stinger - RnB, Motown
707486 0:06 Medium 110   


POP SOUL (60SEC) - (by Marc Filmer)  Year: 2012
Marc Filmer Authentic sounding retro pop-soul, with fab bouncing tambourine/handclap percussion and cowbell. Other featured instruments include 60's bass and drum sounds double-tracked Baritone (Bass) Sax, twin-tracked pop-brass trumpets, piano, retro organ and orch chimes (church bells). Cheerful and catchy! Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
60sec - RnB, Motown  
511605 1:01 Fast 160   
30sec - RnB, Motown  
511629 0:31 Fast 160   
15sec - RnB, Motown  
511630 0:16 Fast 160   


TREAT HER RIGHT - (by Leon Ayers, Jr.)  Year: 2015
Leon Ayers, Jr. A retro-soul classic Motown groove. Smooth bassline coupled with horn section reminiscent of the late 60's. Great for capturing the viewers attention with a feel good factor. Suitable for corporate projects, food, fashion, party scenes or any other projects that needs soulful happy music. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
707497 2:10 Med Slow 102   
Variation (Narrative) - RnB, Motown
707495 2:10 Med Slow 102   
60sec - RnB, Motown
707494 1:04 Med Slow 102   
30sec - RnB, Motown
707493 0:35 Med Slow 102   
Stinger - RnB, Motown
707496 0:08 Med Slow 102   


HEARTBREAK HOTEL - (by Homemadesoul)  Year: 2012
Homemadesoul This male vocal song, recaptures that classic Motown sound with a slow swinging guitar, layered perfectly with those classic sounding orchestra strings. This song feels the air of disappointment and sadness. The song can be perfect for that moment in a film where disappointment is realized. Male Vocals, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown  
558178 3:09 Med Slow 84   
Variation A (Bridge Acapella) - Vocals,  
571429 0:22 Med Slow 84   
Variation B (Verse 2 Acapella) - Vocals,  
571432 0:35 Med Slow 84   
Variation C (Verse 1 Acapella) - Vocals,  
571431 0:35 Med Slow 84   
Variation D (Bridge Harmonies) - Vocals, Quartets  
571428 0:14 Med Slow 84   
Variation E (Acapella Hook Harmony) - Vocals, Quartets  
571430 0:18 Med Slow 84   
Variation F (Instrumental) - RnB, Motown  
558180 3:10 Med Slow 84   


BIG MAN D&B - (by Eric Bolvin)  Year: 2014
Eric Bolvin Retro groover takes you back to the happy 1960's, Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
672555 1:49 Med Slow 92   
Full Track A - RnB, Motown
672553 0:15 Med Slow 92   
Full Track B - RnB, Motown
672554 0:30 Med Slow 92   
Full Track C - RnB, Motown
672557 1:49 Med Slow 92   
Full Track D - RnB, Motown
672558 0:08 Med Slow 92   
Full Track E - RnB, Motown
672556 1:49 Med Slow 92   
Full Track F - RnB, Motown
672559 1:49 Med Slow 92   


MOTOWN - (by Denis Woods)  Year: 2010
Denis Woods A classic Tamla Motown drum beat with a groovy bassline coupled with a marimba playing the first section, The second section section features glock and flute playing the melody. Reminiscent of the 60's Diana Ross, The Supremes and Phil Spector. Corporate branding/presentation, drama, documentary. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
429706 1:39 Med Fast 146   


THIS I KNOW - (by Leon Ayers, Jr.)  Year: 2015
Leon Ayers, Jr. This track has an authentic vibe and feel of the golden era of Motown, highlighted with a soul filled horn section. Creates an optimistic and happy feel. Party, Celebration, Good-Times, Chilling with the one you love, Vintage, 60s, 70's. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
707492 2:08 Medium 110   
Variation (Narrative) - RnB, Motown
707490 2:08 Medium 110   
60sec - RnB, Motown
707489 1:04 Medium 110   
30sec - RnB, Motown
707488 0:34 Medium 110   
Stinger - RnB, Motown
707491 0:08 Medium 110   


HAPPY ENDINGS - (by Jive Ass Sleepers)  Year: 2011
Jive Ass Sleepers The classic Motown sound of the late 60s/early 70s with a happy, upbeat and romantic vibe. Perfect for any project looking for an uplifting sound similar to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and Diana Ross or the current revival sound of Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone and Rafael Saadiq. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
469739 3:51 Medium 120   


MOTOWN MEMORIES - (by Jive Ass Sleepers)  Year: 2014
Jive Ass Sleepers Head back to the heyday of artists like Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and Stevie Wonder with this feel-good 60s inspired Motown track. Great for any project in need of some fun, retro and soulful music. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
696096 2:19 Medium 120   
Bed (No Melody) - RnB, Motown
696104 2:19 Medium 120   


MOTOWN 01 - (by Martijn de Man)  Year: 2008
Martijn de Man Souful track with a strong motown feel. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
290021 1:41 Medium 113   


MARVIN'S VINEYARD - (by Gary Wolk)  Year: 2010
Gary Wolk Back to Motown in the late 60's. As the title implies this is based on the Marvin Gaye treatment of "Heard it Through the Grapevine". Same instrumentation with a bit more of an edge. Wurlitzer electric piano, bass, drums, guitar, french horn and strings. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
424916 3:45 Medium 110   


THIS IS OUR SHOW (INSTR) - (by BrunoSteele Music)  Year: 2015
BrunoSteele Music Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
746846 4:45   


MOTOWN CITY - (by Benny Hawes)  Year: 2011
Benny Hawes Fast, fluid and authentic Motown Track with all the sounds you would expect. Rich Hammond Organs, Stabbing Brass, Rythmic Piano and a great melody to go with it. Motown City is a soulful, upbeat and happy track that is perfect for any Motown spot. It's lots of fun and has an infectious tone to it! Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
465030 3:44 Very Fast 200   


DOES YOUR MAMA KNOW (YOU TALK LIKE THAT) - (by Chris Cooke)  Year: 2012
Chris Cooke This song is an R&B song that tips it's hat to the classic Motown sound. The vocal performance is in the style of Aretha Franklin and absolutely kicks! Soulful is the only word to say about that! A full horn section, driving funky bass line, and a chorus so catchy you'll sing it all day! Female Vocals, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
529225 3:08 Medium 121   
Variation - RnB, Motown
529231 3:08 Medium 121   


HAPPY UPTEMPO MOTOWN SOUNDING INSTRUMENTAL TRACK - (by Jesper Mattsson)  Year: 2011
Jesper Mattsson A typical Motown sounding uptempo groovy track with horns hand claps and a good dance beat ideal for a commercial for a feel good project or a wedding dance scene in a sitcom rom com tv show also would work perfectly in Gameshows and all kinds of light entertainment, Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track (loopable ) - RnB, Motown
465826 2:09 Medium 124   
30sec (loopable) - RnB, Motown
472611 0:31 Medium 126   


DON'T LOSE YOUR COOL BABY - (by Adla Hannon)  Year: 2009
Adla Hannon **Vintage** Motown-style R&B song with great horn hits. Female vocals sing about keeping your cool around a man. Female Vocals, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
383997 1:57 Med Fast 130   
60sec - Jazz, Cabaret
389982 1:06 Med Fast 130   


DETROIT STROLL - (by Aaron Saloman)  Year: 2013
Aaron Saloman A groovy, swaggering funk tune. Funky drums and classic electric guitar anchored by deep and punchy Motown-style bass. Great for strolling through a neighbourhood. Lots of stops and starts that could work for comedic effect. This track has a timeless city feel. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
12 Mixes Available
615715 1:10 Med Slow 100   


SOULTOWN - (by Gary Wolk)  Year: 2011
Gary Wolk Strut on over to Soultown with this track that will have you hands clapping and toes tapping! A strong Motown 2 & 4 backbeat, combined with Memphis horns and a little New Orleans thrown in. The combination makes for a fun, funky tune. Features Drums, Bass, Piano, Organ, Guitars and horn section. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
464181 4:09 Medium 106   


HAPPY SIXTIES IS12 - (by Image Sounds)  Year: 2014
Image Sounds Dynamic, expectant Rock Track with playful e-piano, cool drum groove, decent e-guitar and bassline. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
664580 2:25 Medium 120   


OUTTASIGHT - (by Gary Wolk)  Year: 2012
Gary Wolk Back to the 1960's and the Motown sound. The backing tracks made famous by the group of session players called The Funk Brothers. This track features Drums, Tambourine, Bass, Piano, Vibes, Guitars, and 4-piece horn section. Great backing track for a documentary or film about that era. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
532542 2:30 Med Fast 130   


HITSVILLE - (by Gary Wolk)  Year: 2011
Gary Wolk Hitsville USA was the name given to the Motown Studios in Detroit. This instrumental track will take you back to the heyday of Motown Records, with a heavy backbeat, horns, guitars, bass, guitars, vibes, organ and full horn section. Great upbeat feel, and authentic sound to the time. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
474068 3:07 Medium 120   


MOTOR CITY - (by Jeremy Sherman)  Year: 2011
Jeremy Sherman Motown type instrumental soul groove, with a flavor of the 1970's and 80's. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
520796 2:37 Med Fast 140   
Loop - RnB, Motown
520795 0:35 Med Fast 140   
60sec - RnB, Motown
520794 1:01 Med Fast 140   
30sec - RnB, Motown
520793 0:33 Med Fast 140   


OLDER MOOD - (by Michiel van Zundert)  Year: 2009
Michiel van Zundert Great 60's Motown sound-a-like, instrumental full song, plenty of room for voice-overs, ideal track for tv show, happy mood! Lots of horns, woodwinds and strings make this a feel good track, very authentic! ! Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown  
437812 5:15 Med Slow 94   


BELIEVE IN IT - (by Michael Corn)  Year: 2006
Michael Corn Instrumental classic soul/stax/motown sound. Medium funky groove ala Booker T. & the M. G. s, Junior Walker and the All-Stars, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett. Instrumental, RnB, Motown
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Motown
242465 2:11 Medium 112   


IN THE SHADOWS - (by Jack Wyles)  Year: 2012
Jack Wyles From the soulful and haunting alto sax, sparse guitar and electric piano voicings, to the Motown-like strings and grooving bass/drums, this is a mysterious night time journey through alleys and dimly lit street corners. The lost soul or troubled spirit looking for some solace in the urban night. Instrumental, RnB, Smooth Soul
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Smooth Soul
574530 4:26 Med Slow 86   
Variation A (No Saxophone) - RnB, Motown
574533 4:25 Med Slow 86   
Variation B (1:30 No Sax Edit) - RnB, Motown
574534 1:31 Med Slow 86   
Variation C (25 Second No Sax Edit) - RnB, Motown
574535 0:25 Med Slow 86   


FUNKY BABY - (by Ethereal Motion)  Year: 2010
Ethereal Motion A fun funk instrumental song with real horn sections and groovy tenor sax melody. Real drums and guitars make this a fresh sound for any corporate or film background. Cool grooves make for a fun and funky song. An updated Motown feel! Motown meets disco! Sounds like K. C and the Sunshine Band. Instrumental, Jazz, Jazz-Funk
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
9 Mixes Available
388126 2:42 Medium 110   


TRAIN ME BAD - MIX 1 - (by Blazznet Productions)  Year: 2008
Blazznet Productions Classic uptempo piece with rock drums and honky tonk piano underpinned by a vocoder line and fingered bass. A defined drum intro and sudden end stop, perfect for your media background sound, presentation, flash, video project, DVD, web page music or short advert segment. Fun, fast and sassy! Instrumental, Rock, Art Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Bed - Rock, Art Rock
374881 0:46 Medium 120   
Loop (main theme loop) - RnB, RnB Pop
375479 0:16 Medium 120   
Stinger A (definite end) - News, News Breakthroughs
401525 0:17 Medium 120   
Stinger B (organ riff end drum) - RnB, Motown
375482 0:04 Medium 120   
Stinger C (piano glide end drum) - RnB, Motown
375481 0:04 Medium 120   
Loop A (modulation) - Sports, Sports Energizing Music
401524 0:16 Medium 120   
Loop B (main theme with end) - Action, Intense RnB
375480 0:18 Medium 120   



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