Top 50 R&B/Soul Inspirational Songs

What's Goin On - Marvin Gaye

What’s Goin On – Marvin Gaye

“What’s Going On” was released by Motown hit-maker, Marvin Gaye and it was considered to be one of the biggest political statements, especially in the 1970s. It was important for Marvin to infuse messages in songs that would make people talk about the current stages in their lives. Some say, including Motown founder Berry Gordy, that releasing this song was a huge risk, but the R&B legend wanted to make music that revealed his empathetic and kindhearted side. This song is still considered to be “the message,” because Gaye was singing about real issues in society.

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