220px-tempts-sing-smokey#6 – The Temptations – “My Girl” – (1965)

“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day” just might be the signature line from any Motown song ever. Co-written by Smokey Robinson, this was The Temptatons’ first U.S. #1 hit. And it remains their best.

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220px-tempts-gettin-ready#3 – The Temptations – “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” – (1966)

Perhaps because it has been successfully covered by artists like The Rolling Stones, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” might be the most well-known Temptations tune with the probable exception of “My Girl.” People love this song and this is without a doubt the best version.

220px-1971-tepts-sky#8 – The Temptations – “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)” – (1971)

Imagination Week continues with a song so smooth that, with one exception, brought a halt to The Temptations string of hit records. Times were changing and that old 60s soul wasn’t selling quite the same – this was the final Temptations single to feature Eddie Kendricks. This #1 is one of their greatest songs.