What's Going On Introduction
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|Artist||Marvin Gaye||Musician(s)||Marvin Gaye (lead and background vocals), Mel Farr and Lem Barnery (background vocals), The Funk Brothers (instrumentation and spoken interlude), Detroit Symphony Orchestra (instruments), Dave Van DePitte (arrangements)|
|Album||What's Going On|
|Writer(s)||Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye|
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On the Charts"What's Going On" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Selling Singles in 1971.
"What's Going On" was named the #4 greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone.
Not surprisingly, the Motown-produced track was also named the #1 greatest Detroit song of all time by Metro Times.
What's Going On was rated the sixth best album of all time by Rolling Stone. The UK-based Guardian/Observer named it the greatest album of the 20th century.
In 2003, a cover of "What's Going On" by Chaka Khan and members of the Funk Brothers won a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. The track was recorded for the documentary Standing In the Shadows of Motown.