Diana Ross and the Supremes' 10 greatest songs ever, ranked

9 July 2024, 14:10

Diana Ross's best songs
Diana Ross's best songs. Picture: Getty

By Tom Eames

Diana Ross and the Supremes have a timeless appeal that transcends generations, their music a symphony of Motown magic.

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From the infectious rhythms to the soulful melodies, their songs have become a beloved soundtrack to countless memories.

Whether you’re dancing in your living room or reminiscing about days gone by, the hits of Diana Ross and the Supremes are impossible to resist.

Join us as we journey through their greatest songs, celebrating the tunes that made us sing, dance, and fall in love with the undeniable queens of Motown - both as a group alongside Florence Ballard, Barbara Martin, Cindy Birdsong and Mary Wilson - and Diana's solo career.

  1. Theme from Mahogany

    Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)

    Released in 1975, this song was the lead single from the film Mahogany, in which Diana Ross also starred. With its reflective lyrics and lush orchestration, it captured the hearts of many, climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and reaching number 5 in the UK charts.

    Written by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffin, the song's introspective question, "Do you know where you're going to?" resonated deeply with audiences, making it a staple at proms and weddings.

  2. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (with the Temptations)

    I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

    'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me' is a standout duet that brought together the powerhouse talents of Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations.

    Released in 1968, this track captivated audiences with its blend of soulful passion and vocal excellence. It soared to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and achieved significant success in the UK, reaching number three.

    Written by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, and Jerry Ross, the song features a perfect blend of Ross's silky smooth voice and the robust harmonies of The Temptations. The back-and-forth vocals create a dynamic and engaging listening experience, with each artist bringing their unique flair to the performance.

    This collaboration was not only a commercial hit but also a critical success, showcasing the seamless synergy between two of Motown's greatest acts.

  3. Love Hangover

    Love Hangover

    When Diana Ross decided to bless us with 'Love Hangover' in 1976, she wasn’t just giving us a song; she was serving a whole experience.

    Starting as a soulful ballad that makes you feel like you’re floating in a bubble bath, it suddenly morphs into a disco inferno. This genius move by producer Hal Davis wasn’t just a stroke of luck. It was a masterclass in genre-blending that sent 'Love Hangover' straight to the top of the charts, landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    The song's playful yet sultry vibe perfectly captures the heart of Diana's versatility and charisma. And let’s not forget the iconic bassline that still makes dance floors quake.

  4. You Are Everything (with Marvin Gaye)

    Diana & Marvin - You're my everything

    'You Are Everything' is a beautiful duet that highlights the harmonious collaboration between Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye.

    Released in 1973, this soulful track is a cover of The Stylistics' original hit from 1971. Ross and Gaye's version captures the essence of the song with their smooth vocals and undeniable chemistry, making it a standout moment in both their careers.

    Although it didn't climb as high on the charts as some of their other hits, peaking at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, 'You Are Everything' remains a cherished piece in their discographies.

  5. I'm Still Waiting

    I'm Still Waiting

    ‘I’m Still Waiting’ is Diana Ross’s soulful anthem of romantic patience that had fans swooning in 1971. Originally tucked away as a B-side, the song caught fire when Tony Blackburn played it repeatedly on his show, catapulting it to number one on the UK Singles Chart.

    Penned by the legendary team of Deke Richards, this Motown gem showcases Diana’s silky vocals, weaving a tale of unrequited love that’s both heart-wrenching and hopeful.

    ‘I’m Still Waiting’ not only topped the charts but also cemented Diana Ross's status as a solo superstar post-Supremes.

  6. I'm Coming Out

    Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out

    ‘I’m Coming Out’ is Diana Ross at her most fabulous and empowering. Released in 1980, this anthem quickly became an enduring symbol of self-expression and liberation.

    The song was inspired by a trip Nile Rodgers, one of the writers, took to a club where he noticed a striking number of drag queens dressed as Diana Ross. Clearly, it was a sign.

    Produced by the legendary duo Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic, 'I'm Coming Out' didn’t just make waves on the dance floor—it strutted its way up the charts, peaking at number 13 in the UK and number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

    The track is known for its infectious brass section and the joyous, uncontainable energy that Ross brings to every note. Whether you’re coming out or just coming up with your own groove, this track is a timeless celebration of individuality and pride.

  7. Stop! In the Name of Love

    The Supremes - Stop! In The Name Of Love (Lyric Video)

    'Stop! In the Name of Love' is a quintessential hit that perfectly encapsulates the magic of Diana Ross and The Supremes. Released in 1965, this iconic track quickly became a fan favourite, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at number seven in the UK.

    The song, crafted by the Motown dream team Holland-Dozier-Holland, is known for its unforgettable opening line and the dramatic, arm-gesturing choreography that has become synonymous with the group's performances.

    'Stop! In the Name of Love' not only cemented The Supremes' position as Motown's leading ladies but also earned them a Grammy nomination.

  8. Endless Love (with Lionel Richie)

    Endless Love

    The ultimate duet that brought Diana Ross and Lionel Richie together in perfect harmony.

    Released in 1981, this track quickly soared to the top of the charts, becoming a worldwide sensation and claiming the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for a staggering nine weeks. In the UK, it charmed its way to number seven.

    The song was originally penned for the film of the same name, and its heartwarming lyrics and soulful melody captured the essence of romantic bliss. Diana Ross's silky smooth vocals paired with Lionel Richie's emotive delivery made this song an instant classic.

  9. Ain't No Mountain High Enough

    Diana Ross - Ain´t No Mountain High Enough (Live on Diana!, 1971)

    'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' is Diana Ross at her most epic, belting out motivation like a life coach on a caffeine high.

    Originally a Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell classic, Ross's 1970 solo rendition took it to new heights – pun intended! This song is practically a rollercoaster in audio form, with spoken verses and a dramatic build-up that makes you want to scale Everest (or at least tackle the laundry).

    It didn’t just climb mountains; it scaled the charts too, hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Diana’s lush vocals and the lush orchestration, courtesy of Motown maestro Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, made this track a timeless anthem.

  10. Baby Love

    The Supremes - Baby Love (Lyric Video)

    'Baby Love' is another gem from Diana Ross and The Supremes that solidified their status as Motown royalty. Released in 1964, just a few months after 'Where Did Our Love Go,' this song continued the group's meteoric rise by becoming their second consecutive number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, it climbed to the top spot, making it a transatlantic triumph.

    Written by the dynamic trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, 'Baby Love' features an irresistible melody, Ross's charmingly tender vocals, and a catchy rhythm that made it an instant favourite.

    The song's success was pivotal, helping to establish The Supremes as a dominant force in the music industry. With its timeless appeal and the nostalgic charm of 60s Motown, 'Baby Love' remains a beloved classic that showcases Diana Ross's enchanting voice and the group's impeccable harmony.

  11. Where Did Our Love Go?

    Where Did Our Love Go

    'Where Did Our Love Go' is a classic that truly put Diana Ross and The Supremes on the map.

    Released in 1964, this timeless track became their first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the beginning of a remarkable string of chart-toppers for the group. In the UK, it reached an impressive number three.

    Written and produced by the legendary Motown team Holland-Dozier-Holland, the song's catchy beat, hand claps, and Ross's sweet yet powerful vocals made it an instant favourite.

    Interestingly, the group initially disliked the song, thinking it was too simplistic, but it soon proved to be a defining moment in their career. With its infectious melody and relatable lyrics about lost love, 'Where Did Our Love Go' remains a standout track that cemented Diana Ross's status as a musical icon.

  12. Chain Reaction

    Diana Ross - Chain Reaction (Official Video)

    'Chain Reaction' is a glittering jewel in Diana Ross's crown, showcasing her ability to cross musical boundaries effortlessly.

    Released in 1985 and written by the legendary Bee Gees, this infectious pop tune blends Motown vibes with a dash of 80s synth magic. It's no wonder it shot straight to number one on the UK Singles Chart, making it one of Ross's most memorable hits on this side of the pond.

    The song's energetic beat, catchy chorus, and Ross's dynamic performance make it impossible not to tap your feet. The music video features Ross in a 1960s TV show setting, paying homage to her roots with The Supremes.

  13. You Can't Hurry Love

    The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love (Official Lyric Video)

    'You Can't Hurry Love' is another dazzling highlight in the illustrious career of Diana Ross and The Supremes. Released in 1966, this track quickly became a massive hit, clinching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching number three in the UK charts.

    Crafted by the legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland team, the song's upbeat tempo, catchy rhythm, and Ross's soulful vocals create an irresistible combination that has stood the test of time.

    The song's message about patience and perseverance in love, wrapped in an infectious melody, has made it a timeless anthem. It was inspired by the gospel song 'You Can't Hurry God,' which adds a layer of depth to its lyrics.

    Whether you're dancing around the kitchen or reminiscing about the golden era of Motown, 'You Can't Hurry Love' is a feel-good classic that never fails to lift the spirits.

  14. Upside Down

    Upside Down

    Diana Ross' 'Upside Down' is an absolute gem that turns the world of disco on its head, quite literally.

    Released in 1980, this infectious track was penned and produced by the legendary Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic fame. Their magic touch is all over it, blending catchy bass lines with Ross' silky vocals to create a timeless dancefloor anthem.

    'Upside Down' wasn't just a hit; it was a phenomenon, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks and dominating charts worldwide. Ross' playful lyrics and effortless charm in this song capture the essence of love's unpredictable nature, making it a fan favourite.

  15. You Keep Me Hangin' On

    The Supremes - You Keep Me Hangin' On (Lyric Video)

    'You Keep Me Hangin' On' is a dynamic hit that showcases Diana Ross and The Supremes at their absolute best. Released in 1966, this track quickly ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and secured the number eight spot in the UK Singles Chart.

    Written and produced by the prolific Motown team Holland-Dozier-Holland, the song features a distinctive guitar riff and a driving beat that set it apart from other tracks of the era.

    Ross's powerful and emotive vocals convey the frustration and determination of the lyrics, making it an anthem for anyone who has struggled with letting go of a relationship. The innovative production techniques, including the use of the Morse code-like guitar line, give the song a modern feel that has helped it endure over the decades.

    'You Keep Me Hangin' On' has been covered by numerous artists, but the original version by Diana Ross and The Supremes remains the definitive take.