What's Going On (album) by Marvin Gaye

What's Going On
What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
Year: 1971
Overall rank: 70th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
85/100 (from 1,584 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1971 (5th)
Award Top 20 albums of the 1970s (20th)
Award Top 100 albums of all time (70th)
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What's Going On by Marvin Gaye (CD, Jan-2003, Motown)
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LP Marvin Gaye What's Going On MoFi ONE STEP 2x 45rpm Vinyl Limited Edition MFSL
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What's Going On is ranked as the best album by Marvin Gaye.

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85/100 (from 1,584 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 84.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 85.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.5.

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From 05/28/2020 15:37
Love the album. Shows the great abilities of Marvin Gaye. I loved Marvin Gaye before i know this album. Before i found that Album i knew he is a great singer.
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From 05/24/2020 08:47
Great album!
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From 05/09/2020 18:43
Essential album, one of the best of all time
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From 09/24/2019 19:19
Great production, Marvin's vocals are superb, great backing musicians and socially aware lyrics. But I don't like listening to it, it just floats along in the background, not demanding my attention. I prefer albums from Alexander O'Neil and Luther Vandross.
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From 09/20/2019 12:47
It's a pretty good album, but has been pretty overrated by critics. Gaye's vocals are as always on point.
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75/100
From 07/22/2019 18:42
I can appreciate this album for its production, the vocals, and the strong backing musicians, as well as its historical importance. Unfortunately, every time I listen to this album it tends to become background music. While it is solid, I find something missing.
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From 05/17/2019 08:15
I'll get pretty bored listening to this. It's got beautifull lyrics, and it sounds very ahead of it's time, but that's about it for me
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65/100
From 04/21/2019 20:41
I've never been able to completely love this album, but that could change over time. The opening track is definitely one of my favourite of Marvin's, and his voice, as always, gives me chills. A great album without question.
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90/100
From 01/26/2019 15:56
By far, my favorite album from Mr. Gaye. Best songs: What's Goin' On, Inner City Blues, Mercy Mercy Me. Truly, one of the early 70's classics.
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Best Albums of 1971
1. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
2. Who's Next by The Who
3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
4. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
5. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
6. Blue by Joni Mitchell
7. Tago Mago by Can
8. Meddle by Pink Floyd
9. L.A. Woman by The Doors
10. Fragile by Yes
11. Tapestry by Carole King
12. Bryter Layter by Nick Drake
13. Imagine by John Lennon
14. Electric Warrior by T. Rex
15. Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath
16. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
17. At Fillmore East by The Allman Brothers Band
18. Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney
19. There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & The Family Stone
20. Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
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