Greatest Hits (The Temptations album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1966
Recorded1964 - 1966
StudioHitsville USA, Detroit
GS 919
ProducerSmokey Robinson and Norman Whitfield.
The Temptations chronology
Gettin' Ready
Greatest Hits
Temptations Live!
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep"
    Released: August 4, 1966
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Tom HullA+[2]

Greatest Hits is a 1966 greatest hits album for The Temptations, released by the Gordy (Motown) label. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 album chart and remained on the chart for 120 weeks. Included are popular Temptations hits such as "The Way You Do the Things You Do", "Get Ready", "Since I Lost My Baby", "My Baby", "Don't Look Back", and their signature #1 hit, "My Girl". One non-album single, "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep", is also included; it was a #3 hit in the summer and fall of 1966.

The album was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981).[3]

Track listing[]

Side one[]

  1. "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (Smokey Robinson, Robert Rogers) (lead singer: Eddie Kendricks)
  2. "My Girl" (Robinson, Ronald White) (lead singer: David Ruffin)
  3. "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (Edward Holland, Jr., Norman Whitfield) (lead singer: David Ruffin)
  4. "Don't Look Back" (Robinson, White) (lead singer: Paul Williams)
  5. "Get Ready" (Robinson) (lead singer: Eddie Kendricks)
  6. "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" (Holland, Whitfield) (lead singer: David Ruffin)

Side two[]

  1. "Since I Lost My Baby" (Warren Moore, Robinson) (lead singer: David Ruffin)
  2. "The Girl's Alright with Me" (Holland, Eddie Kendricks, Whitfield) (lead singer: Eddie Kendricks)
  3. "My Baby" (Moore, Robinson, Rogers) (lead singer: David Ruffin)
  4. "It's Growing" (Moore, Robinson) (lead singer: David Ruffin)
  5. "I'll Be in Trouble" (Robinson) (lead singers: Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin)
  6. "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" (Holland, Whitfield) (lead singer: Eddie Kendricks)

Chart and singles history[]

Chart (1966) Peak
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 5
U.S. Top R&B Albums 1


Title Information US US R&B UK
"Beauty Is Only Skin Deep"
  • Gordy single 7055, August 4, 1966
  • B-side: "You're Not an Ordinary Girl" (from Gettin' Ready)
3 1 18

Year-end charts

Chart (1967) Peak
U.S. Top R&B Albums[4] 1

See also[]


  1. ^ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 at Allmusic
  2. ^ Hull, Tom (November 2013). "Recycled Goods (#114)". A Consumer Guide to the Trailing Edge. Tom Hull. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "A Basic Record Library: The Fifties and Sixties". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 0899190251. Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via
  4. ^ " - Year End Charts - Year-end Albums - Top R&B;/Hip-Hop Albums". 2006-10-20. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
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