153 – Martha And The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street (1964)
Written by Marvin Gaye, William “Mickey” Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter
Produced by William “Mickey” Stevenson
Label – Gordy
According to the song’s co-writer Mickey Stevenson, the idea for the song came to him whilst riding with Marvin Gaye through Detroit. During the summer, the city would open up fire hydrants in the streets so that the kids could play in the water to cool off. As refreshing as ever, a dance anthem, and one of the most simple, uplifting experiences in pop history.