The song “Stop! In the Name of Love” by The Supremes is a classic example of Motown Sixties music.
It’s a sad thing to have a two-timer. “Stop! In the Name of Love” was written by Lamont Dozier and the brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, who are among the Motown songwriters and producers who helped to create and define the Motown sound. The song was an enormous international hit in 1965, going to the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart, and in Germany. The song was #2 on the U.S. R&B Chart, #3 in Canada, and #7 in the U.K. The song was released in 1965 as a single backed with “I’m in Love Again.” It was also on their 1965 album More Hits by The Supremes, which was their sixth studio album. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has included “Stop! In the Name of Love” in its lisst of the “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”
Diana Ross is on the lead vocals. Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson provided the background vocals. Instrumentation was by the fabulous Motown session musicians, the Funk Brothers. The Supreme were also known for their performances and choreography. For this song, there would the outstretched arm and the hand gesture to indicate “Stop.”