The Supremes

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1988

Inducted by: Little Richard

Nominated in: 1986   1987   1988

First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Florence Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson

Snubbed Members: Cindy Birdsong


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1991 (ranked #39) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Where Did Our Love Go (1964)
Love Child (1968)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Baby Love (1964)
Where Did Our Love Go (1964)
Stop! In the Name of Love (1965)
You Keep Me Hangin' On (1966)
You Can't Hurry Love (1966)
Love Child (1968)

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I remember when Diana Ross put on that Supremes reunion tour a couple of years ago its too bad it couldn,t have the original two members that are left or the tour would have lasted longer.

Posted by DL on Saturday, 10.20.07 @ 11:42am


It's amazing how nobody complains about the Supremes being inducted but Madonna or ABBA get in and people are all up in arms because "they aren't rock and roll". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should really clarify that they are honoring the most important artists of the rock and roll era, i think more people would be comfortable with Madonna being in, because when you put it that way there's no way you can't induct her.

Posted by Greg on Wednesday, 03.24.10 @ 11:02am


"It's amazing how nobody complains about the Supremes being inducted but Madonna or ABBA get in and people are all up in arms because "they aren't rock and roll". The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should really clarify that they are honoring the most important artists of the rock and roll era, i think more people would be comfortable with Madonna being in, because when you put it that way there's no way you can't induct her."

That is one of those most idiotic statements I have ever heard! Do you even realize how important the Supremes were to music and breaking down the racial barriers in the 1960's? They were truly the first black group to successfully crossover and achieve world-wide acclaim! In a time of racial unrest in the country, the Supremes showed that black women could be talented, beautiful, and successful. Not to mention they were the Beatles' biggest rivals! If the Beatles had anyone to fear, it was the Supremes. There were at least 5 instances on the pop charts where the Supremes knocked the Beatles out of the top spot.

The Supremes were far more influential than you give them credit to. It was because of the Supremes that ladies like Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston and so many other black women could sing and perform without having to fear racial backlash. The Supremes paved the way. Yes, Madonna is important, but the Supremes are right up there as being one of the most important and influential artists of the Rock and Roll era.

Just try to pose your argument against the hall of fame and music critics alike, Greg. You won't win...

Posted by Brad on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 09:03am


The Supremes rose from poverty to become Motown's most successful hitmakers and the most popular women group in the 60s. For a time, they rivaled the Beatles in terms of commercial popularity, having five number one hits in a row in 1965 alone. They sang with a polished tone that brought pop and soul together. Their greatest strength were thier songs which were composed by the incredible songwriting team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Under the ever-watchful eye of Berry Gordy, the relationship between the group and the songwriters yielded a massive wave of chart-topping hits like "Baby, Where Did Our Love Go?", "Stop In the Name of Love" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" in the mid-60s.

This milestone is impressive because it took place at the peak of The British Invasion, a time when groups like The Animals and The Beatles were dominating the charts. Yet the Supremes were America's sweethearts, producing a stylish charm that appealed to both white and black listeners.

While critics tend to underappreciate the accomplishments of the group by saying that thier songs are lightwight compared to other soul singers like Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson and see The Supremes as a money making tool for Berry Gordy, there is no question on much they epitomized the Motown sound and infiltrated the tastes and televisons of 1960s America.

This should not diminish the extraordinary music that they made and later influenced such singers as The Jackson 5 and The Pointer Sisters.

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 03.3.13 @ 21:32pm


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