Thank You, Ms. Ross — With New Album, Looking Back at Her Iconic Songs

by Christopher Ehlers

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday November 4, 2021

There are few places on earth where the legendary Diana Ross needs any introduction at all. One of the most iconic, legendary, and beloved artists ... well ... ever, Ross hasn't released an album of original music since "Every Day Is a New Day" in 1999. Until now.

Written and recorded during COVID lockdowns last year, "Thank You," Ross's 25th studio album, will be released this Friday. Jack Antonoff, who also had a hand in two other major lockdown albums — Taylor Swift's "Folklore" and "Evermore" — produced the album. The 77-year-old legend has already announced a UK tour in support of the album, and while she remains mum on plans for a US tour, her legions of fans this side of the pond remain ever hopeful.

In celebration of "Thank You," here's a look back at 10 of Miss Ross's best songs:

10. "You Are Everything" (1974)

How can you resist a song that begins with Marvin Gaye's frisky "Oh, darling, I wanted to be everything to you"? Originally written for The Stylistics three years earlier, Ross and Gaye — two Motown legends — reunited for "You Are Everything," an irresistible love ballad that would become one of the most imitated and sampled songs of the 20th century, with everyone from Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Lopez to Usher and Childish Gambino interpolating the song into their own tracks.

9. "Endless Love" (1981)

One of the greatest duets in music history, "Endless Love" was a career highlight for both Ross and Lionel Richie, who wrote the song. Written for the Franco Zeffirelli film of the same name, it became the second best-selling song of that year, and sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for more than two months. Later that year, it would earn an Oscar nomination for Best Song.

8. "Theme From Mahogany" ("Do You Know Where You're Going To") (1975)

Originally recorded by Thelma Houston two years earlier, Miss Ross put her own epic spin on this ballad for "Mahogany," Ross' follow up to her Oscar-nominated performance in "Lady Sings the Blues." With understated vocals, it became yet another number one song for Ross, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.

7. "I'm Coming Out" (1980)

Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers of Chic, "I'm Coming Out" was an early LGBTQ anthem that was inspired by drag queens dressed as Diana Ross that Rodgers saw at a New York nightclub. Unlike a lot of other artists at the time, Diana Ross embraced her gay fandom and recorded this song without hesitation.

6. "You Can't Hurry Love" (1966)

As the Supremes were looking to move past their teen roots and sing about more mature themes and more elaborate musical arrangements, "You Can't Hurry Love" was a stepping stone in that direction. Upon its release, it became the Supremes' seventh number one hit.

5. "I Hear a Symphony" (1965)

Like so many of Motown's other hits, this 1965 single was written by the dream team of Lamont Dozier and Brian & Eddie Holland, and it became the Supreme's sixth number-one hit on the Billboard chart.

4. "Baby Love" (1964)

Sitting atop the Billboard charts for a full month in 1964, "Baby Love" helped put the Supremes in the history books: they became the first Motown group to have more than one number-one singles in America. In fact, just a few years later, the Supremes would boast more number-one singles (12!) than any other Motown act, a record they still hold to this day.

3. "Stop! In the Name of Love" (1965)

They just don't make 'em like this one anymore. In many ways a perfect song, "Stop! In the Name of Love" was a single from the Supreme's sixth album and earned the group a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance. Not only did the song become iconic, but their choreography became every bit as much of a cultural phenomenon.

2. "Where Did Our Love Go" (1964)

While this classic Motown earworm isn't the song that started the career of Diana Ross and the Supremes, it could be said that it's the one that ushered in one of the most successful streaks in music history: it was their first single to go number one, and was the first of five consecutive Supremes singles to achieve that success.

1. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (1970)

First recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell three years earlier, Diana Ross put her own spin on this megahit, and it earned her first solo number-one hit, as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She infused gospel with spoken word, which would later become one of Ross's trademarks. All these years later, her take on "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" remains surprising and inspiring.