Nothing but Heartaches

Nothing but Heartaches
"Nothing but Heartaches"
Single by The Supremes
from the album More Hits by The Supremes
B-side "He Holds His Own"
Released July 16, 1965
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); May 13 and May 17, 1965
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 2:59
Label Motown
M 1080
Writer(s) Holland–Dozier–Holland
Producer Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland
The Supremes singles chronology
"Back in My Arms Again"
"Nothing but Heartaches"
"Mother Dear"
(1965) (withdrawn)
"I Hear a Symphony"
Music sample
"Nothing but Heartaches"
Alternative cover

"Nothing but Heartaches" is a 1965 song recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label.[1]

Written and produced by Motown songwriting and producing team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was notable for breaking the first string of five consecutive number-one pop singles in the United States, peaking at number 11 from August 29, 1965 through September 4, 1965 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.[2]




By the spring of 1965, the Supremes had elevated from regional R&B favorites to an internationally successful pop group thanks to a series of five singles which consecutively topped the United States Billboard pop charts: "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again." Known for creating repetitive follow-ups, Motown at this time was relying on a formula to create songs with a similar sound present in records by The Temptations, The Four Tops and Marvin Gaye among other recording acts.

Sure that they had finally found a successful formula, Berry Gordy had Holland–Dozier–Holland create a song similar to several of their earlier hit singles. As expected, "Nothing but Heartaches" had a similar sound to "Stop! In the Name of Love" and "Back in My Arms Again." Gordy felt confident that the song would become their sixth consecutive number-one hit.


Response to "Nothing but Heartaches" was less of a success as Gordy predicted, as it peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's more modest top 20 charting prompted Gordy to circulate a memo around the Motown offices:

We will release nothing less than Top Ten product on any artist; and because the Supremes' world-wide acceptance is greater than the other artists, on them we will only release number-one records.

After canceling the planned subsequent release of "Mother Dear," Holland-Dozier-Holland produced "I Hear a Symphony."


Chart history

Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 11
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 6



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