First Hit #1: March 6, 1965
I find that love songs tend to work better when they’re as simple as possible. A catchy melody and some stripped down sentiment are all you really need to successfully express the feeling of love. My Girl shows Smokey Robinson knows the formula. The song is distinctive enough that it’s instantly recognizable from the guitar, and the lyrics aren’t much more than a statement of the girl’s greatness. She makes everything better, she makes the Temptations sing a catchy song, that’s all she has to do to prove her brilliance. It’s enough, and the greatness of the woman is proven through the song itself, even if it doesn’t really get much deeper than that. And that’s all that needs to happen, it’s simple and universal, but overall pretty sweet.