Marvin Gaye

Album: Nine Track Mind (2015)
Charted: 1 21
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • This is Charlie Puth's debut single. He wrote the chorus the first day he came to Los Angeles. Puth says he was at a coffee shop on Cahuenga Boulevard when the melody struck - he found himself tapping his foot and clapping out the beat.
  • The song finds Puth duetting with Meghan Trainor. Asked by Billboard how the collaboration came about, he replied: "Meghan and I were at a party one night, and we were exchanging the new music, and she heard 'Marvin Gaye; and asked, 'Who else is singing on this? It should be a duet. Let me sing on it!' So I'm like... OK, Meghan Trainor just asked me to sing on my song, absolutely! In one day, she knew the whole thing. We did it all in one take."
  • Puth describes this song as "soulful pop with a little bit of hip-hop undertone."
  • Asked if Marvin Gaye inspires his music, Puth replied: "I listened to a lot of Marvin Gaye and Motown records. When I was making my record, I just wanted to make this soulful sound. When Marvin Gaye made his music, he evoked this feeling that would reach everybody."
  • The song was Charlie Puth's second UK #1 single. The American singer previously topped the UK chart with the Wiz Khalifa collaboration "See You Again."
  • Charlie Puth had quite a productive few days when he first moved to LA. The day after he wrote the chorus for this song, he came up with the chorus for "See You Again."

    "I was trying to prove myself as a songwriter," Puth he told Billboard magazine. "I was just having fun, and I was surrounded by all these pretty women - in general in LA, there's a lot of pretty women. I don't know why I said it like that. Pure human emotion is how 'Marvin Gaye' happened. I just said the line 'let's Marvin Gaye and get it on' - I don't know where it came from."
  • Charlie Puth was a big fan of Marvin Gaye growing up. He said: "Some of my favorite songs of his are 'Heaven Must Have Sent You,' 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough,' 'Sexual Healing,' and 'Heard It Through the Grapevine.'"
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

Roger McGuinn of The ByrdsSongwriter Interviews

Roger reveals the songwriting formula Clive Davis told him, and if "Eight Miles High" is really about drugs.

Lip-Synch RebelsSong Writing

What happens when Kurt Cobain, Iron Maiden and Johnny Lydon are told to lip-synch? Some hilarious "performances."

How "A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" Became Rock's Top ProverbSong Writing

How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.

Brandi CarlileSongwriter Interviews

As a 5-year-old, Brandi was writing lyrics to instrumental versions lullabies. She still puts her heart into her songs, including the one Elton John sings on.

Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Black Star RidersSongwriter Interviews

Writing with Phil Lynott, Scott saw their ill-fated frontman move to a darker place in his life and lyrics.

Laura NyroSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.