Written by the Motown songwriting team of Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier
and Brian Holland, this was the first Top 10 hit for Martha & the Vandellas, whose lead singer, Martha Reeves, started as a secretary at Motown.
"Heat Wave" was the group's second hit written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, following "Come and Get These Memories
." It was also one of the first songs to create the style of music that would be known as the "Motown Sound."