The Tracks of My Tears  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"The Tracks of My Tears" is a much recorded love ballad introduced in 1965 by The Miracles on Motown Records' Tamla label. This song is considered to be among the finest recordings of The Miracles, and it sold over one million records within two years.


"The Tracks of My Tears" is The Miracles' most recognized, most honored, and most covered song, ranked at or near the top of many "best of" lists in the music industry over the last 40 years.

Remarkably "The Tracks of My Tears" is not among the seven Miracles' tracks to reach the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and the highest charting Pop version of the song was the 1967 cover by Johnny Rivers which reached #10.

Aretha Franklin recorded the song for her Soul '69 album from which it was issued as a single although the B-side: Franklin's version of "The Weight", became the favored track with "Tracks of My Tears" peaking at #76 Pop and #21 R&B.

"Tracks of My Tears" became a Pop Top 40 hit for the third time when the version recorded by Linda Ronstadt for her 1975 album release Prisoner in Disguise album was issued as that album's second single: the track was not one of Ronstadt's biggest hits peaking at #25 ("Tracks of My Tears" reached #11 on the C&W chart in tandem with its B-side: the Emmylou Harris duet: "The Sweetest Gift"). Conversely Ronstadt would score one of her biggest hits with her 1978 single "Ooo Baby Baby" which was a remake of the Miracles' hit single release precedent to "The Tracks of My Tears". Ronstadt and Smokey Robinson performed both "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ooo Baby Baby" on the Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever special broadcast 16 May 1983.

In 1993 Go West reached #16 UK with "Tracks of My Tears"; since the Miracles' original had reached the UK Top Ten in 1969 the song had been a minor chart item via the Linda Ronstadt remake (#42 in 1976) and a 1982 version by Colin Blunstone which reached #60.

Other Cover Versions:

Also covered by: Soul Asylum, Billy Bragg, Susan Cadogan, The Contours, The Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas, Mary Beth Maziarz, The Mega Kids, The Mighty Diamonds, Q-Tip, Dianne Reeves, Brenda Russell, Mongo Santamaría, Paul Young and others. Despite the plethora of covers recorded over the decades, however, The Miracles' original is still considered the definitive version.

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