YMMV / Marvin Gaye

  • Covered Up: "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." His version, the most famous, was the second recorded and the third released.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: From What's Going On: "Father, father, we don't need to escalate / You see, war is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate". Considering that Gaye's father shot and killed him after an argument, it's fair to say that he violently disagreed with this statement.
    • There's also "Don't go and talk about my father, 'cause God is my friend" from "God Is Love".
  • Growing the Beard: Literally and figuratively with What's Going On. Motown gave him more artistic freedom allowing him to show his maturity as a musician and he can be spotted with a beard on the cover after being clean shaven to help keep his image in his early Motown career.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Songs like "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "Let's Get It On" and "Sexual Healing" (among others) have all become such standard verbal and / or musical references, it's easy to forget they're also really good songs.
  • Signature Song: Either his cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", "What's Going On", "Let's Get It On", or "Sexual Healing".
  • Tear Jerker: Most of What's Going On. Some of his songs can also be this in retrospect; "Sexual Healing" is a joyous song, but it's bittersweet in light of its spearheading his Career Resurrection shortly before his death.
  • Vindicated by History: Here, My Dear originally flopped and wasn't seen as being a very good album in the eyes of the public. Today, however, it's considered one of Gaye's best works.