Before Detroit, Michigan’s Diana Ross became a member of the iconic all-lady group, The Supremes, she grew up in a large family of seven siblings, who all happened to be a neighbor to the legendary Smokey Robinson. When Ross was a teenager, her schooling interests involved clothing design as this was her original passion before taking a serious interest in a musical career. In addition to working out fashionable designs, Ross also took up modeling and cosmetology. As a means to earn income, she also took up hairdressing, servicing her neighbors upon demand.
At the age of fifteen, Diana Ross also performed vocally in all-girl bands that would ultimately lead to her discovery, as well as the discovery of the Primettes, which were renamed to Diana Ross & the Supremes. Throughout the 1960s, the Supremes dominated the music charts as a group. Then, come 1970, Diana Ross was encouraged to engage in a solo career where she dominated the music charts, scoring several chart-hitting singles that saw many become top ten favorites throughout the entire decade. Come 1981, after spending twenty years with Motown, Diana Ross signed with RCA Records and continued to record and release charted hits that kept her in the spotlight as one of the most recognized and appreciated music performers of all time. In 1988, Ross returned to Motown before Berry Gordy sold the label to MCA Records in 1989.
As a Supreme, a solo artist, and in collaborated music performances, Diana Ross is one of the most recognized and award-winning musicians of all time at a worldwide level. As a Supreme, there are twenty-nine studio albums, thirty-two compilation albums, four live albums, and two soundtracks to her credit. Combine that with twelve number-one singles out of the sixty-nine that was released, this is already an impressive enough achievement. However, add the twenty-five studio albums, thirty compilation albums, five live albums, four soundtracks, and an extended play (EP) to that discographic portfolio and it’s easy to understand why Diana Ross remains one of the most prolific and successful artists of all time. The amount of singles Ross released after going solo from the Supremes is ninety-one, where six of them topped the US Billboard Hot 100.
10. I Hear a Symphony (with The Supremes)
As a single, (I Hear a Symphony) topped the music charts of the US Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Canada, and US Cash Box Top 100 and sold over a million copies within these two nations alone. At a worldwide level, the song charted as high as number five in New Zealand and has over two million copies since its 1965 release.
9. Love Child (with The Supremes)
(Love Child) topped the music charts at a worldwide level, including US Billboard Hot 100, RPM Canada Top Singles, and the UK’s R&B chart. Throughout the world, the song has charted within the top twenty of their respective music charts. Within the first week, the song was first released, it sold over 500,000 copies in America alone. By the end of the year, over two million copies were sold.
8. I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (with The Supremes and The Temptations)
The dual performance by Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations resulted in the 1968 single, (I’m Gonna Make You Love Me), becoming a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as on RPM Canada’s Top Singles chart. It also charted worldwide, peaking as high as number two on UK’s R&B singles chart and number three on its UK Singles Chart. Since the song’s release, it has also become certified Platinum by the USA’s RIAA for having over one million copies sold.
7. Stop! In the Name of Love (with The Supremes)
USA’s RIAA certified the single, (Stop! In the Name of Love,) Gold for having over one million of its copies sold after its 1965 release. Associated with the album, (More Hits by The Supremes), this song peaked at number one on all but one US Billboard chart, as it’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop ranked it at number two. Around the world, the song charted within the top forty lists, ranking as high as third in Canada and Germany.
6. Where Did Our Love Go (with The Supremes)
“Where Did Our Love Go” served as the lead single from the album of the same name when it came out in 1964. It became the first song Diana Ross & the Supremes would realize a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It also became number one with RPM Canada’s Singles Chart. The song officially put Diana Ross & the Supremes on the world map as an elite group of musical artists where Diana Ross soon became one of the UK’s most popular female vocalists of all time. Since the song’s release, it has become certified Silver with the UK’s BPI for selling over 200,000 copies. In the US, over two million copies were sold.
5. Baby Love (with The Supremes)
The second studio album coming from Diana Ross & the Supremes is (Where Did Our Love Go), which was released by Motown in 1964. The single, (Baby Love), became the second number one hit for the group that realized its chart rank on every US Billboard music chart, as well as both of the official singles charts in the UK. It also charted at number one within the nations of New Zealand and Singapore. Around the world, Baby Love charted within the top forty of their respective music charts. In many cases, the song even broke into the top ten, namely with the nations of Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and South Africa. Since its release, Baby Love has also become certified gold with USA’s RIAA and certified silver with the UK’s BPI.
4. You Can’t Hurry Love (with The Supremes)
In 1966, Diana Ross & the Supremes release the album, (The Supremes A’ Go-Go), and the second single coming from it is (You Can’t Hurry Love). Upon the song’s release, it dominated every Canadian and US Billboard music chart at number one, including its Hot 100. In the UK, the R&B charting genre ranked the song at number one while on its UK Singles Chart it peaked at number three. The certified-Platinum single, according to UK’s BPI, sold over 600,000 copies with them while in the US over one million copies.
3. Someday We’ll Be Together (with The Supremes)
“Someday We’ll Be Together” was the final single Diana Ross & the Supremes released while she was still the lead singer for the group. Released in November 1969, the album, (Cream of the Crop), later became certified Gold by USA’s RIAA. As for the single, it charted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Worldwide, the song charted within the top forty of their elite music charts, except for Australia’s Kent Music Report as it peaked at number fifty-two. The number of copies the song sold is over five million, which earned it Platinum certification with USA’s RIAA.
2. Upside Down
Issued from Motown in 1980 as the lead single to Diana Ross’ eleventh studio album, (Diana), (Upside Down) dominated the music charts at a global level as it peaked at number one. In addition to the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Eurochart Hot 100, Upside Down charted at number one among the nations of Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland. In addition to this, the American Music Awards recognized Diana Ross’ “Upside Down” as its 1981 choice for Favorite Soul/R&B Single. In Canada, the song became certified Platinum while it became certified Gold with the NVPI of the Netherlands, RMNZ of New Zealand, and USA’s RIAA. The song also became certified Silver with the UK’s BPI.
1. Endless Love (featuring Lionel Richie)
In 1992, the single, (Endless Love), won two American Music Awards, namely Favorite Pop/Rock Single and Favorite Soul/R&B Single, both of which were performed as a duet with Lionel Richie. The song was written as the title track for the novel-turned-film, which became one of the highest-rated songs of all time with US Billboard Magazine. It also dominated the music charts as it peaked at number one on every major US Billboard chart, including its Hot 100, Adult Contemporary/Easy Listening, and Hot Soul Singles. It also charted number one among the nations of Australia, Canada, and South Africa. Elsewhere in the world, it ranked within the top ten among the nations of Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. In certifications, Endless Love became double Platinum with RIAA, single Platinum with Music Canada, and Gold with the UK’s BPI.