'Marvin Gaye' is the debut single by American singer Charlie Puth, featuring singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, for his third EP Some Type of Love (2015), and debut studio album Nine Track Mind (2016). Puth co-wrote it with Julie Frost, Jacob Luttrell and Nick Seeley, and produced it. Artist Partner Group released it as a single on February 10, 2015. The doo-wop and soul song is named after singer Marvin Gaye, whose name is used as a verb in the lyrics.
“The song came to me out of nowhere. I hadn’t been listening to anything, and went out to eat- sat down at a table and literally started humming the baseline to what is now ‘Marvin Gaye,” said Puth. “I had the track in my mind, and when I went to record it, I just blurted out the chorus ‘Let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on.’ When I wrote the chorus with Julie Frost- it just felt so special When Meghan came in she already had the harmonies in her head. When she laid down the second verse, I got chills everywhere and knew it was going to be 10 times more special. She added so much value.”
The track takes an innocent approach to talking about sex, with accompaniment that is straight out of your grandma’s favorite sock hop memories.