100% Motown '80s is a short, budget-priced compilation offering just a few of the label's hits from that decade; indeed, some might say that Motown only produced a handful of worthwhile singles during the '80s. Nevertheless, this collection offers some of that era's definitive tracks from the imprint, including Rick James' classic "Super Freak," DeBarge's lighter-than-air "Rhythm of the Night," Smokey Robinson's worthy "Being with You," and Rockwell's playfully paranoid, Michael Jackson-esque "Somebody's Watching Me." The Dazz Band's "Let It Whip" and "Nightshift," the Commodores' underrated requiem for '60s soul, are some of the other bright spots on the album.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares