Jim Britt

Yesterday's news that Lenny Kravitz will be playing Marvin Gaye in an upcoming biopic of the singer's life gives us a great excuse to revisit the iconic soul singer's classic catalog. From modeling himself off Frank Sinatra to the revolutionary social fighter on What's Going On to the bedroom crooner of Let's Get It On, Gaye's music and persona transcends simple definition (there's a reason why the definitive biography is called Divided Soul). Before his untimely death at the hands of his father at age 44, the singer left us a wildly diverse catalog that helped define soul music. Listen to a sample of some of the best below.