"War" was originally recorded by The Temptations for their album Psychedelic Shack. Clearly an anti-war anthem, many people wanted Motown to release it as a single, but the label didn’t want to antagonize The Temptations’ more conservative fans, so they turned to one of their "second tier" artists, Edwin Starr, to record it. His cover was released in June of 1970 and by August had reached the #1 spot on the Hot 100, spending three weeks there. It also went to #1 in Canada and #3 in the UK. Billboard ranked it #5 on the year-end Hot 100, and Starr received a Grammy nomination for his performance.