It's almost impossible to select just a handful of the best Stevie Wonder songs, but we've tried it! From his days as Little Stevie Wonder to becoming one of the all-time great soul singers, Stevie has written and performed countless classics over the decades.
The song sees the singer warn a rival that their treatment of their girlfriend will only send her into his arms. Taken from Stevie's iconic Songs in the Key of Life album, this s ong focuses on his childhood from the s into the early s. This was the song that introduced 'Little' Stevie Wonder to the world, and proving just what a genius he is, aged just 12 at the time. Written his mentors, Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby, the song was originally a jazz instrumental, and the live version was recorded in during a performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
Containing just a few batches of improvised lyrics, the song is essentially an instrumental, that was meant to showcase Stevie's talents on the bongos and the harmonica. Bonus fact: The song featured drumming by Marvin Gaye, who had been playing drums for Stevie and other Motown artists in before becoming a singer in his own right.
From his album Where I'm Coming From , this ballad describes a failed relationship using the metaphor of changing seasons.
It was later covered by many artists, most famously as a folk song by Joan Baez for her classic album Diamonds and Rust. However, Stevie Wonder's upbeat version became the most well known. This was Stevie's first hit that he co-wrote himself, and saved himself from being dropped after a few years of disappointing sales. On the day of the recording, co-writer Sylvia Moy had only just completed the lyrics, but didn't have them in Braille for Wonder to read.
She had to sing the song to him as he was recording it. She sang a line ahead of him, and he repeated the lines as he heard them. Released in , this track was the first single Stevie produced entirely on his own, and was also the first to feature his female backup singing group consisting of Lynda Tucker Laurence who went on to become a member of The Supremes , Syreeta Wright who also co-wrote the song , and Venetta Fields.
It has received many covers over the years, including one in which Stevie teamed up with boyband Blue in This song was written to celebrate the birth of his daughter Aisha.
T he longer album version even opens with the sound of a baby crying, and the outro features Aisha as a baby. This became Stevie's biggest ever hit in , and topped the charts in 19 different countries.
One of Stevie's greatest love songs, this heartbreaking ballad was taken from his album Hotter than July. This track was built on a heavy reggae sound, and was a tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley. Stevie had been performing live with Marley on his US tour in the autumn of that year. Lyrics mention the "children of Jah" and the end of the civil war in Zimbabwe.
Marley died a year later. This funk tune was taken from Stevie's iconic album Innervisions. Wonder wrote and recorded the song in a three-hour burst of pure creativity in May We wish we had that kind of power! I would like to believe that there is another life. I think that sometimes your consciousness can happen on this earth a second time around. This is like my second chance for life, to do something or to do more, and to value the fact that I am alive.
Following their break-up, the lyrics and title were altered to 'My Cherie Amour'. This was one of the first soul music songs to deal explicitly with systemic racism, and to use everyday sounds of the street like traffic, voices and sirens, which were combined with the music recorded in the studio. The song tells of a young kid from Mississippi who moves to New York City.
In Mississippi, he dealt with many hardships, but was surrounded by caring people. In New York City, he is quickly taken advantage of and is caught with drugs. His dreams are destroyed when he is sentenced to 10 years in jail. This soul anthem song implies that the love the singer has for the object of his partner will never diminish, as he says that he will love until the physically impossible becomes true. The track gets its name from the first word of the song, which is repeated many times throughout.
So soon they are forgotten. I wanted to show my appreciation. Arguably Stevie's most famous song, it is also one of the most popular and successful funk tunes of all time. It was originally intended to be released by British guitarist Jeff Beck first, but Motown's Berry Gordy convinced Stevie to bring it out as he knew it would be a huge hit. He was right! See more More from Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder. Song Lists. Michael Jackson. Elton John. Stevie Wonder's 20 greatest ever songs, ranked 11 May , Last Played Songs.