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My 20 Favorite Stevie Wonder Songs.

  • Sep 3, 2010
This list is going to be a bit longer than most. That's because Stevie Wonder has been making great music since I was 12 years old. I am 59 now. Over the years Stevie Wonder has placed more than 60 songs on Billboard's Top Pop Singles charts. He has also released more than three dozen albums. That's an awful lot of music to choose from but i will give it a try. These selections are presented in no particular order. Please note that you will not find one of Stevie Wonder's biggest hits on my list. I always hated "Superstition"! Go figure.
1
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
A great place to start. Truly one of the greatest love songs of the 20th Century.
2
Skeletons
From the 1987 album "Charactors". It always amazed me how Stevie could constantly come up with fresh and unusual new sounds.
3
Travelin' Man
This was a minor hit back in 1967 but it certainly tipped me off to the enormous potential of Stevie Wonder.
4
Sir Duke
A #1 hit from 1977 and a fitting tribute to one of Stevie Wonder's idols Duke Ellington. An amazing record indeed!
5
My Cherie Armour
From the summer of 1969, the year I graduated from high school. I had a crush on a girl named Patty and this was a huge hit that summer. I still think of her whenever I hear this tune but don't tell my wife.
6
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
Another unique sound from Stevie back in 1980. Rarely did any two of his hit singles sound alike.
7
I Wish
A song about childhood and how at times we all wish we could go back even for just one day. A huge hit in late 1976.
8
If You Really Love Me
Stevie Wonder's biggest hit in 1971. Still enjoy hearing it today.
9
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
One of Stevie Wonder's first big hits and in my view the song that made him a major star. A high energy song from start to finish.
10
I Just Called To Say I Love You
Here's another one of those "silly love songs" from Stevie Wonder. Written, produced and arranged by Stevie. This man truly does it all!
11
Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
Truly one of all-time Wonder faves from the fall of 1969.
12
A Place In The Sun
As I recall I won this record on the radio. A local DJ had a contest called "Spin It & Win It" several time each night. If you were the correct caller while a particular tune was playing you won a copy of that 45 rpm record. I got my DJ copy in the mail a couple of days later. From way back in 1966. It seems like yesterday.
13
Overjoyed
Positively one of my all-time favorite Stevie Wonder tunes. I had just met my future wife when this tune was released in early 1986. "Overjoyed" captured my emotions at that time perfectly. I knew I had met the right one and was thrilled beyond words.
14
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Another high energy Stevie Wonder tune that was a huge hit in the summer of 1970. I think I was driving a 1960 Plymouth at the time with big tail fins and a push-button automatic transmission. Sometime I will have to tell you what happened when I pushed the "Reverse" button and the button disappeared into the console. Another story for another time!
15
For Your Love
Although his days as a chartbuster were probably over Stevie was still at Motown and still making great music. From the album "Conversation Peace" "For Your Love snagged 2 Grammy Awards in 1995 for "Best Male Vocal Performance" and "Best R & B" song.
16
I Was Made To Love Her
In my opinion 1967 was the best musical year ever and "I Was Made To Love Her" was certainly one of the reasons why. A monster hit in the summer of '67 this one captures all of the energy of a young Stevie Wonder and the incredible Motown backup band The Funk Brothers. Fantastic!
17
Fingertips (Parts 1 & 2)
A remarkable record! "Little Stevie Wonder" was just 12 years old when Berry Gordy made this recording. It became a major hit instantly. "Fingertips" remainsas fresh and vibrant today as it was when it was released nearly half a century ago!
18
Isn't She Lovely?
From the 1976 album "songs In The Key of Life" this tune was never released as a single but got heavy airplay nonetheless. Essentially, Wonder wrote this song to celebrate the birth of his daughter Aisha. Love the harmonica in this tune. A Wonder classic to be sure!
19
All Is Fair In Love
The latest addition to my list of Stevie Wonder faves. I was turned onto the tune by a buddy of mine just this week. I have listened to it several times now and understand why he raves about it. Stunningly beautiful!
20
How Come, How Long
This phenomenal tune was recorded by Babyface in 1996 and features Stevie Wonder. This is one of the most moving tunes I have ever heard. The song is about physical abuse and the killing of a woman by her lover. It never made the charts in the U.S. but was a huge hit in England. If you have never heard this see if you can find it on You Ttube and give it a listen.

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October 13, 2010
No As or Ribbon in the Sky or Boogie on Reggae Woman or Do I Do or All I Do?!? Oh no...I"m gonna have to make my own Stevie List lol...I have a soft spot in my heart for Isn't She Lovely- my mom used to sing that to me when I was a baby! Great list and thanks for inspiring me to do one :)
 
September 08, 2010
Interesting to see your list because I would only have one song from this list on my list and that is All in love is fair. I´m particularly fond of his 70's albums from Music of my mind to Secret live of plants and my all time favorite of his songs is from Music of my mind and that is Happier thatn the Morning sun. Perhaps I should be inspired by your list and make my own version.
 
September 07, 2010
Great list, Paul. For me, Sir Duke is one of the greatest songs of all time. Songs in the Key of life was my introduction to Stevie Wonder as an 11 year-old. I think it was my first double-album. I can't wait to hear the Plymouth story, BTW. :-)
 
September 07, 2010
I absolutely love this list, Paul! I'm tempted to create one of my own now, lol. Mind if I follow your lead? Stevie Wonder is a music idol! :)
 
September 07, 2010
I've mostly only listened to Stevie Wonder's bigger hits, so thanks for these recommendations! I've never heard of most of these, so I'm excited to check them out!
 
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