Top 25 Stevie Wonder Songs

Stevie Wonder Songs

When we first started composing our Stevie Wonder songs list, we quickly realized that it would be impossible to only pick 10 Stevie Wonder songs. Stevie Wonder has enjoyed a long glorious and successful musical career that has spanned many decades. To present fans with some of his best songs from each decade we came to the conclusion that we would have to extend our typical top 10 songs list to a Top 25 Songs list for Stevie Wonder. Even at 25 songs there were so many great Stevie Wonder songs that were left out. We apologize if we missed any of your favorites. However, we think we did a good job of including the important material from all of Stevie Wonder’s time periods. When we think of the greats like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder is right there with all of them

While most middle school age kids are busy picking which clubs they want to join or trying to pass a pre-algebra test, at 11 years old Stevie Wonder was signing his first record contract with Motown Records. In 1961, Little Stevie Wonder released his first album entitled The Jazz Soul Of Little Stevie. At the time of the album’s release, Stevie Wonder was 12 years old. The album was released on Tamia Records which was a division of Motown Records. One year later in 1963, Little Stevie Wonder would score his first number one single with the live version of “Fingertips.”

From 1963 to 1973, Stevie Wonder would score ten more top 10 hit singles. In 1973, Stevie Wonder would hit number one again on the Billboard Hot 100 with his song “Superstition.” Many would argue that the time period between 1973 and 1977 were the golden years for Stevie Wonder. During that amazing time period, Stevie Wonder released the albums, Talking Book, InnervisionsFulfillingness’ First Finale. and Songs in the Key of Life which many believe to be one of the greatest albums ever released.

Stevie Wonder continued to release albums all throughout the 80s and 90s. His last album was released in 2005 entitled A Time To Love. The last song Stevie Wonder has released as of this writing was a single entitled “Faith,” in 2016 which also featured Ariana Grande.

We hope you enjoy our top 25 Stevie Wonder songs list which covers a career spanning 57 years.

# 25 – Faith

We start out our top 25 Stevie Wonder songs list with this incredibly modern-sounding track that defines all that’s great with Stevie Wonder. How could you not love this? From the album Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Released in 2916. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song failed to break onto the US Billboard Hot 100 or the US Billboard R&B Charts. However, it did break the top 100 in Belgium.

# 24 – I Just Called To Say I Love You

Two soundtrack songs in a row open up our Stevie Wonder songs list. Two soundtracks from two completely different eras. From the 1984 soundtrack album The Woman in Red.  Released in 1984. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song “I Just Called to Say I Love You” hit number one US Billboard Hot 100.  “I Just Called to Say I Love You” also hit number on the US Billboard R&B Charts. It pretty much hit number one in just about every country around the world. This was a monster hit.

# 23 – Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday

From the album My Cherie Amour. Released in 1969. Written by Ron Miller and Bryan Wells. The song “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday”  hit number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday” also hit number five on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 22 – For Once In My Life

From the album For Once In My Life. Released in 1968. Written by Ron Miller. The song “For Once in My Life” hit number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. “For Once in My Life” also hit number four on the US Billboard R&B Charts. It hit number three on the United Kingdom Pop Charts.

# 21 – Part-Time Lover

From the album In Square Circle. Released in 1985. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song “Part-Time Lover”  hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Music Charts. “Part-Time Lover” also hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 20 – Master Blaster (Jammin)

From the album Hotter Than July. Released in 1980. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”  hit number five on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” also hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 19 – Uptight (Everything’s Alright)

From the album Up-Tight. Released in 1965. Written by Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby. The song “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”  hit number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” also hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 18 – Ribbon In The Sky

From the album, The Original Musiquarium I. Released in 1982. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song “Ribbon in the Sky” hit number fifty-four on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Ribbon in the Sky” also hit number ten on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 17 – Overjoyed

From the album In Square Circle. Released in 1985. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song “Overjoyed”  hit number twenty four on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Overjoyed” also hit number eight on the US Billboard R&B Charts. The song hit number one on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Music Charts.

# 16 – Send One Your Love

From the album Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants.” Released in 1979. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song “Send One Your Love”  hit number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Send One Your Love” also hit number five on the US Billboard R&B Charts. The song “Send One Your Love” would hit number one on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Music Charts.

# 15 – Love’s in Need of Love Today

From the album Fulfillingness’ First Finale. Released in 1974. Written by Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright. When this album was first released, most of us thought that Stevie Wonder had hit his peak. We were all wrong. None of us expected what was to come next. An album called Songs In The Key Of Life. “Love’s in Need of Love Today,” was not originally released as a single.

# 14 – As

From the album Songs In The Key Of Life. Released in 1976. We could have done a top 10 songs list just from this album alone. When this record was released it once so many awards. Everybody was blown away by this record. It was a double album two record set that also contained a 7-inch record with 4 more songs. That was so much music released on this album and every song was great. The album was released in 1976. The song “As”  hit number thirty six on the US Billboard Hot 100. “As” also hit number thirty six on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 13 – Don’t You Worry ’bout a Thing

From the album Innervisions. Released in 1973. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song “Don’t You Worry ’bout a Thing” hit number sixteen on the US Billboard Hot 100.”Don’t You Worry ’bout a Thing”  also hit number two on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 12 – Boogie On Reggae Woman

From the album Fulfillingness’ First Finale. Released in 1974. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song “Boogie On Reggae Woman” hit number three on the US Billboard Hot 100.”Boogie On Reggae Woman” also hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 11 – I Wish

From the album Songs In The Key Of Life. I Wish was released as a single in 1977. Written by Stevie Wonder. The song “I Wish” hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. “I Wish” also hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 10 – Higher Ground

We start out our top 10 section of our Stevie Wonder songs list with a great song from the album Innervisions. Released in 1973. Written by Stevie Wonder. The perfect song to start out our top 10 section of this Stevie Wonder songs list. The song “Higher Ground”  hit number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.”Higher Ground”  also hit number four on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 9 – My Cherie Amour

From the album My Cherie Amour. Released in 1969. Written by Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, and Stevie Wonder. If you were alive in the late 1960s, you heard this one on the radio all the time. The song “My Cherie Amour” hit number four on the US Billboard Hot 100. “My Cherie Amour” also hit number four on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 8 – If You Really Love Me

From the album Where I’m Coming From. Released in 1971. Written by Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright. The song’s groove and passionate vocals made for one of Stevie Wonder’s most enjoyable early hit songs. The song “If You Really Love Me”  hit number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. “If You Really Love Me” also hit number four on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 7 – You Haven’t Done Nothin

From the album Fulfillingness’ First Finale. Released in 1974. Written by Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright. Such a funky riff that any music fan fell in love with upon hearing the song for the very first time. This was a huge hit! The song “You Haven’t Done Nothin'”  hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. “You Haven’t Done Nothin'”  also hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 6 – Isn’t She Lovely

From the album Songs In The Key Of Life. Released in 1976. Released as a single in 1977. Written by Stevie Wonder. Such a beautiful song that new mothers and fathers would totally relate to. Surprisingly, the song “Isn’t She Lovely” did not break into any of the US Billboard music charts.

# 5 – Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours

From the album Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours. Released in 1970. Written by Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright, Lee Garrett and Lula Mae Hardaway. This was the sound of Motown! The song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” hit number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” also hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 4 – Sir Duke

From the album Songs In The Key Of Life. Released in 1976. Released as a single in 1977. Written by Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder hit a home run with the song’s infectious opening lick that you could not get out of your head the first time you heard it. And those lyrics were just so universal. The song “Sir Duke”  hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.” Sir Duke”  also hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 3 – Sunshine Of My Life

From the album Talking Book. Released in 1972. The single was released in 1973. Written by Stevie Wonder. One of those songs that instantly became a standard and was very popular among the old school jazz singers from the 50s and 60s. The song “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”  hit number three on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 2 – Superstition

From the album Talking Book. Released in 1972. Written by Stevie Wonder. This is just one of those classic Stevie Wonder riffs that seem to come from another world. The song has been covered many times by some other great artists including a smoking version by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Simply, a keyboard riff to die for. It was the first of two straight singles from Songbook to hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Superstition,” also hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

# 1 – Living For The City

From the album Innervisions. Released in 1973. Written by Stevie Wonder. It was really tough to choose a song for the number one spot. There are so many Stevie Wonder songs that could easily slip into the number one spot. I remember buying all of Stevie Wonder’s albums when they were first released starting with Talking Book. It was always an amazing experience hearing those albums for the first time. Listening to songs before they had become hits. The one song that blew me away the most on first hearing it was “Living For The City”. It was so powerful both lyrically and melodically. Stevie Wonder’s performance on the song was incredibly powerful. For all those reasons it’s why my humble opinion has placed it at number one. The song “Living for the City”  hit number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100.  “Living for the City” would hit number one on the US Billboard R&B Charts.

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