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Initial post: Jul 19, 2012 5:12:25 AM PDT
WillyvR says:
What would be your top 10 favorite songs from Stevie Wonder?

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 7:14:30 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
This is a tough one, Stevie has written so many wonderful songs for so many years. Many of my favorites can change as each time I listen to his songs, I tend to discover something new. That all being said, here's 10 that I can think of at this moment.

In no particular order:

1. Happier Than The Morning Sun
2. Living For The City
3. You've Got It Bad Girl
4. Summer Soft
5. Creepin'
6. Signed, Sealed, Delievered
7. If You Really Love Me
8. They Won't Go When I Go
9. Big Brother
10. As

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 8:04:14 AM PDT
wahwahpedal says:
You've Got It Bad Girl
Superwoman
It Ain't No Use
That Girl
You and I
Jesus Children of America
Living For The City
Too High
As
Looking for Another Pure Love

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 12:42:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 12:47:45 AM PDT
Hinch says:
Stevie Wonder is one of my very favorites. He's has so many great songs, I dont think I could name my 10 favorites. Off the top of my head, here are some of my favorites, in no order.

1 - Visions
2 - Too High
3 - Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
4 - Cash In Your Face
5 - Jammin'
6 - Love Is In Need of Love Today
7 - As
8 - Isn't She Lovely
9 - You Haven't Done Nothing
10 - You Are The Sunshine of My Life

(now that I've thought about it, "Visions" is probably my all time favorite Stevie Wonder song.)

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 2:40:56 AM PDT
Lately
If You Really Love Me
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Livin For The City
Visions
Isn't She Lovely
Jammin'
He's Misstra Know It All

Songs he penned with Syreeta
Your Kiss Is Sweet
Spinnin' and Spinnin'

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 2:52:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 3:07:29 AM PDT
Hinch says:
Kacee

You named a couple I didnt think of. "Lately" is one of my favorites.

I have an old Syreeta Wright album, but I don't remember the name. I'll have to look it up. I'm pretty sure Stevie wrote some of the songs and appears on the album.

She co-wrote quite a few songs with Stevie, including "If You Really Love Me". She also sang lead vocals on "Come Back As A Flower" on his album JOURNEY THROUGH THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS. She sang background vocal on many of his recordings up to CONVERSATION PEACE in 1995. Sadly she passed away in 2004.

Stevie also wrote, produced and performed on several songs on Jermaine Jackson's album LETS GET SERIOUS [LP VINYL]. Great album!

I borrowed it from a co-worker many years ago and put it on cassette. I don't know if it was ever released on cd, but I recently bought a vinyl copy for a decent price.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 3:16:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 3:33:02 AM PDT
Hinch says:
M. Jones

Nice list! "Creepin" may be my favorite on your list.

I'm still waitng for Stevie to come out with another great album.

I have every album since 1969's MY CHERIE AMOUR. From '69 to '80 he released 9 studio albums and 1 soundtrack. Since 1980 he's only released 4 studio albums, 2 soundtracks and a live album. I think the soundtrack to 'Jungle Fever' ('91) is my favorite of his albums since HOTTER THAN JULY. I've been somewhat disappointed in his other releases, other than the great live album.

I love Stevie. I think I've told you before he's right up there with The Beatles in my book. I've seen him live twice. In 1973 as opening act foir The Rolling Stones and in 1980 or '81 on his Hotter Than July Tour.

He's only 8 months older than I. He turned 62 in May. I'll be 62 in Jan.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 3:22:54 AM PDT
Hinch,
I love Stevie Wonder's music, and I like Jermaine Jackson too. My favourite song of his is "Do What You Do".
I've been meaning to buy his greatest hits CD.
I'm also a Beatles fan.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 3:37:53 AM PDT
Hinch says:
Kacee

I love The Beatles too.

I was just looking at some of Jermaine's cds.

Spectrum Collection looks like a good one, and a decent price. It has a couple of songs from 'Let's Get Serious". Some of his other cds are pretty expensive. I think they must be out of print. I did find a page for the "Let's Get Serious" cd. It's almost $100. lol!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 3:50:59 AM PDT
Hinch, yes I had a look and they are very expensive! The Spectrum Collection looks great, thanks for the link, although it doesn't have Do What You Do on it, but I could buy Greatest Hits as well. I don't mind doubling up with songs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 4:19:03 AM PDT
Hinch says:
I had forgotten about that song. I remember it by the video.

http://youtu.be/XilZX1JAtxk

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 4:33:46 AM PDT
Hinch says:
Visions

http://youtu.be/t36ynCw8WKQ

Knocks Me Off My Feet

http://youtu.be/-6tTHgqEt1Q

These Three Words

http://youtu.be/NjDSbboPUZQ

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 6:42:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 6:51:53 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
Hi Hinch,

Thanks! I love your list too, "Cash In Your Face" is a song I've listened too a million times over off your list. I didn't include "Visions" on my list, but it is as pure as song as you'll hear. I love Stevie Wonder and like you, place him right at the top with any other artist, group or band on any list. Earth, Wind and Fire and The Wailers are my favorites and he is right there beside them in terms of being as brilliant and their contemporary.

I Have everthing of his from SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED up to HOTTER THAN JULY, I have been trying to find some others I know at one time we had but I can't like MY CHERIE AMOUR, STEVIE WONDERS'S ORIGINALl MUSIQUARIUM I. I've heard that the performances he put on with The Rolling Stones was the stuff of legends and that they would do encores together, how awesome.

Yes, you did mention to me that you had him right there with The Beatles. I love his cover of their song "We Can Work It Out" and he also does a great cover of "Blowin In The Wind" by Bob Dylan who is another artist I really like.

Stevie's cover of 'Blowin In The Wind":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OUJ_ODGlCE

Stevie's cover of "We Can Work It Out":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB24z00ajU4

I didn't realize you were a January baby and were so close in age to Stevie, my birthday is in August and I'll be 43. I basically grew up to Stevie's music, my parents, aunts, uncles and older siblings made sure I was immersed in the sounds of the 50's, 60's and 70's.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 7:10:26 AM PDT
Hinch says:
The single 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' was the first Stevie W record I bought. I used to play it a lot. I ended up buying it twice. Once when my g.f. was over I noticed it was broken. At the time I didnt think much about it, but recently I've wondered if she broke it. 1970 or so....attitudes were very different than now. I dont remember a lot about his '73 show, except I do remember he went around the stage and played several instruments. His 70s output was/is some of the greatest recordings ever.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 7:17:22 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
Wow, if your g.f. broke that record that really sucked! lol :-)

Yeah you are correct, attitudes are much different than what they were back then. I remember the first time I saw him playing a variety of instruments it blew my mind. His 70's material is for sure some of the greatest ever and it was wave after wave of outstanding material too.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 8:34:15 AM PDT
barbW says:
The score of his "Overjoyed" is very impressive as a study in music theory. I wonder if that's what he was going for? I guess I could write and ask him?

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 11:26:18 AM PDT
Just go ahead and play the entire 'Songs in the Key of Life' album.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 3:16:59 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
Yes it very much is and that would be a great question to ask him. I remember when I was in college studying music production, my professor constantly used Stevie as an example of the that plus recording techniques and overall musicianship i.e how he brought a cohesiveness to his music. He could write, arrange, produce and play all the instruments on his songs so when you heard a Stevie Wonder song, you were truly hearing the entire essence of what his artistic gifts were all about.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 3:17:55 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
What a breath taking display genius that album was too.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 5:23:21 PM PDT
Hinch says:
Almost every album Stevie released in the 70s was better than the previous. I remember thinking he could never beat TALKING BOOK, but INNERVISIONS blew me away. FULLFILLINGNESS FULL FINALE wasnt quite as good, but SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE was his masterpiece.

I credit Stevie Wonder for helping tune my ear to jazz.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 6:46:13 PM PDT
Shining Star says:
I agree, each album built upon the next. I once read where he actually thought TALKING BOOK had the slightly better songs but that INNERVISIONS had flawless execution, thus making it a better album.

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 7:33:01 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2012 7:33:30 PM PDT
Hinch says:
His albums before TALKING BOOK were good too. This is one of my favorites.

"I Wanna Talk To You" from WHERE I'M COMING FROM(1971).

http://youtu.be/UAn4CMOfGss

Posted on Jul 21, 2012 7:39:35 PM PDT
Hinch says:
Anyone remember this one by Bill Cosby?

http://youtu.be/pQmNivXjoo8

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 4:58:18 AM PDT
E. Dill says:
1. Fingertips

2. Superstition

3. Pick one of the others depending on mood

Posted on Jul 22, 2012 9:13:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2012 9:14:29 AM PDT
Shining Star says:
WHERE I'M COMING FROM is actually one of my personal favorites, it's the first album he recorded the way he wanted to, breaking with the "Motown Formula", and writing all the songs with Syreeta.
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