boom 99.7 is wishing Stevie Wonder
A very happy 70th birthday today!
Stevland Hardaway Morris was born on May 13th, 1950 and we’re celebrating all day! Listen all day long for some added songs from one of the most successful musicians in music history! To kick it all off, we’re counting down the top 5 songs from his catalog based on sales, critic reception, and popular opinion.
5: I Just Called To Say I Love You
One of the greatest love songs comes in at #5. This song was featured in the movie The Woman In Red, starring Kelly LeBrock as the woman and Gene Wilder as the married man mesmerized by her. Stevie wrote most of the soundtrack for the movie, and this song went on to become his best-selling single worldwide, even winning him an Oscar!
4: Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours
At #4, this song is one of Stevie Wonders’ most iconic vocal performances (and there have been a lot). A lot of artists have tried to do their own version of this song, like Chaka Kahn, Elton John and Peter Frampton. You might remember this song from 90’s Rom-Com “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
3: Higher Ground
Higher Ground and the album “Innervisions” was released only 3 days before Stevie Wonder’s 1973 car accident that left him in a coma for 4 days. According to his Road Manager, “he tried singing this song directly into his ear. At first, he got no response, but the next day, he tried again and Wonder’s fingers started moving in time with the song – the first sign that he was going to recover.”
2: Living For the City
Stevie wrote this song as a commentary on social issues and based it on a young kid moving from Mississippi to New York City. Stevie wrote“”I think the deepest I really got into how I feel about the way things are was in ‘Living For The City.’ I was able to show the hurt and the anger…” He also played all the instrumentals on the track, not only showing off his powerful songwriting ability but overall talent as an artist.
Check any list, and you’ll know Superstition comes in as Wonder’s most iconic song. The funky beat, catchy lyrics make it a fan favourite and it even comes in at #73 on the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Do you agree with our list? What’s your favourite song from Stevie Wonder?
Don’t forget to listen all day for more Stevie Wonder along with more of the greatest songs of the 70s 80s 90s.