There was a special honoring Stevie Wonder a few weeks ago and I loved it. I put it on the TiVo and I’ve watched it a couple of times. It’s really that good with a bunch of different performers. But it got me to thinking because they didn’t have all of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs and I began to think about what songs were my favorites. And that is the subject of my post today: a list of my favorite, all time, Stevie Wonder songs – either written by him or written and performed by him. So here is my top five Stevie Wonder favorites:
Overjoyed – It’s just a beautiful lyric: “I’ve come much to far for you now to say that I’ve got to throw my castle away.” and “And though you don’t believe that they do, dreams do come true, for didn’t my dreams come true when I looked at you?”
I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer – OMG, haunting. He didn’t expect her to go and didn’t understand why she didn’t stay. I don’t know who she is and I hate her.
I Was Made to Love Her – ‘I was made to love her; worship and adore her.’ Oh Lord, someone is loving hard!
For Once in My Life – I will be honest, the only reason this song is on my list is for the rendition done by Paul Williams of The Temptations. It is a slowed down version. If that version didn’t exist; this wouldn’t make the cut. If you can find it, listen to it and just let yourself die when he sings ‘For once I can say, this is mine you can’t take it.’
I Believe (When I Fall in Love) – Art Garfunkel does a really great version of this and I didn’t know Stevie Wonder wrote it and Stevie does a nice version, too.
And because For Once in My Life is a conditional favorite, I will add:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered – cause you gotta have a jam.
There are sooooo many more that could have made the list: Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday, I Wish, Master Jammin’. Lord, that man is a genius.
And thank God for his sharing his gift.