Since Stevie Wonder had his 65th birthday this week, I think it would be a GREAT exercise to post his 10 best tunes. Now, these are not necessarily his 10 most popular, but your favorite. Let me start this exercise by saying I love Stevie Wonder. He is one of my favorite artists of all time. I have seen him in concert twice. He was fabulous. I can also say that on some ballads I think he can whine. He can be overly rightous at times in some of his protest songs. With that being said, I think he is one of the greatest artists of all time.
I’ll start with one of my all-time favorite Stevie tunes – “Higher Ground.” There are certain tunes that leap off the vinyl, the CD or MP3. This is one of those tunes.
Okay, I’m serving up “Superstition.”
“Master Blaster” (Jammin’) What a wonderful tune.
“Livin’ For the City” (with Ray Charles ) . This version is too good.
“Rainbow in the Sky”
I’m going to move away from the traditional tunes and lay some “Maybe Your Baby” on you right here. This is from Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book album. I love the guitar which solos several times throughout the song. The vocals are simply tremendous.
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (classic Stevie)
“What the Fuss.” This tune really didn’t get much play. I love the lyrics. I think that it is a GREAT representation of everything Stevie. Keyboards driving the beat. Smart lyrics which are serious but at the same time playful.
“All Day Sucker.” I have mentioned how much I love this tune. Stevie Wonder plays this version with John Mayer. I love the way Stevie embraces great musicians, young and old.