A prominent figure in popular music during the second-half of the 20th century, Wonder is one of the most successful songwriters and musicians. He also helped drive the genre into the album era , crafting his LPs as cohesive, consistent socially conscious statements with complex compositions. Wonder is often hailed as a " genius ", and has been credited as a pioneer and influence to musicians of various genres including rhythm and blues , pop , soul , gospel , funk and jazz. Blind since shortly after his birth, Wonder was a child prodigy known as Little Stevie Wonder , leading him to sign with Motown 's Tamla label at the age of
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Few artists have a catalogue as startling as Wonder. This was tough. Maybe we should have done 70 songs for his 70 years. Cheesier than a quattro formaggio and equally irresistible, this is as sweet as a love song gets, effortlessly capturing the rush and need to make somebody else happy, before building up and up via more key changes than a refurbishing prison. A huge reggae hit, made in homage to Bob Marley , that showcases how many different styles Wonder was able to slip into. That side can often be forgotten amid the radio hit love songs, but it was always there during this peak. His magic here lies in taking soppy lyrics and making them sound anything but. The music was adventurous and the lyrics refined. Here, he looks back on his youth and wonders what he could have done better.
It's almost impossible to select just a handful of the best Stevie Wonder songs, but we've tried it! From his days as Little Stevie Wonder to becoming one of the all-time great soul singers, Stevie has written and performed countless classics over the decades. The song sees the singer warn a rival that their treatment of their girlfriend will only send her into his arms. Taken from Stevie's iconic Songs in the Key of Life album, this s ong focuses on his childhood from the s into the early s. This was the song that introduced 'Little' Stevie Wonder to the world, and proving just what a genius he is, aged just 12 at the time.