Happy Birthday To Ya, Stevie Wonder!

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| May 13 2015,

09:36 am

  65 never sounded soooo good! Today we celebrate the birth Stevie Wonder, a true treasure. From the time many of us first heard his voice from the record players of our parents, Stevie has been a staple in many young (and old) black lives. Though it's hard to pick just ten of our favorite songs by Stevie, here are ten to get you in a celebratory mood. In no particular order: Sir Duke: “They can feel it all ovaaaa”...we feel the beat, the big band sound, pretty much everything. A glorious tribute to Duke Ellington

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sIjSNTS7Fs Ribbon In the Sky: “From now on, it will be you and I…” There are still people playing this song at their weddings…and pretty much every other major event

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT7TqecZ00k That Girl: “She says her love has been crying out, but her lover hasn’t heard...what she doesn’t realize is that I’ve listened to every word.” OG Status, right there

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BlPAL1Cmhw As: “Just as kindness knows no shame, know through all your joy and pain that I’ll be loving you always.” This song has some of the greatest lyrics of all time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWhMyOs0pCQ These Three Words: “When was the last time that they heard you say, Mother or Father--I love you.” Preach, Stevie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hApCaqVdGk Knocks Me Off My Feet: “There’s somethin’ about your love...that makes me weak and knocks me off my feet.” Donell Jones' cover of this song is good, but you gotta pay respect to Stevie, first

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwSuPXMHhaE   Love's In Need Of Love Today: An incredible song to open a classic album, this song is good in the church, in the car, and (PERHAPS) even in the club. You know, while things are winding down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z2LNsifEzg   I Just Called To Say I Love You: A gem from 1980's Stevie, that many of us remember him singing on The Cosby Show with Clair Huxtable, in an iconic performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwOU3bnuU0k   Higher Ground: Released just months before Stevie was in a near-fatal car accident that left him in a coma, this funky track has been reintroduced to a new generation of fans through countless covers and odd placement in commercials

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wZ3ZG_Wams   Superstition:  Because, well...of course. Perhaps Stevie's finest song, just off the intro alone