Retrieved on 9th November 2014. A look at the legend's top-performing songs on the chart. A major gem from 1980. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a bit puzzling, as the melody skillfully blends compositional complexity with Wonder's typically classic accessibility.
A densely produced arrangement results in a highly satisfying effort from Wonder, who quickly began to see the possibilities of the newly popular synthesizer for his next phase. As the music icon celebrates his 67th birthday May 13 , Billboard takes a look at his biggest songs on the. Still, with a record like this, Wonder has long been well beyond making a case for himself as an all-around music marvel. He won twenty two Grammy Awards. Always on the cutting edge, Wonder delves into the emerging hip-hop vocal style while at the same time featuring the legendary on trumpet. The lyrics explore a troubled romantic relationship in a sassy, suggestive manner by employing clear but tasteful double entendre.
In 2009, Wonder was known as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Stevie Wonder also takes active participation in the political causes. While that wasn't always a good thing, this track from 1980's proves that Wonder's voice accompanied only by piano will always be one of pop music's most evocative instruments. Wonder sings and plays harmonica. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods. Take part in the online forum. This track certainly feels far more electronic than organic, but Wonder's songwriting and vocals again cut through all the layers of production to strike the listener square in the heart.
The American Music magazine called him as the ninth greatest singer of all the time. Wonder sings and plays harmonica. Wonder is a well-known figure in popular music during the half of the 20th century. That said, here's a look at this consummate artist's finest efforts from the '80s, an era that saw Wonder embrace synthesizers and drum machines but never obscured the organic brilliance of his best work. Lyrically heartfelt and authentically passionate, this is a tune you may not have heard lately. Throw this in the car and keep it there. Archived from on September 21, 2013.
But the effort here is worth it, as much because of the artist's uncanny ability to integrate conflicting styles and impulses as the quality of the composition itself. The wonder pun intended , of course, is that what's here is just the tip of the iceberg, and there's so much more when one turns to 's actual albums, particularly the ones from the mid- to late '70s. The complete Stevie Wonder experience. Wonder has always demonstrated a deft hand with emotional ballads, but that form may have become most common for the artist during his '80s period. Musically inventive as usual for Wonder's songwriting, this tune turns downright celebratory in the chorus even as the lyrics seem bitter and accusatively angry.
Wonder is tied with for the most No. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. He first entered the Hot 100 when he was just 13 years old with his No. This delightful track, one of four brand new songs featured on 1982's career retrospective, strikes a thoroughly joyous throwback vibe. Wonder also plays keyboards on both tracks. Stevie Wonder - A Great Singer-Songwriter And Humanitarian. But that can be easily rectified.
There are 11 official compilation albums; in addition, a box set, , was released in 2005. Stevie Wonder Biography: Stevland Hardaway Morris was born on May 13, 1950 at Saginaw, Michigan. He also received an Academy Award in 1984 for his Hot 100 No. Anyone thinking that Wonder had lost his touch with pure soul music by the '80s should listen closely to this single from the end of 1981. Therefore, I omit both schmaltzy pop tunes from my top songs list from this, one of Wonder's most commercially if not always critically successful phases of his career. GfK Dutch Charts Hung Medien.
Here is Billboard's exclusive ranking of Stevie Wonder's top 40 Hot 100 hits. According to the Rolling Stone i. Motown released it to Adult Contemporary radio stations as an album cut, but it was never released as a single in record stores. Even better, Wonder's low-pitched, jazzy-soulful vocals during the verse make for an utterly unique pop music experience. .
In the series of his hits includes Talking Book, Songs in the Key of Life and Innervisions albums. Stevie Wonder at the age of eleven signed with Motown Tamla label and till today he continues to perform for Motown. This 1985 track unabashedly embraces a middle-of-the-road dance-pop sound but also manages to incorporate the organic, soulful genius that has always been a Wonder trademark. Wonder plays harmonica and clavinet. Read his biography, learn about all his albums, singles and work with other artists. Perhaps the constant sound of birds chirping goes a bit over the top, but Wonder's exuberance does an appropriate job of meeting the theme of his composition.