Born in 1950, Stevland Hardaway Judkins (later, Stevland Hardaway Morris) was a child prodigy who landed his first recording contract at age 11. At this time the label, Tamla (a Motown subsidiary), gave him his stage name, Little Stevie Wonder. In 1963, age 13, he became the youngest artist ever (a record that still stands) to have a number one hit record on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That song was Fingertips, and it simultaneously topped the R&B chart, a first.
Wonder’s voice began to change shortly afterwards, effectively cancelling his hit-making abilities for a couple of years. Once his voice had matured, he sounded like an adult. The label dropped “Little” from his name, and beginning in 1965 he enjoyed a long string of hit tunes.
Today, at 72 years old, he’s a living legend and an icon of Motown. Here’s a playlist of Stevie Wonder’s biggest hits from the peak of his career. These are all classics. Great stuff.
Uptight (Everything’s Alright) (2:55)
A Place in the Sun (2:53)
I Was Made to Love Her (2:39)
For Once in My Life (2:51)
My Cherie Amour (2:54)
Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday (3:03)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (2:42)
If You Really Love Me (3:01)
Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You) (3:34)
You Are the Sunshine of My Life (2:59)
Higher Ground (3:12)
Living for the City (7:23)
Don’t You Worry ’bout a Thing (4:46)
You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (3:23)
Boogie On Reggae Woman (4:56)
I Wish (4:32)
Isn’t She Lovely (6:35)
Sir Duke (3:53)
Send One Your Love (4:02)