Stevie Wonder is the sun and music to our lives. He is the man behind the dark sunglasses with the infectious smile and the musical genius who makes the timeless classics that we choose for our wedding songs like “Ribbon In The Sky” and pull us to any dancefloor for a good ol’ electric slide to songs like “As.” And, of course, no born day celebration is truly complete without a rendition of Stevie’s version of “Happy Birthday” from 1980’s Hotter Than July.
Despite going blind shortly after his birth on May 13, 1950, in Saginaw, Mich., the boy born Stevland Hardaway Judkins adopted the stage name Little Stevie Wonder when he was signed to Motown at the age of just 11. He was a child prodigy, who began playing the piano, harmonica and drums as he was a youngster. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with his 1963, single “Fingertips.”
For nearly six decades, the multitalented musician and multitalented songwriter has been a gift to the world with his vast music collection, which includes every genre of music, from Soul, Funk, Rock, Reggae and everything in between. His impact on acts including Alicia Keys, John Legend, Prince, and countless others is simply undeniable. In fact, India.Arie dedicated the feel-good track “Wonderful” from her 2001 debut album Acoustic Soul to the beloved artist and activist.
Today, on Stevie Wonder’s 72nd birthday, VIBE compiled a list of some of our favorite songs perfect for any festivity but especially a birthday