Stevie Wonder's 70th Birthday: 10 Essential Hits to Listen To As the Music Legend Turns 70

Soul legend Stevie Wonder is celebrating his 70th birthday today, May 13.

The iconic hitmaker was born Stevland Hardaway Morris in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1950 and his career as a musician began in 1961 when he was just 11 years old.

Wonder's decades-spanning career has cemented him as one of the most ubiquitous stars of our lifetime, selling over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

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Stevie Wonder performs on Day 2 of Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park on July 6, 2019 in London, England. The singer is celebrating his 70th birthday today, May 13 2020. Getty/Lester Cohen

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Perhaps ironically, one of Wonder's biggest hits is his version of "Happy Birthday," making his voice an invited guest at millions of birthday parties every day, all over the world.

To celebrate the living legend's milestone birthday, we've rounded up some of his essential hits to dance around to today in his honor.


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The opening riff of this funky 1972 hit from the album Talking Book is totally unmistakable and almost impossible not to start moving along to. "Superstition" reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and on the soul singles chart.

Rolling Stone ranked the song No. 74 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time in 2004.

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours"

This 1970 classic is the first single Wonder produced on his own and was released on the album Signed, Sealed & Delivered. The song, while featured in dozens of movies, TV shows, and inspiring many covers, was also featured prominently in former President Barrack Obama's campaign events in the 2008 presidential race.

"Happy Birthday"

It would be remiss of us not to mention this classic on Wonder's own birthday. The single was created as part of the cause to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday.

"Living for the City"

Another synth-heavy bop, this 1973 single from the Inversions album is one of the first soul music songs to deal explicitly with systemic racism.

"I Wish"

From the 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life, "I Wish" is an ode to the singer's childhood in the 1950s and early 1960s.

"Isn't She Lovely"

Another track from Songs in the Key of Life, this sweet song celebrates the birth of Wonder's daughter, Aisha Morris.

"I Just Called to Say I Love You"

This ballad is Wonder's best-selling song to date. The lead single on 1984 soundtrack album The Woman in Red, it featured in the rom-com of the same name starring Gene Wilder.

"Sir Duke"

A tribute to Duke Ellington, the influential jazz legend who had died in 1974, this trumpet-heavy hit is one of Wonder's most recognizable riffs.

"Master Blaster (Jammin')"

This 1980 single from the Hotter than July album signals Wonder's foray into reggae and is a tribute to legend Bob Marley.

"Uptight (Everything's Alright)"

An earlier classic from 1965, this tune saw Wonder earn his first two Grammy Award nominations for best R&B song and best R&B performance.

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