The number one hits of Stevie Wonder

The number one hits of Stevie Wonder

What were you doing when you were 13, because Stevie Wonder bagged his first #1 hit at that age! Here's a look at some of his biggest songs.

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We're celebrating Stevie Wonder's 70th birthday (Wednesday, May 13), with a look at some of his number one charting singles. 

The 25-time Grammy Award winner has been making hit music since he was a child. 

He signed his first big record label deal with Motown's Tamla label when he was just 11. The music icon, who brought us hits such as 'My Cherie Amour' and 'Isn't She Lovely', has had 10 number one hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. 

He is tied at number ten with Janet Jackson for most #1 singles on the Billboard charts - behind Whitney Houston, Madonna, The Supremes, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, and The Beatles. 

Stevie has 23-studio albums under his belt and sold more than 100-million records. 

Here's a look at the former child prodigy's hit singles. 

Fingertips (1963)

In 1963, Little Stevie Wonder - as he was called then - earned his first number one hit with 'Fingertips'.  The song was recorded for Stevie's debut studio album, 'The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie'. A fun fact about the hit single is that Marvin Gaye played the drums on both the live and studio versions of 'Fingertips'. 

'You Haven't Done Nothin' (1974)

Stevie earned another number one hit in America with his smash single, 'You Haven't Done Nothin'. The funk single featured vocals from The Jackson Five - who can be heard singing "Doo da wop" in the chorus. 'You Haven't Done Nothin' was on the Billboard charts for a whopping 19 weeks.

'I Just Called To Say I Love You' (1984)

'I Just Called to Say I Love You' was a #1 hit in both America and the UK. The song featured on 'The Woman in Red' movie soundtrack and remains one of his biggest selling records. Stevie wrote and produced the hit ballad. 

'Part-Time Lover' (1985)

Stevie Wonder's 1985 album 'In Square Circle', produced several hits including 'Part-Time Lover'. The song bagged the number spot on the Billboard Hot 100, dance, R&B, dance, and adult contemporary charts - making Stevie the first artist to achieve a #1 hit on all four charts. 

'That's What Friends Are For' (1986)

Stevie Wonder joined Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Dionne Warwick for a cover version of 'That's What Friends Are For'. The iconic song was originally recorded by Rod Stewart for the 1982 comedy, 'Night Shift'. Stevie's cover version peaked at number one on the Billboard charts on January 18, 1986. 

Listen to East Coast Gold on May 13 to hear more of Stevie Wonder's iconic hits between 3pm and 4pm with Damon Beard.

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