Song: “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder
Reached #1: January 27, 1973 (his second, 1 week)
Stevie Wonder had his first #1 hit when he was 13 years old – so you can say this was his first #1 in 10 years… or his first as an adult performer… or the sign of an epic career ahead.
Interestingly, this is more of a rock song than most Motown songs – and it’s, in part, because Jeff Beck wrote the drum line. Wonder actually wanted to give the song to Beck, but Berry Gordy saw the potential and “advised” Wonder to do the song himself. And when Gordy “advised”… Motown listened.
In the end, I added this song to the blog for more personal reasons. It’s one of my favorite songs because of the message – well, my interpretation of the message.
When you believe in things you don’t understand
Then you suffer…
Superstition ain’t the way.
I’m an atheist. Although Wonder didn’t mean it that way, you know which superstition I wish he was singing about…
Keep in mind that Stevie Wonder has been recording for the same label for over 50 years, and he’s turning “only” 62 later this year. Wow. I haven’t even been around for 50 years (yet)… I can’t fathom a 50-year career.
There’s been only one song to hit #1 on January 28 – see you tomorrow to see what it was.
Other songs to hit #1 on January 27:
1962 – “Peppermint Twist (Part 1)” by Joey Dee and the Starlighters (their first, 3 weeks)