73. Stevie Wonder, 'Superstition'
Producers: Wonder, Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff
Released: Nov. '72, Tamla
16 weeks; No. 1
Wonder debuted this hard blast of funk live while opening for the Rolling Stones in the summer of 1972, intent on expanding his audience. The 22-year-old former child star had written it at the drum set, humming the other parts to himself. Wonder had initially intended for Jeff Beck to record the song, but Berry Gordy wouldn't let him give it away. It became the first single from Talking Book — and Wonder's first Number One hit in nearly a decade.
Appears on: Talking Book (Motown)