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Hear Adam Levine's Top Stevie Wonder Songs

Ten key tracks that defined the Maroon 5 singer's vocal sound

November 15, 2012 9:00 AM ET

"I didn't really know Stevie's music until I was about 18, when my drummer played me 'Pastime Paradise,'" recalls the Maroon 5 frontman and Voice judge. "It started me on a whole new path musically. He defined a vocal style that still gets emulated, and everything he does seems so effortless. It kind of pisses me off."

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