2. 'Living for the City'
American cities were decaying at an alarming rate by 1973, and Stevie Wonder channeled the rage felt by many urbanites on this 1973 classic from Innervisions. It tells the story of a poor boy from Mississippi who moves to New York City to start a new life but winds up transporting drugs by accident and getting sentenced to 10 years in prison. Much of the story plays out in a spoken-word interlude in the middle of the song, but radio often cut that part out. Near the end, Wonder sang in a growl to convey his rage with the plight of minorities in America. It's a powerful song with a message that is often lost or obscured these days.