4. 'Higher Ground'
Stevie Wonder was practically exploding with musical ideas in 1973, and he recorded "Higher Ground" in a mad burst of creativity. "I wrote it on May 11th," he said. "I remember the date. I did the whole thing – the words, the music and recorded the track – in three hours. That's the first time I ever finished a song so fast. It was almost as if I had to get it done. I felt something was going to happen. I don't know what or when, but I felt something." Months later, Wonder was in a near-fatal car accident that left him in a coma. The Red Hot Chili Peppers introduced the song to a whole new generation on their 1989 album Mother's Milk.