Superstition (4:08)

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“Superstition” is a popular song written, produced, arranged, and performed by Stevie Wonder for Motown Records in 1972, when Wonder was twenty-two years old. It was included on Wonder’s Talking Book album and released as a single in many countries. It reached number one in the USA, and number eleven in the UK, in February 1973.

Wonder had actually written this song for Jeff Beck, but at the insistence of his own manager, Wonder himself recorded it first. Beck was instead offered “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”, which he recorded for 1975’s Blow by Blow. Jeff Beck played guitar on Talking Book and later recorded his own version of “Superstition” with Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Wonder’s music had been undergoing a marked change from his earlier Motown pop to a more personal style. This shift had been evident on his two prior albums, but it was Talking Book, and “Superstition” in particular that brought the new style to the awareness of the public in general.

The song deals with superstitions, and mentions several popular fables in its lyrics.

“Superstition” is immediately recognizable for its opening drum beat, which was performed by Wonder, and for its notably funky clavinet riff. The song also heavily features brass instruments and saxophones, notably a trumpet lead by Trevor Laurence, and the electronic Arp and Moog synthesizer sounds that Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff helped to create for the album.


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Very superstitious, writings on the wall,
Very superstitious, ladders bout' to fall,
Thirteen month old baby, broke the lookin' glass,
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past.

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  • abunono

    I can see where your house is.

    26 Apr 12:35pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    3 Apr 2:26pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa


    8 Feb 9:51pm Reply
  • alefspfc

    oh man that bass

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • seyma__

    Obviously this song is amazing and there's tons of things to love about it, and one of those is when it pops up in The Thing. [2]

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • GrosserElch


    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • karnickel

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • DrHouse8888

    That makes my day. That sucked so far.

    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Weinmacher

    so funky :-)

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • ugley_matt

    Oh man the bass

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    So Funky, he is to me, one of the best Soul and Funk musicians.

    20 Mar 2014 Reply
  • garry2405

    stevie at his best ...

    6 Feb 2014 Reply
  • LegoTD

    One of his best hits from my Point Of View. Love the folk guitar, I think it is

    3 Feb 2014 Reply
  • kiteo The lyric is typically simple and without any hidden meanings, but given the political climate of the time and if you read Wonder's interviews from then he was in a pessimistic and somewhat paranoic frame of mind, and who can blame him?

    29 Jan 2014 Reply


    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    Lots of people missed the boat on this song's message the first time around. Stevie was tellin' ya superstition ain't the way and ppl thought the reverse. In their defense, many albums released didn't have sheet music lyrics back then and that was the era where ya had to listen to an album/song to interpret the message,if any. What a concept! Funny how about 7 years later in 1980, First Lady Nancy Reagan was actually starting to run the country through her astrologer and offer Ronald Reagan advice. True story. Anybody remember that?

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • forgottenjazz

    rockin soul

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jorgeccgg

    Si no te mueves con esta canción es que no estás vivo!! Grande Stevie, muy grande.

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • flamencodave

    He wrote this excellent ditty for Jeff Beck. Love the funky clavinet! After hearing this, I checked out Jeff playing it with Stevie live in Madison square garden on YouTube. Hot hot hot !!!!!

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • marjo47

    Its going to be the same overhere if we are not carefull.. superstition right stevie!

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
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