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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  • DrHouse8888

    That makes my day. That sucked so far.

    30 Jul 12:03pm Reply
  • Weinmacher

    so funky :-)

    31 May 5:29pm Reply
  • ugley_matt

    Oh man the bass

    20 May 1:00pm Reply
  • marjo47

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

    20 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • garry2405

    stevie at his best ...

    6 Feb 8:52am Reply
  • LegoTD

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

    3 Feb 8:46pm Reply
  • kiteo

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstition_(song) 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 5:59pm Reply
  • B-AIRLINE

    STEVIE'S WEARING THE GREAT GOOD OLD SENNHEISER EARPHOHNES HD 414. MANY MUSIC PEOPLE KNOW WHAT QUALITY MEANS.

    20 Jan 8:33pm 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
  • ButchGantenbein

    with the goverment shutdown will it still pop up in The Thing? At McDonalds you only get paid minimum wage and you have to do more work then your local congressman and senator.

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • SonicDevMonkey

    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.

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • billyspiller

    I'm almost sick of hearing this song... I've heard it too many times.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • DZRTsurfer88

    definition of funk?OhYeah~it is funk to the max

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Alicesman

    How true.

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    Funnily enough this was one of the first songs I remember hearing. The sheer size of how drastically has my taste changed since then is almost incalculable, but this song still got it.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • RAGGLEMAN

    A musical genius.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
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