About the song
Stevie Wonder – Superstition is a classic funk song that was released in 1972 as the lead single from his fifteenth studio album, Talking Book. The song was written by Wonder and features him playing most of the instruments, including the distinctive clavinet riff. The song’s lyrics describe various superstitions and their negative effects on people’s lives. The song was a huge hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the soul singles chart, and winning two Grammy Awards. The song is widely regarded as one of Wonder’s best works and one of the greatest songs of all time.
The song has an interesting backstory involving another famous guitarist, Jeff Beck. Wonder and Beck had agreed to collaborate on some songs, and Beck came up with the opening drum beat for Superstition. Wonder improvised the rest of the song over it, and decided to let Beck record it first with his new band, Beck, Bogert & Appice. However, due to delays in their album release and Motown’s insistence on releasing Wonder’s version first, Superstition became Wonder’s song and Beck’s version was released later as a cover.
The song has also been covered by many other artists, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alicia Keys, The Kills, and Raven-Symoné. The song has been featured in many movies, TV shows, video games, and commercials, such as I Am Legend, The Simpsons, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, and Apple Watch. The song has also been sampled by many hip-hop artists, such as Public Enemy, Jay-Z, and Drake.
Superstition is a song that showcases Wonder’s musical genius and creativity, as well as his social commentary and message of self-empowerment. The song is a timeless classic that still resonates with listeners today.