POLLTIME PARADISE: ILM Artist Poll #9 Results -- Stevie Wonder

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If I had to vote again, I would have voted for 'Big Brother', 'Love Having You Around' and 'Blame It on the Sun'.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 18:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Most underappreciated pre-classic period Stevie song: "Never Had A Dream Come True"

Melle Mel and the Coconuts (thewufs), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

^ that should have read "classic period," BTW

Melle Mel and the Coconuts (thewufs), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

my ballot, with placements in the poll

Overjoyed
Golden Lady #6
As #5
Another Star #24
Uptight #2
He's Misstra Know-it-all #11
Sir Duke #4
I Wish #10
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours #9
I Was Made to Love Her #15
That Girl
Higher Ground #7
Superstition #1
Living For the City #3
You Are the Sunshine of My Life #27
The Spinners - It's a Shame #33
Do I Do (single edit) #23
My Cherie Amour #19
Visions #22
Bird of Beauty
For Once in my Life #38
If You Really Love Me #14
Too High #28
Jesus Children of America #30
Pastime Paradise #34
I Believe (When I fall in love it will be forever) #13
I Love Every Little Thing About You
Maybe Your Baby
You Haven't Done Nothin #12
Fun Day

anorange (abanana), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

^A good one

Melle Mel and the Coconuts (thewufs), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for running this one, Eric!

If You Really Love Me
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Superstition
Living for the City
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
You Haven't Done Nothin'
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Higher Ground
Master Blaster (Jammin')
My Cherie Amour
Light My Fire
As
Alfie
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing
I Was Made to Love Her
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
I Wish
For Once in My Life
Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
Sir Duke
Tears of a Clown
You've Got It Bad Girl
I Just Called To Say I Love You
Overjoyed
Send One Your Love
Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
A Place in the Sun
Lookin' for Another Pure Love
Isn't She Lovely
Fingertips Pt. 2

In retrospect I wish I'd dropped "I Just Called" for an album cut.

Antonio Carlos Broheem (WmC), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Think "You and I" is the only one in my top 5 to miss entirely. Not sure what people hear in "I Believe" and "Blame it on the Sun" that they don't also hear in "You and I." :shrugs:

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks Eric. I didn't really have time to post during the rollout but I enjoyed following it. Nice being reminded how many of Stevie's songs resonate with points in my life. Love Having You Around reminds me of meeting my wife, Joy Inside My Tears was an important tune for her when she went through some family drama, Visions got some heavy play after my dad died, Love's in Need of Love Today was a friend's wedding song, and so on. The man knows how to hit the emotional spot.

Non-placers on my ballot:

Joy Inside My Tears
All I Do
Heaven Help Us All
Do Yourself a Favor
Fingertips
Maybe Your Baby
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
Have a Talk With God

Science, you guys. Science. (DL), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thanks, Eric--that was a great poll.

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Argh! I was taking a seminar tonight when I should've been digging this. No complaints from me, that's a really solid top ten.

Thanks for your efforts, Eric!

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mine:

1. Golden Lady
2. Superstition
3. Visions
4. Boogie On Reggae Woman
5. Until You Come Back To Me
6. That Girl
7. Big Brother
8. We Can Work It Out
9. Higher Ground
10. All In Love is Fair
11. Blame It on the Sun
12. Let's Get Serious
13. The Tears of a Clown
14. Do I Do
15. Go Home
16. Uptight
17. Did I Hear You Say You Love Me
18. I Can't Help It
19. Lately
20. Part-Time Lover
21. Tell Me Something Good
22. Skeletons
23. These Three Words
24. You Haven't Done Nuthin'
25. You & I
26. Make Sure You're Sure
27. Creepin'
28. For Once In My Life
29. Heaven is a Zillion Light Years Away
30. Master Blaster

LEAST FAVORITE: "I Just Called to Say I Love You"

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Alfred, I think your ballot may be spiritually closest to mine on the whole.

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

i.e. "Did You Hear Me Say I Love You"

michael assbender (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

1. “If You Really Love Me” – 40
2. “My Cherie Amour” – 36
3. “Tears of a Clown” (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) – 30
4. “Uptight (Everything Is Alright)” – 27
5. “Until You Come Back to Me” (Aretha Franklin) – 25
6. “Superwoman” – 23
7. “It’s a Shame” (Spinners) – 22
8. “Feeding Off the Love of the Land” – 21
9. “I Wish” – 20
10. “Jungle Fever” – 17
11. “Superstition” – 14
12. “Living for the City” – 10
13. “Tell Me Something Good” (Rufus & Chaka Khan) – 6

Thirteen's a weird number, I know--I originally sent in a Top 10, then later added three things I'd missed. As I mentioned to Eric, the core hits from all the Grammy-winning '70s albums are a little overplayed for me at this point in my life. "Superstion" is an amazing song, but I really included it to fill out my ballot. Going back to the experience of first hearing it on the radio in 1972, it definitely was a startling song.

clemenza, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Despite my I-love-the-eighties reputation, I'm seriously baffled by the the lack of curiosity in the post-HTJ albums. Wonder suffered no serious decline.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

6. “Superwoman” – 23
7. “It’s a Shame” (Spinners) – 22
8. “Feeding Off the Love of the Land” – 21

cool sequence, clemenza

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

My ballot:

1. Living For The City
2. I Don't Know Why
3. Sir Duke
4. Uptight
5. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
6. Superstition
7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered
8. You Haven't Done Nothin'
9. I Was Made To Love Her
10. Boogie On Reggae Woman
11. Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing
12. Love's In Need Of Love Today
13. Higher Ground
14. Too High
15. Big Brother
16. Love Having You Around
17. I Wish
18. You And I
19. As
20. the drum solo on YouTube

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I won't argue that the seventies work is more exciting than, say, "Skeletons" or "Queen of the Dark," but they're great songs by any standards.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I really need to start voting in these things. And also noticing when the results threads go up.

turfin' bird (The Reverend), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Many thanks to Eric for running this poll. There will always be a place for it in the Talking Book of my heart.

My Ballot:

He’s Misstra Know It All
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing
Jesus Children Of America
Living For The City
Big Brother
Pastime Paradise
Golden Lady
Superstition
You Haven’t Done Nothin’
Higher Ground
Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
As
Please Don't Go
Sir Duke
It Ain’t No Use
Ordinary Pain
Ribbon In The Sky
Tuesday Heartbreak
I Was Made To Love Her
Village Ghetto Land

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

There won't be a poll for an artist I love as much as Stevie or Prince unless three years down the road there's an Erykah Badu poll or something tho. :/

turfin' bird (The Reverend), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hold on, where's 'They Won't Go When I Go'?!

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 19:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^didn't make it!

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

48th! For shame.

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

#1. Angie Girl
02. Golden Lady
03. He's Misstra Know-It-All
04. Ribbon In The Sky
05. Too High
06. Visions
07. All In Love Is Fair
08. Creepin'
09. Don't You Worry Bout A Thing
10. Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
11. If You Really Love Me
12. Superwoman
13. Hey Love
14. Living For The City
15. Jesus Children Of America
16. Boogie On Reggae Woman
17. I Go Sailing
18. You've Got It Bad Girl
19. Signed, Sealed, Delivered
20. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
21. I Was Made To Love Her
22. More Than A Dream
23. As
24. I Wish
25. Nothings Too Good For My Baby
26. Ain't That Asking For Trouble
27. RUFUS - Tell Me Something Good
28. SYREETA - I Wanna Be By Your Side
29. SYREETA - Come And Get This Stuff
30. SYREETA - Spinnin' And Spinnin'

fave Stevie ALBUM (by a mile): INNERVISIONS

ranking beyond the top 10 or so was difficult, especially comparing the Rufus and Syreeta songs vs Stevie.
"They Won't Go When I Go" the main cut I thought of after I hit send. kinda burned out on Superstition by now!

Paul, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

surprised Hey Love was a no show in Top 50

Paul, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

wait Tell Me Something Good didn't place either?! BAH

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

It would have been top-3 for me if I'd been paying better attention to what he wrote for other artists.

Antonio Carlos Broheem (WmC), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

mine

Superstition
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Higher Ground
Tears Of A Clown, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
We Can Work It Out
You Haven't Done Nothin'
Part-Time Lover
Living For The City
I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
Sir Duke
I Was Made to Love Her
Do Yourself A Favor
Isn't She Lovely
Look Around
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Four Tops
Boogie On Reggae Woman
He's Misstra Know It All
Summer Soft
Have A Talk With God
Lately
Ebony & Ivory
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away
Maybe Your Baby
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Pastime Paradise
Golden Lady
I Just Called to Say I Love You
Love Light In Flight

Euler, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Rufus' "Tell Me Something Good" has got to be one of the most amazing "given away" songs ever. One of these great songs that sounds like nothing else.

Everything else is secondary (Lee626), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

my ballot:

Do I Do
Superstition
Uptight (Everything's Alright)
If You Really Love Me
Sir Duke
My Cherie Amour
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Living For The City
For Once In My Life
Please Don't Go
Fingertips, Part 2
Lately

You Haven't Done Nothin'
Never Had A Dream Come True
Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer

Tears of a Clown (Smokey Robinson)
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
Somebody Knows, Somebody Cares
I'm Wondering
Tuesday Heartbreak

Golden Lady
We Can Work It Out
I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues Pt. 1
Funny How Time Slips Away
Hey Love
I Don't Know Why
Ebony And Ivory
Never Gonna Give You Up (with Raphael Saadiq)

Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
Shoo Be Doo Be Do Da Day

my favorite album:
Talking Book

my least favorite track:
Master Blaster (Jammin')

some dude, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Do I Do" was your #1, al???

Consider this love.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing
Master Blaster (Jammin')
They Won't Go When I Go
I Was Made To Love Her
Uptight
Superstition
Light My Fire
Another Star
Higher Ground
All In Love Is Fair
Sir Duke
A Fool For You
I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
As
Golden Lady
Living For The City
Give You Love
Black Man

Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years
Keep On Running
Something Out Of The Blue
Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Boogie On Reggae Woman
Creepin'
Nothing's Too Good For My Baby
Sunset

He's Misstra Know-It-All
Summer Soft
We Can Work It Out

Album: Innervisions
rotter: Superwoman

Ismael Klata, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm not sure if i want some candy, Alfred, but i'll take the compliment

i assure you all that anything in bold on my ballot that you haven't heard is way more fun to listen to than boring old "As"

some dude, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 22:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

01. He's Misstra Know It All
02. Sir Duke
03. Superwoman
04. Uptight
05. Signed Sealed Delivered
06. Golden Lady
07. Don't You Worry Bout a Thing
08. I Wish
09. Superstition
10. My Cherie Amour
11. Creepin'
12. Living for the City
13. Boogie On Reggae Woman
14. Blame It On The Sun
15. Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer
16. I'm Goin Left (Syreeta)
17. You Haven't Done Nothin'
18. I Was Made to Love Her
19. Isn't She Lovely
20. Ordinary Pain
21. Don't Know Why I Love You
22. I Believe (When I Fall in Love)
23. Spinnin' and Spinnin' (Syreeta)
24. Joy Inside My Tears
25. Send One Your Love
26. Ribbon in the Sky
27. Please Don't Go
28. All in Love Is Fair
29. Hey Love
30. Jesus Children of America

Iago Galdston, Tuesday, 11 October 2011 23:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I am -- honestly -- shocked that "Part Time Lover" didn't place at all.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 October 2011 23:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's not as widely disliked as "i just called" but it is as widely dismissed

some dude, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 00:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

So much the better arrangement though -- the Vandross scatting, the long melody lines.

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's also the randy stepbrother/antithesis of "I Just Called..."

lumber up, limbaugh down (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 00:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Gary Byrd and the GB Experience - "The Crown" (Produced by Stevie Wonder)

I've always though that the overtly Stevie parts of this (roughly 4:22-6:40) belong in his canon.

But, the Gary Byrd "raps" are pretty awful.

san lazaro, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

anybody make a spotify for this? i mean i've heard most of these anyway but still

k3vin k., Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

k3vin k., Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

No "Fingertips"? Fuck this bullshit poll that I didn't vote in.

turfin' bird (The Reverend), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 04:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

WTF I was the only voter for "You Met Your Match." Happy to see 2 other people voted for "All Day Sucker."

billstevejim, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 09:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha rev otm, i thought "fingertips" was a lock

some dude, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp Aw, Gary Byrd's Are You Ready for Black Power? is great.

I thought Fingertips would be Top 10, easy. So much joy in that record.

Science, you guys. Science. (DL), Wednesday, 12 October 2011 11:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

My ballot, non Top 50 bolded:

01. Higher Ground
02. Master Blaster (Jammin')
03. Sir Duke
04. I Wish
05. I Love Every Little Thing About You [Stevie / Syreeta]
06. For Once in My Life
07. Superstition
08. Do Like You
09. He's Misstra Know It All
10. Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing
11. Golden Lady
12. Living for the City
13. We Can Work It Out
14. Rocket Love
15. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
16. Happy Birthday
17. You Haven't Done Nothin'
18. I Ain't Gonna Stand For It
19. Pastime Paradise
20. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
21. As
22. Black Orchid
23. As If You Read My Mind

24. Summer Soft
25. Too High
26. Isn't She Lovely?
27. Lately
28. Do I Do
29. Happier than the Morning Sun
30. I Can Tell When Christmas Is Near [Smokey Robinson & The Miracles]

Jeff W, Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

So..."If It's Magic" didn't even place.

Cunga, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 23:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

I'm SO going to the Chicago show.

a guy named Christian White who represents the typical white Christian (Eric H.), Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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