Superstition

Stevie Wonder

Song Review by Ed Hogan

"Superstition" marked a major change for Stevie Wonder. It was a glowing example of his new role as a producer which was acquired after the singer met all of the stipulations of his recording contract with Motown and renegotiated a new contract with the label. The track also was a continuation of his collaboration with engineers/synth programmers Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff. The trio loved working together and knew that for them to continue to do so they needed a knockout hit single. Their previous effort, Wonder's groundbreaking Music of My Mind LP, boasted several good tracks: "Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You)" (number 13 R&B, number 33 pop, summer 1972), "Love Having You Around" (which was a given an ultra funky cover by First Choice on their Delusions LP), and "I Love Every Little Thing 'Bout You" among others. The album went to number six R&B and number 21 pop, but the record biz was still hit-singles driven then and the trio knew in order to continue their collaboration they needed a chart-topper. While working on Wonder's next album, Talking Book, at New York recording studio Electric Lady, Cecil and Margouleff were producing a LP for guitarist Jeff Beck. Beck heard "Maybe Your Baby" and asked if he could cover it on his album. Wonder refused but offered to write another song for the phenomenal guitarist. After the song, now titled "Superstition," was finished, Wonder changed his mind because he knew it was the hit that he was looking for. The singer/songwriter's reversal was bad luck for the relationship between Beck, Cecil, and Margouleff, who stopped working together after that, though "Superstition" was good luck for the Wonder/Cecil/Margouleff partnership. Written and produced by Wonder, "Superstition" sat at number one R&B for three weeks and hit number one pop in early 1973. The cut has one of the best kickin' horn sections ever, supplied by sax player Trevor Laurence and trumpeter Steve Madaio. Talking Book parked at number one R&B for three weeks while peaking at number three pop. Wonder's drum playing on the track reflects his early apprenticeship with Motown drumming great Benny Benjamin of the label's studio band, the Funk Brothers.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Talking Book 1972 Motown 4:26
25 #1 Hits From 25 Years, Vol. 2 1973
Various Artists
Motown
Original Musiquarium I 1982 Motown 4:25
25 #1 Hits in 25 Years 1983
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Motown
Motown Time Capsule: The 70's [Video] 1986
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Pioneer
Motown Time Capsule, Vol. 2 (70s) 1990
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Motown
20 #1 Hits From 20 Years 1990
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Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 1993
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Motown 4:15
Cruzin' to Motown 1995
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Thump Records 4:14
Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Box Set 1995
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MCA 4:13
Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection 1996 Motown 4:02
Stealing Beauty 1996
Original Soundtrack
Capitol / EMI Records 4:27
Motown 40 Forever 1998
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Motown 4:01
At the Close of a Century 1999 Motown 4:28
Motown Chartbusters, Vols. 7-12 [Box Set] 1999
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Polygram 3:07
The 70's [Original TV Soundtrack] 2000
Original TV Soundtrack
Island / Polygram 4:25
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 8 2001
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Spectrum Music 3:07
Funk Classics 2001
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Rebound Records
The Definitive Collection 2002 Motown 4:05
Motown Greatest Hits 2003
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Universal Music TV 0:00
Essential 70's [Universal] 2004
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Universal International 4:27
The Complete Stevie Wonder 2005 Motown / Universal 5:37
Number 1's 2007 Motown 4:06
Christmas & Hits Duos 2008 Motown 4:06
Motown 50 2008
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Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
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Motown 50 [International Version 2] 2008
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Motown / Universal Distribution 3:59
Motown 50 Fanthology 2009
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Motortown Review 2009
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Time / Life Music 4:14
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 12B: 1972 2013
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Universal 4:09
The Definitive Collection [Universal] 2014 Universal
Hitsville: The Making of Motown 2019
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Motown 0:00
Sunday Morning Breakfast Music 2019
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1970s Soul for Kids
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Dance Dance
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Universal 4:28
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Universal 4:01
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Universal 4:28
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Universal 4:28
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Universal 3:59
Happy Hour
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Universal 4:01
Happy New Year 2022
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Universal 4:28
Happy Songs
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Universal 4:28
Haunted Halloween
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Universal 4:28
Have a Good Day
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Universal 4:01
Helloween
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Universal 4:28
Helloween Playlist
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Universal 4:01
Hitazos de Oro
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Universal 4:28
Hitazos en Inglés
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Universal 4:01
Hits Anos 70
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Universal 4:28
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Universal 4:01
Horrifying Hits
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Universal 4:01
Hot Party 70 Classics
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Universal 4:01
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Universal 3:59
House Party Jams
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Universal 3:59
I'm Feeling Good
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Universal 4:28
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Ladies Night [2020]
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Universal 4:28
Mis Peluches Favoritos
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Universal 4:01
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Mood Lifters
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Music Is Universal: Pride by Kiana Lede
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Music for the Car
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Music for working 2020
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Universal 3:59
Música Disco en Ingles
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Universal 4:28
NYE Party 2022
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Universal 4:01
NYE Party December, 2021
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New Year Mix
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Noches de Retro
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Universal 4:28
Nostagia [Universal]
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Universal 3:59
Nostalgia [2021]
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Universal 4:01
Old But Gold 70's
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Universal 3:59
Onda buena onda
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Universal 4:28
Party Time [Universal]
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Universal 4:01
Pasaporte a los 70s
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Universal 4:28
Pumpkin Patch Hits
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Radar de Éxitos: Funk
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Radar de Éxitos: Halloween
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Radar de Éxitos: Legendarios
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Radar de Éxitos: Retro
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Ready2go, Vol. 2
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Reggae Soul
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Retro Disco [Universal]
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Universal 3:59
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Universal 4:28
Retro Halloween, 2021
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Universal 4:28
Retro Style
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Universal 4:28
Road Trip Tunes
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Universal 4:26
Roadtrip Bangers
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Universal 4:01
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Universal 4:01
Saturday Night Party 70's
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Universal 4:01
Saturday Night [2021]
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Universal 4:28
Slickback! Happy Vibes
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Universal 4:28
Soirée Funk
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Universal 3:59
Solo Party
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Universal 4:01
Songs Everyone Knows
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Universal 3:59
Soul Classics [Universal]
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Universal 4:26
Soul Hits [Universal]
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Universal 4:01
Soulklassiker
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Universal 4:28
Spellbound
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Universal 4:01
Spooky Halloween Hits
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Spooky Hits
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Universal 4:01
Spooky Scary Skeletons
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Universal 4:01
Spooky Sh**
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UMG Recordings 4:26
Spooky Songs
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Universal 4:01
Spooky Vibes
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Universal 4:01
Sports Stadium Anthems
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Universal 4:28
Spring Clean
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Stars of the 70s
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Universal 3:59
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Universal 4:01
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Universal 3:59
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Universal 3:59
Tailgate Party [2020]
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Universal 3:59
Temazos Forever
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Universal 4:01
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The Best New Year's Party Album in the World...Ever!
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The Best Road Trip Album in the World...Ever!
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Universal 4:26
The Scariest Party
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Universal 4:01
The Ultimate Soul Album
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Universal 4:28
The Very Best of Soul
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Universal 4:01
This Is Halloween
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Universal 4:01
Thriller Halloween
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Universal 4:01
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Universal 4:01
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Universal 4:01
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Universal 4:26
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Universal 3:59
Xi Yang Wan Sheng You You Pai Dui Universal 4:01