You Are the Sunshine of My Life

Stevie Wonder

Song Review by Ed Hogan

In 1970, Stevie Wonder came up with a chord progression on the electric piano that appealed to him. It was a peculiar riff that revolved around the A flat/B flat scales. Shaping it into the classic ballad "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," the singer/songwriter/producer saved it until he began recording tracks that would become his Talking Book LP. It's unusual in that the first vocals heard are not those of Wonder, but those of singers Jim Gilstrap ("Swing Your Daddy") and Gloria Barley. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" went to number one pop, number three R&B, and number one adult contemporary in the spring of 1973. Nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, it won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. The Talking Book album stayed at number one R&B for three weeks, going to number one pop, and also yielded "Superstition," "Maybe Your Baby," and "You and I."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Talking Book 1972 Motown 2:59
25 #1 Hits From 25 Years, Vol. 2 1973
Various Artists
Motown
Original Musiquarium I 1982 Motown 2:51
25 #1 Hits in 25 Years 1983
Various Artists
Motown
The Motown Story: First 25 Years 1984
Various Artists
Motown
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever 1985
Various Artists
MGM
20 #1 Hits From 20 Years 1990
Various Artists
Motown
Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1973 1995
Various Artists
Motown 2:52
Song Review: A Greatest Hits Collection 1996 Motown 2:56
At the Close of a Century 1999 Motown 2:59
Ballad Collection 1999 Motown / Universal International 2:52
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 8 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:54
The Definitive Collection 2002 Motown 2:52
The Complete Stevie Wonder 2005 Motown / Universal 2:50
Number 1's 2007 Motown 2:57
Christmas & Hits Duos 2008 Motown 2:57
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:51
Motown 50 Fanthology 2009
Various Artists
Motown 2:55
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:54
The Definitive Collection [Universal] 2014 Universal
2021 Mega Hits
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
40 Éxitos De Los 70's Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
70s Love Songs [Feb 05, 2021]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
70s Memories
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
70s for Kids
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Alla Hjärtans Dag
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Baby Shower
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Babyshower Songs, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Baladas Románticas Viejas y Lindas
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Baladas Románticas de Siempre
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Baladas Románticas en Inglés
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Baladas en Ingles 80, 90 Éxitos
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Best Wedding Songs [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Black Music Month 2021
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Calming Jazz for Kids
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Cheese & Wine
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Chill Soul Music
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Classic Hits
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Dale Al Play!: Baladas
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Dale al play!: Soul
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Date Night
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Date Night [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Dear Mom [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Diner amoureux
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Dinner Party Pop
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Día De La Madre 2022
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Father Daughter Dance
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Father's Day 2021
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Feeling Happy [2018]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Feliz San Valentín: Clásicas
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
For You, Mom
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Grandes Baladas en Inglés
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Happiness
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Happy Mother's Day
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Happy Mother's Day [2022]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Happy Mothers Day
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Have a Good Day
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Hello Summer
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Here Comes the Sun
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Hits From the Past
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
I Heart 70s
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
I LOVE YOU: ICONIC POP SONGS
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
I Love You Mom [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Love Is in the Air [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Love Song Dedications [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Love Song Dedications [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Love Songs
Various Artists
PolyGram
Love Songs 2021 [January 21, 2021]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Love Songs 2021 [universal]
Various Artists
UMG Recordings 2:50
Love Songs From the 70's
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Love Songs [2021]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Love Soul [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Lovesongs
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Mega Hits 2021
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Mother's Day Love 2021
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Motown for Drivin'
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Musicas Para Churrascaria
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Música Pop Para Viajar
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Música dos Anos 70 para Crianças
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Noi due per sempre I classici
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Pasaporte a los 70s
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Per sempre canzoni d'amore
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Romance Epico
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Romanticos Night
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Románticas en inglés 70 80 y 90
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Románticas y Recuerdos
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Seventies Music
Various Artists
Universal 3:00
Soul Legends [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Soul Searching
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Soulklassiker
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Summer 2021 [June, 2021]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Summer Songs for Kids
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Summer in the City
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Summer, Sunshine, Surfing
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Temazos Románticos
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Tesoros Musicales: 70's
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
The Greatest Love Songs of the '70s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:53
The Seventies [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Throwback 70s
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Top de Baladas en Inglés
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Valentin-napi Retro Valogatas 2022
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Valentin-napi Retro Válogatás 2021
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Valentine's Classics
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Valentines Day 2021 [January 29, 2021]
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Valentines Day 2022
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Viaje A 1972
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Viral Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Wedding 2020
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
Wedding Hits 2020
Various Artists
Universal 2:58
Wine O'Clock
Various Artists
Universal 2:50
¡Calor En La Ciudad!
Various Artists
Universal 2:50