In Musical Praise of: Stevie Wonder
And before it even enters your mind, I don't think 'I Just Called to Say I Love You' is a particually good song.
But that said, he does have discerning musical talent and an ear for melody, even if occasionally he goes OTT with saccharine. A boy genius signed to Motown in his early teens, he later made his own niche with Music of My Mind, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life, the last being songs I can remember as a small child (The intro to Sir Duke still makes me smile, although I am blase about the rest of the song, and Isn't She Lovely is one of my favourite love songs).
He is past his peak, and no longer has the drive and force he had in the 1970s with songs like 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life', 'He's Misstra Know It All' (which, incidentally, is about the then US President, Richard Nixon) and 'Living for the City' but he is certainly one of the main musical influences of the last fifty years.