I Just Called to Say I Love You

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"I Just Called to Say I Love You"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album The Woman in Red soundtrack
Released August 1, 1984 [1]
Genre R&B, soul, synthpop
Length 6:16 (album version)
4:16 (single version)
Label Motown
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder[2]
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Front Line"
(1983)
"I Just Called to Say I Love You"
(1984)
"Love Light in Flight"
(1984)

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" is a song written, produced and performed by Stevie Wonder.[2] It was one of Wonder's most commercially successful singles.

The song was first featured in the 1984 comedy The Woman in Red,[2] along with two other songs by Wonder, and scored number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from October 13, 1984. It also became Wonder's only solo UK number-one success, staying at the top for six weeks, in the process also becoming Motown Records' biggest-selling single in the UK, a distinction it still holds as of 2014.[2] It also became his tenth number-one on the R&B chart, and his fourth number-one on the adult contemporary chart. In addition, the song won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song.[2] The song also received three nominations at the 27th Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year and Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

There was a dispute among Wonder, his former writing partner Lee Garrett, and Lloyd Chiate as to who actually wrote the song. Chiate claimed in a lawsuit that he and Garrett wrote the song years before its 1984 release; however a jury ultimately sided with Wonder.[3]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Careless Whisper" by George Michael
UK number one single
8 September 1984
(for six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Freedom" by Wham!

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum Database". Riaa.org. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Weinstein, Henry (February 23, 1990). "Wonder Wins Suit Over Song". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Mississauga, Ontario: 1999.
  6. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 41, 1984". Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  8. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  9. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  10. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  13. ^ Steffen Hung. "Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  15. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 17, 2008)
  16. ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved April 17, 2008)
  17. ^ "Canadian certifications – Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You". Music Canada. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  18. ^ "French certifications – Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 29 March 2012.  Select STEVIE WONDER and click OK
  19. ^ "Les Singles en Or :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Stevie Wonder; 'I Just Called to Say I Love You')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "British certifications – Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 March 2012.  Enter I Just Called to Say I Love You in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Click Go
  22. ^ Ami Sedghi (4 November 2012). "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  23. ^ "American certifications – Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 

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