You Will Know

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"You Will Know"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Characters
Released March 5, 1988
Format 7", CD single, 12"
Recorded 1987
Genre R&B, soul
Length 5:00 (Album version)
4:01 (Radio edit)
Label Motown
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"You Will Know"
"My Love"

"You Will Know" is a hit 1988 R&B ballad by American singer-songwriter and Motown music great Stevie Wonder, taken from his Characters album.

It is the opening track on the album, and is the second single from the album as well. This is Stevie Wonder's 18th number-one R&B hit single.[1]


"You Will Know" is about a protagonist claims that in hope for answers to an unsolved solution, whether in a state of depression, or hoping for a better tomorrow, despite the magnitude.

In March 1988, the song reached number seventy-seven on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the R&B chart,[2] and number sixteen on the Adult Contemporary charts.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 77
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 16
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
Preceded by
"Girlfriend" by Pebbles
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
March 5, 1988
Succeeded by
"Fishnet" by Morris Day

Other versions[edit]

In 1990, keyboardist Bob Baldwin covered this song from the album "Long Way to Go."[3]


  1. ^ According to, this song was Wonder's final #1 R&B chart-topper.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 636. 
  3. ^ "Long Way to Go overview". 

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