Boogie On Reggae Woman

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"Boogie On Reggae Woman"
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Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Fulfillingness' First Finale
B-side"Seems So Long"
ReleasedNovember 1974
Length4:55 (Album version)
4:05 (1974 single[1])
5:14 (1999 version)
Songwriter(s)Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"You Haven't Done Nothin'"
"Boogie On Reggae Woman"
"I Wish"
Official audio
"Boogie On Reggae Woman" on YouTube

"Boogie On Reggae Woman" is a 1974 funk song by American Motown artist Stevie Wonder, released as the second single from his seventeenth studio album, Fulfillingness' First Finale, issued that same year. Despite the song's title, its style is firmly funk/R&B and neither boogie nor reggae. It continued Wonder's successful Top Ten streak on the pop charts, reaching number three and also spent two weeks at number one on the soul charts.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 26 song for 1975. At the 17th Grammy Awards, Stevie Wonder won the Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male for this song.

It features Wonder's distinctive harmonica, although not his usual chromatic type, but instead a diatonic A-flat "blues harp".[3] The song is also notable for Wonder's pulsating Moog synthesizer bassline. The lyrics are designed as a dialogue between "nice" and "naughty" intent, including the introduction to his harmonica break, which incorporates Wonder's casual but repeated question "Can I play?"

Following conclusion of the vocal, the harmonica is reprised for the remaining seventy seconds, and concluding thirty bars of the tune, to the fade.

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for AllMusic, Ed Hogan said, "'Boogie on Reggae Woman' was light and bouncy, strutting along on a funky, percolating pulse. Johnny Nash's 1972 number one pop gold single 'I Can See Clearly Now' had primed the mainstream audience for the reggae sound that Wonder employed on the cut."[4] Billboard said the song has an "irresistible beat," "infectious melody" and "Caribbean flavor."[5] Cash Box said that "a taste of reggae flavoring spices this ditty with Stevie's inimitable vocal style" and "the Wonder man comes across with just the right funk and instrumentation."[6] Record World said that "Stevie brings his 'Fingertips' facile harmonica style back in the spotlight."[7]



Chart (1974) Peak
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 30
US Billboard Hot 200 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stevie Wonder - Boogie On Reggae Woman (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 636. ISBN 978-0898201604.
  3. ^ "Harp Surgery » Boogie on Reggae Woman..[with tab]". Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  4. ^ Ed Hogan. "Boogie on Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  5. ^ "Top Single Picks" (PDF). Billboard. November 2, 1974. p. 56. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  6. ^ "CashBox Record Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. November 2, 1974. p. 18. Retrieved 2021-12-11.
  7. ^ "Hits of the Week" (PDF). Record World. November 9, 1974. p. 1. Retrieved 2023-03-14.
  8. ^ "Stevie Wonder - Fulfillingness' First Finale (Vinyl, LP, Album)". 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2016-10-09.
  9. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2021). "Stevie Wonder". Sisältää hitin - 2. laitos Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla 1.1.1960–30.6.2021 (PDF) (in Finnish). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 284. Retrieved 2022-07-14.