I Just Called to Say I Love You

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"I Just Called to Say I Love You"
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Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album The Woman in Red
B-side"I Just Called to Say I Love You" (instrumental)
ReleasedAugust 1, 1984[1]
Recorded1984
GenrePop, R&B
Length6:44 (Extended version)
6:16 (Album version)
4:25 (Single version)
LabelMotown
Songwriter(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)
Music video
"I Just Called To Say I Love You" on YouTube

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" is a ballad written, produced, and performed by American R&B singer and songwriter Stevie Wonder.[2] It remains Wonder's best-selling single to date, having topped a record 19 charts.

The song was the lead single from the 1984 soundtrack album 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 to October 27, 1984. It also became his tenth number-one on the R&B chart, and his fourth on the adult contemporary chart; it spent three weeks at the top of both charts, and for the same weeks as on the Hot 100.[3] The song 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 held as at 2018.[2] 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.

The song's lyrics have Wonder surprising his love interest with an unexpected telephone call. Throughout the song, Wonder lists events in a yearly calendar that might prompt someone to call a loved one. Yet he explains no special annual event such as New Year's Day or Halloween spurred the call. He simply wants to tell her he loves her from the bottom of his heart.

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.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Music video[edit]

A music video of the song has Wonder, during a concert, singing into a telephone receiver while seated at a piano.[5] By the end of the song, he and the audience are standing and swaying to the music. The video features concert footage recorded in Rotterdam Ahoy, in the Netherlands, on August 10, 1984.[6]

Charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[42] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[44] Gold 926,000[43]
Germany (BVMI)[45] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[46] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[47] Gold 10,000*
Portugal (AFP)[48] Platinum 170,000^
Russia (NFPF)[49]
Ringtone
Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Platinum 1,874,225[50]
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "I Just Called to Say I Love You" topped the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and R&B charts simultaneously from October 13 to 27, 1984:
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  52. ^ "American single certifications – Stevie Wonder – I Just Called to Say I Love You". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 29, 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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