I Wish (Stevie Wonder song)

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"I Wish"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Songs in the Key of Life
B-side "You and I"
Released November 1976
Format 7"
Genre
Length 3:37 (Single edit)
4:12 (Album version)
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Certification Gold (BPI)
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Boogie On Reggae Woman"
(1974)
"I Wish"
(1976)
"Sir Duke"
(1977)
Songs in the Key of Life track listing
"Sir Duke"
(5)
"I Wish"
(6)
"Knocks Me Off My Feet"
(7)

"I Wish" is a hit song by Stevie Wonder. It was released in 1976 as a single and included on the album Songs in the Key of Life. Written and produced by Wonder, the song focuses on his childhood from the 1950s into the early 1960s. The single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and soul singles chart.[1]

For the television series Classic Albums, Wonder recreated a small section from the song to demonstrate how he composed and arranged it. He played the keyboards and drums himself, and used most of the musicians that appeared on the original recording.[2]

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Preceded by
"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" by Leo Sayer
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 22, 1977 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Car Wash" by Rose Royce
Preceded by
"Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)" by The O'Jays
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number-one single
January 15 - February 12, 1977 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston