You Are the Sunshine of My Life

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"You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Talking Book
B-side "Tuesday Heartbreak"
Released March 1973
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1972
Length 2:58
Label Tamla
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
"Higher Ground"

"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" is a 1973 single released by Stevie Wonder. The song became Wonder's third No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his first No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart.[1] It won Wonder a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and was nominated for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.[2] This song was the second single released from the 1972 album entitled Talking Book, which stayed at number one on the R&B charts for three weeks.[2] The song opened 194 Radio City on 21 October 1974.

Rolling Stone ranked the song #281 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

The first two lines of the song are sung, not by Wonder, but by Jim Gilstrap and with Lani Groves singing the next two lines.[3] The single version of the song differs from the album version with the addition of horns to the mix.

Chart performance[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used in the ABC sitcom Taxi in the season 5 episode "Jim's Inheritance". A tape was left by Jim Ignatowski's late father to remind him that he was his favorite of his three children. It was performed by Chris Colfer as his character Kurt Hummel in the episode "Wonder-ful", the 21st episode of its fourth season, in 2013. In 2016, Jack White performed an alternative rock version the song with The Muppets for the series finale of The Muppets.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 262. 
  2. ^ a b Hogan, Ed. "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (song review),
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits: Updated and Expanded 5th Edition. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 333. 
  4. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Top 100 1973 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1973/Top 100 Songs of 1973". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2016-06-25. 

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Preceded by
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 19, 1973 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Frankenstein" by The Edgar Winter Group