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; Livingstone Studios
Genre R&B, soul
Length 5:00
Label Motown
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"You Will Know"
"My Love"

"You Will Know" is a song written and recorded by American R&B singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, taken from his 1987 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] Wonder performed the song along with R&B quartet Jodeci and Mary J. Blige on an episode of The Arsenio Hall Show in late 1992.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

In March 1988, the song reached number seventy-seven on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the R&B chart,[3] "You Will Know" also peaked at number sixteen on the Adult Contemporary charts.[4]

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 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."[5]

In the summer of 2002, R&B/Gospel duo Mary Mary also covered the song from their Incredible album, which was produced by Warryn Campbell.


  1. ^ According to, this song was Wonder's final #1 R&B chart-topper.
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  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 636. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 263. 
  5. ^ "Long Way to Go overview". 

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