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Songs In The Key Of Life - A 40th Anniversary Song by Song Review, Ranked in Order from Good to Greatest!

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Stevie Wonder's 1976 magnum opus, Songs In The Key of Life debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 and making American history,, I've created this special djroblist ranking the album's 21 tracks from good to greatest. I would offer that no song on the album was bad, so this really is a ranking in order from the good ones to the greatest one.

Like many of you, I've had 40 years to digest all these 21 songs, which originally appeared in vinyl form on a two-album set plus a special 4-song, 7" extended play record entitled "A Something's Extra." Those 40 years have certainly changed the perspective and context with which I've judged them, as I've morphed from a ten-year-old boy who better identified with poppy hits like "Sir Duke" and "I Wish," to the now 50-year-old who better appreciates the cautiously hopeful "Love's In Need Of Love Today" and the introspective beauty of "Joy Inside My Tears."

Hence, this list is the culmination of 40 years of different perspectives, created without losing sight of the youthful excitement that some of the songs brought me and so many other people upon their original release by the then-26-yr-old genius on September 28, 1976. Indeed, this is an album considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not THE greatest albums of all time!

So without further delay, here is my special 40th anniversary countdown of the 21 Songs In the Key Of Life, from good to greatest:


21. "All Day Sucker"

Stevie Wonder was getting his mack on in this romp, except one thing: he was the one being played. It seemed the love-starved protagonist only wanted some lovin' from his love interest, but she saw fit to lead him on at each offering. By verse three of this déjà vu scenario, you'd think he'd learn to leave this girl alone, but, by his own admission, we know he won't.

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    Hi, I'm DJ Rob, owner and author of the music blogsite I live in Chicago, IL and have been doing the blogsite since January 2015. It features articles about music news, history and trivia - both old and new. The features I enjoy doing the most are my djroblists. I've done dozens of lists ranking everything from blue-eyed soul singers to Prince's greatest songs. I only recently started converting them to listly to increase interaction with my readers. Take some time to enjoy them and let me know what you think! And check out when you can!

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