THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
65-Stevie Wonder-Living for the City.
1973-Number 15 single.
Best Bit-At 5.18.Because Stevie Wonder was already a superstar in the 1960’s it is easy to forget that he was still only 23 when he wrote this.
Stevie Wonder(see also best songs 920-843-834-682-570-503-366-205 and 152) was signed to Tamla Motown records at the age of eleven and had his first Billboard Number 1 with ‘Fingertips’ in 1963 making him the youngest ever artist at the age of 13 to top the American singles chart,but for all his success in the 60’s it is his 1970’s output that he will be best remembered for.Between 1972-1974 his four Album releases,’Music of My Mind,”Talking Book,”Innervisions’ and ‘Fullfillingness’ First Finale’ are his most critically acclaimed.
‘Living for the City’ from ‘Innervisions’ is about a young black man born in to a poor but respectable family in Mississippi.He can’t get a job because of discrimination so goes to New York in search of a better life.The man reaches New York and naively gets caught up in crime,he is arrested,convicted and sentenced to ten years in jail. Stevie Wonder said,’I think the deepest I really got into how I feel about the way things are was in ‘Living for the City,’ I was able to show the hurt and the anger.’
Stevie Wonder performed the whole song himself,he wrote it,produced it,sang lead and backing vocals as well as playing all the instruments.
‘To find a job is like a haystack needle,because where he lives they don’t use coloured people.’
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This is the highest placed Stevie Wonder song on this countdown.YOUTUBE.COMStevie Wonder – Living for the City1973 – Innervisions