You Are the Sunshine of My Life


"You Are the Sunshine of My Life" is a 1973 single released by Stevie Wonder. The song became Wonder's third number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and his first number-one 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 (following "Superstition") released from the 1972 album entitled Talking Book, which stayed at number one on the R&B charts for three weeks.[2]

Rolling Stone ranked the song number 287 on their list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".[3]

The first two lines of the song are sung, not by Wonder, but by Jim Gilstrap; Lani Groves sings the next two.[4] Gilstrap and Groves, together with Gloria Barley, also provide backing vocals. The single version of the song differs from the album version with the addition of horns to the mix; this version is also included in the greatest hits compilation album Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I.


Source: Talking Book, Tamla: T 319L, October 27, 1972 (album cover)

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, Fender Rhodes, drums
  • Jim Gilstrap – first lead vocal, background vocal
  • Lani Groves – second lead vocal, background vocal
  • Gloria Barley – background vocal
  • Scott Edwards – electric bass
  • Daniel Ben Zebulon – congas
  • unknown — horns

Chart performance

In popular culture

In 1997, Pauline Wilson covered the song for her second solo album Only You. In 2016, Jack White performed an alternative rock version the song with The Muppets for the series finale of The Muppets.[12]


  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. ^ "287. Stevie Wonder, 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life'", 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, Rolling Stone, April 7, 2011.
  4. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits: Updated and Expanded 5th Edition. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 333.
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 17, 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "NZ Listener chart summary". Flavour of New Zealand. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 5/19/73". Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
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  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1973/Top 100 Songs of 1973". Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ Blistein, Jon (March 1, 2016), "See Jack White Sing 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life' With the Muppets". Retrieved March 29, 2017.

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