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Encyclopedia > I Just Called to Say I Love You
“I Just Called to Say I Love You”
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album The Woman in Red soundtrack
Released 1984
Genre Soul
Length 6:16 (LP version)
4:16 (single version)
Label Motown
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Frontline"
(1983)
"I Just Called to Say I Love You"
(1984)
"Love Light in Flight"
(1984)
Alternate cover
French 7" single cover
French 7" single cover

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" is a song written, produced, and performed by Stevie Wonder as part of the soundtrack to the 1984 film The Woman in Red. The midtempo ballad expresses how simply calling someone to tell them you love them can make even the most unremarkable day of your life magical. It is one of Wonder's most simplistic, jingly and sentimental songs, and, with its quintessentially mid-80s synthesizers and drum machines, is a far cry from his more organic and experimental 1970s material. For those reasons it was savaged by critics upon its release. However, the public were seduced by its simple charms, making it one of Wonder's most successful singles to date. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... The Woman In Red Soundtrack is the second soundtrack album released by Motown singing great Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label in 1984. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City, hence mo(tor)town), from where it achieved widespread international success. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... The Woman In Red Soundtrack is the second soundtrack album released by Motown singing great Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label in 1984. ... The Woman in Red is a 1984 romantic comedy directed by Gene Wilder and written by Jean-Loup Dabadie, Yves Robert and Wilder, starring Wilder as a happily married man who fantasizes about having an affair with a sexy mystery woman (Kelly LeBrock). ...


The song was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from October 13, 1984 and also became Wonder's first solo UK number-one hit, staying at the top for six weeks. It also became his tenth number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It also won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. “Hot 100” redirects here. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). ...


There is a dispute between Stevie Wonder and his former writing partner Lee Garrett over authorship rights. Garrett claims to have written the song years prior to its 1984 release. [1] Lee Garrett is an Rhythm and Blues singer-songwriter most famous for the song Signed, Sealed, Delivered, which he wrote. ...

Contents

Song structure

The song has two verses and a chorus, with each of the verses divided further into two half-verses. Each half-verse and the chorus have sixteen measures. The protagonist of the song reinforces the message of the song's title (and chorus) by negating all major special times of the year. The song concludes with a triple-chord, or cha-cha-cha, ending. In musical notation, a bar or measure is a segment of time defined as a given number of beats of a given duration. ... For the dance, see Cha-cha-cha (dance). ...


In other media

  • The song was sung by Stevie Wonder and Phylicia Rashad in The Cosby Show episode "A Touch of Wonder" in which Wonder guest starred as himself. In the episode Denise and Theo get into an auto crash with Stevie and he later invites them to a recording session as a gesture of goodwill.
  • The song was ridiculed in the major motion picture High Fidelity by Jack Black's character, Barry. When a middle-aged customer requests the song, Barry calls it "sentimental tacky crap". He then goes on to ask the main character, played by John Cusack, "Rob, top five musical crimes perpetuated by Stevie Wonder in the '80s and '90s. Go. Sub-question: is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins, is it better to burn out or fade away?"

In a Mothers Day survey, Rashads character on The Cosby Show, Claire Huxtable, was named, TV mom closest to your own mom in spirit. ... The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, first broadcast on September 20, 1984 and ran for eight seasons on the NBC television network, until April 30, 1992. ... High Fidelity is a 2000 film directed by Stephen Frears, starring John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Jack Black, Todd Louiso, Tim Robbins, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Joelle Carter, and Lili Taylor. ... For other persons named Jack Black, see Jack Black (disambiguation). ... -1...

Charts

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 1 (3)
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Comtemporary Tracks[1] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs[1] 1
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 1 (3)
Danish Singles Chart 6
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 1
French Singles Chart[4] 1 (1)
German Singles Chart[5] 1
Irish Singles Chart[6] 1
Italian Singles Chart[7] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[8] 1 (10)
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 1 (5)
Swiss Singles Chart[10] 1 (4)
UK Singles Chart[11] 1 (6)
Preceded by
"Careless Whisper" by George Michael
UK number one single
September 8, 1984 - October 13, 1984
Succeeded by
"Freedom" by Wham!
Preceded by
"Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham!
Norwegian (VG-Lista) number-one single
37th week, 1984 - 47th week, 1984
Succeeded by
"The Never Ending Story" by Limahl
Preceded by
"Drive" by The Cars
ARC Weekly Top 40 number one single
October 13, 1984 - October 20, 1984
Succeeded by
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" by Billy Ocean
Preceded by
"Let's Go Crazy" by Prince and the Revolution
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
October 13, 1984 - October 27, 1984
Succeeded by
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" by Billy Ocean
Preceded by
"Sounds Like a Melody" by Alphaville
Swedish number-one single
October 28, 1984 - November 18, 1984
Succeeded by
"The Never Ending Story" by Limahl
Preceded by
"Careless Whisper" by George Michael
Swiss number-one single
October 28, 1984 - November 18, 1984
Succeeded by
"When the Rain Begins to Fall"
by Pia Zadora & Jermaine Jackson
Preceded by
"Besoin de rien, envie de toi" by Peter & Sloane
French (SNEP) number one single
December 22, 1984
Succeeded by
"Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr
Preceded by
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" from Flashdance
Academy Award for Best Original Song
1984
Succeeded by
"Say You, Say Me" from White Nights

The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. ... Twenty Five track listing ) Careless Whisper was a worldwide number-one hit song for George Michael in 1984. ... For other persons named George Michael, see George Michael (disambiguation). ... This is a list of the number one hits in the UK Singles Chart, from its inception in 1952 to the present. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Freedom was a song by British pop duo Wham! in 1984, becoming the groups second UK #1 hit. ... Wham! (often written WHAM!) was a pop band formed in 1981 by George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, and briefly, Stephen Gaffney. ... Wake Me Up Before You Go Go was a song by British pop duo Wham! which was released in 1984 and became their first UK number-one hit. ... Wham! (often written WHAM!) was a pop band formed in 1981 by George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, and briefly, Stephen Gaffney. ... VG lista is a norwegian record chart. ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ... The Neverending Story (original German: Die Unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in Germany in 1979. ... Image:Tobias regner lim. ... Drive is a 1984 song by The Cars. ... The Cars were an American rock band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... The ARC Weekly Top 40 is an American mainstream music chart. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) is a song by Billy Ocean. ... Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950, Fyzabad, Trinidad[1] [2]) is a UK-based popular music performer who had a string of rhythm and blues-tinged international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Prince (UK) singles chronology I Would Die 4 U (1984) Lets Go Crazy/Take Me with U (1985) Paisley Park (1985) Purple Rain track listing Lets Go Crazy (1) Take Me With U (2) Lets Go Crazy is a 1984 song by Prince and the Revolution. ... For other uses, see Prince (disambiguation). ... The Revolution was Princes backing band from the late 1970s through 1986. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) is a song by Billy Ocean. ... Billy Ocean (born Leslie Sebastian Charles, 21 January 1950, Fyzabad, Trinidad[1] [2]) is a UK-based popular music performer who had a string of rhythm and blues-tinged international pop hits in the 1970s and 1980s. ... Alphaville is: A German music trio. ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The Neverending Story (original German: Die Unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in Germany in 1979. ... Image:Tobias regner lim. ... Twenty Five track listing ) Careless Whisper was a worldwide number-one hit song for George Michael in 1984. ... For other persons named George Michael, see George Michael (disambiguation). ... is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Pia Zadora (born May 4, 1954) is an American actress and singer. ... Jermaine LaJaune Jackson or Muhammad Abdul Aziz[1] (born December 11, 1954), is an American Grammy Award-nominated singer, bass guitarist, former member of The Jackson 5 and older brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. ... The Syndicat National de lEdition Phonographique (SNEP) is the inter-professional organisation which protects the interests of the French record industry. ... is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Ghostbusters is a song recorded by Ray Parker Jr. ... Ray Erskine Parker Jr. ... Flashdance. ... Flashdance is a musical and romance film released in April 1983, and was one of the most successful films of the early 1980s. ... The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). ... This article is about the year. ... Say You, Say Me is a song recorded by Lionel Richie. ... White Nights is a 1985 movie starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov. ...

References

  1. ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved April 17, 2008)
  2. ^ Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You - austriancharts.at
  3. ^ De Nederlandse Top 40, week 41, 1984. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  4. ^ lescharts.com - Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You
  5. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  7. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  8. ^ norwegiancharts.com - Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You
  9. ^ swedishcharts.com - Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You
  10. ^ Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You - hitparade.ch
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 17, 2008)
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I Was Made To Love Her is an album by Stevie Wonder, released in 1967 under Motown Records. ... Eivets Rednow (featuring Alfie) is a 1968 instrumental album released by Stevie Wonder on the Gordy (Motown) label. ... For Once in My Life is a 1968 soul album released by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label. ... My Cherie Amour is a 1969 album by Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label. ... Signed, Sealed and Delivered is a 1970 soul album released by Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label. ... Stevie Wonder Live is a 1970 live album by Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label. ... Where Im Coming From is a 1971 album by Stevie Wonder. ... Music of My Mind is a landmark album by Stevie Wonder, released on March 3, 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Talking Book is an album by Lindsay Hartley. ... Innervisions is an album by Stevie Wonder, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Fulfillingness First Finale is a landmark album by Stevie Wonder, released on July 22, 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... Songs in the Key of Life is a landmark album by Stevie Wonder, released on September 28, 1976 (see 1976 in music), and is widely known and confirmed as Wonders magnum opus. ... Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants was Stevie Wonders most confusing, under-rated and under-appreciated work, out of a nearly 20 year career up to that point. ... Hotter Than July is an album recorded by Stevie Wonder. ... Stevie Wonders Original Musiquarium is a compilation album of R&B/soul musician Stevie Wonders greatest hits from his 1970s albums, released on the Tamla label in 1982. ... The Woman In Red Soundtrack is the second soundtrack album released by Motown singing great Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label in 1984. ... In Square Circle is a 1985 album released by Stevie Wonder. ... Jungle Fever is a 1991 soundtrack album by Stevie Wonder released on Motown. ... Conversation Peace is a 1995 soul album released by Motown soul musician Stevie Wonder. ... This article is about the Stevie Wonder album Natural Wonder. ... A Time To Love is the long awaited follow-up album to Stevie Wonders 1995 studio release Conversation Peace. ... For other uses, see Fingertips (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Blowin in the Wind is a song written by Bob Dylan, and released on his 1963 album The Freewheelin Bob Dylan. ... A Place in the Sun is a 1966 soul single by American and Motown music great Stevie Wonder. ... I Was Made to Love Her is a hit single recorded by American soul musician Stevie Wonder for Motowns Tamla label in 1967 (see 1967 in music). ... For Once in My Life is a pop song written by Ron Miller and Orlando Murden for Motown Records Jobete publishing company in 1967 (see 1967 in music). ... Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day is a 1968 soul single released by American and Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. ... My Cherie Amour is a 1969 soul classic by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. ... Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday is a 1969 soul single released by American Motown singer-songwriter-musician Stevie Wonder. ... Signed, Sealed, Delivered Im Yours is a 1970 soul single by American soul musician Stevie Wonder, recorded for Motowns Tamla label. ... Heaven Help Us All is a 1970 soul single by Motown great Stevie Wonder. ... If You Really Love Me is the title of a song written by Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright. ... Superstition is a number-one single written, produced, arranged, and recorded by Stevie Wonder for Motown Records in 1972, when Wonder was twenty-two years old. ... You Are the Sunshine of My Life is a 1973 pop single released by Motown music great Stevie Wonder. ... Higher Ground is a R&B song with a rock edge, written by Stevie Wonder and first appearing on his 1973 album Innervisions. ... Living for the City is a 1973 hit single by Stevie Wonder for the Tamla (Motown) label, from his Innervisions album. ... You Havent Done Nothin is a 1974 funk single by Motown legend Stevie Wonder featuring background vocals from The Jackson 5 and featured on the album Fulfillingness First Finale. ... Boogie On Reggae Woman is a 1974 funk single by American Motown singing great Stevie Wonder. ... Songs in the Key of Life track listing I Wish (1976) is a hit funk song by Stevie Wonder. ... Sir Duke is a song composed and performed by Stevie Wonder. ... Send One Your Love is a 1979 soul single by American and Motown music great Stevie Wonder. ... you == == SUCK == == ... Lately is a song by Stevie Wonder released in 1980. ... That Girl is a 1982 soul single by American Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. ... Do I Do is a song by Stevie Wonder, first released in 1982 in the albums Original Musiquarium I and At the Close of a Century. ... This article is about a musical recording. ... Ribbon in the Sky is a 1982 soul single released by Motown singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. ... Part-Time Lover is a 1985 single by Stevie Wonder, from his album In Square Circle. ... Thats What Friends Are For is a song and a series of charity concerts. ... Go Home is a 1985 hit single released by American and Motown music great Stevie Wonder on the Tamla (Motown) label. ... This is a discography for R&B/soul musician Stevie Wonder. ... Syreeta Wright (August 3, 1946 – July 6, 2004), who recorded professionally under the single name Syreeta, was an American singer-songwriter active from the 1960s. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City, hence mo(tor)town), from where it achieved widespread international success. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ...

 
 

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