'I Wish' by Stevie Wonder: The Underdog Song That Took Over 1977

By Kellar Ellsworth
Stevie Wonder circa 1970s. (Photo by PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images)

Stevie Wonder's 1977 #1 hit "I Wish" captures the funky synthesizer groove that drove his best mid-'70s music, while its meaning relies on a powerful emotion: nostalgia. "I Wish" is a rollicking collection of moments remembered from Wonder's childhood -- and all of our childhoods -- it's touching, and you can dance to it. "I wish those days could come back once more," he sings plainly; "Why did those days ever have to go?" Just reading the words on the page, you might assume the song was melancholy or slow, but it's anything but. "I Wish" is the kind of song that gets everyone out on the dance floor.