Release Date

October 27, 1972

“Superstition” is a song by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. It was released on October 24, 1972, as the lead single from his fifteenth studio album, Talking Book (1972), by Tamla. The lyrics describe popular superstitions and their negative effects.

“Superstition” reached number one in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in January 1973 and on the soul singles chart. It was Wonder’s first number-one single since “Fingertips, Pt. 2” in 1963. It peaked at number eleven in the UK Singles Chart in February 1973. In November 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song number 74 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was re-ranked number 73 on its 2010 list, and number 12 on its 2021 list. At the 16th Grammy Awards, the song earned Wonder two Grammys: “Best Rhythm & Blues Song”) and “Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male”.