Monday, December 16, 2019

Musical Monday - That Girl by Stevie Wonder

#1 on the Billboard Hot 100: Never.
#1 on the Cash Box Top 100: The week of April 3, 1982.
#1 on the U.K. Chart: Never.

Okay, so this is a Stevie Wonder song. It sounds like a dozen other Stevie Wonder songs. This is not a criticism - pretty much all of Stevie's oeuvre is good, and a lot of it is great. This song falls into the good category, although it does have a fantastic harmonica solo.

That Girl does disappoint somewhat insofar as it seems to be Stevie just more or less rehashing the same sound that he worked through the 1970s with, a kind of pale imitation of some of his great songs of the previous decade. Even though this is not as top notch a song as he produced in his prime, he did have a long way to drop before his music could credibly be called anything less than excellent, so it really only suffers by comparison.

Previous Musical Monday: Seven Tears by the Goombay Dance Band
Subsequent Musical Monday: My Camera Never Lies by Bucks Fizz

Previous #1 on the Cash Box Top 100: I Love Rock n' Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Subsequent #1 on the Cash Box Top 100: Chariots of Fire by Vangelis

List of #1 Singles from the Billboard Hot 100 for 1980-1989
List of #1 Singles from the Cash Box Top 100 for 1980-1989
List of #1 Singles on the U.K. Chart for 1980-1989

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