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Vintage Video #1's: Stevie Wonder Tops the Singles Chart On This Day in Both 1974 and 1985

by VVN Music

It's a rarity that an artist hits the top of the charts on the same day years apart but that's what Stevie Wonder did 43 (1974) and 32 (1985) years ago today.

In 1974, he did it with "You Haven't Done Nothin'" was the first single from Wonder's album Fulfillingness' First Finale and was his fourth record to go to number 1 after "Fingertips (Part 1)" (1963), "Superstition" (1972) and "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (1973).

Released on August 7, 1974, the record to a long, slow ride up the chart before it finally hit the top of the Hot 100 on November 2, almost three months after it was put out. Wonder played the majority of instruments on the recording with just Reggie McBride on bass and a little group called The Jackson Five on background vocals.

The top five singles on November 2, 1974
  1. You Haven't Done Nothin' - Stevie Wonder
  2. You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  3. Jazzman - Carole King
  4. The Bitch is Back - Elton John
  5. Can't Get Enough - Bad Company
Then, in 1985, he did it again on the exact same date with "Part-Time Lover".

The record was the ninth of his ten career number 1's, followed two months later with his last, the Dionne Warwick collaboration "That's What Friends Are For". 

Once again, Wonder played all the instruments on the record and had background vocals by Luther Vandross, Syreeta Wright, Philip Bailey, Keith John, Melody McCully, Billy Durham, Peter Byrne, Renee Hardaway and Darryl Phinnessee.

This single took just a slightly shorter time to get to the top, having been released on August 24, 1985 and peaking at 1 on November 2. 

The top five singles on November 2, 1985:
  1. Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder
  2. Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer
  3. Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
  4. Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears
  5. Take On Me - a-ha