9. Uptight (Everything's Alright) – Stevie WonderStats:
- #3 for 2 Weeks in 1966 (February)
- Best higher charting song: These Boots Are Made for Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
- Worst higher charting song: My Love - Petula Clark
- Top 100 #3 Hits 1955-2002 Rank: #15
This was Stevie's first big blast onto the scene after 1963's Fingertips. Instead of being merely the 12-year old genius who was talented beyond his years, he was now a full-throated teen writing and performing some of the most jazz-influenced Motown that still connected with a nationwide audience. While Stevie would learn to get much, much funkier, the roots of all his later stuff are all found in this song. The Spector-ish end of Motown production. The horns, the sweet sweet horns. The frenetic pace that still finds time to lean back. It's no wonder that Stevie held on as a radio staple even after bigger Motown folks like Diana and the Temptations had fallen out of favor with pop radio.
Coming up: #8 - "Me lovin' you and you lovin' me"