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I Just Called to Say I Love You

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" is a song written, produced and performed by Stevie Wonder.[2] It was one of Wonder's most commercially successful singles.

The song was first featured in the 1984 comedy The Woman in Red,[2] along with two other songs by Wonder, and scored number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks from October 13, 1984, and also became Wonder's only solo UK number-one success, staying at the top for six weeks.[2] It also became his tenth number-one on the R&B chart, and his fourth number-one on the adult contemporary chart. In addition, the song won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song.[2] The song also received three nominations at the 27th Grammy Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal PerformanceSong of the Year and Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

There was a dispute among Wonder, his former writing partner Lee Garrett, and Lloyd Chiate as to who actually wrote the song. Chiate claimed in a lawsuit that he and Garrett wrote the song years before its 1984 release; however a jury ultimately sided with Wonder.[3]

In 1986, Stevie Wonder appeared as a guest star on the American NBC television sitcomThe Cosby Show, in Season 2, Episode "A Touch of Wonder", where he performs a studio rendition of 'I Just Called to Say I Love You' accompanied by Claire Huxtable, played by Phylicia Rashād, with the children of the Huxtable family.[citation needed]


 [hide*1 Charts and certifications

Charts and certifications[edit]Edit


Chart (1984) Peak


Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 1
Canadian Singles Chart[5] 1
Danish Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 1
European Billboard Hot 100 Singles 1
French Singles Chart[7] 1
German Singles Chart[8] 1
Irish Singles Chart[9] 1
Italian Singles Chart[10] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[11] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[13] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 1
UK Singles Chart[15] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[16] 1
US Billboard Hot Black Singles[16] 1

End-of-decade charts[edit]Edit

End of decade (1980–1989) Position
UK Singles Chart 3

Year-End charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1984) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 25

Sales and certifications[edit]Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[17] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[18] Gold 926,000[19]
Germany (BVMI)[20] Gold 250,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Platinum 1,830,000[22]
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 1,000,000^
Total available sales: 4,326,000

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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