Stevie Wonder wrote and released the classic hit “Once in My Life” in October 1968 as part of his iconic “My Cherie Amour” album. “Once in My Life” became one of the biggest hits of that year and was consequently included in his “Greatest Hits” compilation album, released in 1970.


The lyrics of “Once In My Life”, written solely by Stevie Wonder, are a heartfelt reflection of his personal desires and aspirations. He sings of wanting to achieve success, love, and joy “once in my life,” even if it is unattainable. He reminds the listener that all things must come to an end, and that although it may be a struggle, you must keep fighting for what you want.

Awards and Recognition

The song has been celebrated for its soulful and moving lyrics, with many recognizing it as being one of Stevie Wonder’s best works. It won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 2000 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010.

Influence and Legacy

The song has been covered by artists such as:

  • The Supremes
  • Babyface and Toni Braxton
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Celine Dion
  • Chaka Khan
  • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

However, Stevie Wonder’s classic “Once in My Life” remains one of the most beloved and oft-covered songs of the past five decades and will continue to capture the hearts of listeners around the globe.

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