Initially the album was to be called "Let's see life the way it is", but in the end he opted for the definitive, "Songs in the key of life". Double album with extra EP released in September 1976, with an unlimited ambition, full of different songs, yet grandiose, some of the many genres, including Stevie Wonder in this masterpiece of musical history are popular R & B, Pop, Funk , Afrobeat, Soul, Instrumental, jazz, orchestra and experimental. Great songs like "I Wish", "Sir Duke", "Isn't She Lovely"..., there is no song that deserves a positive adjective.
Songs that one and other one have been sung by artists as diverse as "Pastime Paradise" by Coolio -"Gangsta's Paradise"- one of the hits most heard in the 90`s, and Patti Smith in 2007, "Love's in Need of Love Today" which was used for the Tribute to the Heroes of September 11. The year 2001 and later sung by Dave Hollister in 2002 and Joan Osborne, "I Wish" was used for the movie "Wild Wild West", "Knocks me Of My Feet" was recorded by Luther Vandross in the 96 and Donell Jones in the same year, "if it's magic" by Sarah Connor in 2007, "As" in a duet by Mary J. Blyge and George Michael The list is almost endless.
The album debuted at number 1 on the lists USA and remained there for 14 weeks, harvested 4 Grammys, including best production, best album and best R&B singer.
The creative left dry for 3 years, but the track was there. Artists like Kanye West said in 2005 of his own work, "I'm not trying to compete with what is done now. I am really trying to compete with Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life."
The album is part of the U.S. Library of Congress where the audio events that are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, Disk Diamond are few and not the praise that can be said of a disc where black or white lovers soul, pop, jazz or rock will find a set of extraordinary songs full of positivity, love, reindications ... for all tastes and styles, with the pure essence of this great man that captured the 70 like yours. This album marks the end of a quartet of albums that helped determine the shape of music popular for the next decade.