The album's importance has even been recognized by heavy metal musicians, with singer Phil Anselmo describing a live performance of Songs in the Key of Life as "a living, breathing miracle". In , smooth jazz artist Najee recorded a cover album titled Najee Plays Songs from the Key of Life , which is based entirely on Wonder's album. The song repeated the main melody of "I Wish" as a riff and some lyrics re-formed. The event was his 18th annual House Full of Toys Benefit Concert, and featured some of the original singers and musicians from the double-album as well as several from the contemporary scene.
In November , Wonder began performing the entire album in a series of concert dates in the U. The start of the tour coincided with the 38th anniversary of the release of Songs in the Key of Life. Highly anticipated, the album surpassed all commercial expectations. In Canada , the album achieved the same feat, entering at number one on the RPM national albums chart on October It was the album with the most weeks at number one during the year.
On January 29 it returned to the top for a fourteenth and final week. The album then began its final fall.
It spent a total of 35 weeks inside the top ten and 80 weeks on the Billboard albums chart. In all, Songs in the Key of Life became the second best-selling album of in the U. Songs in the Key of Life was also the most successful Wonder project in terms of singles. The lead-off, the upbeat " I Wish " was released in November , over a month after the album was released.
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Seven days after, it also reached the summit of the Billboard Hot , although it spent only one week at number one. The track became an international top 10 single, and also reached number five in the UK. The follow-up, the jazzy " Sir Duke ", surpassed the commercial success of "I Wish". It also reached number two in the UK, where it was kept off the top spot by the song " Free " by Deniece Williams , who had provided backing vocals on the album. As sales for the album began to decline during the second half of , the two other singles from Songs in the Key of Life failed to achieve the commercial success of "I Wish" and "Sir Duke".
Though not released as a single, " Isn't She Lovely " received wide airplay and became one of Wonder's most popular songs. It was soon released by David Parton as a single in and became a top 10 hit in the UK. Surprisingly, the EP at least as released in the U. These tracks are also on most CD versions of the album, as well as the Blu-ray Audio ,  either split between both discs or appended to the end of the second disc.
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