* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: So many amazing songs.
* EarWorm: Many, many of his songs.
* EpicRiff: The main riff from "Superstition" from ''Music/TalkingBook'', originally played by layered clavinets. By this nature, "You Haven't Done Nothin'" from ''Music/{{Innervisions}}'' is in a similar position, with a slightly different synth sound at the start.
** The repeating bassline from "I Wish" from ''Music/SongsInTheKeyOfLife''. Why yes, that is where Creator/WillSmith got the idea for Film/WildWildWest from!
** The horn riff at the beginning of "Sir Duke".
** The guitar riff from "I Was Made to Love Her".
** The harmonica riff from "Isn't She Lovely?".
** A rare percussive example with the "chugging" rhythm on "You Haven't Done Nothin'."
* GrowingTheBeard: His work in TheSeventies, where he got complete creative control from Motown. This trope appeared in a literal sense around the same time.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Stevie's long-time session guitarist Michael Sembello would go on to have a solo hit with [[Film/{{Flashdance}} "Maniac"]].
* SampledUp: More than a few young Creator/WillSmith fans in the late '90s/early '00s did {{double take}}s when they heard that the killer hook on "Wild Wild West" [[OlderThanTheyThink in "I Wish"]].
** The tune from "Pastime Paradise" will get plenty of gen-xers to start singing Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise (and just as many smart-asses singing [[Music/WeirdAlYankovic "Amish Paradise"]]).
* SignatureSong: "Superstition"
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: "It's Wrong ([[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid]])".
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