Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical,' a song banned in a country and on radio stations for being so steamy, has been recognized by Billboard. The music magazine and online site has placed the song at the top of the list of the 50 Sexiest Song of All Time.
Billboard published their results on Monday and said they came to their conclusions after polling the performance of songs on their U.S. Billboard Hot 100, going all the way back to 1958. Yes, songs could get steamy before then, sort of - 'Tea for Two' by Art Tatum? - but Billboard didn't compile the Hot 100 until '58.
Sexiest Songs to Billboard Charts
The looked at songs about sex and simply awarded points based on how long they stayed on the charts, in particular taking into account how long they stayed at number one and at the top end of the charts. The upshot is that the Aussie Newton-John, whose innocent and sexy look, for 1981, helped propel her song up the charts, came out on top with 'Let's Get Physical'.
The top ten has only one artist with two songs in it, and those among you north of 50 are sure to guess that the U.K. artist - transplanted to America now - Rod Stewart is the one to achieve that. Stewart' was all over the charts in the 70s and 80s and his 'Tonight's the Night' is in number 2 while 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy' is 10th.
Here's the entire top ten:
1. Olivia Newton-John - 'Physical'
2. Rod Stewart - 'Tonight's The Night'
3. Boyz II Men - 'I'll Make Love To You'
4. Next – 'Too Close'
5. Marvin Gaye – 'Let's Get It On'
6. Donna Summer – 'Hot Stuff'
7. Captain and Tennille – 'Do That To Me One More Time'
8. Madonna – 'Like A Virgin'
9. Exile – 'Kiss You All Over'
10. Rod Stewart – 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy'
'Physical' was banned in South Africa and, according to Billboard, on many radio stations around the planet. The rest of the top ten can't make such a claim but there will be differences of opinion. Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get it On' would be tops on many lists, coming across as a more serious ode to sex, without the heavy pop elements present in the rest of the top ten.
The Rolling Stones 'Honky Tonk Woman' makes it at number 11 (right above Little Wayne's very hot 'Lollipop') but neither The Beatles, the late Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, or Lady Gaga make an appearance on the list. The Pointer Sisters super hot 'Slow Hand' doesn't appear until number 29, surprisingly, while Donna Summer, who died earlier this year, is the only artist to have 4 songs in the Top 50.