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Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" sexiest song ever.

A society that truly believes this is in the last throes of utter decadence...

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Aeryl's picture
Submitted by Aeryl on

This support is probably based on the music video, which featured many shots of Ms. Newton-John's thong bisected derriere, as well as the greased up buff bods of her workout "students", more than it is based on the sexiness of the song.

If it'd been me doing the choosing, here's what I would have chosen.

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Submitted by sisterkenney on

How in the name of all that is called music did the great unwashed choose that piece of bubble-gum crap? HERE's what I call sexy:


Aeryl's picture
Submitted by Aeryl on

Great song, and Seal has a great voice.

Too bad it had to gain popularity from a horrible movie. Which also had another awesome song.

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Submitted by sisterkenney on

At least not with another person :-)

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Submitted by Anthony_JKenn on

First off, "Physical" was released in late 1981....well BEFORE MTV was even launched.

Second...the video for that song was one of the pioneers in production of music videos before Michael Jackson's "Thriller" reset the standard.

Third....have y'all actually SEEN the video?? Olivia in leotards and headband domming those poor fools in the fitness club was simply fabulous...and the shower scene during the guitar solo breakdown was absolutely HOT.

Maybe not her outright sexiest song ("Soulkiss" from a few years later would be my choice), but not the Apocolypse you all assume.

Nothing against all those other songs, either...but for her time and era, Olivia simply RULED.


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Submitted by Aeryl on

MTV was launched in August of 1981, so the video was released after the launch.

And you pretty much made my point for me, which is that this song's selection for "sexiest" was pretty much because of the video.

I don't think anyone's hating on Olivia, they are hating upon the crowd that picked this song. It may be the sexiest video. But that isn't what is was selected as, it was for sexiest song. And if I had to think of a song to have sex to, RIGHT NOW, "Physical" wouldn't be it.

You even point out yourself that this artist has sexier songs.

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Submitted by basement angel on

Or Leonard Cohen's Suzanne, or Talking Head's Take Me To The River (yes, I think it's sexier than Al Green's version), or Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing, or Joni Mitchell's Cold Blue Steel...

I don't mind Olivia Newton John but that song is pretty thoroughly stripped of anything more sexual than a Hallmark Card Valentine. It's genuinely innocuous.

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Submitted by Anthony_JKenn on

This was NOT a popular opinion poll by Billboard, but was based upon the song's ultimate standing and success on Billboard's weekly Top 100 ranking for sales.

Since "Physical" had stayed at #1 for a record tying 10 straight weeks between November 1981 and late January 1982, it got more weight than other songs that had less success.

You are entitled to your opinion, of course...but mine is that she simply ROCKED. Call me old school, if you well.


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Submitted by anniethena on

"Need you Tonight", Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love", or maybe T-Rex's "Get It On (bang a gong)". (Or even, ignoring the sexism, The Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women") Ratings based on how much a "sexy" song compels me to get up and dance.
Too bad it wasn't an opinion poll...

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Submitted by madamab on

Genesis' "Mama" is one of my all time faves...or, for romantic sex, pretty much anything off of Julie London's "Make Love to Me" album.


Julie London, "Go Slow:"