"Physical" was the most
successful song on the Billboard Hot 100 during the entire decade of the
1980s. It was number one for 10
weeks. The famous guitar solo is performed by Toto's guitarist Steve Lukather. Interestingly, "Physical" was preceded and followed in the #1 position by recordings of the duo Hall & Oates. "Private Eyes" yielded its top spot to "Physical" in November 1981, and "Physical" yielded to "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" the following January.
Slightly edgier than Olivia Newton-John had been known for in the past (such as her songs from Grease and her country-pop ballad "I Honestly Love You"), "Physical" proved to be immensely popular both in America and in the United Kingdom, despite the fact that the song was censored and even banned by some radio stations, particularly Adult Contemporary stations. The song was also banned in South Africa for its suggestive lyrics. But, Olivia Newton-John was considered the reigning queen of soft-rock music at the time.
The song was a big dance hit and spawned a music video. The revamped acoustic version of the song was released on the 2002 Olivia duet album as a bonus track.
The song ranks at #6 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.
After more than 28 years from its official release, the song was ranked #1 on Billboard's Top 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time.
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