Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (#6)
Virginal to Vamp. Such was the transformation of Olivia Newton-John. Some are quick to note that her metamorphosis was a case of life imitating art. After all, she portrayed the same change in her reel role of Sandy in the 1978 film, GREASE.
So audiences could not help but smile, when after such saccharine hits as I HONESTLY LOVE YOU, SAM, and HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW, the Aussie artist suddenly dished out PHYSICAL, which was loaded with sexual innuendo (consider the line: There's nothing left to talk about unless it's horizontally). Listeners loved the new sound and helped catapult the song to No. 1 for 10 weeks in Billboard's Hot 100 beginning in November of 1981.
If that was not enough, Grammy voters chose PHYSICAL as video of the year, ushering in the aerobics movement all over the globe. Heck, here in the Philippines, did we not witness June Keithley sporting the same headband as Olivia's as a result?
Here's a live performance of PHYSICAL on the show SOLID GOLD:
Watch out for the continuation of our countdown. No. 5 belongs to another non-American act, and was named by VH1 as the greatest one-hit wonder of all time....