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Global Single Chart
40 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to January 16, 1982
compiled and provided by

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1 / 1
week 11
Physical - Olivia Newton-John
MCA / Jet - 8 weeks at No.1
6 / 5
week 9
Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner
Atlantic
3 / 6
week 4
One Of Us - Abba
Atlantic / Epic / Polydor
7 / 7
week 7
Let's Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire
ARC / CBS
4 / 3
week 8
Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Diana Ross
RCA / Capitol
5 / 4
week 12
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Police
A&M
8 / 8
week 5
Young Turks - Rod Stewart
Warner Bros.
9 / 9
week 8
Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie
EMI / Elektra
new.JPG (991 bytes) I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Daryl Hall & John Oates
RCA
- / -
week 4
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Sire / Vertigo
 

"Physical" was released on September 28, 1981 as the lead single from her eleventh studio album with the same name (1981). Originally intended to offer it to Rod Stewart, also had been offered to Tina Turner by her manager Roger Davies. But when Turner declined, Davies gave the song to Olivia Newton-John, another of his clients. The song's guitar solo was performed by Steve Lukather, best known as a founding member of the American rock band Toto. The controversial music video, directed by Brian Grant, featured Newton-John in a gym with well-built men in the last half. Some of the scenes have sexual subtext, such as the shower scene or when Newton-John rubs herself on the men. "Physical" is the most successful hit of Olivia's career, stayed ten weeks at no.1 in the United States alone, and went also to the top position in Canada, Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, and Switzerland. "Physical" ranked at no.6 on the Year-End Chart 1981 and at same place one year later.

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