500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Marvin Gaye, 'Sexual Healing'
Writers: Gaye, Odell Brown, David Ritz
Released: Oct. '82, Columbia
21 weeks; No. 3
In April 1982 Gaye was living in exile in Brussels and suffering writer's block. "I suggested that Marvin needed sexual healing," Ritz, his biographer, later wrote. Gaye put the idea to a reggae-style beat by sideman Brown. The result: Gaye's last Top Five hit.
Appears on: Midnight Love (Columbia)