500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Marvin Gaye, 'Let's Get It On'

168. Marvin Gaye, 'Let's Get It On'

Writers: Gaye, Ed Townsend
Producers: Gaye, Townsend
Released: June '73, Tamla
14 weeks; No. 1

After 1971's "What's Going On," Gaye radically changed course with this ode to sexual bliss. With the help of producer and songwriter Townsend, Gaye created a masterpiece of erotic persuasion that topped the pop and R&B charts. Gaye said later that he hoped "Let's Get It On" didn't "advocate promiscuity" but also said he had a hunch the song might have "some aphrodisiac power."

Appears on: Let's Get It On (Motown)


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