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Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On

February 13, 2009 | 1973, Male, Motown, Number 1

If there was a theme song for the sexual freedom of the 1970s Let’s Get It On the 1973 hit by Marvin Gaye could easily be it. Marvin along with Ed Townsend wrote the song which was also the title of his followup to What’s Going On.

The song reach the top of the Billboard charts on September 8, 1973, staying there for two weeks. It is also one of the biggest selling singles released by Motown. It sold over two million copies in its first six weeks of release.

Even though Ed Townsend had originally wrote the song with more of a religious theme, Motown and Marvin Gaye changed it to one that as one critic called, the best overtly sensual music anyone in rock has ever made,”.

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