OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN SONGS from the 70s and 80s
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
A true 70s and 80s heartthrob, Olivia Newton-John is an English-born, Australian raised singer and actress. She has won four grammy awards, had five No. 1 singles and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles in the U.S., and two No. 1 Billboard 200 solo albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA.
So far, Olivia Newton-John has released a staggering 25 studio albums. Here 80s albums were;
- Physical (1981)
- Soul Kiss (1985)
- The Rumour (1988)
- Warm and Tender (1989)
GREASE THE MUSICAL Songs
I used to play the 7" of this one quite a lot in my childhood, and I still have it, although I'm not sure whatever happened to the actual sleeve (pictured left).
Also from the musical Grease, "Summer Nights" became a massive hit in both the United States and United Kingdom during the summer of 1978. My Mum bought the 7" single of this, but I accidentally snapped it in half... Well, I say accidentally. I'm not sure she has ever forgiven me for that!
"Hopelessly Devoted To You" also featured on the Grease soundtrack and when released as a single it reached No.2 in the UK singles chart.
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN AND ELO "XANADU"
Transport yourself back to the summer of 1980 and you would find the title track to the American romantic musical Xanadu (which was directed by Robert Greenwald) riding high in the UK charts.
The single was released two months ahead of the album and knocked Don McLean's Crying off the top spot on July 12th, staying put for two weeks before Odyssey knocked it off its perch with the disco number Use It Up and Wear It Out. It was ABBA's The Winner Takes It All that pushed Xanadu off the top spot in the Irish charts and the Eurochart Hot 100.
Spending a whopping ten weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Physical became the biggest-selling single of the entire 1980s in the U.S. Interestingly, after pushing Private eyes by Hall & Oates off the top spot in November 1981, the duo returned the favour by reclaiming the No.1 spot in January 1982 with I Can't Go For That (No Can Do). Both acts cruelly held Foreigner at #2 for ten weeks with Waiting For A Girl Like You.
This single was taken from the album of the same name and reached No.7 in the UK. Physical bacmae the best selling album by a female Australian singer,
selling 10,000,000 copies worldwide. Both the song and video were banned in some countries due to the sexual content, with the sight of Olivia dressed in a tight leotard sending temperatures soaring during the Autumn of 1981. The song featured a guitar solo by American guitarist and producer Steven lee "Luke" Lukather.
"MAKE A MOVE ON ME" (1982)
"HEART ATTACK" AND "TIED UP"
Released in 1983, the second single, Tied Up, could only peak at #38 in the U.S. and failed to chart in the UK.