Billboard #1 Hits: #303: “Let’s Get It On”- Marvin Gaye. September 8, 1973. #1 for 2 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Let’s Get It On”- Marvin Gaye
- Record Company- Tamla
- Genre: Soul
- Written by Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend
- Time: 3:58
- B-side:” I Wish It Would Rain”
- Album-Let’s Get It On
- Grade: A+
- Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #31 in UK Singles Chart.
Since the movie High Fidelity came out twenty years ago- every time I hear “Let’s Get It On” I think of Jack Black’s character Barry Judd singing it at the end of the movie. As far as Marvin’s #1 hit from 1973 here is what then critic Jon Landau had to say —
“Let’s Get It On” is a classic Motown single, endlessly repeatable and always enjoyable. It begins with three great wah-wah notes that herald the arrival of a vintage Fifties melody. But while the song centers around classically simple chord changes, the arrangement centers around a slightly eccentric rhythm pattern that deepens the song’s power while covering it with a contemporary veneer. Above all, it has Marvin Gaye’s best singing at its center, fine background voices on the side, and a long, moody fade-out that challenges you not to play the cut again.— Jon Landau