Olivia Newton : John Stopped The Rolling Stones’ ‘Start Me Up’ From Hitting No. 1

One of the iconic songs from the 1980s is “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones. Despite this, “Start Me Up” failed to reach No. 1 due to a single by Olivia Newton-John. What a farce this was. ‘Physical’ by Olivia Newton-John overshadowed “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones, which became a great hit for the band. The song spent 24 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 list, peaking at No. 2 there. None of the band’s subsequent singles had a chart run as long.

At the same time, Newton-John’s “Physical” was a huge smash. The song spent an incredible 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. During her time in the spotlight, Newton-John had a number of significant singles, but “Physical” was by far her biggest. “Physical” prevented “Start Me Up” from reaching No. 1 according to the 2013 book 50 Licks: Myths and Stories from Half a Century of The Rolling Stones.

Why Olivia Newton-John did not deserve to be at No. 1 and The Rolling Stones did ‘The success of “Physical” is somewhat tragic. At best, “physical” is acceptable. In essence, it’s a subpar Madonna song. With the exception of its subtly provocative music video, nothing about it stands out.

In contrast, “Start Me Up” is one of the 1980s’ top pop-rock tunes. The Rolling Stones would have had No. 1 singles in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s if the song had reached that position. Instead, “Start Me Up” was denied the number-one spot in the charts that was rightfully earned.

‘Start Me Up’s’ position within the band’s discography In any case, “Start Me Up” was a crucial period in The Rolling Stones’ history since it allowed them to become successful on MTV. In 1981, “Start Me Up,” “Waiting on a Friend,” and “Neighbors” were all planned to be made, according to music video director Michael Lindsay-Hogg. “This marked MTV’s launch. I was having lunch with Mick, Charlie, and I when Mick asked, “Have you seen anything from MTV yet? As a result, that is the future. So we gave ‘Start Me Up’ a very gritty performance. I’ve always believed that having The Rolling Stones perform is a gift to the director; you don’t want to interfere with them too much.

Notably, Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones stated that while he enjoys “Start Me Up,” he does not enjoy the parent album. He said, “Tattoo You as an album sounds a little jumbled.” As opposed to sitting down and listening to the entire album, several of the songs seem better out of context.

He noted that when taken as a whole, the tracks “Start Me Up,” “Hang Fire,” and “Waiting on a Friend” all sounded better on the radio than they did on the album. “I believe that’s probably due to it being recorded over a period of time,” the speaker said. Even though “Physical” got in the way, “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones is still a fantastic song.

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