There are things that are certain in life, things that are absolute. From the short amount of time i’ve been alive on this earth, I know of a few things that are always constant: the sky being blue, water being wet, fire being hot. Things that will never change no matter how much time passes. Among these things that im 100% sure of is that “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye is the greatest song of all time.
Most people cite Let’s Get It On as his best “mood” setting song but the real heads know that Sexual Healing is the one. Let’s Get It On is a classic in its own right but it’s turned into such a cliche that it’s allowed this sleeper to sneak in there and take that top slot, in my eyes at least. His lyrics on this song, legendary. When he starts the song with the line: “baaaaaby, i’m hot just like an oven, I need some lovin’/and baaaaaby, I cant hold it much longer, it’s getting stronger…and stronger.” You know its over, it’s fucking over. When he says these lines, in all honesty I think the chances of a guy getting laid increases by 20%. It may not sound like much, but believe me, speaking for the entire male species…IT’S ALOT. And as the song progresses, the more Marvins voice and lyrics sink into the brain, our chances of getting some just continues to increase exponentially to the point of 100% certainty.
Marvin is the epitome of soul music and this song proves it. Not just because of the beat, not just for the lyrics as a whole but simply because of one line in the song. Its the line that goes: “you’re my medicine, open up and let me in. Darlin’ you’re so great, I cant wait for you to operate.” <- Goddamn, that has to be the illest line uttered in any song EVER in the history of music. Working “I cant wait for you to operate.” in a song titled “Sexual Healing” is so fitting it’s genius.
What more can I say? If Marvin Gaye + X = the greatest song of all time, X will ALWAYS be Sexual Healing, i’m certain of it.