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Released: August 28, 1973

Rating: 4.125 (average of 11 ratings)

Genre: R&B

Quotable: “A record unparalleled in its sheer sensuality and carnal energy.” – Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Let’s Get It On
  2. Please Stay (Once You Go Away)
  3. If I Should Die Tonight
  4. Keep Gettin’ It On
  5. Come Get to This
  6. Distant Lover
  7. You Sure Love to Ball
  8. Just to Keep You Satisfied

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 1.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 39

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Let’s Get It On (6/15/73) #1 US, #31 UK, #1 RB. Sales: ½ million
  • Come Get to This (10/11/73) #21 US, #3 UK
  • You Sure Love to Ball (1/2/74) #50 US, #13 UK
  • Distant Lover (9/5/74) #28 US, #12 RB


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of Blender’s 100 Greatest American Albums NME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Let’s Get It On
Marvin Gaye
“After brilliantly surveying the social, political, and spiritual landscape with What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye turned to more intimate matters with Let’s Get It On, a record unparalleled in its sheer sensuality and carnal energy.” JA As singer/producer Pharrell Williams told Blender Magazine about his favorite album: “‘What’s Going On may be more socially conscious, but Let’s Get It On is more love conscious. My aunt and uncle would play it, and they’d act like I didn’t know what was goin’ on. But they’d start dancin’ real close. You knew what that meant.’” BL

“Always a sexually charged performer, Gaye’s passions reach their boiling point on tracks like the magnificent title hit (a number one smash) and You Sure Love to Ball; silky and shimmering, the music is seductive in the most literal sense, its fluid grooves so perfectly designed for romance as to border on parody. With each performance laced with innuendo, each lyric a come-on, and each rhythm throbbing with lust, perhaps no other record has ever achieved the kind of sheer erotic force of Let’s Get It On, and it remains the blueprint for all of the slow jams to follow decades later – much copied, but never imitated.” JA

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Last updated March 28, 2010.