Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta

You're the One That I Want

Composed by John Farrar

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The song opens with John Travolta mimicking the vocalist from British rock group The Sweet, their song Ballroom Blitz to be exact, and though Travolta is hardly in Olivia Newton-John's league as a vocalist, he takes the Sonny Bono role to Olivia's Cher on this short and sweet soundbite from a film that was the rage towards the end of the decade. The snappy bass and drum combo give the tune a novel sound for a fifties-style song hitting #1 in April of 1978. It's two-minutes and forty seven seconds of producer/writer John Farrar showing his complete comprehension of what was needed for the film Grease. RSO single #891 went platinum and was covered by such notables as Patti Austin and Brenda Lee which is the bigger compliment to the team of Olivia Newton-John and John Farrar. After incessant radio spins this cheeky epic couldn't help but become annoying, Travolta having to take some responsibility for that, but it was an "instant oldie" and holds up as such decades after it was recorded.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Grease [The Soundtrack from the Motion Picture] 1978
Original Soundtrack
Polydor 2:47
No Image 1978
Various Artists
Paramount Records
Olivia's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1982 MCA 2:47
Back to Basics 1992 Geffen 2:49
Olivia's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3 1998 Festival Records
Pure Disco, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Polydor 3:24
Grease [Remix] 1998 Polydor 3:26
20th Century Disco 1999
Various Artists
Insight (3)
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal
Magic: The Very Best Of Olivia Newton-John 2001 MCA / UTV 2:49
The Guru [Universal] 2003
Original Soundtrack
Universal Distribution 2:50
No Image 2004
Original Soundtrack
Universal Distribution 0:01
No Image 2005 Hip-O / Universal 2:51
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