Randy Newman

You Can Leave Your Hat On

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A lot of great songwriters (including Randy Newman) can write excellent love songs, but few can write about lust the way Newman did on this one. Just this side of X-rated, "You Can Leave Your Hat On" finds Newman instructing his lover exactly what he wants her to do prior to lovemaking. While it may seem to be a bit tongue in cheek, it really works on whatever level you want it to. Built around a monster blues-rock piano riff and a very heavy arrangement, the song was certainly ripe for good cover versions in the rock arena. It took almost 15 years, but Joe Cocker finally did it in the '80s, taking the song to the Top Ten.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sail Away 1972 Reprise 3:11
Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman 1998 Rhino 3:12
The Best of Randy Newman 2001 Warner Archives / Rhino 3:20
The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 2003 Nonesuch 2:33
Original Album Series 2011 Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:18
The Randy Newman Song Book [Box Set] 2016 Nonesuch 0:00