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.