I'm Too Sexy

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"I'm Too Sexy"
Single by Right Said Fred
from the album Up
Released 15 July 1991 (UK)
Format CD, 7", 12", cassette
Recorded 1991
Genre Dance-pop[1]
Length 2:50
Label Tug (UK)
Charisma (U.S.)
Writer(s) Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass, Jimi Hendrix, Rob Manzoli
Producer(s) TommyD
Right Said Fred singles chronology
"I'm Too Sexy"
"Don't Talk Just Kiss"
2007 release cover
Cover for "I'm Too Sexy 2007"
Right Said Fred singles chronology
"Where Do You Go to My Love?"
"I'm Too Sexy 2007"
"I'm a Celebrity"

"I'm Too Sexy" is a song by English pop group Right Said Fred. The single reached number two in the UK, and number one in the US.

In the UK, the song equalled the record for the most weeks at number two without ever topping the chart, staying at number two for six weeks in a row while being famously held off the summit by Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (this equalled the previous record set by Father Abraham's 1978 hit "The Smurf Song").

The band is considered a one-hit wonder in the United States, their only other charting U.S. single peaking at No. 76. However, "I'm Too Sexy" was just the act's first of several hits on the British charts, and they would have a UK number one in early 1992 with "Deeply Dippy".

The song was rated No. 49 on "The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe!"[2] by Blender. In 2007, the song was listed as No. 80 on the VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s. It was also ranked No. 2 on VH1's 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s.[3] Most recently, in 2010, the song was ranked at No. 8 on AOL Radio's list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, with Matthew Wilkening advising the reader: "Next time the Brits try to knock our culture, just ask them where [Right Said Fred] had four Top 30 singles in one year."[4]


"I'm Too Sexy" is sung from the point of view of a histrionic-narcissistic fashion model. The song's lyrics express (over) confidence that his personal level of sexiness makes him too sexy for numerous things, most notably his shirt ("so sexy it hurts"). The list also includes "my love (love's going to leave me)", "Milan, New York, and Japan", "your party (no way I'm disco dancing)", "my car (too sexy by far)", "my hat (what d'you think about that?)", "my cat (poor pussy... poor pussycat)", and the song itself: "...and I'm too sexy for this song", at which point the song abruptly ends.

The song samples the guitar riff from Jimi Hendrix's 1967 song "Third Stone From the Sun".[5]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In 2013, Right Said Fred rerecorded the song as "I'm Too Smurfy" for World Smurfs Day and for the soundtrack to the film The Smurfs 2.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm Too Sexy" (Betty's mix)
  2. "I'm Too Sexy" (7" mix)
  3. "I'm Too Sexy" (12" instrumental)
  4. "I'm Too Sexy" (Italian version)
UK 7" (SNOG 1) / cassette (CA SNOG 1)
  1. "I'm Too Sexy"
  2. "I'm Too Sexy" (instrumental)
UK 12" (12 SNOG 1)
  1. "I'm Too Sexy"
  2. "I'm Too Sexy" (7" version)
  3. "I'm Too Sexy" (12" instrumental)
U.S. single
  1. "I'm Too Sexy" (7" version)
  2. "I'm Too Sexy" (Extended Club Mix)
  3. "I'm Too Sexy" (Betty's Mix)
  4. "I'm Too Sexy" (Instrumental)
  5. "I'm Too Sexy" (Catwalk Mix)
  6. "I'm Too Sexy" (Tushapella)
  7. "I'm Too Sexy" (Spanish version)

Chart positions[edit]

Preceded by
"Don't Cry" by Guns N' Roses
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
3 October 1991 – 10 October 1991 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams
Preceded by
"The Fly" by U2
Australian Singles Chart
10 November 1991 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Black or White" by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
"Black or White" by Michael Jackson
New Zealand Singles Chart
19 January 1992 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Live and Let Die" by Guns N Roses
Preceded by
"Das Boot" by U 96
Austrian Singles Chart
5 April 1992 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Das Boot" by U 96
Preceded by
"Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by George Michael and Elton John
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
8 February 1992 – 22 February 1992 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"To Be with You" by Mr. Big


  1. ^ Steve "Spaz" Schnee. "Up review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 July 2013.  "If you've never heard anything by Right Said Fred apart from their worldwide mega-hit "I'm Too Sexy," then you are missing out on one of the best dance-pop bands of this generation."
  2. ^ The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe!
  3. ^ 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s
  4. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (11 September 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever -- Part Five of Five". AOL Radio. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Right Said Fred's I'm Too Sexy sample of Jimi Hendrix's Third Stone From the Sun". WhoSampled. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes > Overview". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
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  23. ^ Geoff Mayfield (25 December 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 

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