Soul Kiss

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Soul Kiss
Studio album by Olivia Newton-John
Released October 1985
Genre Pop, synthpop, adult contemporary
Label MCA
Producer John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Two of a Kind
Soul Kiss
The Rumour

Soul Kiss is the thirteenth studio album by Australian pop, adult contemporary singer, Olivia Newton-John, which was released in October 1985. It made No. 11 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart and the Top 30 on the United States Billboard 200. The album was produced by long-time associate, John Farrar, who also co-wrote four tracks; the cover art includes photography of Newton-John by Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Although the album was not as commercially successful as her previous efforts it made the Top 30 on the United States Billboard 200,[2] and was certified Gold by RIAA in the US.[3] It charted at No. 5 in Japan; and peaked at No. 11 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart.[4]


  • The album's title song reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts;[2] and peaked at No. 12 on the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart.[4] Newton-John's last US Top 40 Pop single to date; her second-to-last in Canada; and "Bubbled Under" on the UK singles chart at No. 100. It was also remixed into a 12" single mix, which featured a new Carib-influenced percussion overdub.
  • The follow-up single, "Toughen Up," (written for Tina Turner but rejected by her as inferior) failed to chart, except for a top 70 placement in Australia.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Toughen Up" (Graham Lyle, Terry Britten) 3:51
  2. "Soul Kiss" (Mark Goldenberg) 4:32
  3. "Queen of the Publication" (John Farrar, Stephen Kipner, Tom Snow) 3:55
  4. "Emotional Tangle" (Farrar, Billy Thorpe) 4:05
  5. "Culture Shock" (Kipner, Paul Bliss) 3:52
  6. "Moth to a Flame" (Kipner, Bliss) 3:46
  7. "Overnight Observation" (Farrar, Snow) 4:27
  8. "You Were Great, How Was I?" (duet with Carl Wilson) (Farrar, Snow) 3:46
  9. "Driving Music" (Kipner, Tommy Emmanuel) 3:41
  10. "The Right Moment" (Gerry Rafferty) 3:44
  • European and Japanese versions also contained "Electric" as the tenth track. In the US, "Electric" was the "B side" to the first single, "Soul Kiss."


Production work
Art work



Singles Charts Title Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] "Soul Kiss" 12
"Toughen Up" 69
US Billboard Hot 100[2] "Soul Kiss" 20
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[2] "Soul Kiss" 20
US Billboard Hot Dance[2] "Soul Kiss" 28
Canadian Charts[citation needed] "Soul Kiss" 25


Soul Kiss
Video by Olivia Newton-John
Released 1985
Recorded 1985
Genre Music video
Length 20 minutes
Label MCA
Producer Jacqui Byford

Soul Kiss is a compilation of music and clips from the album Soul Kiss, featuring the singer Olivia Newton-John.

Matt Lattanzi, her husband at the time, appeared in the "Soul Kiss" video.


  • Toughen Up
  • Emotional Tangle
  • Culture Shock
  • Soul Kiss
  • The Right Moment


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Soul Kiss – Olivia Newton-John". Allmusic. (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Olivia Newton-John – Soul Kiss". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ a b c d e Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  5. ^ "Olivia Newton-John". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Newton-John, Olivia – Two of a Kind (soundtrack)". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH