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"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"
Da' Ya' Think I'm Sexy single cover.jpg
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Blondes Have More Fun
B-side
  • "Dirty Weekend" (UK)
  • "Scarred and Scared" (US)
Released10 November 1978
Format
Recorded1978
GenreDisco
Length5:31 (album version)
6:29 (12-inch version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Tom Dowd
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"I Was Only Joking"
(1978)
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"
(1978)
"Ain't Love a Bitch"
(1979)
Music video
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" on YouTube

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (sic) is a song by British singer Rod Stewart from his 1978 album Blondes Have More Fun. It was written by Stewart, Carmine Appice and Duane Hitchings,[1] though it incorporates the melody from the song "Taj Mahal" by Jorge Ben Jor and the string arrangement from the song "Put Something Down On It" by Bobby Womack.[2]

The song featured on Stewart's album Blondes Have More Fun, and was released as a single in November 1978. It spent one week at the top of the British charts in December 1978 and four weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1979. Billboard ranked it number four on its Top Singles of 1979 year-end chart.[3] It also topped the charts in Australia for two weeks.

Royalties from the song were donated to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Stewart performed the song at the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly in January 1979.[4]

Rolling Stone ranked the song at #308 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[5]

Background and writing[edit]

Carmine Appice, who played drums on this song told Songfacts: "This was a story of a guy meeting a chick in a club. At that time, that was a cool saying. If you listen to the lyrics, 'She sits alone, waiting for suggestions, he's so nervous...' it's the feelings of what was going on in a dance club. The guy sees a chick he digs, she's nervous and he's nervous and she's alone and doesn't know what's going on, then they end up at his place having sex, and then she's gone."[6] In a 2007 interview, co-writer Duane Hitchings noted that "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" was

a spoof on guys from the 'cocaine lounge lizards' of the Saturday Night Fever days. We Rock and Roll guys thought we were dead meat when that movie and the Bee Gees came out. The Bee Gees were brilliant musicians and really nice people. No big egos. Rod, in his brilliance, decided to do a spoof on disco. VERY smart man. There is no such thing as a "dumb" super success in the music business.[7]

It has been noted that Stewart created parts of the song through musical plagiarism. A copyright infringement lawsuit by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor claimed the chorus of the song had been derived from his song "Taj Mahal". The case was "settled amicably" according to Jorge Ben Jor, in Ben Jor's favor.[8] Stewart admitted in his 2012 autobiography to "unconscious plagiarism" of the Ben Jor song, which he had heard while attending the Rio Carnival in 1978.[2] He also admitted that he had consciously lifted the song's signature synthesizer riff from the string arrangement on Bobby Womack's "(If You Want My Love) Put Something Down On It". Stewart contends that it is legal to lift a line from any song's arrangement as long as the core melody line isn't copied.[2]

Reception[edit]

The song was criticised by many in the rock press as a betrayal of Stewart's blues-oriented rock roots, due to its disco-like arrangement, but Stewart and others were quick to point out that other widely respected artists, such as Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones, had also released disco-flavoured songs. However, the song has since experienced some retrospective acclaim as Rolling Stone placed the song at #308 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[5]

Charts and certifications[edit]

N-Trance featuring Rod Stewart version[edit]

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"
N-Trance - Da Ya single.jpg
Single by N-Trance featuring Rod Stewart
from the album Happy Hour
Released13 October 1997
FormatCD single
GenreEurodance
Length3:59
LabelSony
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Curds, Whey
N-Trance singles chronology
"The Mind of the Machine"
(1997)
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"
(1997)
"Paradise City"
(1998)
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"When I Need You"
(1997)
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
(1997)
"Ooh La La"
(1998)
Music video
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" on YouTube

In 1997, the song was remixed by English techno-house group N-Trance for their second album Happy Hour and features lyrics from the Millie Jackson version (as performed by vocalist Kelly Llorenna). It was featured in the film A Night at the Roxbury the following year.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts
Chart (1997–98) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[34] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[35] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[36] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[37] 10
Denmark (IFPI)[38] 7
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[39] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[40] 5
France (SNEP)[41] 33
Germany (Official German Charts)[42] 15
Hungary (Mahasz)[43] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[44] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[45] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[46] 23
Norway (VG-lista)[47] 10
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[48] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[49] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[50] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[51] 7
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[52] 30
Year-end charts
Chart (1997) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[53] 43

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[54] Platinum 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

2017 remix version[edit]

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy (feat. DNCE).jpg
Single by Rod Stewart featuring DNCE
Released25 August 2017
FormatDigital download
Recorded2017
Genre
Length3:50
LabelRepublic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kevin Saviger
  • Yacoub
  • Fodgelmark
  • Nedler
  • Chris Scalfani
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Please"
(2015)
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
(2017)
DNCE singles chronology
"Kissing Strangers"
(2017)
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
(2017)
"Dance"
(2018)

In 2017, Stewart released a remix version featuring American band DNCE.[55] They performed the song at 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.[56][57]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017-18) Peak
position
Argentina Anglo (Monitor Latino)[58] 13
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[59] 34
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[60] 27
Israel (Media Forest)[61] 1
Japan Airplay (Tokio Hot 100)[62] 81
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[63] 37
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[64] 27
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[65] 11
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[66] 34

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