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Album: Christina AguileraReleased: 1999Charted:
This song was written by Pam Sheyne, Steve Kipner and David Frank. UK based and New Zealand born songwriter Pam Sheyne is a former backing singer for The Pet Shop Boys and Celine Dion, who began writing songs in the mid 90s. Steve Kipner wrote "Physical
" for Olivia Newton-John and "Hard Habit To Break" for Chicago. David Frank wrote "You Are in My System" for Robert Palmer.
The genie in a bottle legend has it that if you find a mysterious bottle and rub it, a genie will appear to grant you 3 wishes. This song uses the tale as a sexually-charged metaphor, implying that the girl will respond to the proper touch.
This song caused some controversy when it was released, as the 18-year-old Aguilera was quite young to be singing such a racy song, particularly as her music was marketed to young girls. Aguilera explains in 1000 UK #1 Hits
by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "It is a bit suggestive, but in a positive way. It's all about a girl who's a little sassy and likes to play hard to get, but equally wants sincerity in a relationship." The lyric, "My body's saying let's go, but my heart is saying no" emphasizes her point.
This was the biggest selling single in the US in 1999, and also Aguilera's best seller in the UK, selling 608,100 copies.