Hot 100 Peak Position: No. 16

Rick James defined "Super Freak," one of his signature songs, as a "Very kinky girl/The kind you don't take home to mother." With backup vocals from The Temptations, James talks about getting a girl off the street and the girls you read about "in new-wave magazines," and his theatrical vocals make the song that much better. The saxophone solos, James' sultry raspy grunts and the lyrics all combine for a dirty dance song that reveals his secret desires for a "Super Freak."