Beautiful South – Perfect 10

The Beautiful South were an English band that formed in 1988 and remained active for almost twenty years, selling 15 million records worldwide. This song Perfect 10, released in 1998, was one of their biggest hits, reaching number two in the UK charts. It was taken from their Album Quench released in the same year.

Perfect 10 is sung by one of the band’s original founders Paul Heaton, and Jacqui Abbott – a vocalist with the band until 2000, and makes references throughout to body sizes and their perceived imperfections. The male vocalist expresses a preference towards his partner’s generous size 16 over a model size 6, declaring her a “Perfect 10”, in spite of society’s definition of perfection.

 

 

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