50 sexiest songs ever made: From Marvin Gaye to Justin Timberlake

Our playlist of sex songs will take you by the hand, whisper sweet nothings in your ear and lead you straight to the bedroom.

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Best sex songs: 50–41

50
Marvin Gaye

"Let’s Get It On" by Marvin Gaye

Not many artists could have claimed as many potential positions on this list as Marvin Gaye, who made a steady sideline in ministering sexual healing. But arguably, this indelible 1973 started the ball rolling, turning a page from the social consciousness of "What's Going On" to more carnal concerns. Fact: There is no sexier guitar lick in existence than the one that starts this tune.—Steve Smith

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49

"Thinkin Bout You" by Frank Ocean

There's little direct allusion to sex in this minimal Frank Ocean masterwork, perhaps the highlight of this year's widely swooned-over Channel Orange. But that lighters-in-the-air falsetto in the chorus and the brief stunner of a bridge—"You know you were my first time / A new feel"—make this a boudoir ballad for the ages. What's a bigger turn-on, after all, than knowing you've been on your lover's mind?—Hank Shteamer

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48

"La Femme d’Argent" by Air

From Zero 7 to Massive Attack, electronic musicians are no strangers to the power of lush dreamscapes. But none have used them to as sensual effect as Air, especially on this eternal sex jam, from the French duo’s 14-year old space-pop debut, Moon Safari. Languorous, smooth and breathless—this is easy listening made precisely for staying in bed all day.—Marley Lynch

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47
Madonna

"Justify My Love" by Madonna

Funny, isn’t it, how Madonna’s "Erotica" was everything but erotic, yet “Justify My Love” is so sexy, it could make you blush if it came on your iPod on the train. Such is the mystery of Madonna, and we won’t question it—merely take time to enjoy that insistent drum loop, the tentative string arrangements (the musical equivalent of a wandering hand), and whatever was really going on between Madonna and guest vocalist Lenny Kravitz at the time. Oh, and one more word: video.—Sophie Harris

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46
Goldfrapp

"Ooh La La" by Goldfrapp

Sometimes you just want to get it on without all the responsibilities and romance that come with a relationship. At least, that’s what Alison Goldfrapp wants in her sultry disco-dance number; all poetic lovemaking aside, the commanding songstress coos poutily, “I don't want it Baudelaire, just glitter lust.” And that, ladies and gents, is what booty calls are for.—Marley Lynch

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45

"I Touch Myself" by Divinyls

Subtle as a flying hammer, this 1991 left-field hit made a one-hit wonder of Australian postpunk band Divinyls, assisted by Christina Amphlett's grainy come-hither mewl. A kind of sex-positive feminist manifesto? Perhaps, but let's face it, the bountiful cleavage Amphlett shared with the world in the song's video surely inspired plenty of men to take her message in hand…er, to heart.—Steve Smith

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44

"Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Would the BBC in Britain never learn that banning a song would merely guarantee its success? When cheesy disc jockey Mike Read realized what “Relax” was about, midway through playing the song in 1984—it must’ve been all the squelching and thudding, or perhaps the chorus, “Relax, don’t do it, when you wanna come”—he took the needle right off the record. The Beeb banned the song, which then became the fourth-biggest-selling single in British history.—Sophie Harris

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43

"Worked Up So Sexual" by The Faint

On its second album, Blank-Wave Arcade, the Omaha electropunk band tackled sex on a number of songs—“Sex Is Personal,” “Casual Sex,” etc. But this track is by far the most arousing, with a frenetic, synth-driven beat that all but encourages you to bump and grind with the person next to you on the dance floor. —Amy Plitt

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42

"Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel

You could hardly be blamed for missing the sexual urge in this 1986 hit on the first go-round. English cult singer Peter Gabriel wasn't known for libidinous content; here, a wonky song was abetted by a groundbreakingly loopy animated video. Still, the spermatozoa that introduce the video are a distinct clue; listen as Gabriel sings about bumper cars and pollination, and all becomes clear.—Steve Smith

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41
My Bloody Valentine, day two

"Soft as Snow (But Warm Inside)" by My Bloody Valentine

Indie kids need sexy songs too—as proved by this track from shoegaze forefathers My Bloody Valentine, on the band’s seminal (sorry) 1988 album, Isn’t Anything. “Soft as snow but warm inside, penetrate then we divide…” All in the name of art, naturally.—Sophie Harris

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24 comments
Craig K
Craig K

There are some solid choices, but any list that doesn't include Glory Box by Portishead is invalid.

Anthony H
Anthony H

SoMo Ride- hands down the best song ever

sandra p
sandra p

Are you kidding me? Have you ever heard Paula Cole's 'Feelin Love'....now that's raw and raunchy.

Lombardo R
Lombardo R

This list SUCKS! I mean, how is it damn possible to make up a 50 Best Sex Songs list and not include Herb Alpert's "Making Love In The Rain"? And where's Art Of Noise "Moments In Love"? And how do you dare leave out Janet Jackson's "70's Love Groove" and Ready For The World's "Love You Down"? Quite questionable, indeed :/

Conor O
Conor O

No Jamie Foxx - Storm ?

Masha_STYLES
Masha_STYLES

Take You Down by Chris Brown should have been in top 5 for sure

and a couple of other songs by the same artist

suze w
suze w

Seriously? No Barry White in this list? Not one single mention of the love walrus himself?! Give yourselves a slap round the chops!

Natalia
Natalia

You can never go wrong with Jeremih. "Birthday Sex" and "All the Time" by Jeremih should've been on here.

Laila
Laila

TLC's song "This is how it works" should've been on here, it's practically a sex lesson! smh it is such an underrated song

Love machine
Love machine

Terrible might as well put the whisper song by little john and get straight to the point....No jeff Buckley "lover, you should've come over"? Garbage list

alan
alan

what a load of tripe!!! i cam here looking to make a playlist for some moody sensual music but instead saw peter gabriels sledgehammer and the faint - worked up so sexual which is more like an aerobics on speed tune. thinking about you frank ocean is wet like soggy cardboard and my bloody valentine sounds like when you took the centre out of a record on a turntable and it played all wonky. my missus would say whats this rubbish turn it off its putting me off!! failed dismally.

bobby
bobby

electric feel mgmt should be on this list

Joe
Joe

Terrible list. Have you ever really made love to a woman. The Weeknd's "the Zone" should be here.

m1k3
m1k3

ridiculous that Justify My Love wasn't in the top 5!! and where the F was Wonderland by John Mayer? Jesus.

Anon
Anon

Mariah Carey touch my body (Cyril Hahn remix) is by FAR the sexiest song you could play. I dare anyone to listen to that and disagree.

miriam
miriam

i touch myself s a good song but not one to have sex to, i like lets get it on

Rose
Rose

I really think that Paradise Circus by Massive Attack should be somewhere in there, since it is by far the sexiest song I've heard. You can tell by the hidden messages in the lyrics as well as the hypnotizing voice but also from the unbearably hot rhythm. (By the way the Zeds Remix adds a little bit spark to the piece that if i might say does the song justice ;P )

Steve
Steve

Interesting list. Not sure "I Touch Myself" is a song to 'do it to' though. I hear you on Frank Ocean, but Touch Myself just reminds me of silly school dances and immature girls.

Jen P
Jen P

@Lombardo R 

Lombardo R I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU! First off I totally agree, however, thanks to you I now know the name of one of my all time favorite "sexy" songs e.i. Art of Noise - Moments in Love. I wanted to create a new playlist for a romantic eve with the bf and that song which of known and loved for years just completely left my brain. I heard the song and chorus but just couldn't rememer who did the song or the name! Thanks to you I now have the PERFECT playlist consisting of the sexiest tracks ever: Sade, B-Tribe, Enigma and thanks to you,  Art of Noise!!! Bless your heart!

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