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: 40–31

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"Ayo Technology" by 50 Cent featuring Justin Timberlake

The potent combination of JT and Fiddy breaking down doing the dirty could be nothing less than explosive. In this Timbaland-produced single, originally titled “Ayo Pornography,” the guys hit the strip club, where they discover a universal truth: Real-life pole dancers provide far more satisfaction than Internet porn. That’s right, folks. Live and learn.—Marley Lynch

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Rihanna

"S&M" by Rihanna

The naughty princess of pop croons admissions that would make Larry Flynt blush in her anthem to kinky sex; Riri’s pulsating dance track flirts with bondage and sub-dom play, and its candid appreciation of bad behavior saw the track banned in 11 countries.—Marley Lynch

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Photograph: Anton Perich

"Pull Up to the Bumper" by Grace Jones

In 2008, disco-era power androgyne Grace Jones claimed in an interview that "Pull Up to the Bumper" had nothing whatsoever to do with sex. Yeah, right: nothing to be read into her helpful suggestion that a bit of lubrication might be required to get that oversize stretch limo through the back door. Meanwhile, the song's possessive thump got everyone ready for some grease-monkeying around. —Steve Smith

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37

"Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" by the Beatles

Reportedly inspired by a seconds-long instance of monkey sex that Paul McCartney witnessed on the streets in India, "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" is one of the goofiest songs in the Beatles catalog. Still, Macca's increasingly unhinged performance—featuring that classic Little Richard–style yowl midway through—gets you thinking seriously about shedding those, shall we say, inhibitions, and encouraging your partner to do the same.—Hank Shteamer

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Pulp

"F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E." by Pulp

Sex is an indelible part of this Britpop band’s oeuvre, but frontman Jarvis Cocker often addresses the subject in a way that’s rather unnerving. (See the entirety of 1998’s This Is Hardcore.) This song, from Pulp’s 1995 breakthrough, Different Class, is no exception, as Cocker sings about missing the sensation of sleeping with a former lover. Cocker sings in his signature low purr over a slinky drumbeat and pulsating bassline, eventually building up to an explosive, altogether satisfying climax.—Amy Plitt

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35

"Jeepster" by T. Rex

What seems at first like a squeaky-clean seduction gradually turns lascivious—okay, downright depraved—in the hands of glam-meister extraordinaire Marc Bolan, who hisses "I'm gonna suck ya!" at his would-be conquest, after declaring himself "a vampire for your love." Grab your partner in kink and play along.—Hank Shteamer

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NEW YORK - MAY 1964:  Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald performs with Duke Ellington at NBC-TV Studios in May 1964 in New York City, New York. (Photo by David Gahr/Getty Images)

"Sunshine of Your Love" by Ella Fitzgerald

Let's face it, there's no logical reason why a jazz singer's spin on a hoary Cream anthem should work. So why does this unlikely cover get us hot and bothered? Partly it's the song's steamy descending chord progression and stop-start, stop-start rhythm; mostly it's the feral abandon Fitzgerald packs into her libidinous interpretation. "I'm ashamed of myself," she teases a 1969 Montreux audience in a famous live clip, making it clear that she's really, really not.—Steve Smith

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Sexiest song hitmakers Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin: Making love for the benefit of your record player

"Je t’Aime…Moi Non Plus" by Serge Gainsbourg

You may think you don’t know this song, but you do—oh, you do. The fiendishly rude-sounding bassline, the nearly cheesy-but-actually-genius organ riff and then the whispered, orgasmic crooning… “Je t’aime” is Sexy Song 101. French singer Serge Gainsbourg really was doing the nasty with English rose Jane Birkin in the studio. It so scandalized and titillated the prudish Brits that the BBC banned the song—which, of course, only added to its appeal.—Sophie Harris

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"Feel Like Makin’ Love" by Roberta Flack

In no way related to the slightly cheesy Bad Company song, this 1974 tune is quite simple: Flack describes moments that inspire an amorous mood, including after walking through a park and while sitting in a restaurant. But her soulful delivery sells it—she coos each line as one lover might to another just before heading to the bedroom.—Amy Plitt

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31
R. Kelly

"Bump n' Grind" by R. Kelly

R. Kelly's 1994 chart-topper is adorned with the melismatic maestro's signature vocal runs, and the video for this steamiest of slow jams demonstrates that Kelz is true to his word—seeing nothing wrong at all with a little bump and grind. And who are we to argue?—Rachel Sonis

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23 comments
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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