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: 30–21

30
Al Green

"Lay It Down" by Al Green

How could we run a list like this and not feature the Reverend Al? A man whose music has soundtracked nigh on four decades of baby-making, and who now marries lovestruck couples in his own chapel. We decided to skip the gorgeous but sad “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” and first-dance anthem “Let’s Stay Together” in favor of this straight-up invitation, from the Rev’s 2008 album of the same name, produced by Questlove.—Sophie Harris

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29

"Friendly Skies" by Missy Elliott featuring Ginuwine

In the '90s, Ginuwine was the R&B king of getting freaky, and to our ears, his greatest moment is this duet with hip-hop’s queen sauce, Missy Elliott. The song’s metaphor is pleasingly out-there—they’re on a plane, Missy’s the stewardess, Ginuwine’s the passenger. “Feel the turbulence, and maintain,” coos Missy, “Please refrain / Stay in your seat / Until we reach the peak.” The song flutters, grinds and swoons its way to R&B bliss.—Sophie Harris

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28
LL Cool J by Albert Watson

"Doin’ It" by LL Cool J

Perhaps the hip-hop king of sexytime rhymes, LL Cool J created a New York tale of interborough romance that values stamina over subtlety in regards to getting busy. Sweating, screaming, spanking: LL and Leshaun are no doubt going to make it last—doin' it and doin' it and doin' it well…—Marley Lynch

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27

"Devil in a New Dress" by Kanye West

Rapping over a sped-up soul sample, Kanye sounds like his College Dropout self on this My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy standout. Typical Yeezy, subtlety takes a back seat (see the hook: “We ain't married but tonight I need some consummation”). But a roomy back seat is where the lush production and syrupy strings sound best.—Andrew Frisicano

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26
Jay-Z

"Ain’t No Nigga" by Jay-Z

Lyrically, it’s more about getting paid than laid, but Jigga never sounded smoother than over this Reasonable Doubt jam. Nevermind all the talk about shopping, the liquid groove—pulled from the Whole Darn Family’s "Seven Minutes of Funk"—is pure bedroom music.—Adam Feldman

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25

"I Want Your Sex" by George Michael

After George Michael quit squeaky clean ‘80s boyband Wham!, he went on a sexual rampage with “School’s out forever!”-style zeal and enthusiasm. The album Faith (1987) featured Michael sniffing his own armpit and opened with this funky gem—which finds Michael’s signature growl at its peak: “C – c – c- c’mon!”. He also makes his request in the plainest possible terms “Have sex with me!"—which we appreciate.—Sophie Harris

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24
Depeche Mode

"I Feel You" by Depeche Mode

For a band that often sang about the kinkier side of sex—both “Master and Servant” and “Strangelove” embrace S&M elements—this 1993 track is fairly tame. But the combination of frontman Dave Gahan’s deep, sultry baritone and the propulsive backing track makes it sound far dirtier (and therefore hotter) than any of the band’s previous work.—Amy Plitt

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23

"Rocks Off" by the Rolling Stones

When your mom tells you how sexy Mick Jagger was—yeah, and Keith Richards, too—it’s this that she’s talking about. Exile on Main St. (1972) is the Stones’ loosest, jammiest, dirtiest record, and “Rocks Off” is its greatest expression of joy (and intent, come to think of it).—Sophie Harris

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22

"You Really Got Me" by the Kinks

The Kinks’ 1964 breakthrough hit is a visceral ode to lust: “Girl, you really got me goin’ / You got me so I don't know what I’m doin’ / Yeah, you really got me now / You got me so I can't sleep at night.” More than anything, this most primal track throbs with hot-blooded teenage urgency, and will remind you of not being able to keep your hands off your high-school flame. And that’s a good thing.—Marley Lynch

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21

"Have Love, Will Travel" by the Sonics

The Seattle garage rockers were barely out of their teens when they recorded this loins-burning Richard Berry cover. The seething postadolescent hormones come through in Gerry Roslie’s unchained howl as well as the song’s honking sax solo (a sturdy backbeat also helps, for practical reasons).—Adam Feldman

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21 comments
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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