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.
Thu Oct 24 2013
"Ball and Biscuit" by the White Stripes
Dear Jack: You may have blotted your card recently, what with storming off the stage at Radio City and all. And sure, some of your style choices over the years have been questionable (that Zorro mustache). But we will never, ever question the fact that this cut, from 2003 breakthrough album Elephant, is one of the sexiest songs committed to vinyl. That slow, thumping beat, those tantalizing, scratchy guitar licks and of course, those lyrics, dripping with innuendo: “I’ll let you see it if you want to…” For this most masculine siren call, we offer our humblest, hottest thanks.—Sophie Harris
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"I Just Wanna Make Love to You" by Etta James
Issued on her 1961 debut album, At Last!, Etta James’s impossibly honest blues tune revealed a lot about her spirit: swinging, slinky and sassy. It also showed that she was a woman who knew what she wanted. Upon its release, the song immediately shot to the top of the charts; we can only imagine that the soul diva got exactly what she wanted in the bedroom, too.—Marley Lynch
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"Shut It Down" by Drake featuring The-Dream
"I feel like when she moves, the time doesn't," raps Drake in the middle of this seven-minute prog-soul opus, perfectly summing up the track's mind-warping slow burn. The song features a voyeur-style description of a woman suiting up for a night out, but it seems better suited to a snail-paced undressing.—Hank Shteamer
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"Climax" by Usher
One thing you can count on with Usher is consistency: Two decades into his career, the slick singer is still releasing songs as titillating as, say, “Bad Girl.” His recent single “Climax” dropped on Valentine’s Day 2012, and it's as surefire a soundtrack for horizontal listening as his earlier hits; according to Diplo, Usher proposed the idea of "tak[ing] the strip club to the stadium" with its production. And with that dead-sexy falsetto and wax-melting grooves, you can hear it.—Marley Lynch
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"The Sweetest Taboo" by Sade
In her 1984 hit "The Sweetest Taboo," Sade innocently sings, "Sometimes I think you're just too good for me/Every day is Christmas, and every night is New Year's Eve." Sade, just give it up. We all know what "New Year's" in this scenario entails. Between the English songstress's sultry voice and the sexy, Spanish-influenced melody, "The Sweetest Taboo" is a serious no-brainer when it comes to having a heart-thumping, sizzlingly hot time.—Rachel Sonis
"Love to Love You Baby" by Donna Summer
When Eurodisco pioneer Giorgio Moroder famously asked Donna Summer to simulate throes of ecstasy for this trendsetting 1975 slab of taboo, the devoutly churchy singer initially demurred—then faked an estimated 22 orgasms for the track, inspiring millions to follow her lead. Time promptly dubbed her "the Queen of Love"; nowadays we'd surely be less discreet.—Steve Smith
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"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" by Aretha Franklin
Has the Queen of Soul ever sounded more desirable than when she opens this ballad with the eternal couplet, "Take me to heart/And I'll always love you." Over the kind of slow-burn groove that has inspired bedroom moves for decades, Aretha sings of intense desire…but don't you dare forget to respect her while you work your moves.—Steve Smith
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"Closer" by Nine Inch Nails
You might remember it as a vintage-industrial keepsake, but Trent Reznor's 1994 hit is actually an X-rated funk masterpiece in disguise. That infamous "I want to fuck you like an animal" chorus flies only because the beat underneath it—famously simulated by a pumping heart in the video—feels so stubbornly sensual.—Hank Shteamer
Watch the video for "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails
"Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
Few songs have thrown a spotlight on streetwalking the way this chart-topping 1974 smash did…and none made you want to get down (or learn to speak French) more. Cover versions have proliferated, but only Patti, Sarah and Nona deliver the real goods. All together now: "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?"—Steve Smith
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"Video Phone" by Beyoncé
If you’ve ever dreamed of Lady B paying a visit to your chamber, switch on this I Am... Sasha Fierce single, in which the singer laces her firm come-ons with plentiful coital oohs and ahhs. Let them inspire your own chorus of moans.—Adam Feldman
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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 :/
Take You Down by Chris Brown should have been in top 5 for sure
and a couple of other songs by the same artist
Seriously? No Barry White in this list? Not one single mention of the love walrus himself?! Give yourselves a slap round the chops!
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You can never go wrong with Jeremih. "Birthday Sex" and "All the Time" by Jeremih should've been on here.
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
Check out this playlist on Spotify called Get Laid: http://open.spotify.com/user/iphoneandroiduser123/playlist/6V5KJmNthz2Be7NLDcAg1e
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
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.
ridiculous that Justify My Love wasn't in the top 5!! and where the F was Wonderland by John Mayer? Jesus.
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.
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 )
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.
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!