Top ten air-sex anthems for the Air Sex Championships

Think your air-guitar technique is pretty good? Warm up for this week's Air Sex Championships with these sizzling tunes.

Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Everyone's got that secret something they're good at—be it paring apples, juggling, or, er, getting down and dirty with an imaginary sex partner. And because New York has something for everyone, the Air Sex Championships roll around each and every June. The competition started when a gaggle of girlfriendless guys from Japan decided that simulating sex to music with an invisible partner was a fine form of entertainment, and since August 2007, sponsor Alamo Drafthouse has been hosting bimonthly competitions for those who want to let their inner freak run wild. There's just one rule: No nudity. Hopefully our top ten boning ballads (with some dirty bonus tracks) will make up for it.

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1. "Closer," Nine Inch Nails

This 1994 boning anthem didn't become Nine Inch Nails' biggest hit by tiptoeing around the birds and the bees. While radio stations only agreed to play the censored version, the full-length explicit edition is the more popular ode to animalistic sex (surprising, that). The filthier, the better. Our minds boggle at how this song could be artistically interpreted at the tournament.

2. "Push It," Salt-N-Pepa

The foxy ladies of this all-female rap crew weren't afraid to prove they were number one in a hot party show, no sir. That breathy whisper—"Ah! Push it!"—followed by the women's suggestive "ooh baby, baby" teasing is what landed this 1987 Salt-N-Pepa hit on our list as a top bump-and-grind tune.

3. "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy," Rod Stewart

Rod the Mod got heat for going disco on this 1978 one-night-stand recap, but when he sang its chorus, hordes of ladies in the audience would scream back yes! Was it Stewart's tight spandex or his blond mullet that was such a turn on? You decide.

4. "I'm Goin' Down," Mary J. Blige

No, this song isn't about doing the dirty down there. This 1994 emotional-roller-coaster R&B classic tells the tale of a woman who has been left by her lover: "I'm goin' down / Cause you ain't around baby / My whole world's upside down." It's Blige's sultry tones that are making you think like that. For her hit, the soul queen revamped the Rose Royce single "I'm Going Down" by removing a "g" and adding an apostrophe. Voila! By a simple editorial tweak, "I'm Goin' Down" rocketed 50 places on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Work it, Blige.

5. "Pour Some Sugar on Me," Def Leppard

While Def Leppard manages to PG-down this sex ballad by using a metaphor—"Pour some sugar on me"—this old-school ’80s tune is still a surefire way to get into that special someone's tight-ass pants. This stadium-perfect smash hit helped earn the band its first Top 5 spot in 1988.

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