Forget the chocolate, oysters, and champagne: the right song can be a powerful aphrodisiac. Marvin Gaye once said that, “Music, not sex, got me aroused.” And who are any of us to argue with the “Prince of Soul” himself?

So when you find yourself on a plush sofa cozied up next to that special (or hell, even that hot-but-not-so-special) someone at the end of an incredible evening, you may want to indulge in a little mood music to help things along.

But beware: you can’t simply plug in your iPod and press play on just any little ditty. And do not—I repeat DO NOT—employ the shuffle function. Because it doesn’t matter how much Radiohead or post-rock alternative or cooler-than-thou hip-hop you have in your library, the first thing to play WILL be embarrassing—most likely a song from Brigadoonand if that happens, you are dead in the water.

So put some thought into your not-so-subtle playlist for the evening. Your (prospective) lover will appreciate it. Do it right and you will be lying horizontal with them by night’s end instead of eating Cheetos and watching a rerun of Futurama alone.

If you are in need of some tried and true song recommendations to enhance the get-it-on ambiance, look no further. These aren’t necessarily songs about doing the nasty and all its dirty bits. For now we’re strictly talking pre-game atmosphere.

On that note, let’s dim the lights and get it on, baby.

15. “By Your Side” by Sade

Sade lyricsStart things off right by revealing your sensitive side with this sweet and seductive number. Crack open another bottle of whatever she (or he) is drinking and let this tune reel them in.



Most Seductive Lyrics

You think I’d leave your side baby
You know me better than that
You think I’d leave you down when your down on your knees
I wouldn’t do that

14. “Syrup & Honey” by Duffy

Duffy lyricsSultry, sultry, sultry. Between the slow drag of the guitar (curtesy of English guitar virtuoso, Bernard Joseph Butler) and the deeply ingrained soul found in this Welsh-born singer’s voice, “Syrup & Honey” will make your lover weak in the knees. Perfect for slow, deep kisses that will hopefully lead to something more.


Most Seductive Lyrics

Don’t you be spending everyday working away
Because I’m waiting for you
Listen to me, 1,2,3
Baby, baby, baby spend your time on me

13. “Sea of Love” by Tom Waits

Tom Waits lyricsIf you are cool enough to already have this cover (originally penned by Phil Phillips) in your music library, you probably don’t need to be here. Seriously. Go and sexually prosper in ways that others can only dream.


Most Seductive Lyrics

Do you remember the night we met?
That’s the night I knew you were my pet
I want to tell you
How much I love you
I’m drowning in a sea of love

12. “Under Your Spell” by Desire

Desire lyricsThis sexy little number was released in 2009 on Desire’s album, II. It can also be heard in the movie, Drive, starring Ryan Gosling. Let the confessional lyrics and hypnotic electronic undercurrent wash over you. Clothes will be peeled off and on the floor in no time.


Most Seductive Lyrics

I don’t eat
I don’t sleep
I do nothing but think of you
You keep me under your spell
You keep me under spell
You keep me under your spell

11. “Feelin’ Love” by Paula Cole

Paula Cole lyricsA song ripe for a striptease if ever I have heard one. Maybe a little pole dance too, if your lady is game—especially if she has some mad skills she wants to show off. You’re welcome.



Most Seductive Lyrics

You make me feel like splendor in the grass when we’re rolling
Damn skippy baby
You make me feel like the Amazon’s running between my thighs
You make me feel love

10. “These Arms of Mine” by Otis Redding

Otis Redding lyricsI haven’t met a lady who didn’t love Otis. It’s hard to pull off an expression of intense longing without seeming desperate, but this man does it with enviable style. You will, too. The humility in this song is also a definite turn-on.

Most Seductive Lyrics

These arms of mine are they are wanting
Wanting to hold you
And if you would let them hold you
Oh, how grateful I will be

9. “Darling Nikki” by Prince

Prince lyricsThis song is filthy. And I mean filthy.

**Note: this may not be the song to play if you find that your prospective lover is a bit of a wallflower.

Otherwise, put it on and get it on. Released in 1984 on the album Purple Rain, this song was one of the reasons that Tipper Gore helped found the Parents Music Resource Center (the people who later brought you those pesky helpful “Parental Advisory” stickers). It has been covered by multiple artists; but it was the Foo Fighters who put out a pretty excellent version in 2003 on the B-Side of their single, “Have it All“.

Most Seductive Lyrics

I knew a girl named Nikki
I guess you could say she was a sex fiend
I met her in a hotel lobby
Masturbating with a magazine
She said how’d you like to waste some time
And I could not resist when I saw little Nikki grind

8. “I Can’t Get Next To You” by Al Green

Al Green lyricsAl Green takes this Temptations song, and makes it an impassioned plea for love. And it is hot beyond hot. If you are lucky, you will end up with a touch of rug burn, in the best possible way.



Most Seductive Lyrics

Girl, you’re the key to my happiness and I
Can’t get next to you, babe
I can’t get next to you
I’ve been trying a long time
Can’t get next to you, babe
I don’t know what to do
I can’t get next to you

7. “Beast of Burden” by The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones lyricsThis is the time to pop some bubbly and show off that new hot tub you had installed last week. After all, a little skinny dipping never hurt anybody.

Fun fact! In the liner notes to the compilation album Jump Back, Mick Jagger said that, “Lyrically, [“Beast of Burden”] wasn’t particularly heartfelt in a personal way. It’s a soul begging song, an attitude song.” When it come to seduction, sometimes that is all you need.

Most Seductive Lyrics

I’ll never be your beast of burden
So let’s go home and draw the curtains
Music on the radio
Come on baby make sweet love to me

6. “I Turn My Camera On” by Spoon

Spoon lyricsMaybe foretelling the use of a certain little gadget later? This may not be the song to play if your lover is shy.



Most Seductive Lyrics

When I turn my feelings on
I turn my feelings on inside
Feel like I’m gonna ignite
I saw them stars go off
I saw them stars go off at night

5. “Angel” by Massive Attack

Massive Attack lyricsA song for a sexual bacchanalia. Massive Attack falls into the trip hop musical genre, which is a fusion of electronic and hip hop. The slow and sensual beat of “Angel” alone could turn on the entire crowd at Yankee Stadium.


Most Seductive Lyrics

You are my angel
Come from way above
To bring me love

4. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

Bill Withers lyricsThe most intoxicating song ever. Just hearing it makes some girls want to put their heels up and do things too X-rated to articulate here. Withers has said that he got the inspiration for this song after seeing the 1962 film, Days of Wine and Roses, a heartbreaking story about two married alcoholics starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick.


Most Seductive Lyrics

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And she’s always gone too long anytime she goes away

3. “Glory Box”  by Portishead

Portishead lyricsIf you aren’t doing it on the coffee table by the end of this love song, it’s not going to happen. Cut your losses, throw on some sweatpants, and call it a night.

Most Seductive Lyrics

Leave it to the other girls to play
For I’ve been a temptress too long
Just give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be a woman
I just wanna be a woman

2. “Do I Move You?” by Nina Simone

Nina Simone lyricsOh yes, we ladies love the questions. Here’s a tip for the gentlemen: an excellent evening awaits you if you answer correctly—she may even do that thing that you “read” about, but thought might pull one (or both) of your hamstrings.



Most Seductive Lyrics

When I touch you do you quiver?
From your head down to your liver
If you like it let me know it
Don’t be psychic or you’ll blow it
The answer better be (yes, yes)
That pleases me

1. “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye lyrics10 points for directness! If only it worked this way in real life. Nevertheless, how could this song not by #1 on our list?

Did you know that the original incarnation of this song was a “religious ode to life”, which was then re-written to have greater political overtones? Seriously. Producer Ed Townsend was the one who suggested and lobbied for the sexual path the song would eventually take, saying it “should be about making sweet love.” He was right and society benefitted.

Most Seductive Lyrics

I’m askin you baby, to get it on with me
I aint gonna worry, I aint gonna push
So come on, come on, come on, come on baby
Stop beatin round the bush….

Let’s get it on
Let’s get it on
Let’s get it on
Let’s get it on