Spring is here! And with the arrival of that glorious season (and even better weather) comes the wearing of sandals, MLB baseball, unrelenting allergies, and of course, Spring fever. That’s right: it’s adult time here on SongLyrics, baby. And so, with the season of voracious sexual appetites upon us, it seemed as good a time as any to lay out a list of songs for doing the nasty. Consider it an addendum to my earlier “Most Seductive Songs” list, posted back in October to get y’all in the mood (hence the notable absence here of Portishead’s “Glory Box” or the penultimate sex song, “Let’s Get It On”…those tunes already had their moment in the sun).
Once again, I am going to quote the great Marvin Gaye who said, “Music, not sex, got me aroused.” And while that may not hold true for everyone, there is no arguing that the right song can do wonders for moving things along from the car to the sofa to the bed to the floor. In the market for a go-to song (or two or three) for such purposes? Below is a veritable pu pu platter of musical aphrodisiacs to help you out. So whether you like it dirty or sweet, hopefully there is a ditty from the sampling below that does a little something for both you and your partner(s).
My man, Otis Redding, frequently makes an appearance on these list pieces (like this one, for instance). Why? Because he is so f*cking good. And in “Try a Little Tenderness” he brings his seductive melt-your-heart-and-your-inhibitions “A” game. In this version (it was originally recorded in 1932 by the Roy Noble Band), Redding injects the song with so much soul and overwhelming desire that it will, quite simply, blow your mind. With the right guy, this song makes me want to strip down to just some stilettos and … well, this is a family site. I should stop there.
Just try a little tenderness, ooh yeah yeah yeah
You got to know how to love her, man, you’ll be surprised, man
You’ve got to squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave
You’ve got to hold her and rub her softly
Try a little tenderness, ooh yeah yeah yeah
Elliott Smith wrote this romantically poignant ballad following the breakup with his then-girlfriend Joanna Bolme. It’s actually quite sweet and optimistic about love and all its messiness, despite the way in which the song was conceived. My generation will know this song for 1) it being a great piece of music and 2) its use in Good Will Hunting.
Play this number and tell your guy or girl that’s how you feel about them. You’ll be having sex on the coffee table in no time.
I’m in love with the world through the eyes of a girl
Who’s still around the morning after
We broke up a month ago, and I grew up – I didn’t know
I’d be around the morning after
This song is filthy at its finest. Between the incredibly provocative (re: graphic) lyrics and the intensity of the song’s grinding beat, this may be the perfect number for engaging a little S&M behavior. But if you do, have a safe word. Fair warning.
I want to fuck you like an animal
I want to feel you from the inside
I want to fuck you like an animal
My whole existence is flawed
You get me closer to God
“Destination Vertical” by Masha Qrella
If you aren’t having sex by the end of this song, then you won’t. Sorry. Just pack it in and enjoy an evening spent alone with some Cheetos and The Daily Show.
Descending from the mountain peaks
My knees are trembling, I feel weak
The sun’s reflected from the snow, I’m blind
We hardly see the things we left behind
We reached it, now we’re back to Earth
Truth be told, anything off of 2005’s Supernature would work here (especially “Ooh La La”, “Ride a White Horse” or “Lovely 2 C U”). But “Beautiful” was my pick here for a little fun & fornicating. The song is a party; one with a deceptively languid melody, a thrusting beat, and sexually aggressive lyrics. Enjoy.
Turn me onto your star
One night, slowly
Aching, make me
Oh, what if I say
Why don’t we play
I’ll wear your star.
The incredibly soulful and slow drag in Simone’s voice, paired with such lyrics of sexual longing as “I want a little sweetness down in my soul/I could stand some lovin’, oh so bad” is enough to turn on the entire island of Manhattan. And it probably has.
Fun fact! The song was originally recorded by Bessie Smith in 1931, where it was titled “Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl”. But when she recorded her version, it seems Simone switched out one of the more suggestive (and funny) original lyrics: “I need a little sugar in my bowl/Need a little hot dog, on my roll”. Hey, now.
I want a little steam on my clothes
Maybe I can fix things up so they’ll go
Whatsa matter Daddy
Come on save my soul
Drop a little sugar in my bowl
I ain’t foolin
Drop some sugar- yeah- in my bowl
Massive Attack has churned out some of the sexiest songs you will ever hear – from the wildly intoxicating “Angel” to “Black Milk” to “Inertia Creeps” to “Paradise Circus”. All are set to the duo’s smooth as butter trip-hop beat, and layered underneath some amorously hypnotic vocals. In fact, you can’t really go wrong with anything off of Mezzanine.
In short: if you put this song on for your lady (or guy), be prepared to pony up. Sh*t is going down…in the best possible way.
Love, love is a verb
Love is a doing word
Fearless on my breath
Shakes me, makes me lighter
Fearless on my breath
A swoon-worthy song off of the 1988 album Rattle & Hum. In a perfect world, you will end up with a few scratches and a tiny bruise or two.
But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you
A song encouraging a sexual bacchanalia! Then again, don’t all of Britney’s hits do that? Say what you want about the pop diva, but at least this song doesn’t pull any punches or tiptoe around what we are all getting at here. I mean, she danced half-naked with a snake! A SNAKE! So if your guy or gal likes in-your-face-directness, look no further.
I’m a slave for you
I cannot hold it, I cannot control it
I’m a slave for you
I will not deny it, I’m not tryin’ to hide it, baby
If old-school tawdriness is your thing, then put this on and get it on. “Cream” is pretty much everything you would expect from a dirty pop song by Prince.
I’m thinking this number may be good for a little striptease…
It’s time for you to go to the wire
You will hit
Cause you got the burnin’ desire
It’s your time (Time)
You got the horn so why don’t you blow it
You are fine (Fine)
You’re filthy cute and baby you know it
This gorgeous song is actually quite heartbreaking and is, perhaps, not the first that may come to mind for inclusion on a sexual soundtrack. The original meaning of the number remains slightly muddled in our public musical discourse and is therefore (like most great songs), still wide open for poetic interpretation on the part of the listener. However, I came across a site where one referenced an interview with Justin Vernon where he spoke about “Skinny Love”. He said: “Part of the trouble with the old haunting love, is that it fucks with your future loves, and can damn and/or ambush your relationships. That’s who this is about.” So maybe that’s the universally human issue the song is speaking to: the struggle to move forward and deal with the baggage we all inevitably carry.
Whatever the case, the song remains incredibly haunting and sublimely tender. And if you play it for your lady, it will make you seem way sensitive.
And I told you to be patient
And I told you to be fine
And I told you to be balanced
And I told you to be kind
And now all your love is wasted
And who the hell was I?
Honorable Mentions: , “I Can’t Get Next to You” by Al Green, “I Found a Reason” by Cat Power, “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen, “Love to Love You Baby” by Donna Summer, “To Be Alone With You” by Sufjan Stevens, “Lick” by Joi, almost all of Portishead, “Darling Nikki” by Prince, “The Wilhelm Scream” by James Blake, “True Love Waits” (cover) by Radiohead, and “Crash into Me” by Dave Matthews Band (even though this last one is commonly misinterpreted to be an innocent love song, when really it’s about a creeper).