There are people out there who think having sex to music is weird, and it is if you play something really fucking stupid. In my experience, getting down (or, hopefully, UP) to good tunes can take your sex to the next level. Sex is a performance, even when you don’t mean for it to be, and most great performances are set to music. When you go dancing you’re basically having sex with your clothes all the way on, so it makes total sense to have some music rumbling at the background when your clothes are all the way off. Music during sex also breaks up the ice. The bad news is that amazing music isn’t going to save average to ho-hum bonings. But music adds to the mood and creates an ambiance, and ambiance goes a long way!
Here’s the catch. There’s music about sex and music you can play during sex. Sex music can’t be too literal, so now is not the time for stuff about “supermaning that ho,” etc. Intimacy not vulgarity, people.Here are 10 super sensual songs you should use to heighten the ambiance on your next sexual encounter.
“White Noise,” Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge
Dance music is always great for sex because the pulse of the bass line is basically the same speed of a heartbeat — just try not to, um, pound to the beat. That’s corny. “White Noise” is dance-y and ethereal enough that it won’t feel vulgar or cheap when you roll over to the laptop or iPad or whatever to put it on.
“Baby, Baby, Baby,” TLC
I was thisclose to putting “Red Light Special” on here, but like duh. If I was about to have sex with somebody and they put on “Red Light Special,” I would be like…really right now? I would also know you had a “sex songs” playlist. But “Baby, Baby, Baby” is a nice alternative because you can still show how passionate and knowledgable you are about 90s R&B and condoms on top of clothes without busting out the sweaty sex song.
“One In A Million,” Aaliyah
“One In A Million” is maybe pushing it, like I think I would still be skeptical if this song came on, but it’s so good and smooth that I will let it slide.
“Ego Free Sex Free,” Autre Ne Veut
“Ego Free Sex Free” is a great track to have sex to because of the highs and lows, and as an electronic song it’s a good option because there aren’t pounding bass lines that you might try to mimic. The beats are a touch more spread out, which will encourage you to take your time and explore the other person’s body.
“Disparate Youth,” Santigold
And speaking of smoothness, I love “Disparate Youth” by Santigold just because it sounds like you’re going someplace. I’ve always thought it would be a great song to play in your car with the windows down, speeding down the highway all by yourself. It’s that sense of direction and forward motion that make this one a must.
This is definitely the song you should have sex to RIGHT NOW.
“Brown Sugar,” D’Angelo
It’s a great song on it’s own, but it’s stilllll pushing it with the whole corny/obvious sex songs playlist thing. But it’s too good not to include so…use it sparingly!!!
“Love In An Elevator,” Aerosmith
There are songs you can have sex to in basically every genre, and the great thing about upbeat rock and roll songs is that subconsciously you’ll start to mimic the beat and riffs all by yourself. When it gets louder, you’ll pull more/harder or whatever it is you like to do.
“Glory Box,” Portishead
“Glory Box” is the picture of sensuality — makeout sensuality, really — and because there’s not a replicable beat or rhythm you won’t try to imitate it. Put this one on during the foreplay.
“Retrograde,” James Blake
If music was an orgasm, it would feel the way “Retrograde” sounds. This is a song about fucking, I don’t care what anybody says. The chords and chord progressions are totally orgasmic. Yesterday I played “Retrograde” on my radio show and I had the volume all the way up on the monitors and I texted a friend, “‘Retrograde’ fucks me every time I play it.”