If you’re looking to spice up your sexual soundtrack but you’re tired of the usual Drake/Marvin Gaye/Ellie Goulding rotation, consider adding these super-sexy but relatively unknown songs to your playlist.
1. Melissa Ferrick – “Drive”
Soulful and teasing (“Yeah if you want this you’re going to have to ask me…”) Ferrick’s song doesn’t pull any punches in the sex department. She’s telling a lover to anticipate (and beg for) her, and describing just how it’s going to be:
“Your mouth waters, stretched out on my bed. Your fingers are trembling, and your heart is heavy and red, your head is bent back, and your back is arched and my hand is under there holding you up”
2. Sinéad O’Connor – “I Want Your Hands (On Me)”
The Irish rocker and 80’s bad girl combines her feminine voice with a mesmerizing, exotic and oh-so-suggestive beat and adds lyrics about the aching need to be touched to create one of the hottest songs about female sexuality. This may be the ultimate woman-in-charge seduction song, with lyrics like:
“I want your hands on me
What I want, give me
You know I wanna please you
What I wanna do to you
You don’t waste no time, do you?
You know I’m looking through you
Why you wanna tease me
I want you to come and please me
Put’em on, put’em on, put’em on me”
3. JJ Appelton and Jason Ricci – “Can’t Believe It’s This Good”
Can acoustic Blues be sexy? In the hands of guitarist/singer Appleton and Grammy-winning harmonica phenom Ricci it can. Appleton’s soulful singing of lines like “I like the way you wear your dresses tight, it’s like a roadmap for tonight. I wanna ride all your dangerous curves, I wanna touch every single nerve” is just the beginning of this ode to sexual craving, anticipation, and fulfilment.
4. Betty Davis – “Anti-Love Song”
With lyrics like “No I don’t wanna love you, ‘cause I know how you are… I know you could possess my body, I know you could make me scrawl, I know could have me shaking, I know you could have me climbing walls” funk pioneer Betty Davis expresses the connection between great sex and falling in love. Davis’ gritty, unapologetic sexuality is evident in both the provocative lyrics and the bluesy, raw, raunchy rhythms of this meditation on how sex and romantic love are inextricably linked.
5. Feist – “Leisure Suite”
Combine Feist’s sensual voice and come-hither lyrics about sex in a luxury hotel “Don’t come knocking, this door’s for locking, have you got the key?” and you’ve got the perfect song to get down to…whether you’re in a fancy hotel room or a dorm room.
6. Yo La Tengo – “You Can Have It All”
There’s an unmistakable undercurrent of sexual longing in this song about giving yourself up to love. Throughout the pop ballad, lyrics like “If you want, want my love, take it baby. If you want, want my heart. Take it baby, you can have it all” suggest a wish to fall in love along with a wish for more carnal pleasures. If you like your sex songs served up with a dose of romance, this song will drive you crazy.
7. The Velvet Underground – “Venus in Furs”
Perhaps the kinkiest pop song ever recorded, this 1967 classic is all about sexual power and submission. The title refers to an 1870 novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (his name gave us the word masochism.) Lyrics like “Different colors made of tears. Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather. Shiny leather in the dark,” delivered by a snarling Lou Reed make Venus in Furs one of the most provocative and arousing looks at sexual servitude.
8. Elastica – “Car Song”
Sex metaphors involving cars are nothing new, but 1990’s post-punk band Elastica takes the trope to new heights with upbeat tempos that hide sly references to uncomplicated sex. Tongue-in-cheek lyrics like “Up my street to nowhere, you know what detours are. Here we go again, and it’s gone way too far,” delivered without a hint of irony make this song both danceable and sexy.
9. Amy Winehouse – “Teach Me Tonight”
The 1953 jazz standard has been recorded hundreds of times, by artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, and even Stevie Wonder, but Winehouse’s 2004 version is undoubtedly the sexiest. The song may be a metaphor about a teacher/student relationship, but Winehouse’s deep, jazz and blues-infused vocal style make lyrics like “starting with the ABC of it, getting right down to the XYZ of it, help me solve the mystery of it, teach me tonight” easy to interpret: this is a sexually-charged torch song about wanting to be seduced.
10. Lizz Wright – “I Idolize You”
Ike and Tina Turner first recorded this song about unrequited love and desire in 1973, but the 2008 cover adds a slinky blues vibe that puts the emphasis on lust. Lizz Wright practically purrs her way through lyrics like “I would like to scream to you baby, just to let you know” Her delivery makes it hard to interpret “I Idolize You” as being about anything but sexual obsession. And impossible to resist.