Different Types of Music to Have Sex To

1. Fever To Tell by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ debut album Fever to Tell is a perfect sex record for couples who are in love but still like to get kinky. It starts out fast and furious with dirty guitar riffs and  Karen O’s raw vocals which serve as the perfect accompaniment to your own moans and (possibly) growls. It’d actually be super fun to see if you could synchronize your orgasm noises with Karen O’s  (and by super fun, I mean very weird and don’t do it). As you finish ravaging each other, the album slows down with “Maps” and “Modern Romance”—two epic sweet love songs that will have you being like, “I love you babe” after you’ve just said “Fuck me hard.” I lost my virginity to this record and had to muster up all of my self-control to not say, “Wait, they don’t love you like I love you” to my boyfriend afterwards.

2. Crazy For You by Best Coast

Best Coast’s Crazy For You is the perfect sex record for twee couples who aren’t actually that sexual. They just like to stare in each other’s eyes and play with the buttons on their cardigans and make out and do some heavy petting. It’s a record for hipster Barbies and Kens. Underneath all that American Apparel, there’s a bleeding heart instead of a vagina or a penis. But really, this record is actually super fun to make out to. Just be careful about who it’s with. Making out with your crush to a song that goes,”I wish he was my boyfriend” might come off as a little desperado.

3. Live Through This by Hole

I imagine this to be the ideal sex record for riot grrrl lesbians. They’re hooking up in the bedroom of a house in Portland and they’re being serenaded by Courtney Love’s screams. “Violet” is a good song to listen to when you’re using a strap-on and “Doll Parts” will be that moment when you’ll be like, “So should we move in together?”

4. Lover’s Rock by Sade

Ok, first off: Fuck you. Secondly, stop laughing. Sade is the sexual shit. I may have put her on accidentally/on purpose a few times when I’ve been with a dude. There’s that initial moment of “Are we really hooking up to Sade?” and then it fades and you’re listening to “By My Side” and feeling compelled to do all of these tender romantic things you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Sade turns everyone into a little bitch. Just try to be a cold lover while listening to her music. It’s impossible. Learn it, live it, sex it.

5. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine

Loveless is the sex record for drug addicts. They’re the couple who draws their blinds, spends all day doing pills or heroin or whatever, and tries to have sex with each other but keeps falling asleep before anything can take off. It’s the dark side of sex. It’s the sex that’s not actually sex. If you’re boning to this record, you might need to go to rehab and listen to some pop songs or something.

6. The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom

If you’re having sex to this record (and you know some people are), you need to stay away from me. Joanna Newsom’s voice is the ultimate bonkerkill. She’s the opposite of oysters on a warm summer night by the beach. She’s a chastity belt, a virgin, a giant harp where there should be sexuality. The sound of her voice causes me to instantly deflate and consider becoming a monk.

7. Dummy by Portishead

This is the go-to sex record as far as I’m concerned because Portishead basically invented sex. Listening to their music just transports you to that sexy place. It can even be hot when you’re by yourself. It makes you feel like you’re having sex with “Glory Box” instead of by yourself in bed where there used to be a living breathing person who wanted to have sex with you.

8. Ready To Die by The Notorious B.I.G.

Ready to Die doesn’t fuck around. When it comes to having sex to it, you should know that it means business. It wants to have sex with you all night long and maybe take you places you’ve never been before. Don’t be nervous. Let Biggie take you there.

9. Classical Music

I have mixed feelings about having sex to Beethoven or Bach. Like I’m obsessed because it can be cute and mellow and soft, but I’m also depressed because it can make the sex become a giant snoozefest. Save classical music for when you’re older and sex has become this weird thing you have to do sometimes.

10. Silence

If your playlist or album runs out before you’re finished having sex with someone, it can be even sexier. The sounds of silence (or sex noises) have the ability to be transcendent and make you feel realer and more human than you’ve ever felt before. It’s just you and the sex. STRIPPED. Ew. I want to have sex. TC mark

Ryan O'Connell

I'm a brat.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

    “Learn it, live it, sex it.”

    Words to live by.

  • Liz

    You forgot Moon Safari by Air!

  • http://twitter.com/ward_hegedus Ward Hegedus

    I think everyone over the age of 26 has to have had sex to Sade. It's pretty much a requirement.

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  • Dom

    What about Massive Attack? In some cases their album Mezzanine is better than sex.

    • Greg

      Yeah massive attack is pretty sexy

  • Nick

    I challenge #6 with the Dresden Dolls. My bf used to put them on when we first started hooking up. The sound of Amanda Palmer's voice put Insta-Limp on my dick.

    My best hook-up music experience was with Jimmy by M.I.A. Still can't listen to it without getting excited.


      I feel the same way about Jimmy Eats World.

      • http://twitter.com/JosephErnest Joseph Ernest Harper

        which way? the impotence or the boners? gonna guess boners.

        “sing it back (wa oh oh oh oh oh)”

  • Dom

    totally agree with the Dresden Dolls

  • http://twitter.com/FLYamSAM Denden

    You forgot New Amerykah Pt II by Erykah Badu!

  • Digital B

    I agree with Dom on Mezzanine, but it would be in the same category with Portishead. As for classical, am I the only one old enough to remember Bo Derek in Ten & Bolero and the subsequent boosts in sales of the piece by Ravel that shares a name with the latter? Supposedly the most perfect sex music ever composed, I've owned a copy since I was 16 and first saw the film, althoughh I've never been able to coordinate my boning to it. I guess I'm still not old enough to make it to this one.

  • angiephone

    #3, spot-on, except we don't live in Portland.


    WHAT ABOUT GRIZZLY BEAR? Come on. We “all” saw Blue Valentine.

  • Jabulani

    Ummm Voodoo by D'angelo

  • St.

    Zero 7 should be on this list.

    • guest

      For real. Any ambient group, really.

      Also, Philip Glass. Guarantee you'll have some epic sex.

      Oh, and any vocal trance. I go as far as dubstep but not for first timers….

  • Nicole

    I'm a bit twee admittedly, but trust me I still want to have sex. And having it on a lethargic, blissful Sunday afternoon listening to Best Coast is fine with me–

    My vagina loves Best Coast.

  • Amy

    THE XX

    That album was made for sex.

    • Dom

      it was indeed

  • Amy

    Does the fact that I have a sex playlist ready & on my iphone for sex emergencies make me slutty? Or that I've used the same playlist with a few different people in the last couple months? Whatever, I'm into it.

  • http://fastfoodies.org Briana

    Admittedly, the Hallelujah chorus or Bach's Prelude in G for cello are not really arousing tunes. Well, maybe Hallelujah, at the moment of climax (!), but not in the same way that say, Sade is sexy.


    There's a whole 'nother side to “classical music” that I 'd say is just as sexy as the rest of the music on your list. Ever boned to Rachmaninoff? The intensity, broski, the intensity. And not in a “trumpets are blasting, life is a major key symphony, this song has probably been used in a commercial about disinfectant” kind of way. In a deep, dark way that gets you all tangled up inside.

    I challenge anyone to not want to touch themselves while listening to this Dvorak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • Bcoates

    A guy I was with had speakers installed throughout the house. We were snuggling and so on and he pressed some button on a controller he magically had in his hand and Sigur Ros came on.

    It was smooth, but also a little creepy.

  • anon

    Can't/don't want to relate to anything except 8 and 10

  • anon

    Also, music centered around resonating bass is probably good if you and your partner are willing to really get into it

  • Mylum

    I've had sex to Loveless countless times. And by countless I mean like 5 times.

    Every other time was just me masturbating and falling asleep while it played on my iPod dock.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sasjam Sas Jam

    Sigur Ros.
    Don't go to the grave without trying it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707272007 Alex Thayer

    great calls on dummy and loveless. i would, however, like to add suburban light to the list. such a great humid summer night sex record.

  • padface

    Ciba Matto. Like OH MY DAYS. It's “I'm going to undress you and take my time while I rock your world harder than an earthquake” music.

    Well some of it anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/magalinahag magalina hagalina

    #5 hits a little too close to home

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