Nothing in this world sets the mood for a romantic (or ravenous) evening better than a good song. Sex and music are inseparable, but that just means you’re spoiled for choice when finding that perfect song to play as the background music to your lustful encounters. Whether you want something to get your partner in the mood, something to give you a beat to stroke to, or something that will turn both of you on, a good playlist can do nothing but enhance your sex life.
In this article, we’ll go over 61 of the best sexy songs that you should include in your sex playlist to make sure you have the best time possible.
1. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Is there a more iconic song for your steamy sex playlist that can outrank Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On? I really don’t think so. Even if you have no idea who Marvin Gaye is and don’t know the song title, you’ve heard the wah-wah intro of this song before.
It not only was one of the songs that made Marvin Gaye into a sex symbol, but it’s also one of the most-used songs in media as an audio cue of sexy time. You can hear the longing and desire in Marvin Gaye’s voice, like holding back is giving him physical pain.
2. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
If you feel like Let’s Get It On is overplayed or overused, you can still pick a Marvin Gaye song for your playlist. Sexual Healing has just as much steamy passion as our first entry, but it has a more rhythmic and soulful sound. It was Marvin Gaye’s final hit song before his death, and it was one that showed he’d learned and grown as an artist.
If you’re looking for a song to fuel your sweaty sheet wrestling, you can’t go wrong with adding this one to the shuffle queue.
3. Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
No, this isn’t the Wicked Games that sees the Weeknd struggling with cheating. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak is a song that exudes lust through velvety-smooth guitars, barely audible vocals, and a hypnotic melody.
In the end, this hit from the 90s is probably the song that was in the background when a lot of people my age were conceived, but don’t let that stop you from adding it to your playlist.
4. Criminal – Fiona Apple
If you’ve got a very naughty girl at home or you happen to be a very bad girl, this may be the song for you. It starts with Fiona Apple telling you how bad she’s been and a teasing line delivery that pushes you to your breaking point. Her feral voice will make you feel exactly the same way. If you really need something to watch, the music video is Apple making constant eye contact with the camera as though she wants you through the screen.
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5. Yours – SG Lewis
Sometimes you want to take things slow and really spend time with (and in) each other. You don’t always have to have a fast-paced song on your sex playlist; throw in a few slow ones too. Yours by SG Lewis is one of your best options. A soulful electronic song that comes across foggy and dreamy, still having the explosive energy you might want for your raw passions.
6. Unholy – Sam Smith & Kim Petras
Unholy by Sam Smith was a huge hit single, but a lot of that popularity came from it going viral on TikTok. Sexual by nature, if you were on the app and followed any of the trends that went with it, you know this song is one of the best to get you going. If you’re looking for something a bit blasphemous to do unholy things, this is the dirty song to get it on with.
7. Love Language – SZA
Not every sexy song needs to be explicitly sexual. At least not to the extent of a lot of songs you’re going to see here. Love Language by SZA is one of many sex-charged songs from their album SOS, but this one makes it this high on the list for one reason and one reason only: it’s the perfect background noise to give your thrusting rhythm.
8. Closer – Nine Inch Nails
Very few songs made it onto public radio anywhere near as explicit as Closer by Nine Inch Nails. Industrial rock at its grittiest, rawest, and most untamed, the song has a great rhythm to follow, and the near-X-rated lyrics are perfect for getting worked up as you get “closer” with one another.
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9. HENTAI – Rosalía
With a name literally translating to perverse sexual desires, this song is a good one to throw on your playlist if you’re down for anything. It’s also a very popular category on sites like the Hub, and you can bet this one will have plenty of examples of things for you to try out in it. If you want something upbeat and a bit different to inspire your sexy acts, this might be the song missing from your playlist.
10. Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean’s Thinking Bout You is probably one of the sweetest songs on this list. It almost comes off like a diary entry, describing the depth of his feelings and how he wants to love you, the whole time avoiding anything explicitly sexual or going too far with it. It’s an adorable song that showcases Ocean’s vocals and fits incredibly well on any sex playlist, especially when you want to take it a little softer.
11. Wants and Needs – Drake feat. lil baby
Drake might have been the bigger name on this one, but Lil Baby was the artist who shined. Wants and Needs was a huge hit by the two rappers about the things they want and the things they need. The things you need happen to be a song with a good beat, solid rhythm, the person you’re with, and just enough alone time to finish up.
12. I Put A Spell On You – Nina Simone
Whether your Harry Potter love spell or your voodoo curse is working or not, this song will make you wish someone put a spell on you. For some people, it’s freeing to feel owned by a partner, even if it’s only for a short amount of time. This blues-inspired piano ballad plays off those emotions, weaving a spell that will make your partner want to submit.
13. I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
If you watch the music video for this song, you may be left wondering if the Boss is hotter for his car or a woman, but that isn’t important in the end. This is an all-timer, a classic 80s ballad that sees Springsteen tell the world how badly he wants you. Longing lyrics convey the true fire that’s been lit inside him, and he’s only getting hotter by the moment.
14. Montero (Call Me By Your Name) – Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X’s Montero is one of the most sexually-charged modern hookup anthems we can give you. A lustful single that might be why you leave the dance club to go home together or rush into the nearest bathtub, it saw Nas depart from the country path of his biggest hit for something more universal and raw. The music video might have been weird (since it’s got a pole-dancing demon and a sexy alien), but that doesn’t matter because you won’t be watching it anyway.
15. Lollipop – Lil Wayne feat. static
Sometimes you just need a confidence booster in the bedroom, and who better to deliver it than Lil Wayne’s flexing love-making anthem? A mashup of rock, rap, and electronic music, this one has the pulse and energy of a sex anthem and was one of Wayne’s best early(er) songs.
16. I Want Your Sex – George Michael
You can obviously get away with a lot more explicit lyrics today than you could back in the 80s, but that didn’t stop George Michael from going all out. Not constrained by his time, he would deliver perhaps the most explicit song of the year when he released I Want Your Sex. Sexy, flashy, 80s couture in a box. This was a big hit at the time despite the controversy around it, and it’ll raise more than just some eyebrows when you first listen to it.
17. Earned It – The Weeknd
The Weeknd earns a few extra bonus points on this song for its music video. Seeing him use provocative women as microphones is surely a fantasy for someone. But, the song is chock-full of sensuality and sexiness, from his smooth vocals to an orchestral beat that will have you laying it down in exactly the right rhythm.
18. WAP – Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
While radio versions of this song (and “clean” ones) may have to bleep out every other word, this might be one of the most explicit songs of all time. Nothing is left up to your imagination as you envision those wet girls slipping and sliding around on you. Nothing about this song is romantic; it’s the animalistic passion that can only come from a hookup when you just need to get off and don’t care about anything else.
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19. Climax – Usher
If the entire goal of a song is to make the room feel like it’s in the backrooms of a strip club, Usher nailed it with Climax. From the opening that sounds like pant zippers being pulled down to the perfect sexytime rhythms of the chorus, this song is hot. And it’s meant to be. It’s the kind of song you can play anywhere to turn the mood sexy, from the car to the bedroom to the hotel to the club’s bathroom.
20. Turn Your Lights Down Low – Bob Marley
What would a good list like this be without including a Bob Marley song? Turn Your Lights Down Low is as sensual and seductive as it gets. Shut all the windows, dim the lights, and give yourself to the rhythm and flow of one of the masters.
21. Touch My Body – Mariah Carey
This might be Mariah Carey’s most seductive song, losing none of her vocal talents. If you plan on filming your escapades, this isn’t the song for you because she doesn’t want it there. However, she does want you to touch her absolutely everywhere and take control. The faster tempo of the song lends itself to a finisher if you plan to stroke in rhythm, but that’s okay too.
22. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones
I’m willing to bet quite a few people were conceived to this song. It’s got a great bassline, but it’s the smooth vocals through the verses that reek of sexual longing that really put it over the top. If you add this to your sexy playlist, you probably will wind up finally getting the satisfaction that you’ve been looking for.
23. You Really Got Me – The Kinks
If you’re a movie buff, this song might not make the list for you. It gets used a lot in films when the protagonist is stalking a character, so maybe not the best background you can pick. But it works really well once you finally do get to be with the object of your desires. And hey, if it throws you off, just laugh. Sex is always a bit better when you can laugh together in the middle of it.
24. Push It – Salt-N-Pepa
On this one, we turn back time for an absolute classic bedroom song. Salt-N-Pepa’s Push It was all about getting down and pushing it really good. While it has the seductive power of the duo, the ad-libs and background are the sexy parts of the song. From the whispering and climaxing vocals in the back to the cries of pleasure from the girls, this is a good addition to your sexual playlists.
25. Cola – Lana Del Rey
There’s nothing wrong with eating your partner out. However, if you taste Pepsi while you’re down there, warn them and head to the doctor. Jokes aside, Cola by Lana Del Rey is a strong choice for getting down and doing a little oral before moving on. It’s a sexy song alone, worthy of your time, and a good mood setter to help get things started.
26. Caress Me Down – Sublime
Okay, okay. I know that about half the lyrics of this song are in Spanish. But have you ever translated them? Sublime’s Caress Me Down may be one of the most ironically-sexual songs to ever be written. A funky and fresh ska rhythm works quite well when it’s time to get down to business too. A great stoner song and a great sex song wrapped into one makes for something that should be on a lot more people’s playlists.
27. Take off Your Pants – Planet Booty
Is there a more obvious and blunt way to tell someone you want to do the deed? Just telling someone to take their pants off is probably the simplest way to get started, but it might not be a mood-setter. That’s okay because this song is the perfect addition to your sex playlist as a song when you just need to get a quickie in before heading off to the office or going to bed.
28. Want You Bad – The Offspring
You can always add a little more punk rock to your life. And who better to do that than The Offspring? A song about how badly you want someone and everything they do that lights a fire in your nether regions. If only they could read your mind to make it easier to get started instead of having to say something.
29. My Neck, My Back – Khia
Here’s another one of the most sexual songs of all time. There’s nothing hidden in this song. Khia is going to tell you every single spot she wants you to touch and kiss. At this point, it might be a little bit too much of a meme for any serious sexual interactions, but it can still work if you and your partner have a good sense of humor about it and just want to have fun.
30. Chanel – Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean’s Chanel is another silky-smooth sexytime song from an artist that seems to release quite a few good ones. It isn’t particularly the kind of explicit, f*ck me now type of song we have on the list, but it’s got that buttery tone to it that lends itself to a romantic evening. It’s the perfect mood-setter for a relaxed evening where you take things slowly.
31. The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang
We’ll keep things smooth with the rhythm of The Bad Touch by Bloodhound Gang. It’s got lyrics that get mostly spoken, but that doesn’t hurt anything. It’s got plenty of sexual tension, but the chorus is honestly pretty funny. It might suggest doing it like wild animals, but it’s another one that you probably need a good sense of humor to include on your playlist. That’s not a bad thing either; you can dance around as you get down with this one, so it works pretty well.
32. Sex Machine – James Brown
Somewhere, deep down inside all of us, is a sex machine ready to explode. You’re going to have to get over a lot of predispositions, but you can unlock the vigorous lover side of you. And if you need a little help along the way, you can always listen to Sex Machine by James Brown. One of the songs that made him a sex symbol and a great one to help you tap into your sexual side should be something you have in your sex playlist.
33. Pretty Please – Dua Lipa
Pretty Please by Dua Lipa brings the sensual vocals you would expect from her, but it’s the beat that really makes this song a must-add to your sexual playlist. It’s got a great rhythm to keep up with, and it has some pauses that give you the opportunity to take a second and kiss (which is really a chance to gather yourself and not finish too quickly). Charged lyrics are a good pairing with this beat, too, so overall, it checks a lot of boxes for this sort of playlist.
34. God Is A Woman – Ariana Grande
God Is A Woman is a song that covers everything that makes a song a great choice for a sex playlist. From Ariana Grande’s sensual vocals to the funky beat that will help you stay in rhythm, this one is an anthem to how amazing women are while also letting them know how much they’re appreciated. If she feels good, you will feel good, so make sure you give her all the confidence and satisfaction you can. This song is perfect for setting that mood, so add it now (at least once or twice).
35. I’m A Slave 4 U – Britney Spears
I’m A Slave 4 U might have been a coming-of-age song for Britney Spears about stepping into the adult world and the fun times that come with it, but it won’t be the only thing on the way if you throw it on. From her breathy, needy voice to the idea of enslaving a person ready to do anything you as them to do, it’s both empowering and submissive, a great mix to add to the playlist.
36. Use Me – Bill Withers
Bill Withers is much better known for his inspiring and sweet songs like Lean on Me than anything else. But he produced a sexy hit or two in his time. Use Me tells the tale of a toxic relationship that goes right in the bedroom and wrong everywhere else. He can’t leave because it’s too good when it’s good, but the bad times are rough. It was a rare peak at the sensual side of a man who penned several child-friendly hits and something you should definitely add to your playlist.
37. Birthday Sex – Jeremih
The great thing about this song is that you don’t have to wait until your birthday to play it! Birthday Sex is all about sex that’s just for you, getting precisely the things that please you, and feeling like you’re special in the process. It helps that the single was incredibly sexual in its content, with a great beat worthy of any steamy sex playlist.
38. She – Harry Styles
She by Harry Styles is another one of those smooth love songs for a sensual night. From the soft verses to the uptempo chorus, this six-minute song will probably outlast many of you if you don’t take your time with it. Sensual and smoldering, this is an awesome song to add to any sex playlist.
39. Sweat – ZAYN
Zayn really brings the longing and desire in this song about touching her exactly where she likes it. Oceans of love will sweep over you with this song, and you’re going to want to let your partner love you right when this comes on.
40. Untitled (How Does It Feel) – D’Angelo
This song is sort of “untitled,” but you’ll have to come up with new names for all the things it will make you want to do in bed. Entirely full of soul and desire, the song is one of the most popular out there for sex playlists. And why not? It’s got ridiculously sexy lyrics, and the delivery is absolutely on point.
41. I’ll Make Love To You – Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men’s mega-hit I’ll Make Love To You wasn’t just a declaration of love. They really wanted to get down and dirty with you. The thing about this one that’s extra interesting is that it’s much closer to G-rated than the acts it makes you want to try to do. It’s got all the right harmonies and rhythms, so if you’re looking for a PG-13 version of a song to do your sexing, this should probably find a regular rotation on your playlist.
42. Love Is A Bitch – Two feet
You won’t always leave the lights on for sex, which is perfect for feeling your way around and into your partner. Two Feet is another ridiculously popular group for sex songs, and this one is almost anguished in its sensuality.
43. If We Were Vampires – Jason Isbell & the 400 unit
This song gives a whole new meaning to sucking. If We Were Vampires is largely the perfect song for long makeout sessions before sex. The vampires in the song aren’t as monstrous as in horror movies; they’re more like the sparkling Twilight kind. But that works for the mood it sets.
44. Kiss You All Over – Exile
Exile’s Kiss You All Over has that old-school-loving vibe that’s almost impossible to replicate. It starts off smooth and soft before the electric guitars kick in, sending a jolt of electricity through your body as the song’s energy rises to match your passion.
45. I Want To Sex You Up – Color Me Badd
Color Me Badd’s I Wanna Sex You Up has that uptown funk in its soul that lends itself to being a great song for your sex playlist. From the opening, it’s honestly an amazing song to play when your booty call arrives for the evening, but you can use it at any time, thanks to the passionate vocals that go along with it. It unapologetically lets her know that you want her right here, right now, and all night.
46. Promiscuous – Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland
Feel free to disagree with a few of these next few songs, but they were some of the most sexual ones out there when I was growing up. Promiscuous might have a beat that you have no chance of matching with your stroke game, but it’s still one of the most provocative songs you can turn on. The lyrics are almost spoken through the verses, turning the song into one of those bangers with all the sexual tension you need to keep it going through the night. A great dance anthem and a huge amount of fun for any sex playlist you can come up with.
47. Candy Shop – 50 Cent feat. Olivia
Look, the candy getting licked in this song is definitely not made of sugar. But it’s still an awesome sexual banger by 50 Cent. Candy Shop is a very seductive song that had more girls on display than Wonka had kinds of candy in his factory. It has a nice rhythm, but the lyrics are mostly ideal for when you’re just getting into things.
48. Smack That – Akon feat. eminem
Smack That by Akon is an iconic song, and the guest verse in it from Eminem is just as good. It might be more of a club banger than anything you really want to get down to, but it’s definitely something you can add to your playlist to help set the mood. Plus, if you’re into a little spanking, it gives you the perfect beats and rhythm to do it in a sexual way.
49. Love In This Club – Usher feat. Young Jeezy
Usher has produced plenty of good songs for getting down and dirty. Love In This Club is a song that gets forgotten about a lot on sexy playlists, but that’s a shame. Sometimes you just need it right then and there, so making it all the way home isn’t an option in your mind. Wanting to get started right away is a feeling most people can relate to. But this song is made great by Usher’s voice and the promise of keeping it coming all night long.
50. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz
Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty was an anthem for not actually needing words to express your feelings. Despite the title, he couldn’t understand the women he was with in the song, even if they did “talk dirty” to him. It has a much better rhythm than it gets credit for and might inspire a little bit more dirty talk than you’re used to, which is exactly the kind of added spark that makes it great for a sex playlist.
51. When Doves Cry – Prince & the revolution
Prince was a sex symbol in his own right, and a lot of his work can find a place in your sexytime playlists. When Doves Cry is as charged as it gets, full to the brim with sexual tension. As introspective as it is hot, the song is all about trying to satisfy each other rather than argue and how amazing it feels when you get into the act.
52. Redbone – Childish Gambino
Redbone by Childish Gambino is a modern-day throwback to the likes of Marvin Gaye. A slow pump-up jam that has all the lazy morning sex feelings you could ask for. It’s the perfect song to really wake up to about the best way to get your juices floating in the morning. If you’re looking for something soulful and sensual but want something from the 2000s (at least), this is an awesome song for you to add to your playlist.
53. The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
This is absolutely not a song that’s going to work for everyone, but if it does, it’s the best one to use. Each verse-chorus cycle takes you back to the start, so it’s perfect for edging right up to the climax and then starting again from scratch. It’s a great option if you prefer guitars to synthesizers but want to avoid anything too heavy. This song even gives you the perfect moment to climax, assuming you make it to the song’s three-minute mark.
54. Pony – Ginuwine
Pony is a song you’re going to find on just about every sex playlist article you read, so we would be remiss to leave it off of our list completely. The song literally sounds like and imitates sex. It’s a slow grind fest that you can enjoy over and over and over again. It might not be the biggest hit on the list, but it could easily be the biggest hit in the bedroom you add to your playlist if you’re planning on keeping in time with the music you put on during it.
55. Tear You Apart – She Wants Revenge
When you’re getting hot and heavy, there’s a level of obsession that comes over you that blocks out everything else in the world. Tear You Apart plays on that kind of obsession, and despite being a schoolyard song about young lovers, it has all the tension you could ask for in a sex song. You’ll be ready to be torn apart (or tear your partner apart) when this comes on, so it’s the perfect song to add to your sexytime playlists.
56. Love – Kendrick Lamar feat. zacari
Kendrick Lamar’s LOVE is a song that will have you hooked as soon as it starts. A song about real love in the most romantic way, it’s a rare case of a rapper combining true love with the sexual desires that tend to fill the genre. It’s the kind of song you throw on when you’re in a deeply loving relationship, and you want to remind your partner that you still want them just as bad as you did when you first started seeing each other.
57. I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd feat. daft punk
Look, you can include just about any song The Weeknd has recorded on your sex playlist, and it’s going to go over well. He is very blunt with his descriptions, though; there’s no subtlety in any of his songs, including I Feel It Coming. It’s silky, smooth, and has that retro kind of feel that makes for a good sex song. Throw this on your playlist and go ahead and add a few more of his songs for good measure.
58. Rock The Boat – Aaliyah
Looking into this song I saw this comparison and loved it, so yeah, I’ll be using that one for this. Rock the Boat is the sex version of the Cha Cha Slide, giving you simple directions to truly ‘rock the boat’ with your partner and giving you queues to change positions. It might not be the best option out there, but it has all the sizzle you can ask for, and it isn’t going to steer you wrong. If you need little reminders to help keep it going in the right direction, this is the song for you to include on your playlist.
59. I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby – Barry White
Barry White was on romantic playlists long before you could queue them up on Spotify. His deep baritone voice would outshine any sexual enhancement pills if he decided to do voiceovers for the medicine’s commercials, but that’s not all. This song has a quick rhythm and rises throughout the seven-minute funk song that helped make Barry White the epitome of sensuality for a decade. It was his first big hit, and it’s not hard to see why. Do yourself a favor and add it to your playlist.
60. Kiss It Better – Rihanna
Rihanna’s Kiss It Better is one of those songs that you’re just going to love. If it comes on when you’re just cuddling, expect it to start moving toward other activities pretty quickly. It’s all about giving yourself up to another person completely, doing whatever you must to satisfy them, and staying up all night to ensure they get exactly what they need.
61. Partition – Beyoncé
If ever Beyoncé released an explicitly sexual song, this was it. There’s also not a better song for you to play in the car when you’re going to have sex before heading out for the evening. It’s open, pure, and as good as it gets for a song about doing it in the car. It was also a huge hit for Beyoncé, deservedly so.
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