Enjoying Netflix and chilling is fine, but nothing establishes the atmosphere quite like a compelling and sexy song. Sex and music go hand in hand in popular culture, like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, but selecting the right music is essential.
Opt for a velvety slow jam, and you’re likely in for an incredible night. Opt for some Weird Al or death metal? Well, prepare for a door being firmly closed in your future.
Below, you’ll discover the best sexy songs to create a steamy atmosphere. Some are explicitly about making love, while others are more subtly mischievous. Regardless, they’re certain to get your heart – and other organs – racing!
Best sexy songs ever made
‘Sexual Healing’ by Marvin Gaye
While ‘Let’s Get It On’ is the classic choice for setting the mood with the king of soul, and it’s undoubtedly a great pick, ‘Sexual Healing’ offers a groovier and more nuanced jam. The hypnotic rhythm of this track is fully realized, and Gaye’s persona in this song reflects a deeper understanding of the healing powers of lovemaking. Remarkably, this track also marked the crooner’s final significant hit before his untimely passing—an enduring essential that continues to fuel passionate nights for generations.
‘Wicked Game’ by Chris Isaak
An auditory delight. The video for ‘Wicked Game’ may be visually provocative, featuring Isaak frolicking on the beach with the topless supermodel Helena Christensen. However, sonically, this 1990 hit radiates desire from its hypnotic beginning to its silky conclusion. With its velvety guitar melody, smooth coolness, and sensually soft vocals, no other song about doomed love has fueled more steamy sessions.
‘Sex with Me’ by Rihanna
Rihanna’s discography is brimming with sexually charged hits, from the explicit ‘S&M’ to the suggestive ‘What’s My Name.’ This track strikes a balance, opening with the bold promise of ‘sex with me, so amazing,’ almost challenging you to place it at the top of your playlist.
‘Climax’ by Usher
Consistency is Usher’s trademark, and even two decades into his career, he continues to release songs as tantalizing as classics like ‘Bad Girl.’ Released on Valentine’s Day in 2012, ‘Climax’ stands as a surefire soundtrack for intimate moments. According to Diplo, Usher envisioned ‘taking the strip club to the stadium’ with its production, evident in the song’s sultry falsetto and irresistibly smooth grooves.
‘Pillowtalk’ by Zayn
Within a year of departing One Direction, Zayn unveiled his debut single, ‘Pillowtalk.’ Breaking away from the conventions of teen pop stardom, Zayn embraced pure seduction in this steamy track. Featuring lustful lyrics, an entrancing beat, and a provocatively sensual music video with his model girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, the song became an omnipresent hit. It solidified Zayn’s ‘bad boy’ image and effectively erased any remnants of his 1D past.
‘Wicked Games’ by The Weeknd
Although the Canadian singer is widely recognized for his alluring tracks, The Weeknd’s debut mixtape, House of Balloons, stands out as particularly provocative. ‘Wicked Games,’ a five-and-a-half-minute opus, is a haunting and sensual masterpiece. With thunderous yet minimalist production, Abel’s vocals cut through with spine-tingling electricity. Delving into the deviant aspects of addiction to both love and drugs, ‘Wicked Games’ is a track of profound depth, intimacy, and unfathomable pain, earning its place in the Hall of Fame for melancholic seduction.
‘Girl’ by The Internet ft. Kaytranada
The Internet’s Grammy-nominated album EGO DEATH serves as a masterclass in sensual R&B and neo-soul, and ‘Girl’ rises above the rest as one of the sexiest songs ever. With Kaytranada providing a heavy, funky beat, Syd’s soft vocals become the ideal conduit to express the openly gay frontwoman’s admiration for her dream girl. Whether you want to impress a colleague with an underrated hit or create a romantic ambiance, ‘Girl’ is that song.
‘Pyramids’ by Frank Ocean
Ocean’s epic single transcends time and space, weaving a complex tale of adoration and longing. Like a well-crafted romance, this soulful R&B track takes its time to unfold – practically speaking, it’s an excellent way to fill 10 minutes!
‘The Sweetest Taboo’ by Sade
In her 1984 hit ‘The Sweetest Taboo,’ Sade innocently croons, ‘Sometimes I think you’re just too good for me / Every day is Christmas, and every night is New Year’s Eve.’ Sade, just admit it. We all know what ‘New Year’s’ means in this scenario. With the English songstress’s sultry voice and the seductive, Spanish-influenced melody, ‘The Sweetest Taboo’ is an obvious choice for a heart-thumping, sizzling-hot experience.
‘Adorn’ by Miguel
Opening with a salvo like ‘These lips can’t wait to taste your skin,’ Miguel’s 2012 sex-drenched single quickly turns up the heat. Armed with a lethal falsetto, the crooner blends the sweetness of a young Marvin Gaye with the swagger of Usher in the club – it’s nearly irresistible!
‘Fade Into You’ by Mazzy Star
The initial chords, reminiscent of a laid-back Dylan vibe with strumming and slide-guitar moans, evoke the atmosphere of a warm, leisurely summer afternoon. When Hope Sandoval’s breathy vocals kick in, their suggestive and vulnerable tones create an immediate connection. The music unfurls, stretching, and curling, setting the mood for thoughts of intertwining with your desired counterpart.
‘3Way’ by Teyana Taylor
The compilation wouldn’t be whole without Teyana Taylor’s ‘3Way.’ Written like a guide to a threesome, Taylor provides a salacious play-by-play of a ménage à trois. The track is undeniably arousing, with Taylor leading you through this scandalous sexual encounter using NSFW steamy descriptions. The entire album, a 7-track project produced by Kanye West titled K.T.S.E., delivers the auditory pleasure we’ve been anticipating from Taylor and does not disappoint, whether in the bedroom or on the aux cord.
‘Streets’ by Doja Cat
This R&B anthem is incredibly sexy. Shortly after its release on Doja Cat’s second studio album, Hot Pink, a TikTok challenge went viral, with users creatively posing in doorways to showcase their silhouette, often in nothing more than a bikini. Despite being just a few years old, the song’s steamy trap opening has become synonymous with seduction. The first five seconds of the track evoke a fiery nostalgia with its early 2000s sound, featuring thumping bass and swerving synth production reminiscent of artists like Cassie or Ciara.
‘Lollipop’ by Lil Wayne
The MC from New Orleans skillfully blends rap, rock, and a rising electronic beat in this typically gritty love ballad. Wayne’s rough, intermittently Auto-Tuned vocals are well-suited for this type of romantic self-assurance. It’s easy to believe at his word.
‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’ by Roberta Flack
Unrelated to the somewhat cheesy Bad Company song, this 1974 track is refreshingly straightforward. Flack narrates moments that evoke a romantic atmosphere, such as strolling through a park or sitting in a restaurant. However, it’s her soulful rendition that truly captivates – each line is delivered with a tender allure, reminiscent of the intimate whispers exchanged between lovers just before retiring to the bedroom.
‘Pony’ by Ginuwine
Few vocalists could successfully employ a blatant metaphor likening their intimate anatomy to a diminutive horse over a beat resembling Pac-Man burping and manage to exude pure desire, but Ginuwine was a unique brand of R&B lover man. Even two decades later, those who grew up in the ’90s still feel a flush of heat when passing by a petting zoo or a children’s birthday party.
‘Criminal’ by Fiona Apple
Due to Jennifer Lopez’s unforgettable pole routine in Hustlers, a fresh generation has discovered what ’90s kids, engaged in romantic escapades to Fiona Apple, understood all along: ‘Criminal’ is the clandestine ace on any intimate playlist, courtesy of its provocative lyrics (she truly has been a bad, bad girl), irresistibly sinuous beat, and Apple’s untamed vocal delivery.
‘Slow Motion’ by Juvenile
Juvenile is practically consumed by the desire for the booty in this song. Well before Kanye West expressed his desire to ‘play that shit back in slo-mo,’ Juvenile and Soulja Slim had already claimed that territory – and their efforts paid off, earning them a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby’ by Barry White
Barry White’s velvety baritone could turn even the mundane into an intimate affair. Most of the legendary crooner’s mainstream hits are quick-paced disco-soul jams about the power of love, but when Barry slowed things down, the sensuality rose steadily. Exhibit A: his first mega-hit, a seven-minute, funk-infused orchestral journey into the arms of sensuality. Don’t worry, baby; you’re in good hands here.
‘Love to Love You Baby’ by Donna Summer
In 1975, Eurodisco pioneer Giorgio Moroder asked Donna Summer to simulate the throes of ecstasy for this groundbreaking track. Initially hesitant, the singer eventually faked an estimated 22 orgasms for the song, inspiring millions to follow her lead. Time promptly dubbed her ‘the Queen of Love’; nowadays, we’d surely be less discreet.
‘Do You Mind’ by the xx
Derived from the xx’s first EP, Islands (2009), ‘Do You Mind’ presents the stylish British indie trio in a remarkably sensual light. Initially, a bubblegum dance track by Crazy Cousinz featuring Kyla, the song undergoes a transformative xx treatment.
Jamie Smith’s deliberate, resonant beats, coupled with Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim’s sinuous guitar riffs and smoky vocals, add a layer of sophistication to the originally peppy tune. Despite the seemingly polite lyrics, the fluid ease of the song is captivating. In response to the question posed by the title, the answer is a resounding “we don’t mind… at all.”
‘34+35’ by Ariana Grande
‘34+35’ by Ariana Grande marked a departure from any lingering innocence associated with Ariana’s earlier days. This track is part of her album Positions, a 14-track celebration of intimate encounters. In this lively confection, Ariana playfully sings about preparing for a marathon all-nighter with activities that include drinking coffee and eating healthy.
The lyrics, with their cheeky nod to mathematics, imply a certain carnal centerpiece. The song is a bold and energetic addition to Grande’s repertoire, showcasing her playful and mature side. (Nice!)
‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ by Lil’ Nas X
‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ by Lil Nas X catapulted him to stardom following the success of ‘Old Town Road,’ establishing him as an icon. This sexually charged anthem exudes raw energy with its dancehall-infused beats. The lyrics convey a bold attitude: “I’m not fazed, only here to sin / If Eve ain’t in your garden, you know that you can / call me when you want/call me when you need…”
The song serves as a provocative and irresistible invitation, making it an anytime, anywhere come-hither anthem for the ages, presented with unapologetic flair.
‘Je t’Aime…Moi Non Plus’ by Serge Gainsbourg
It’s a quintessential sexy song. The track features a mischievously suggestive bassline, an organ riff that borders on cheesy yet ingeniously clever, and whispered, orgasmic crooning. The song, a collaboration between French singer Serge Gainsbourg and English rose Jane Birkin, captures an intimate encounter in the studio. Its scandalous and titillating nature led to a BBC ban, only enhancing its appeal and solidifying its status as a seductive and iconic track in Sexy Song 101.