1. Let's Get It On
This week in 1973, Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On"—arguably the sexiest song ever—was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Which got us thinking: What are the sexiest songs of our lifetime—not merely anthems to sex, but songs that are truly sexy? Here are 30 tracks that are hot in every sense of the word.
2. Love to Love You, Baby
God only knows how many people now reaching middle-age were conceived in a dance that began in some disco and ended in a back seat as Donna Summer's 1975 erotic chant of physical longing throbbed in the background.
3. Crash Into Me
Dave Matthews Band's 1999 hit is as seductive as latte foam on your lover's upper lip.
4. Love on a Real Train
For at least a couple of decades, the words "Tangerine Dream" were Hollywood shorthand for "two attractive young people having sex." This instrumental from the soundtrack of 1983's "Risky Business" is a prime example.
5. In the Waiting Line
The British duo Zero 7 created the sexiest song on what is arguably the sexiest soundtrack in film history: 2004's Grammy-winning "Garden State."
If "jumbo shrimp" is an oxymoron, "sexy Sade song" is the opposite: It's redundant. Check out her signature song from 1988.
7. Wicked Game
A seminal moment in the career of Chris Isaak, who in 1989 picked up the smoldering torch left behind by Marvin Gaye.
8. Je T’Aime … Moi Non Plus
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin get it on in a Paris recording studio in 1969. The single was banned from radio in many countries—even in France it couldn't be played before 11 p.m.—and the Vatican excommunicated the record exec who released it in Italy. Yet it eventually sold more than 4 million copies.
9. I'm Still in Love With You
There's an unwritten rule among us list compilers that at least one Al Green tune must be included on each list of great songs, or all list-writing privileges will be suspended until further review. And for good reason. Listen to this 1972 classic from the last of the great soul singers.
Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz's unsurpassed 1959 version of the bossa nova hit. As smooth as an evening breeze and as full of possibilities as a man, a woman and a canopy of stars.
11. Central Reservation
Who ever thought the smartest girl in class could make our loins quiver in such a naughty, languid, smell-your-fingers sort of way? Check out the title track from Beth Orton's 1999 album.
12. Pillow Talk
Top 40 station managers apparently had no problem slotting into heavy rotation a breathless young lady known simply as Sylvia who, to hear this 1973 song, regularly used the public airwaves to bring herself to climax.
13. Santa Baby
After listening to Eartha Kitt's 1953 Christmas song, jolly old Saint Nick might just find himself in need of a defibrillator.
Finger-poppin' cool meets drop-dead sexy in Peggy Lee's 1959 version of a timeless song that evokes the heat of passion.
15. Lady Marmalade
Pent-up, percolating suburban lust runs headlong into no-holds-barred, working-girl fantasy fulfillment in Labelle's 1974 hit. And suddenly everyone knew at least one line of French: "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, se soir?"
16. Still … You Turn Me On
No one would ever accuse the eternally artsy Emerson, Lake and Palmer of trying to be sexy, but there's something raw and deeply primal about the way Greg Lake bares his soul and comes clean about his physical craving in this track from the band's 1973 album "Brain Salad Surgery."
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18. I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl
Granted, Nina Simone would be sexy reading the phone book. But this steamy extended metaphor for a woman's fertile crescent takes her kind of sexy to a whole new level.
19. Nobody Does It Better
Carly Simon, 1988. Ah, the universally understood "it" strikes again.
20. Midnight at the Oasis
We're not sure what all the lyrics to Maria Muldaur's 1973 hit mean, but that line about singing your camel to bed just seems to drip with equal parts naughty and nasty.
21. Me and Mrs. Jones
Billy Paul's No.1 single from 1972 is a lush, languid and sultry paean to MILF sex before anyone ever knew what the hell a MILF was.
22. Baby, I Need Your Lovin’
Few singers, if any, could match the Four Tops' baritone Levi Stubbs when it came to giving voice to a young man's raw, burning and sometimes all-consuming sexual desire, as he did this 1964 single.
23. Slow Hand
The Pointer Sisters couldn't be any more explicit, could they? The sultry ballad was released in 1981.
24. I’m on Fire
Very few songs pair lyrics and arrangement more perfectly than Bruce Springsteen's moody metronome of a ticking time bomb, a 1984 song that pits a man's pent-up desire against a ripe piece of unpicked fruit.
Yes, Madonna tried way too hard, and in the case of this 1992 single, she tried even harder than usual. But once you get past the generic title, you have to admit this is one hell of a sexy song.
26. Touch Me
Jim Morrison was at his strutting-rooster best when he put down the pen and picked up the mic. Note, for example, that this brawny exercise in male seduction, which came out in 1968, was written not by the Doors frontman but by waifish guitarist Robbie Krieger.
The title track from Roxy Music's 1982 album, with Haitian singer Yanick Etienne providing backup for Bryan Ferry, is a sly, erotic dance of seduction.
28. Feel Like Makin' Love
Roberta Flack's gently throbbing 1975 hit gave new meaning to the term "rhythm method."
29. Honky Tonk Women
Raw street sex meets rock and roll. The Rolling Stones' biggest hit of 1969.
30. Sexual Healing
In the hands of just about any other singer, this 1982 song could have become trite, but in the hands of the great Marvin Gaye, it's the aural equivalent of buttons popping.
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