Sexy Classic Rock Makout Mix
September 2, 2012 1:31 PM   Subscribe

Makeout Mix: Classic Rock Edition

My BF and I like making out. A lot. I've made a playlist on my ipod for this purpose, but we like different genres and this playlist is heavy on stuff I like (newer indie/electronic). He does enjoy it, but I'd like to add some appropriate classic rock (his favourite genre) as a surprise for the next time we're messing around.

Not too picky on vibe as long as it's more or less makeout appropriate.

So, what did folks kiss to in the 60's, 70's and possibly 80's?
posted by heavenstobetsy to Media & Arts (50 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
No discussion of making out and classic rock is complete with John Scalzi's blog post about Journey's album Escape as the ultimate make out album.

So Journey - Escape - the entire album.
posted by COD at 1:45 PM on September 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

That obviously should read "is complete without..."
posted by COD at 1:46 PM on September 2, 2012

Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith

I have a good (female) friend who absolutely swears by Led Zeppelin as make-out music that does the job for her.
posted by Thorzdad at 1:57 PM on September 2, 2012

"Every Breath You Take" by The Police. Summer '83 that song was in heaaaavy rotation. Other stuff that comes to mind: Born to Be Wild (Steppenwolf), Satisfaction (The Stones), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), Whole Lotta Love (Led Zep), With or Without You (U2), Walk This Way (Aerosmith).

On preview, oh yeah, Sweet Emotion's a good one.
posted by cocoagirl at 2:05 PM on September 2, 2012

Stairway. Layla. Freebird.

posted by dfriedman at 2:09 PM on September 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

According to Nick Hornby's excellent book, Songbook, Santana's 'Samba Pa Ti' is great for this purpose (a claim which I have both independently tested and verified on several occasions.)
posted by Rewind at 2:22 PM on September 2, 2012 [3 favorites]

Er - sorry... Link to above song as well.
posted by Rewind at 2:24 PM on September 2, 2012

Tommy James and the Shondells' "I Think We're Alone Now" comes to mind. I've also found Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" LP to be weirdly effective for make-out purposes.
posted by ryanshepard at 2:26 PM on September 2, 2012

Heart - Magic Man
posted by cazoo at 2:35 PM on September 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Also, Eric Clapton's Wonderful Tonight, Steve Miller Band's Fly Like An Eagle (to a lesser extent), Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, The Beatles' Here Comes The Sun & Yesterday, Love Hurts by Nazareth, Peter Frampton's Do You Feel Like We Do (Live) (for sheer length of song and instrumental segment although it's heavier in the beginning and end - also one of the biggest songs of the entire 1970's.)

Gosh, I could go on forever, but I'll let others chime in as I have to pee and go to the grocery store.
posted by Rewind at 2:42 PM on September 2, 2012

Damn, "Magic Man" - yeah, that's a good one. "Dreamboat Annie" is kind of a classic mid-70s foreplay soundtrack, now that I think about it.
posted by ryanshepard at 2:48 PM on September 2, 2012

Anything on the Dazed and Confused and Virgin Suicides soundtracks would work... I'm thinking Strange Magic might be good...
posted by rmm at 2:55 PM on September 2, 2012

Pour Some Sugar on Me. The classic version, not whatever new crap they're trying to pawn off these days.
posted by anaelith at 2:58 PM on September 2, 2012

Roxy Music - More than This
posted by schyler523 at 2:59 PM on September 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

T. Rex - Children of the Revolution
posted by schyler523 at 3:01 PM on September 2, 2012

Roxy Music - If there is Something
posted by schyler523 at 3:02 PM on September 2, 2012

Miracles by Jefferson Starship
posted by miaou at 3:08 PM on September 2, 2012

Bowie - Kooks
posted by schyler523 at 3:10 PM on September 2, 2012

Barracuda by Heart has maybe the sexiest guitar riff of all time.

Crimson and Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells
Let's Spend the Night Together by the Stones
Teenage Kicks by the Undertones
posted by chairmanroflmao at 3:22 PM on September 2, 2012

Roxy Music's Siren album, particularly Side One, was practically a 70s musical blueprint for making out (from the subtle sexy groove of Love is the Drug to the mellow cuddle-up End of the Line to the orgasmic Whirlwind:

Love is the Drug

End of the Line

posted by Oriole Adams at 3:37 PM on September 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

It's a bit longer than the average AOR track, but Traffic's Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys has it, tempowise. If not Low Spark, then maybe Dear Mr. Fantasy.

CSN's Wooden Ships.
posted by jquinby at 3:41 PM on September 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Words from Mike Damone in Fast Times at Ridgemont High: "And five, now this is the most important, Rat. When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV."

For me though, the only makeout worthy song on Led Zepeplin IV is "Stairway to Heaven."

There's also Meat Loaf's "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" a song about making out.

Although not "classic rock" in the true sense, Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love" was what I'd put on as I turned down the lights in the mid 80s.
posted by birdherder at 3:44 PM on September 2, 2012

"Simply Irresistable" and possibly the entire "Heavy Nova" album it comes from. The artist is Robert Palmer.

Also, the "Hysteria" album by Def Leppard, or at least a lot of the songs from it.
posted by Michele in California at 3:45 PM on September 2, 2012

Oh, also: The Chain, by Fleetwood Mac.
posted by jquinby at 3:46 PM on September 2, 2012

Kashmir by LZ!
posted by Sublimity at 3:48 PM on September 2, 2012

Play The Great Gig in the Sky. Watch everyone have orgasms.
posted by thisclickableme at 3:51 PM on September 2, 2012

There's as it should have been and as it actually was.

No question, in my corner of mid-70s hormone-infused suburbia, the absolute #1 makeout record was side one of The Best of Bread. Side one was too ROCK. The girls didn't like it that much.

Reality sucks.
posted by philip-random at 4:00 PM on September 2, 2012

Side one was too ROCK

Sorry, Side 2 was too ROCK. Side 1 was exactly like this.
posted by philip-random at 4:05 PM on September 2, 2012

Hate to be the one who puts it this way, but I can't believe we're this far down the thread without some Marvin Gaye.
posted by carsonb at 4:11 PM on September 2, 2012 [3 favorites]

Whether or not this is applicable depends on your definition of "making out," I think. But an old boyfriend of mine once said that the Stones' It's Only Rock And Roll was the absolutely best music to fuck to. (Yes, we field-tested his theory. I don't know about "best," but it worked.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:12 PM on September 2, 2012

New York Dolls - Looking for a Kiss
Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
The Beatles - Dear Prudence
Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me
David Bowie - Golden Years
Todd Rundgren - I Saw the Light
- Hello It's Me is really sexy, but it's about a breakup
10cc - I'm Not in Love
posted by hydrophonic at 4:19 PM on September 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

Ooh, Carsonb - how about Al Green or Dusty Springfield?

But those may be more soul. As for Rock, there's also Paul McCartney Maybe I'm Amazed or the Stones' Wild Horses, or Patti Smith's Because The Night.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:19 PM on September 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Todd Rundgren.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:31 PM on September 2, 2012

Consider that his favorite music might not be makeout music. Instead, aim for the music that was popular when he was 13-16 years old, whenever that was. That's his prime music imprinting time.

Also, a lot of cock rock voices here. Where's my Debbie Harry and Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 5:01 PM on September 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Girl of My Dreams Bram Tchaikovsky
I Talk To The Wind - King Crimson
Blinded By The Light - Manfred Mann
Radar Love - Golden Earring
My Sharona - The Knack
posted by dbiedny at 5:31 PM on September 2, 2012

My wife and I spent a lot of time wine tasting on our honeymoon. At one particular winery, we saw a youngish (30-somethings) couple pulled up right next to our car in the parking lot as we were walking into the winery. We went in, did the tasting, and headed out (nothing grabbed our tastebuds there) as we got to the parking lot, we heard Foreigner's I Wanna Know What Love Is BLASTING out of a closed car. Turns out the aforementioned couple decided that this particular winery's parking lot was the perfect location for some heavy petting to cheesy power ballads. I wouldn't describe it as particularly sexy, but it was AWESOME.
posted by adamp88 at 6:31 PM on September 2, 2012

Lots of stuff by Pat Benatar might work (Hit me with your best shot; All fired up; Love is a battlefield; We belong).

And: Robbie Robertson's "Somewhere down the crazy river" is just so good!
posted by Prof Iterole at 7:35 PM on September 2, 2012

I can't believe I'm the first one to mention The Doors. Pretty much anything on their best of album could work.
posted by deadmessenger at 8:17 PM on September 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

I fondly recall Cream's Disraeli Gears (my personal fave track: Tales of Brave Ulysses) being basically MAGIC on this score.
posted by scody at 8:28 PM on September 2, 2012

Hypnotized - Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac

"Fleetwood Mac" (1975) - The whole album

Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream

Foxy Lady - Jimi Hendrix

Oh my gosh, this:

Moondance - Van Morrison

And here's something electronic (a bit of drums and flute, too), but definitely classic (1970)!
posted by droplet at 8:38 PM on September 2, 2012

Also: Barry White.

"Can't get enough of your love, babe", "Never, never gonna give ya up", etc.
posted by Michele in California at 8:50 PM on September 2, 2012 [2 favorites]

Don't Fear the Reaper

Burning for You
posted by jgirl at 8:50 PM on September 2, 2012

And still more Roxy Music - Avalon
posted by hangashore at 10:06 PM on September 2, 2012 [1 favorite]

Hypnotized yt - Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac

great song, but credit where it's due. That's Bob Weir era Fleetwood Mac.

Speaking of the Peter Green stuff, I Need You Love So Bad pretty much says it all.
posted by philip-random at 10:30 PM on September 2, 2012

I'll see your Journey (heartily recommended) and raise you Air Supply.
posted by ceribus peribus at 7:28 AM on September 3, 2012

Speaking of classic rock power ballads: Total Eclipse of the Heart.
posted by ceribus peribus at 7:38 AM on September 3, 2012

Peter Frampton-Do you feel like I do? (This was the makeout song du jour when I was in high school.)

Van Morrison-Enlightenment

Cat Stevens-Morning has broken
posted by LaBellaStella at 9:53 AM on September 3, 2012

What? No mention of Afternoon Delight?
posted by deborah at 10:42 PM on September 3, 2012

Steelheart - I'll Never Let You Go
posted by jbickers at 7:43 AM on September 4, 2012

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