What are your go-to songs for making sweet love to?
October 15, 2014 11:49 AM   Subscribe

Say you're getting hot and heavy with that special person in your life, and say you'd like to play some music while you're Doing the Deed. What's spinning on your record player? The sexier and more lust-inducing your suggestions are, the better. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto to Society & Culture (44 answers total) 88 users marked this as a favorite

The Mingus version of Duke Ellington's mood indigo sounds like slow skin-to-skin contact feels, I think.
posted by umbú at 11:53 AM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Madness by Muse
posted by I am the Walrus at 11:53 AM on October 15, 2014

A few:

Glory Box (Portishead)
Makes Me Wanna Die (Tricky)
Coffee (Sylvan Esso)
Together (The xx)
I Don't Care (Twin Shadow)
posted by Zosia Blue at 12:02 PM on October 15, 2014

Tricky - Blowback
posted by Dorothea_in_Rome at 12:04 PM on October 15, 2014

It's old but Sexy Boy by Air is great and fits the bill. Moody, sensual, steady beat...
posted by artificialard at 12:05 PM on October 15, 2014

One More Night-- Stars
posted by egeanin at 12:06 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Black no 1 by Type O Negative will make any girl instantly forget you and fall for the band's singer instead.
posted by Pyrogenesis at 12:12 PM on October 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Peter Gabriel - Passion. It's the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ. Hypnotic and gorgeous and sexy.
posted by tomboko at 12:15 PM on October 15, 2014 [4 favorites]

Sade. Seriously.
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:18 PM on October 15, 2014 [5 favorites]

STRAYLIGHT RUN - "Existentialism On Prom Night" and "Another Word for Desperate"
THE RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS - "Cat and Mouse" and my personal favorite, "Your Guardian Angel" (My wedding song)

posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah at 12:19 PM on October 15, 2014

My Bloody Valentine's Loveless
posted by porn in the woods at 12:33 PM on October 15, 2014 [5 favorites]

Afghan Whigs, 1965 (best example).

Previously, kindasorta.
posted by divined by radio at 12:36 PM on October 15, 2014

I'm going to have to go with a proven classic:

Type Marvin Gaye into Pandora and enjoy.
posted by PlutoniumX at 12:40 PM on October 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Santana, Samba Pa Ti
posted by bricoleur at 12:48 PM on October 15, 2014

Best answer: If you're into rock or metal:

Behemoth "Slaves Shall Serve"
Cradle of Filth "Amor E Morte"
Cradle of Filth "Her Ghost in the Fog"
Buckcherry "Crazy Bitch"
Korn "Cameltosis"
Slipknot "Vermillion" or "Vermillion Part 2" depending on the mood. Vermillion Part 2, unlike my other suggestions, is a sweetly sad and haunting "slow jam".

...My personal favorites... I think I need a few moments alone now...
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose at 12:52 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Roxy Music's Avalon - the entire album or Bryan Ferry's Slave to Love. Bryan Ferry's voice is like silk.
posted by ATX Peanut at 12:53 PM on October 15, 2014 [7 favorites]

I've actually made a playlist for this purpose. I tend to prefer the sultry end of the spectrum.

Born to Die - Lana Del Rey
Fuego! - Murder by Death
Islands - The xx
Forget That You're Young - The Raveonettes
Rich - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Is This Desire? - PJ Harvey
One More Night - Stars
Come on Petunia - The Blow
Infinity - The xx
Ball and Biscuit - The White Stripes
I Know I Know I Know - Tegan and Sara
Breathe Me - Four Tet Remix - Sia
Blue Jeans - Lana Del Rey
Future Starts Slow - The Kills
Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
Ribs - Lorde
Hey - Pixies
posted by bluloo at 1:04 PM on October 15, 2014 [3 favorites]

Oh... I should also add I had a partner who always played Madonna's "Erotica" during intimate moments. Not my style of music but it nonetheless worked for us!
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose at 1:10 PM on October 15, 2014

Not on YouTube sadly, but if you have Spotify, try "Beat Beat" by The Natural History. HOLY CRAP IS THAT SEXY.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:26 PM on October 15, 2014

Not sure what this says, but for several months in 2003 I had sex to nothing but Black Sabbath's eponymous album. Every time.

Otherwise, I'll suggest Massive Attack's Inertia Creeps.
posted by epanalepsis at 1:33 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Seconding Passion.

An old boyfriend also insisted that The Stones' It's Only Rock And Roll was the best music to have sex to, but it's somewhat of a different mood.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 1:43 PM on October 15, 2014

Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love.
posted by Dolley at 1:45 PM on October 15, 2014

I would basically just play inc.'s No World / MBV's loveless. not something I've done, but I feel like it'd work well. only notable sound track I've had was a playlist full of Shaggy and R-Kelly and gotta say, didn't quite hit the right notes.
posted by lethologues at 1:53 PM on October 15, 2014

posted by cobain_angel at 2:05 PM on October 15, 2014

al green and barry white aren't sexy enough?
posted by bruce at 2:24 PM on October 15, 2014

One Dove - Morning Dove White LP
posted by erebora at 2:34 PM on October 15, 2014

LTJ Bukem Pandora station.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 2:39 PM on October 15, 2014

(Taken straight from my "Swoon" playlist, feel free to explore other songs by the same artists.)

James Vincent McMorrow - Cavalier
American Royalty - Mariah
Black Atlass - Jewels
Ben Khan - Drive, Pt. 1
Lo-Fang - Light Year
Deptford Goth - Guts No Glory
Movement - Us
Pedestrian - Hoyle Road
Elliot Moss - Slip
Glass Animals - Cocoa Hooves
RY X - Berlin
Hayden James - Embrace
Samuel - Steam Train
Still Parade - Actors
How To Dress Well - Words I Don't Remember
Hozier - Take Me To Church
Vancouver Sleep Clinic - Collapse
SOHN - Bloodflows
Jai Paul - Jasmine
Miles Bonny - Still Miles
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream
JMSN - Alone (Kastle Remix)
Josef Salvat - Hustler
Kwabs - Last Stand
posted by doctordrey at 3:00 PM on October 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

I think MeFi introduced me to Lovage, and Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By. I'm still not sure how I feel about the album, although Strangers on a Train - mmmmhmmm. Apparently the entire album is on YouTube? You have nothing to lose by trying it out.

I still love Buena Vista Social Club - pretty classic, but it does have some specific associations for me.

On that note, Diana Krall, The Girl in the Other Room is pretty great. (Link to the specific song, but the entire album is great...)
posted by RedOrGreen at 3:27 PM on October 15, 2014

Can't believe nobody has suggested Nine Inch Nails' Closer yet.
posted by SquidLips at 4:37 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Ginuwine - Pony
posted by Maecenas at 4:37 PM on October 15, 2014 [3 favorites]

Az Yet Last Night
Lorna Vallings Taste
posted by get off of my cloud at 5:09 PM on October 15, 2014


It's insane that I'm posting this almost nine hours after this went up. You're slipping guys:

Wild Horses (Rolling Stones cover) - The Sundays
Fade into You - Mazzy Star

These songs are so unaffectedly sexy. Please keep in mind these are romantic-sexy, not drrrty-sexy, but they still deserve to be posted here!!!
posted by Poppa Bear at 5:46 PM on October 15, 2014 [4 favorites]

Definitely not for everyone...but if you enjoy dark ambient music, here are a few suggestions from my Eros playlist that may help turn up the heat for sexytimes:

Emme Ya - Hemhemti (Devourer ov Souls)
Beyond Sensory Experience - Yearning
Lustmord - The Harrow
Sator Absentia - Enter the Red Garden of Frustration
Hedningarna - Räven

If you want a full dark ambient album to accompany your carnal pleasures, I recommend New Risen Throne's "Whispers of the Approaching Wastefulness."

As I said, not for everyone. But for those of us who happen to be wired this way, music like this can be incredibly hot.
posted by velvet winter at 7:17 PM on October 15, 2014

Two good previous relevant queries with lots of answers.
posted by jackbishop at 7:37 PM on October 15, 2014

Dirty: Get Down Make Love by Queen
posted by salishsea at 12:20 AM on October 16, 2014

Blonde Redhead, spcifically the "Misery is a Butterfly" and "23" albums

Gorillaz D.A.R.E. for really fun sex
posted by WeekendJen at 9:53 AM on October 16, 2014

Oh and Goldfrapp - Lovely Head
posted by WeekendJen at 10:01 AM on October 16, 2014

For some reason, every time I listen to Zero7's album "When it falls" I think it sounds like sex music. Not, um, systematically tested, doesn't exactly rev me up, but somehow seems like music to get... sensory to.
posted by acm at 12:14 PM on October 16, 2014

Response by poster: Excellent suggestions. I put together a 1.5 hour playlist on Spotify, if anyone wants the hear/critique it. I'm happy to share.

: )
posted by Fister Roboto at 5:43 PM on October 16, 2014

Yes, please share!
posted by fishingforthewhale at 4:35 AM on October 17, 2014

Response by poster: http://open.spotify.com/user/tachobill/playlist/5CKP2LxJH2JeI4kS9MEQZ0

I think that should work. Let me know if otherwise.
posted by Fister Roboto at 8:51 AM on October 17, 2014 [1 favorite]

Axxess & Ace by Songs: Ohia is pretty much the makeout record of the century.

The first She Wants Revenge album (self-titled) is excellent for getting your debauch on.

Robots In Disguise have a few appropriate tracks that you should add to any mix ("Turn It Up" and "The Sex Has Made Me Stupid").

Type O Negative, Portishead, and Goldfrapp are all good suggestions. In my experience The Tea Party album Transmission is quite productive because Jeff Martin's voice gets women pretty gooey (but that depends on what you're after, of course).

TV On The Radio, Interpol, Editors, The Soft Moon, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Dead Can Dance are all good background music. But then, Love Sex Machine could also be good - it really depends on what sort of people are there!
posted by turbid dahlia at 3:08 PM on October 19, 2014

The Power Rangers theme tune.

No I'm not joking. It only happened once, by accident, but I still have fond memories.
posted by Ned G at 8:17 AM on October 20, 2014 [2 favorites]

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