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Top 10 Lovemaking Songs

VO: Rebecca Brayton
These are the songs that make you wanna get it on: there are some tunes that just put you in the mood, and while most of them are by Barry White, there are a few other songs and artists that do the trick. Whether modern or classic, fast or slow, some of these songs are so connected with lovin’ that hearing just the first few bars can signal what’s in store. So, if you’re looking to get a little frisky, start your playlists now. In honor of the death of Barry White on July 4th, 2003, counts down our picks for the top 10 lovemaking songs.

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Top 10 Lovemaking Songs

These tunes make you wanna get it on. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 baby-making songs.

#10 – Ginuwine: “Pony” (1996)

It starts off with that porno-style wah-wah sound, then gets down and dirty with just the perfect bump n’ grind groove. Baby-making never sounded so good, even with explicit lyrics like: “If you're horny, let’s do it / Ride it; my pony.” We recommend using this song to kick off your evening of lovin’ with a little striptease for your ladyfriend. Hey, it’s not a strip club staple for nothin’.

#9 – Sade: “No Ordinary Love” (1992)

Even though the Deftones did an equally sultry cover of this track, Sade is the “Smooth Operator” with the haunting, smoky vocals that serve perfectly as the soundtrack for an evening of baby making. Use this song to get close to your love with a little smooth jam slow dance, or let it serve as the soundtrack as you get down on a big pile of money.

#8 – Al Green: “Let’s Stay Together” (1972)

A dancing bassline, emotive singing courtesy of Al Green, and those horns make this one of the greatest soul songs ever. Hey, if it’s good enough for Presidents, it’s good enough for us. Tina Turner used this song to stage her comeback, and you’re sure to keep your lady coming back if you serenade her with this tune.

#7 – Nine Inch Nails: “Closer” (1994)

And now on the other side of the spectrum… Not romantic as much as overtly sexual, kinky and vaguely rapey, this is the sexy song choice of goths everywhere. Its grinding beat, erotic instrumentals and bass line heartbeat are intense with a capital “I,” but it’s the dark, animalistic and almost shocking lyrics that drive Trent Reznor’s point home. Of course, it’s appropriate for adult ears only, but that’s kinda the point.

#6 – Chris Isaak: “Wicked Game” (1989)

Isaak’s twang-y deep and falsetto vocals, plus the echo-y guitar give this song a shadowy and sensual feel that’s a definite panty dropper. The slow and steady beat and forbidden love-type sentiment mean it should be on any date night playlist. Throw a beach, a shirtless singer and a half-naked supermodel in the video and you’ve got one of the sexiest songs we’ve heard in a long time.

#5 – The Righteous Brothers: “Unchained Melody” (1965)

This song has been on lovemaking soundtracks for decades – heck, your parents might even have… actually never mind, that’s a mental picture no one needs. It’s been even more popular since the ‘90s thanks to one of the most iconic sex scenes in Hollywood history. Whether you consider “Unchained Melody” cliché or classic, you know the song’s great as background music for a romantic dinner, dance or pottery session.

#4 – Kings of Leon: “Sex on Fire” (2008)

You get all you need to know about this track from its title. Jokes about unfortunate STDs aside, the lyrics to this song are flat-out hot, and it’s kicked up several notches by the urgent guitar and screamy singing. Things will go from spicy to scorching in seconds with this hot song on the stereo. And, if you wanna up the sex factor, check out the Beyoncé cover.

#3 – Boyz II Men: “I’ll Make Love to You” (1994)

No innuendo here: the words to this song paint a picture of a night any lady would enjoy – basically, an evening with a manservant to fulfill her every request. This played at every school dance in the ‘90s, but today it’s a classic that outlines what a gentleman would do for his woman. Pro tip: all-white suits are both cheesy and awesome.

#2 – Marvin Gaye: “Let’s Get It On” (1973)

You know when you hear the first funky guitar notes of this song; you’re in for some lovin’. Marvin Gaye knew how to set the mood, whether it was with this track or one of his other blatantly sensual tunes. His buttery voice and soulful singing are irresistible – even though he was singing to a woman half his age. Sing it again, Marv!

#1 – Barry White: Entire Catalogue (1960-2003)

How do you choose the best of the best? Barry White’s entire career was devoted to getting couples hot between the sheets with his disco tunes – and he did it well. His distinctive soulful, velvety bass is the ultimate stimulus for baby making whether it’s up-tempo or smooth and slow. Just grab a best-of album for an entire evening of sweet, sweet lovin’.

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