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Top 115 Best Sexy Songs

There’s something about listening to a sexy song that can change your mood or enhance a beautiful moment. Of course, everyone’s ideas of good sexy songs are an individual affair. However, I think my choices of the best sexy songs list should strike a chord with most of you.

Apologies in advance if your favorite didn’t make the cut. But, I only had space for twenty-three. So, let’s get straight to it with…

Best Sexy Songs


Top 115 Best Sexy Songs

1 Turn Me On by Nora Jones

Just about anything sung by Nora Jones sounds sexy to me. She has such a wonderful sultry voice. She could be singing the phone directory, and I’d still be hooked. I am sure many of you would be too.

Norah Jones is a pianist and singer-songwriter. Most of her songs are what I classify as Smooth Jazz with a kind of mellow Pop vibe. She’s a highly acclaimed artist, having already been on the receiving end of nine Grammy’s despite being still in her early forties.

A surprising cover…

“Turn Me On” was released in 2003 and is a cover of the original song written by John D. Loudermilk and first performed and released way back in 1961 by Mark Dinning. The first recording, which in fairness was a B-side, received little interest. 

However, Nora Jones’s version sold over 500,000 copies in the US and 300,000 copies in the UK. These are solid figures but compared to the numbers for the album, Come Away With Me, from which it was taken, they seem small.

The album went 12 times platinum in the US, eight times platinum in the UK, and seven times platinum in Europe. Worldwide sales topped 25 million copies, and it went to #1 in a host of different countries.

The single is a wonderful love song… 

It’s played at a slow tempo, and Norah Jones’s beautiful voice and piano playing bring out the longing and sexual desire so clearly written in the lyrics. This is a super sultry and sexy song.

2 Layla by Eric Clapton 

Eric Clapton is highly regarded as one of the greatest Rock guitarists of all time. He’s also one of the greatest writers and performers of Rock songs. However, he’s also written and performed some incredible love songs, of which “Layla” is one.

Released in 1971, it was a hit in the US, the UK, and Europe. It was written jointly by Jim Gordon and Eric Clapton. Originally, it was performed in 1970 by Derek and the Dominos. It appeared on the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, which was released in the same year. 

The song enjoyed greater success as a much later release in 1992. This was in the form of a stripped-down acoustic version that was included on the Clapton Unplugged album. The worldwide sales for the album were phenomenal and ended up topping 26 million copies.

So, who is Layla?

“Layla” was inspired by an ancient Persian love poem and Clapton’s unrequited love for another man’s wife. It’s a personal love song that dealt with his feelings and emotions at the time. There’s no doubt that you don’t get much sexier than that.

Unfortunately, there’s also little doubt that Clapton proved himself as a poor friend. I suppose that’s Rock N’ Roll. 

And, if we’re being kind, we can always point to all the drugs he was doing a the time. This doesn’t detract in any way from it being an incredibly sexy song and a worthy winner of a Grammy in 1993.

3 I’m On Fire by Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen isn’t someone that would normally spring to mind when compiling a best sexy songs playlist. He’s more commonly associated as a working-class hero and the champion of blue-collar workers. Someone who tackles everyday issues or everyday people in a relatable way.

None of that here…

“I’m On Fire” falls into very different territory and shows how good a writer he is. It shows just how good he is at expressing himself emotionally. Not that we doubted that, given some of the amazing songs he wrote. Such as “Born to Run,” which he’d written and recorded ten years earlier.

“I’m On Fire” describes the intense physical desire he has for a woman that’s seen as unobtainable. This could be because she’s married or maybe because she’s socially out of his league. Whatever the reason, her unavailability just intensifies his burning feelings of lust and desire.

The lyrics don’t hold back, either. He makes it abundantly clear how he feels about this person. It culminates in one of the most passionate songs of desire you’ll ever hear.

At the peak of his fame…

It was released in the album, Born in the U.S.A. The single did well internationally, though it saw its strongest sales in the US, where it went multi-platinum. The album, which was released a year earlier, sold in huge numbers. 

To be precise, Born in the U.S.A. went on to sell 30 million copies. It became his best-selling album as well as one of the most successful albums of all time. Bruce Springsteen will never be known for writing love songs. 

Although, when it comes to writing songs about lust and sexual desire, he undoubtedly seems to have a knack for it.  

4 I Just Wanna Make Love to You by Etta James

I consider Etta James to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, female vocalists of all time. Her voice was powerful and expressive to an almost unparalleled degree. These qualities were all on display in “I Just Wanna Make Love to You.”

The song was originally written by Willie Dixon and was first performed by the legendary Muddy Waters in 1954. Etta picked it up in 1960 and made it her own in what can only be described as a spell-bounding performance. 

The song was released as part of her debut album, At Last! It was also released as a B-side to the single also titled “At Last!” It wasn’t until 1996 that she released it as a main single due to a renewed interest following its use in commercials for Diet Coke.

In all cases, it received very little commercial success…

“I Just Wanna Make Love to You” is a full-on sexy Blues song. The lyrics leave no imagination as to the wants of the singer. And Etta just oozes sex appeal and desire with flawless vocal delivery. There have been other covers since, but none come close to Etta’s second version. 

5 I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred

With a title like this, it has to be on any best sexy songs playlist, don’t you think? Interestingly, “I’m Too Sexy” was written as a bit of a joke. 

The lead singer, Fred Fairbass, penned the song after a session at the gym. He subsequently took off his top and whirred it around his head, shouting, “I’m too sexy for my shirt.” What a great way to come up with a song.

Fred Fairbass was part of a group of bodybuilders who all trained together in Fulham, England, before forming the band. They’d no problem taking off their shirts and showing off their physiques in any of their songs. However, this one lent itself to doing just that in the accompanying music video.

It might not feel too sexy for us guys… 

But I’m sure the girls and gay guys love it. Plus, even though it does nothing to excite me, I can at least see the humor in it, and it definitely raises a smile.

This universal appeal was most probably why it was so successful. It sold two million copies and charted well in the US, the UK, and Europe. Not bad for a fun, lighthearted song from a bunch of guys who never took themselves too seriously. 

6 You Might Need Somebody by Randy Crawford

Randy Crawford has a very sexy voice. She sang some great love songs, but in my opinion, none better than “You Might Need Somebody.” It was originally released in 1981 as a single, which was taken from the album Secret Combination.

It was written by Nan O’Bryne and Tom Snow and first recorded a year before Randy Crawford’s version by Turley Richards. Sixteen years later, it was famously covered by Shola Ama. 

I love the Randy Crawford version. But, I must admit that Shola Ama’s cover in 1997 was superb and very true to the feel of the original.

The single didn’t do very well in the charts…

The highest position was #11 in the UK. Interestingly, Shola Ama’s cover fared much better, reaching #2 in the UK. Additionally, it sold well both in the UK and throughout Europe.

The song is a beautiful slow R&B track that oozes class and refinement in the production, musicianship, and quality of Randy Crawford’s voice. It’s a beautiful song that feels like a warm caress. With some uplifting and romantic lines thrown in, this is undoubtedly a sexy song.

Randy Crawford sang plenty of songs in this genre. If you want to check out more of the same, Randy Crawford – The Love Songs, released in 1987, is a must. It contains the very best of her romantic music.

7 Smooth Operator by Sade

Lyrically, there’s no reason whatsoever to include this on the list. The song is essentially about a con man who makes his money at the expense of women. 

It’s not clear if he directly pimps off them, but he takes money from them under false promises. The man in the song is nothing more than a user and a heartbreaker. This isn’t the normal ingredient for a sexy song, but everything else is.

Sade’s voice…

Always warm, silky smooth, and dripping with sexuality. The melody and the sparring use of saxophone help to add to the sensual vibe. Sade has better songs lyrically, but I think that this is not only her most well-known but her best from a critical perspective.

It did well commercially, reaching #1 in the US and #19 in the UK. The debut album it was taken from, Diamond Life, did even better. It reached #3 in the US and #2 in the UK. What’s more, the sales were phenomenal, reaching over ten million worldwide.

Plenty of sexiness on that album…

Many of the songs from her album had a similar feel, and I could easily have picked one of these. The most obvious choice is “Your Love Is King.” An alternative is “Hang on to Your Love.”

These are great options, and well worth a listen. Incidentally, they just so happen to be the second and third tracks on the album straight after the lead track, “Smooth Operator.”

8 Wicked Game by Chris Isaak

The song feels very 80s. Listening to this takes me back to the days of “Miami Vice” and “Dallas.” It makes me want to hunt for those white shoes and padded jackets that I’ve been hiding in the wardrobe for the past 30 years or so.

It is a song very much of its time, but simultaneously, it feels strangely familiar. This, in no small part, is because it has been used extensively in TVs and movies. Most notably, it appeared in an episode of Smallville. 

Musically speaking…

It is an interesting mix of Soft Rock and Country. The big guitar bends and sustain give an effect of a roller coaster which beautifully echoes the bumpy ride we’re taken on lyrically. It’s a story of unrequited love, desire, and sorrowful longing. Introspective but at the same time passionate. 

The song was well-received and ended up as a major seller in Europe, though it didn’t do as well in the US. It was taken from the album Heart Shaped World, which sold in the US in much greater numbers and eventually went double platinum.

It’s a great song, but I can’t help thinking it’s a little bit too whiney for a guy. 

9 Don’t Speak by No Doubt

It would be fair to classify this as more of a sad song in some ways. Also, the high-tempo Rock sections might appear to exclude it from this list. However, the fragility and pleading in Gwen Stefani’s voice undoubtedly make it a highly sexual song

It was released in 1996 and was co-written by Gwen and Eric Stefani. The single was taken from the album, Tragic Kingdom, which was released in the same year.

It was written after the breakup of Stefani and Tony Kanal, a fellow bandmate. The song deals with the emotions and fallout between them and their ability to cope with everything and move on. 

That couldn’t have been easy… 

They had to see and work with each other regularly. It’s a testament to their resilience and maturity that they could do this and continue in the same band until it finally split in 2015.

It’s a highly emotionally charged song, and Stefani pulls you in from the start. What’s more, the vulnerability in her voice is shockingly clear. This is even when the music becomes more intense.

It’s a wonderful piece of writing, and no wonder we all love Gwen Stefani. It’s also no wonder that “Don’t Speak” became their most successful single. It sold more than five million copies globally and helped to further propel their career to intergalactic stardom.

10 Angie by The Rolling Stones

Is this the best song by the Rolling Stones? That’s a tough one because, with over 120 singles and 9o albums to their name, that’s a huge back catalog to have to pick just one song. 

I think it’s in the mix, although “Wild Horses” is a strong contender. However, as far as a sexy Rock song is concerned, “Angie” takes the top spot. 

It was released around a thousand years ago in 1973 in the album Goats Head Soup. It was written jointly by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The reality is that most of it was penned by Keith Richards, with Mick Jagger contributing to only a small section of the lyrics.

Unlike previous works…

“Angie” is a slow Rock ballad and contrasts greatly with a lot of other Rolling Stones music. It’s restrained and stripped back with a relatively quiet backup from bass and drums. The official video shows Jagger sitting down to perform, which pretty much says it all.

Like most of their music, “Angie” was a huge hit. It reached #1 in the US and #5 in the UK. It also went on to sell well more than two million copies.

The album, Goats Head Soup, enjoyed a similar amount of success and sold over four million copies. This all added to their tally, helping them to become one of the most successful bands of all time, number three to be precise.

Enduring to this day…

Considering they were formed in 1962 and that most of the band are close to 80 or over, it’s incredible that they’re still recording or performing. Where they get their energy or stamina from is anyone’s guess. Maybe doctors and scientists should be conducting a study into their secret?

11 I Want Your Sex by George Michael

The lyrics leave nothing to the imagination. I’d like to tell you how many times the word “sex” is used, but I’ve got a life to live and not enough time to count. Suffice it to say; it’s a lot.

“I Want Your Sex” does indeed explore the emotions and physicality of sex. Despite the subject, the exploration, as far as the song is concerned, remains confined to a monogamous relationship. 

If you watch the music video… 

There are obvious references to a physical relationship between a faithful couple. The video is a highly charged sexual affair, and I should know because I’ve just watched it 20 times. Only for the sake of thorough research, of course. 

It’s all sexy lingerie, silk sheets, and a gorgeous couple. I think I’ll pause now and watch it again just in case I misunderstood something.

 All good, still sexy…

The song was released in 1987 at the peak of George Michael’s popularity. It was taken from the phenomenally successful album Faith. The single went to #1 in the US and the UK, selling north of a million copies. 

The album was massive and not only went to #1 in the US and the UK but also went on to sell over 20 million copies. The album also achieved major critical acclaim. 

In 1989, Faith won a Grammy and Ivor Novello Award for best album. George Michael also won a Brit Award in the same year as Best British Male Artist. In the States, he won two American Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B and Pop/Rock Male Artist.

Some achievement, eh? 

Sadly, George Michael passed away in 2016 due to heart disease. A big loss for his family, friends, and many adoring fans. 

12 Touch by Shura

Shura may not be familiar to many of you, so let me fill you in. She is a singer-songwriter and producer from the UK. She’s been in the music scene for around ten years, and most of her music is Pop/Synth or R&B. 

Shura released her early work through YouTube and Soundcloud before moving into the mainstream. Shura has a loyal following in the UK and is critically acclaimed among her peers and the music industry. 

Additionally, she has been nominated for three awards and also won Remixer of the Year from the Music Producers Guild in 2019.

In 2014…

“Touch” was one of her first releases and thus was marketed via online platforms. Consequently, there are no charts positions or sales numbers. However, for the YouTube video, that’s a different story. The video received 31 million views, and if you take a look, it’s easy to see why. 

The video was shot with Shura and her friends, featuring a lot of kissing. The kissing is from start to finish and includes same-sex passionate and tender exchanges.

No wonder it did so well. I was thinking of making a video like that myself, except all my friends are old and ugly.

But I digress…

The lyrics of the song leave a little more to the imagination. Although they are still quite sexually charged. The music has a laid-back kind of Pop feel with some sweet and smooth-sounding vocals. 

Unfortunately, there’s also some autotuning, which I think takes some of the human element out of the song and seems unnecessary. Other than that, it’s a sensual song about sexual attraction.

If you like the single, it’s worth listening to the album, Nothing’s Real. It was released two years later in 2016 and includes “Touch” as the fourth track. It was her debut album and charted in the Top 20 in the US and the UK.

13 Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

This is a band that was huge in the UK in the 80s. They brought a whole new energy and new dimension to the UK music scene. Their Synth/Pop style was unique and fun and hit a chord with the fans.

“Relax” was released in 1983 in the UK and was almost simultaneously banned due to its highly sexual nature. The song was an extremely thinly veiled portrayal of sex and orgasms. The authorities hated it.

What they hated even more… 

Despite the wide-scale bans, it still managed to reach #1 in the UK and many European countries. It even got to #10 in the US. Even worse, for the puritans, it sold over two million copies in the UK alone.

The band quickly acquired cult status. So much so that people were walking around in the 80s with t-shirts emblazoned with words like “Relax” or “Frankie Say Relax” on them. I should know because I bought one.

The band became so successful that the next two single releases also got to #1. These were “Two Tribes” and “The Power of Love.” This made Frankie Goes to Hollywood only the second UK act in history to achieve three consecutive number ones. 

Lots to like…

Welcome to the Pleasuredome was the album that contained all three of these singles. Hardly surprisingly, it achieved similar levels of chart success and record sales. In many ways, they were a unique band that undoubtedly put the sex and sizzle back into music.

14 Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye

No list of the best sexy songs would be complete without at least one entry from Marvin Gaye. The fact is that it would be easy to fill the whole playlist with just his songs. However, we’ll just make do with “Sexual Healing” and what an absolute cracker of a song it is.

When I get that feeling…

It was released in 1982 and was taken from his last album, Midnight Love. Both the single and album charted at the top spot in the US and sold north of three million copies.

Marvin Gaye had an amazing soulful voice that he could effortlessly switch from a rich baritone to a clear tenor. He was also able to sing in falsetto to good effect. Something few male singers can pull off well. 

The Bee Gees brothers are the only exceptions that currently spring to mind. Although, I’m sure there must be more.

Something so good…

The song features the use of synthesizers and has a vibe of 80s Pop mixed with Soul. Additionally, it has some beautiful female backing vocals and harmonies. Plus, it has a bit of a funky beat in places. And it remains one of the most popular sexy songs ever recorded.

It’s a great love song that feels fun and uplifting at the same time. Sadly, Marvin Gaye passed away in 1985. He was shot by his father.

15 My Endless Love by Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey

I’ve just listened to this for the first time in a long time, and I genuinely got goosebumps. What a phenomenal song and so beautifully and expressively sung by them both.

It’s only fair that I point out it was originally written by Lionel Ritchie, whom I love and think has an amazing talent. Lionel Ritchie was the first to record the song in 1981 with the equally incredible Diana Ross. It was a fantastic recording and was rightly hugely successful.

However, the original version charted higher and sold more copies than the Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey cover that came out in 1994. I get that because both are of the very highest quality, and anything that followed the original was always going to be a hard act to follow.

Despite this… 

I still believe Luther and Mariah did a better job. Their voices feel like a better mix, and they do a better job of bringing the emotions alive. In a lot of ways, their voices are very different from Lionel and Diana Ross. And, in this respect, I feel are more suited to this specific song.

Despite my feelings and analysis, it seems as if the general public disagreed with me.

It’s probably worth noting that Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey have made their careers out of singing this type of song. When it comes to singing about love and feelings, there are very few that can beat them.

16 Love X Love by George Benson

George Benson has a similar vocal style to Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye. However, as an amazing guitarist, as well as a vocalist and songwriter, I believe he sets himself apart. I love all three of these guys, but I genuinely think George Benson’s music is a clear standout.

Smooth Soul and R&B… 

His back catalog is incredible, but I think that “Love X Love” is not only his sexiest but also his best song. I should point out, though, that it’s not one he wrote. That accolade goes to Rod Temperton.

“Love X Love” was picked up by George Benson in 1980. He recorded and released it off the album, Give Me The Night, which incidentally includes a killer single of the same name.

The production is super smooth, and given that the producer was Quincy Jones, this is no great surprise. Since Quincy Jones was the go-to guy from Michael Jackson, including on the best-selling album of all time, Thriller, you kind of expect perfection. 

The single didn’t do spectacularly well… 

It only just managed to scrape into the Top 10 in both the US and UK. However, the album fared much better. It reached #1 in the US and went platinum. 

“Love X Love” is both a touching and sexy song. It’s about the love a man has for his long-term partner. He talks about the journey they’ve been through and his enduring attraction and love for her. It’s a beautiful song and a great advert for committed relationships. Marriage can be sexy, after all.

17 I Touch Myself by The Divinyls

The song was released in 1990 and straight into a heap of controversy. The lyrics hold no punches and are explicitly sexual. “I Touch Myself” explored all kinds of sexual acts and exploration, including orgasms and female masturbation.

I’m not sure if you could get away with the same kind of lyrics these days, Although you probably could. But, back in 1990, there was no chance. Unsurprisingly, the song received widespread bans on most radio stations around the world.

Despite the lack of airplay… 

Incredibly, it still managed to chart and sell a decent number of copies. In fact, in Australia, it reached #1. No doubt helped by the fact that Divinyls are Australians who clearly have a sense of humor. 

The song featured as a track from their fourth album, diVINYLS. The album had relatively muted sales, and it seemed that would pretty much be the end of any global recognition. 

However, that didn’t prove to be the case…

The song received an unexpected second life following its inclusion in the 1997 hit movie “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” This helped to drive more sales for the single though not to previous levels. As a result, it’s one of the best sexy songs we have.

Since 1997, we’ve heard very little of the Divinyls or the song “I Touch My Self.” The only time we hear it these days is during a drunken karaoke session. It’s also the only time we’re now ever likely to hear it since the band finally called it a day in 2009.

18 Love to Love You Baby by Donna Summer

Here’s something sexy from the queen of Disco herself. With lyrics like “Love to Love You Baby” repeated throughout the song and lines like, “Do it to me again and again,” nothing is left to the imagination. 

It honestly leaves me scratching my head, wondering how the sensors didn’t blow a fuse and ban it. Along with the crystal clear lyrics, the song contains intermittent groaning and little gasps. 

How this is in any way worse than songs like “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls, I have no idea. Regardless, for whatever reason, “Love to Love You Baby” was not seen as overtly sexual.

Listeners knew better…

It was released in 1975 and became a big hit on the main charts in the US, the UK, and Europe. Not surprisingly, it also became a mainstay in the Discos. It reached #2 in the US and #4 in the UK and sold over a million copies. The song was taken from the album of the same name. 

Donna Summer was the sexy face of Disco throughout the 70s, and “Love to Love You Baby” was far from her only risqué release. Singles like “I Feel Love” and “Hot Stuff” could easily have featured on the list in its place.

19 Jeepster by T-Rex

How Marc Bolan got away with the words in this one, I’ve no idea. Despite being a song with erotic and sexually charged lyrics, it somehow slipped past all the killjoys, I mean censors, without a hint of an issue. 

To have done this in 1971 seems incredible. One can only presume the censors hadn’t bothered to listen to the end of the song where he proclaims, “I’m gonna suck you, Oh o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o wow!” Regardless, I’m sure we’re all relieved the killjoys had an off day and kept this alive. 

That guy Marc…

“Jeepster” was the work of an English Glam Rock band headed by the enigmatic and undoubtedly sexy Marc Bolan. Women wanted to be with him, and boy, oh boy, guys wanted to be him. No doubt there was also a fair number of guys who wanted to be with him too, but no matter.

The band, and specifically Marc Bolan, oozed charisma and sex appeal. Go back and listen to pretty much any of their songs or watch them live, and you’ll see what I mean. However, “Jeepster” was possibly the most provocative of all their singles.

It sold reasonably well in the US and the UK. It even made it to #2 in the UK. However, the album it was released off, Electric Warrior, did even better. It got to #1 in the UK and sold over 500,000 copies in the US. T-Rex and Marc Bolan and their music were awesome.

20 Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin

In their prime, this was a band that exuded sexuality. No more so than Robert Plant with his open shirts and flowing mane of red hair. They were Rock Gods, Rock Superstars, and they knew it.

When “Whole Lotta Love” was released, they were still on the journey to becoming legends. This was the breakthrough song that sent them on their way.

It was released in 1969…

And, like their previous singles, it wasn’t available in the UK. Although, it was for sale in the US. And, it promptly went to #4 and went Gold, selling over a million copies.

It was also released in Europe and charted and sold well. The single wasn’t sold in the UK because the band didn’t want to release any singles at all, anywhere, and they never did after this one. In fact, it was only released because the record company did it behind the band’s back. Zepplin was always meant to be an albums band, and from this moment on, they were. And considering their future success, it would appear that they knew what they were doing.

The album it was taken from, Led Zeppelin II was available in the UK and went four times platinum. Pretty good but not as impressive as going twelve times platinum in the US, where they sold 12 million copies.

Whole lotta greatness…

The band was made up of four of the greatest musicians of all time. They went on to produce some of the most brilliant music the world has ever seen. In the process, they became one of the most successful groups of all time.

“A Whole Lot of Love” might have been one of their early songs, but it was a clear indication of what was to come. An amazing band and an amazing song by any measure.

21 Whenever, Wherever by Shakira

Shakira could sing about a blocked sink or waiting for the bus, and it would still be sexy. If she upped the stakes and sang the same thing in Spanish, we’d all be running for a cold shower. Let’s not think about watching her dance in one of her music videos.

There’s no doubt that Shakira is the whole package as far as a musician, singer-songwriter, and performer is concerned. Thank goodness she never listened to her music teacher, who told her she sounded like a wounded goat and that she would never get anywhere.

I conclude from this that teachers know nothing…

Shakira, wisely choosing to ignore her useless teacher, rose to global success following the release of her breakthrough single, “Whenever, Wherever.” It was released on the smash hit album Laundry Service

Although the single and album marked her international arrival, they were neither her first single nor album. The studio album was the fifth. However, what stood out was it was her debut in English; since being from Colombia, all her previous recordings had been in Spanish.

The song is filled with passion… 

It explores the excitement of a new relationship and the thrill of meeting up with a new partner. Coupled with high-energy music, Shakira’s bleating, I mean singing, and the image of her dancing in your head, this was one sexy song.

Unsurprisingly, the single sold massively and was #1 in every country in the world for decades. 

22 Justify My Love by Madonna

Madonna used to be sexy, but by the time Shakira came along, her best years were behind her. However, in 1990, when “Justify My Love” was released, she was gallantly holding on. Even her best music was at the point of passing her by. 

On the plus side, her biggest muscles were still to come. 

The single and album it was taken from, The Immaculate Collection, both sold well. That’s completely on merit, rather than due to her accumulated fame, as they were musically excellent.

Although both were commercially successful… 

It was the album that shone out of the two. Like the single, it charted well but went on to sell tons more copies. To be precise, it sold over 20 million copies, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.

“Justify My Love” is a song strongly rooted in sex. It examines people’s dreams and sexual fantasies and encourages people to be more open in communicating with their partners. The music video is a lot more erotically charged, which led to its ban by many TV stations.

To further heighten the sexual tension, Madonna speaks, whispers, and moans a good proportion of the lyrics. Performed to a backdrop of a smooth House/Dance beat, it feels designed to excite sexual frisson. A great song and insight into what to expect from Madonna in future releases.  

23 Je t’aime … moi non plus by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Burkin

The whole song is in French, but quite honestly, it wouldn’t matter if it was in Mandarin or Martian; you’d still get the idea. However, for those of you that only speak a lick of French, the title stands for, “I Love you… me neither”.

The song is French Baroque/Pop with lots of deep voices, heavy breathing, groaning, and frequent proclamations of love, with a little bit of singing thrown in. It was released in 1969, and given the nature of the content, it’s no surprise that it got banned from numerous radio stations and the world. 

Despite this, or maybe because of it, “Je t’aime… moi non plus” still managed to get to #1 in the UK and three other European countries. 

So, what’s the song about?

It was written by Serge Gainsbourg as a love song to his then-girlfriend Bridget Bardot in 1967. She recorded the song with him, but it was never released. 

This was because she was still married at the time, and her husband was rightly furious and demanded that it be kept under wraps. Bardot, the home wrecker, pleaded with Serge to comply, which he duly did.

The song eventually came to light in 1969… 

That’s when the randy Serge hooked up with a new conquest, Jane Birkin. What a busy man. She knew about the song and wanted to record it with him and release it as she was jealous that someone else might do it first. Judging from his past, a fair worry.

Quite a story and, frankly, quite a song that ruffled more than a few feathers. It honestly seems like the perfect song to end my best sexy songs list with.

24 Bump n’ Grind by R. Kelly

25 Adore You by Harry Styles

26 All the Things She Said by t.A.T.u.

27 Archangel by Burial

28 Bloodstream by Stateless

29 Can’t Get You Out Of My Head by Kylie Minogue

30 Come and Get Your Love by Redbone

31 Dark Horse by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

32 Crazy in Love by Beyonce ft. Jay-Z

33 Drunk in Love by Beyonce ft. Jay-Z

34 Erotic City by Prince

35 Fade into You by Mazzy Star

36 Fifty Shades of Grey by The Weeknd

37 I Feel Love by Donna Summer

38 I Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone

39 Inside My Love by Minnie Riperton

40 Kiss by Prince

41 Little Red Corvette by Prince

42 Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink

43 Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding

44 Marry the Night by Lady Gaga

45 Magic by Coldplay

46 Motivation by Kelly Rowland

47 No Diggity by Blackstreet ft. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen

48 No Scrubs by TLC

49 Notorious by Duran Duran

50 Pony by Ginuwine

More 65 Best Sexy Songs

    1. Careless Whisper by George Michael
    2. Delicate by Taylor Swift
    3. Earned It by The Weeknd
    4. Hot in Herre by Nelly
    5. House of Balloons by The Weeknd
    6. Love on Top by Beyonce
    7. Need You Tonight by INXS
    8. Pusher Love Girl by Justin Timberlake
    9. Rapture by Blondie
    10. Ride by Lana Del Rey
    11. Rocket by Beyonce
    12. Say It Right by Nelly Furtado
    13. Sex (I’m A) by Berlin
    14. Sexual by NEIKED ft. Dyo
    15. Skin by Rihanna
    16. Skin Tight by Ohio Players
    17. Slow by Kylie Minogue
    18. Something About Us by Daft Punk
    19. Strawberry Letter 23 by The Brothers Johnson
    20. The Hills by The Weeknd
    21. Touch Me by Samantha Fox
    22. Untitled (How Does It Feel) by D’Angelo
    23. You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi
    24. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
    25. Fever by Peggy Lee
    26. Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande
    27. Love on the Brain by Rihanna
    28. Electric Feel by MGMT
    29. Thinking of You by Katy Perry
    30. Do It Again by Steely Dan
    31. All Night Long by Mary Jane Girls
    32. Black Magic Woman by Santana
    33. Slow Hands by Niall Horan
    34. Secret Garden by Quincy Jones ft. Barry White, Al B. Sure!, James Ingram, El DeBarge
    35. Redbone by Childish Gambino
    36. Love In This Club by Usher ft. Young Jeezy
    37. Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack
    38. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
    39. Hello by Adele
    40. Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe by Barry White
    41. You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate
    42. What’s Love Got to Do With It by Tina Turner
    43. Human Nature by Michael Jackson
    44. Love to Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly) by The Sisters Of Mercy
    45. The Power of Love by Celine Dion
    46. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
    47. The Look of Love by Dusty Springfield
    48. Hot Stuff by Donna Summer
    49. Toxic by Britney Spears
    50. Digital Love by Daft Punk
    51. The Weeknd by Can’t Feel My Face
    52. Talk Dirty To Me by Poison
    53. Take Me to Church by Hozier
    54. No Ordinary Love by Sade
    55. I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick
    56. I Want Your Love by Chic
    57. Super Freak by Rick James
    58. Give Me Everything by Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, Nayer
    59. Sweet Dreams by Beyoncé
    60. Rude Boy by Rihanna
    61. Only Girl (In The World) by Rihanna
    62. Ooh La La by Goldfrapp
    63. Lola’s Theme by The Shapeshifters
    64. Lovefool by The Cardigans
    65. Can’t Stop The Feeling! by Justin Timberlake

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If so, take a look at our detailed articles on the Best 90s Love Songs, the Best Stripper Songs, the Best Funny Songs of All Time, the Best Songs About Tequila, and the Best Workout Songs for more excellent song selections.

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Best Sexy Songs – Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. Hopefully, some of the top sexy songs on my list got your pulse racing. There are so many songs to choose from that this was no easy task. On the whole, I decided to delve a little deeper into music history, so thanks for coming along for the ride.

Until next time, happy listening. 

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About Corey Hoffman

Corey is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in numerous bands over the years, some good, some not so good. He has also written countless songs and recorded five albums in professional studios across America. Today he is a hobby musician but still loves the guitar after over 15 years of playing.

He considers his writing as a way to share what he has learned over the decades with younger generations ad always can't wait to get his hands on the latest gear.

He lives just outside New York with his wife Barbara and their two German Shepherds, Ziggy and Iggy.

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