The 100 Best Songs About Sex
The steamiest, most romantic, and downright nastiest tracks about getting it on.


100. Teddy Pendergrass, “Turn Off the Lights”

This slick-ass retro jam was definitely in the vinyl rotation while your pop-pop smoked nana's boots. —Lakin Starling

99. Bessie Smith, “Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl”

Bessie Smith politely asking for “a little hot dog on my roll” in 1931 is, honestly, extremely punk. —Patrick D. McDermott

98. Oneohtrix Point Never, “Sticky Drama”

If you’ve somehow managed to forget what your first orgasm felt like, Dan Lopatin’s batshit spin on arena EDM perfectly recreates the thunderbolt-like chemical jolt. —Patrick

97. Ariana Grande f. Nicki Minaj, “Side To Side”

It's probably the most gleeful song about getting fucked so hard you can't walk straight the next day, and that's something we can all get behind. —Myles Tanzer

96. Syd, “Drown In It”

Syd and her voice are sultry and seductive as hell, and this only-a-minute-long splash-inducer captures that heat perfectly. —Nazuk Kochhar


95. The-Dream, “Falsetto”

Few songwriters have had their fantasies sung about by other people as much as The-Dream has. But there's still nothing realer than when he plays all the parts. —Duncan Cooper

94. Perfume Genius, “Put Your Back N 2 It”

Proof that sex songs can and will make you cry, especially if they’re hinged on Mike Hadreas’s wobbly timbre and a pure-feeling message of unconditional love. —Patrick

93. Yelle, “Mon Meilleur Ami”

There will never be a more effective sales pitch for sex toys than this ecstatic French electroclash love song to a mini portable vibrator. Pro tip: invest in a rechargable one. —Leah Mandel

92. Xscape, “My Little Secret”

On this late-'90s cut, Xscape convinced us that forbidden love is the riskiest turn-on with the highest reward. —Nazuk

91. Jayne County And The Electric Chairs, “Fuck Off!”

“If you don’t wanna fuck me, then baby fuck off.” Same, Jayne! —Owen Myers


90. Vanessa Carlton, “White Houses”

Unequivocally the best song about getting your cherry popped ever written. Vanessa perfectly captures the exhilaration, uncertainty, and secret sorrow of losing your virginity. Don’t @ me. —Leah

89. Britney Spears, “Touch of My Hand”

A robotic but extremely human song about the miracle of falling in love with every part of yourself. —Myles

88. Floetry, “Say Yes”

This is one of those songs where I'm like, "Why did my parents play this in the car and let me sing along to it?" Marshia Ambrosius literally swaps out words for moans. —Lakin

87. Christina Aguilera f. Redman, “Dirrty”

Who didn’t think about investing in some assless chaps after hearing this song’s blown-out bassline and sweat-dripping chorus for the first time? —Aimee Cliff

86. OutKast, “Spread”

“Spread” is Andre 3000 at his thirstiest, and he’s one of the few men cool enough to pull it off. But the song’s message on the importance of consent is something every person should internalize. —Jordan Darville


85. Smog, “Dress Sexy At My Funeral”

Secretly the best love song of all time: a celebration of passion and a wish for it to take new forms after death. —Duncan

84. Moodymann, “Freeki Mutha Fucka”

This Detroit techno monster is arguably the #1 in terms of songs that are actually hot to fuck to. Better than Rick James x10. —Duncan

83. Cassie, “Me & U”

I was 12 when Cassie sang “Baby, I'll love you all the way down / Get you right where you like it/ I promise you'll like it” and I’ve been horny ever since. —Olivia Craighead

82. The Teenagers, “Homecoming”

The dirty, self-aware version of the song from Grease: "As she stepped out of her massive car/ I could only notice she was more than fuckable." —Duncan

81. DeJ Loaf, “Me U & Hennessy”

Mix one part Hennessy with one part Dej Loaf, and — wow you're already naked. —Ali Suliman


80. Trey Songz, “Neighbors Know My Name”

This right here’s a panty-dropper. Sometimes you need a little inspiration beforehand — a bedroom goal to aspire to — and sometimes the sex is so good you don’t care who hears. —Ben Dandridge-Lemco

79. Toni Braxton, “You're Makin' Me High”

A flawless, near-spiritual manifestation of the addictive nature of fantasy — the most thrilling kind of foreplay — and that warm, tingly pressure you feel when someone makes you so hot you can barely look at them. —Leah

78. The Breeders, “Divine Hammer”

Kim Deal’s Goldi-cocks moment — looking for a peen that’s juuust right. —Owen

77. Minnie Riperton, “Inside My Love”

These vocals are enough to make anyone cum, honestly. —Juliana Pache

76. Young M.A, “OOOUUU”

On her breakout hit, the Brooklyn rapper tosses bars about oral sex over her shoulder as she rolls through the club. That nonchalance has as naughty a tone as the song’s title. —Ruth Saxelby


75. Lana Del Rey, “Ride”

Lana always sang about “Daddy”; turns out she actually meant getting fucked by a Hells Angel over a pinball machine. —Owen

74. FKA twigs, “Kicks”

You don’t necessarily need anyone else around to get your rocks off when you’ve got yourself and your rich imagination, as twigs reminds us on her self-seduction soundtrack. —Aimee

73. Erykah Badu, “Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)”

A simple kiss or breath on the neck can remind Muva Badu of how fine she is. But spiritual and mental needs are paramount, too: "If you want to feel me/ Better be divine/ Bring me water, water for my mind." —Lakin

72. Ciara f. Ludacris, “Ride”

Released as I was (finally) entering legit sex adulthood, “Ride” always makes me wanna rub up on someone. —Leah

71. Blackstreet, “Deep”

This song is about the deep connection you feel when you make love with a partner. JK it’s about long-stroking. —Ben


70. Rihanna, “Sex With Me”

A perfect three minute, thirty-six-second confirmation of what we already knew: sex with Rihanna is amazing; with the rest of us, it’s just alright. —Rawiya Kameir

69. Akinyele f. Kia Jeffries, “Put It In Your Mouth”

This nasty ass song states the facts: if you’re not giving head, you’re doing it wrong. Sorry, but the mouth just makes it all better. —Leah

68. Avenue D, “2D2F”

Truer words have never been spoken: "We get home, I get hot, you pass out, sucks a lot." —Duncan

67. Vybz Kartel, “Benz Punany”

What was sex like before the Free World Boss likened his lady's pussy to a luxury German vehicle? —Ali

66. The Divinyls, “I Touch Myself”

Often, solo orgasms are the best orgasms. This truly iconic pop ode to masturbation is also a reminder of a crucial action: love yourself. —Leah


65. Frank Ocean, “Chanel”

Queer sonic smut that’s as clever as any Gaspar Noé sex scene. —Patrick

64. Usher, “Can U Handle It?”

This song sounds like baby oil. Things get real slippery when Usher breaks out into his infamous falsetto. —Lakin

63. T-Pain, “I'm Sprung”

This isn't a song about sex, per se, but a necessary document of what sometimes follows out-of-this-world-good sex, when your pants are back on and you’re, in a word, sprung. —Rawiya

62. Ty Dolla $ign f. Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard, “Or Nah”

The mattress squeaks in the background of this one tell you all you need to know. —Nazuk

61. Foxy Brown f. Jay-Z, “I'll Be”

Grown folks probably fucked with Timbs on to this song in the ‘90s. —Juliana


60. PARTYNEXTDOOR, “Wus Good / Curious”

"She just changed her Twitter to 'Party Gets Me Wetter'" — peak-PND. —Nazuk

59. Popcaan, “Naughty Girl”

Popcaan's high-pitched squealing chorus in this song is sex itself. —Ali

58. Mos Def, “The Panties”

Forty years after Tom Brock gave us his ode to anticipation “I Love You More And More,” Mos Def sampled it and harnessed decades of foreplay in “The Panties.” —Jordan

57. Maxwell, “...Til The Cops Come Knockin’”

The idea of angry cops interrupting your most intimate moment is the least horny thought in the world – only Maxwell could flip it so effectively into such a sultry challenge. —Jordan

56. Kelela, “LMK”

Fuck that after-the-club text. If you're trying to get dicked down, just tell him before y'all leave the function. —Lakin


55. SWV, “Downtown”

SWV explain the magic of cunnilingus: it’s good for you, it’s good for your partner, it’s good for everybody. Don’t dodge your blessings. —Juliana

54. Jeremih, “Fuck You All The Time”

At the heart of the best romantic works is the sense that it overwhelms all other concerns, even life itself. In “Fuck You All The Time,” you’re the only thing on the to-do list. —Jordan

53. 112, “Peaches and Cream”

Find you someone who gives you cunnilingus like it’s “peach cobbler in [their] stomach.” —Ben

52. Ginuwine, “So Anxious”

Ginuwine is horny AF. —Rawiya

51. Björk, “Cocoon”

This track, the most blush-inducing in Björk’s catalog, paints the colors of the afterglow with a sunset’s vibrancy. —Jordan


50. Drake, “Practice”

Drake’s flip of Juvenile’s bounce-inspired homage to the ass of the century was a surprisingly fantastic, slow, and sensual win. —Nazuk

49. Jlin, “Erotic Heat”

In the heat of the moment, the boundaries between your mind, body, and spirit melt. That stands whether you’re on a dance floor or in your lover’s bed — and it’s that blurriness that Jlin channels on the 2015 track that made her name. —Ruth

48. Shakira, “She Wolf”

It’s rare that a woman’s sexual apetite is given as clawed a characterization as in this 2009 hit. Shakira spends the song stalking her man-prey, but steers clear of “cute little divos or rich city guys” — maybe because they lack flavor. —Ruth

47. Trina, “Look Back At Me”

A good rule for a fun and freaky sex life is try everything Trina raps about in this X-rated classic. —Ben

46. Miguel, “Use Me”

This song is super hot but it's also an empathic portrayal of sexual anxiety and how to get over it, which can be really helpful for some people! —Duncan


45. Frankie Goes To Hollywood, “Relax”

A pop ejaculation that’s only slightly more subtle than it's original advertising campaign: an image of backing singer Paul Rutherford in a sailor cap, accompanied by the phrase "ALL THE NICE BOYS LOVE SEA MEN." —David Renshaw

44. Liz Phair, “Fuck and Run”

Sometimes sex is depressing. Phair’s malaise for hollow sexual encounters always makes my throat feel tight. But, anyway...wanna fuck? —Leah

43. David Banner, “Play”

Not enough sex songs directly address the clit imho. —Duncan

42. Missy Elliott, “Sock It 2 Me”

"Do it long bro with the back stroke/ My hormones jumpin like a disco." Bow down to Missy Elliott, the futuristic, bold, and freaky-deaky innovator. —Lakin

41. Janet Jackson, “Any Time, Any Place”

The highlight of 1993's groundbreaking janet. is also the best song ever about doing it in public. The snapping percussion on the track by Jam & Lewis sounds like ass slaps and camera flashes — pure perfection. —Myles


40. Bright Eyes, “Lover I Don't Have To Love”

A nihilist blur of hard drugs and heavy petting, featuring the (somewhat troubling) lyric that confirmed Conor Oberst’s long-speculated bisexuality: “I want a boy who's so drunk he doesn't talk.” —Patrick

39. Frankie Knuckles, “Your Love”

This breathy union between singer-songwriter Jamie Principle’s yearning lyrics — a poem he wrote for his girlfriend at the time — and pioneering producer Frankie Knuckles’s spine-tingling synth wriggles set a bar for the extended club cuts that would define house music. —Ruth

38. Jodeci, “Freek'N You”

Jodeci literally has an all-day boner and whoops I flooded my basement. —Owen

37. Nine Inch Nails, “Closer”

TFW fucking isn’t for pleasure, but a desperate escape from yourself. —Rawiya

36. Madonna, "Justify My Love"

A primal supercut of the kind of white-hot sex fantasies you get right before you cum. —Owen


35. Lil Wayne f. Static Major, “Lollipop”

Something about “she lick it like a lollipop” that made every girl in high school — on second thought, I will not continue this sentence. But, my pubescent self is forever indebted to Weezy. —Ali

34. Romeo Santos, “Propuesta Indecente”

This song is so good that it makes me not even give a second thought to wanting to drink a lot and then have sex in the back of a really nice car with a man who calls himself “the king” and who knows exactly what I like. —Myles

33. Ying Yang Twins, “Wait (The Whisper Song)”

Lean in closely to catch the Atlanta duo’s promise to “beat dat cat with a dog” on this G.O.A.T. filthy anthem. —David

32. Busta Rhymes f. Janet Jackson, “What’s It Gonna Be?!”

Busta and Janet deserve a moment of sex-positive recognition. Not all sex songs devote themselves so wholly to making sure you know that both parties involved are cumming (and cumming, and cumming, and cumming). —Olivia

31. The Internet f. Kaytranada, “Girl”

No song sums up the wanting, waiting — and edging — of queer love better than “Girl.” Syd and Kaytranada sonically capture that special moment just before touching that is often times more titillating and memorable than any salacious act could ever be. —Myles


30. Donna Summer, “Love To Love You Baby”

Almost 17 minutes of sheer, rippling sonic orgasm. —Aimee

29. Gyptian, “Hold Yuh”

The piano plink-plonk of the opening seconds of “Hold Yuh” sounds like a peak summertime romp — close, sweaty, and maybe even al fresco. —Rawiya

28. Khia, “My Neck, My Back”

Khia made an anthem for describing exactly what you want and how you want it in the bedroom. Don’t be shy, ask for head, even if he rolls dubs and has G’s. —Juliana

27. Too $hort, “Freaky Tales”

The Oakland rapper’s nearly 10-minute adult storytime rap was my sex education at 9 years old, for better and worse. —Ben

26. Sade, “The Sweetest Taboo”

An iconic testament to a simple truth: when your lovemaking is as steamy as a summer storm, every day is literally Christmas. —Patrick


25. Lady Saw, “Stab Out The Meat”

Lady Saw is a Christian now, but once upon a time she was not. —Rawiya

24. Silk, “Freak Me”

Silk’s list of sex essentials: whipped cream, tongues, and saying stop (optional). —David

23. Twista f. Kanye West and Jamie Foxx, “Slow Jamz”

A sex song about listening to sex songs, all Twista wants is to bend ya ass while listening to Teddy Pendergrass. Who would begrudge a man such simple pleasures? —David

22. Spice Girls, “2 Become 1”

A solid entry in the ‘90s girl power canon with a safe sex message wrapped up inside it: “Be a little bit wiser, baby/ Put it on, put it on.” —Aimee

21. J. Holiday “Bed”

In the opening of this song, J. Holiday interpolates the old Burger King slogan “Have It Your Way.” That might not sound very sexy on its own, but as part of a song-co-written by The-Dream, it’ll have you screaming “Let me get a, uhhh, orgasm. Actually, two. Super-sized.” —Jordan


20. Adina Howard, “Freak Like Me”

Adina is unapologetic, stating: I want sex, I want it to be as freaky as possible, and I’m down for it literally whenever. —Aimee

19. TLC, “Ain't Too Proud To Beg”

Like a 2 a.m. “U up?” text in a song. Condom eyepatch optional. —Owen

18. Danny Brown, “I Will”

“I ain't tryna take you shopping, buy your ass no shoes/ I'm tryna lick that clit while I'm looking up at you.” —Duncan

17. Kelis, “Milkshake”

Kelis basically said she has the best pussy on the planet you’ll need to compensate her to learn her tricks. A fucking queen. —Juliana

16. Prince, “Erotic City”

It’s the butter-wouldn’t-melt delivery of that unforgettable chorus — “We can fuck until the dawn/ Makin’ love ‘til cherry’s gone” — that makes “Erotic City” still feel so illicit. —Ruth


15. Beyoncé, “Rocket”

Beyoncé’s opening line, “Let me sit this ass, on ya,” is a reminder that while married sex is wholesome in theory, it can also be bomb AF. That coupled with the slinky tempo of the song brings home its apt double entendre: “Rock it till water falls.” —Lakin

14. Lil Louis, “French Kiss”

Quite simply, the most NSFW club track of all time. —Ruth

13. Dolly Parton, “Islands In The Stream”

An old fashioned, country fuck song with a heart of gold that you could happily dance to at your wedding or make a family to. —Myles

12. D’Angelo, “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”

There’s nothing I could say about this song that its video, starring D’Angelo’s golden-brown cum gutters, hasn’t already said. —Rawiya

11. Pretty Ricky, “Grind With Me”

Open your nearest book to page 42, find the first proper noun, and make it sexy. That’s your Pretty Ricky band member name (mine is “Verifuckation”). —Jordan


10. Aaliyah, “Rock The Boat”

When Aaliyah, or any woman for that matter, provides step-by-step instructions on how to make her cum, you better follow them. —Ben

9. George Michael, “Outside”

Getting dicked down in restrooms is hot; fuck the kink-shaming media. —Owen

8. Bikini Kill, “Sugar”

There is nothing more punk on this earth than demanding women’s rights and an orgasm at the same time. —Leah

7. Lil’ Kim, “How Many Licks”

Tongue it like a tootsie roll. —Owen

6. Azealia Banks, “212”

Azealia’s winking punchline about girl-on-girl oral is so fun and brazen that literally anyone will scream it in the club. —Aimee


5. Tear Da Club Up Thugs, “Slob On My Knob”

I can’t believe fellatio didn’t exist until Juicy J recorded this track in 1999. —Ali

4. Peaches, “Fuck The Pain Away”

A monumental “fuck you” to heteronormative, patriarchal, and plain sappy songs about sex. —Aimee

3. Ludacris f. Shawnna, “What’s Your Fantasy”

My first girlfriend printed out the lyrics to this song and gave them to me in junior high. I wasn’t ready then and I still only kind of am. —Duncan

2. Tweet, “Oops (Oh My)”

What’s better than getting home late at night, realizing you look good as fuck, and rewarding yourself sexually? Doing it to this song. —Juliana

1. Snoop Dogg, “Sexual Eruption”

Lol, fuck it. —Duncan