Chris is a music junkie and former host of a Karaoke show in Orlando Florida.
It's Time To Get It On...
When it comes to music, there are songs you can dance to, songs that can make you drive a little faster, work out a little harder, and even songs that can keep you focused at work. Music can suit almost any mood and nowhere is that more true than in the bedroom.
Let's face it, some songs are just plain sexy. You know the ones I'm talking about. Those songs that make your pulse race, your temperature rise, and have you rushing home to that certain someone. And while I believe that almost any song can be sexy given the right situation there are some songs that are sexy no matter what you're doing. It's those mood-setting melodies that we're going to be talking about today.
So light some candles, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get comfortable, because here are my picks for the 10 Sexiest Songs of All Time.
Before We Begin: How I Determine The Songs On The List
To determine exactly what songs make the list I gathered an analyzed all the relevant industry data including, but not limited to:
- Radio Airplay
- Record Sales
- Chart Placement as compared to the artists total catalog of music
- (When Applicable) Date from Mtv including video airplay and chart placement.
Once I had collected, studied, analyzed, and compiled all of this information, I threw it out and went with the songs that I believed should be on this list. You don't get sexy from a spreadsheet (unless that's your thing, I'm not here to judge), and it's a lot more than just numbers and figures.
I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry
Okay, let’s start things off with a pop quiz: What do you get when you take a 24 year old former gospel singer, and add in one of the catchiest beats ever, and top it off with lyrics about drunken lesbian experimentation?
The answer: the number ten song on our list, 2008’s "I Kissed A Girl" by Katy Perry. The breakout single off of her "One of the Boys" album, this song- along with the incredibly sexy video that accompanied it, is one of the biggest reasons that this pastor's daughter from California has become a household name.
Starting with "I Kissed A Girl", Katy Perry has been on a seemingly non-stop roll, releasing hit after hit, and even sending a few puppets through puberty with her Sesame Street appearance.
I Touch Myself - Divinyls
Proving once again that the ‘90s were one of the sexiest decades ever, Aussie rockers, Divinyls made it all the way to #4 in the US with this catchy homage to self-love. As you can imagine, this song caused a huge controversy when it was released, so much so that even wearing a Divinyls t-shirt to school was a one-way ticket to the principal’s office.
With one of the most requested videos of the decade, our number 9 song was already a hit, but it absolutely exploded (no pun intended) when it appeared in 1997’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”. The movie, and its two sequels, dominated pop culture for the better part of a decade, giving new life to I Touch Myself.
Unfortunately, a ridiculous number of line-up changes and creative differences led to the bands demise by the end of the ‘90s, but even though the band was no more, their legacy lives on. Sadly, sultry lead singer Chrissy Amphlett passed away in 2013 after a three year battle with breast cancer.
Let’s Make Love – Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Faith Hill is one of the most beautiful women on the planet. Her husband, actor and fellow country music superstar Tim McGraw, is no slouch in the looks department either. So when the two teamed up again for the 2000 instant classic “Let’s Make Love”, the results were as steamy to watch as they were to listen to.
Her powerful voice, his haunting harmonies, and the two of them making out all over Paris, makes this song hard to get all the way through with your significant other without... well, you know. The song was a crossover success, won the Grammy in 2001 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and topped out at number 6 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
I'll Make Love To You - Boyz II Men
The most successful R&B group of all time, Boyz II Men absolutely dominated R&B in the ‘90s, releasing a string of eleven top-ten hits. In 1994, the "fab four of Philly" released the number seven song on our list:"I'll Make Love You You", which would go on to tie the record for most weeks at number 1 on the charts, a record held by Whitney Houston’s 1992 cover of “I Will Always Love You”.
Boyz II Men would claim the record outright with their 1995 collaboration with Mariah Carey: "One Sweet Day". That song went on to set the record for most weeks at number one, a record that still stands to this day.
Disputes with band members and record labels have plagued the band since the 90s, but there are constant rumors of a new "anniversary album" due out someday, and while it appears unlikely I, like millions of their fans, still hold out hope for a full-scale reunion.
Father Figure – George Michael
In the late ‘80s, there were fewer artists with more sex appeal than George Michael, and in 1988 he cemented his sexy legacy with the release of Father Figure, the third single from his monster hit album Faith. This sultry song, a mixtape mainstay in bedrooms and backseats all across the country, was the second in a string of four consecutive number 1 hits for the former member of Wham.
George Michael would go on to be one of the biggest acts of the ‘80s & ‘90s, but a series of legal troubles would plague the singer leading to multiple arrests as the twentieth century drew to a close. The new millennium didn’t start any better for Mr. Michael, as he was arrested six times in four years for various drug charges, the last of which earned him a short prison stay in 2010. Since then however, he released his seventh number 1 album: Symphonica.
George Michael passed away on Christmas morning 2016 from natural causes.
Like A Virgin - Madonna
No list of "The Sexiest" anything would be complete without Madonna. Since bursting onto the scene in the early ‘80s, Madonna has not only set the standard for “sexy”, she also helped define that concept for an entire generation of future artists, both male and female alike. With hit, after steamy hit, Madonna became the top selling female artist of all time, and "Like A Virgin" was a big reason why.
Along with being the title track to her second CD, "Like A Virgin" holds a special place in television history, as anyone who remembers the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards can attest to. Her performance of the song on that show was voted "The Most Iconic Moment” in MTV history, narrowly beating out the debut of Michel Jackson's "Thriller" video by a narrow margin.
Kiss - Prince
The first single off of Prince’s innovative 1986 album Parade, Kiss was one of the biggest hits of the 80s. Already a number 1 hit on its own, the song found renewed success when it was featured in the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman. Let’s face it, Julia Roberts singing along in the bath tub certainly didn’t hurt sales any.
There was just something about Prince that screamed "sexuality", and this song is no exception. Unfortunately, in April of 2016 Prince passed away due to an accidental overdose. Although Price is gone, his legacy as one of the most innovative and iconic musicians of all time, lives on.
Wicked Game – Chris Issak
There are sexy songs, and then there are sexy songs. 1990’s Chris Isaak hit Wicked Game is definitely the latter. Between the soulful guitar riff and California crooner’s amazingly sensual vocals, the song was already destined to be a baby maker when it was released. Its iconic status and subsequent place on our chart however, came when the music video was released. To borrow a like from Daymon Patterson: “Oh. My. Damn!”
Featuring Chris Issak and former Victoria Secret Angel and Denmark’s 1986 Miss Universe contestant Helena Christensen, in a half-naked romp on a Hawaiian beach, the video is so sexy you’ll probably need a cold shower just from reading this description.
These Arms Of Mine - Otis Redding
It's always hard to pick the "Top 10" anything, but if there was ever a song that deserved to be on anyones list, then "These Arms Of Mine" is it. Otis Redding's soulful classic is not only a stand alone smash, but it also has the distinction of being the sexiest song, in the sexiest scene of one of the sexiest movies of all time.
When Baby runs to Johnny after her fathers tirade, "These Arms Of Mine" is playing when baby utters, what some critics call, the most romantic line in film history:
"Me? I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I saw, I'm scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you."
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
You know that part in the movie where the two characters are finally alone, maybe they drink some wine, light a fire, then they give each other “the look”, and the really sexy music starts playing before the camera fades to black? Sexual Healing is usually the song you’re hearing.
Released in 1982 by the legendary Marvin Gaye, "Sexual Healing" is without a doubt the most "nookie inspiring" song ever. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that there are a great deal of children born since 1982 that owe their existence, at least in part, to this song.
It’s got one of the smoothest groves in music, coupled with Gaye's unparalleled vocals, making this song a classic. The fact that it is one of the most played/requested songs during the month of February, and the fact that it’s still the go to “sexy music”, almost 40 years after its initial release, puts this song at the top of my list.
Did you love this list? Hate it? This is your chance to let me know.
© 2011 Chris Tyler
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on August 25, 2015:
A wonderful walk down memory lane. Wonderful hub!
anonymous on March 29, 2014:
I enjoyed your lense
anonymous on November 29, 2012:
Goog list, but I missed Depeche Mode - I feel you; Faith no more - Just a man, and the sexiest, erotic, orgasmic and thrilling song ever: F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E. by Pulp
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anonymous on April 19, 2012:
This list cannot be taken seriously without Depeche Mode - World in my eyes.
B_Gollihue on November 26, 2011:
@anonymous: I didn't forget that one, It just didn't qualify for this list. While I will admit, the video for Black Velvet is incredibly sexy, the song itself isn't (even though it's about Elvis).
anonymous on November 25, 2011:
you forgot black velvet Alannah Myles
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on July 06, 2011:
Definitely Otis Redding, but I gotta say, Maria Muldaur's "Don't You Feel My Leg" still remains, after all these years, one of the sexiest songs I ever enjoyed.
TriviaChamp on April 21, 2011:
I really enjoyed reading your views. Well presented and quite entertaining! Blessed.
B_Gollihue on April 19, 2011:
@anonymous: Thanks for the feedback.Elvis was excluded, simply because this is only a top 10 list. While I'm sure that, in his day, Elvis was one of the sexiest performers around, by today's standards, he's not even close.
I'm sure part of it has to do with the much, much, much stricter environment he existed in (only being shown from the waist up, changing lyrics, etc), but, as they say: "thems the breaks".
Even though I'm a Beatles guy, I still respect The King, and, were this a longer list, he probably would have made it on.
anonymous on April 16, 2011:
What about the song "Burning love" from The King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley? Should that song not be added in the top 10 most sexiest songs?
Suze05 LM on April 11, 2011:
Lot of great songs! Very nice choices Now I;m going to have Like A Virgin in my head all day LOL
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on April 04, 2011:
Your reviews are so nicely done. Cool idea for a lens.
jolou on April 03, 2011:
Really good list. I especially like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
ChemKnitsBlog2 on April 01, 2011:
I love your commentary on each of the songs!