Sex & The Ditty

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Steamy songs work.

Researchers tell us that romantic songs nearly double the likelihood that single women will agree to give men their phone numbers.

And music works for those of us in relationships too. Music does a pretty good job of expressing affection, amorous intention, and other feelings that can be screwed up by mere words.

Why?

Obviously we react to music we like and to lyrics that make us feel. Music engages our bodies, often helping us move out of our heads to a more sensory level. It gets to us in ways we aren’t consciously aware of as well. In This Is Your Brain on Music Daniel Levitin describes what happens as we listen. Imaging studies show that excited nerves signal from the auditory system to activate expectation and reward centers in the brain.  In fact the pleasure we take in music causes our dopamine levels to rise and we all want more of that feel-good neurochemical.

We here at GeekMom talked over our favorite erotic tunes. We noted that it isn’t easy to separate them from love songs, because adoration is definitely a turn on. Okay, we also had to weed through our favorite sexy tunes to eliminate the exceedingly creepy, depressing, and misogynistic ones.

The more basic question remains. What music sounds sexy to you? Is it the beat, the lyrics, the overall tone? Or does it have more to do with memories you attach to the piece?

Offer your suggestions.

Here are a few of ours. Not in order and not by any means comprehensive.

1. What Kind Of Woman Is This? by Buddy Guy

I heard a blind man screaming, say

There goes a sight for my sore eyes.

2. Glorybox by Portishead

Just give me a reason to love you

Give me a reason to be a woman

3. Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover by Sophie B. Hawkins

I’ll rock you till the daylight comes

Make sure you are smilin’ and warm

4. I Just Want To Make Love To You by Muddy Waters

I don’t want you to be true

I just want to make love to you

5. Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan

Lay lady lay, lay across my big brass bed.

Stay lady stay, stay with your man awhile.

6. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak

What a wicked thing to do

To let me dream of you

7. Love Me Like A Man by Bonnie Raitt

I want a man to rock me

Like my… backbone was his own

8. I’m Wild About That Thing by Bessie Smith

If you want so satisfy my soul,

Come on and rock me with a steady roll

9. Fade Into You by Mazzy Star

I want to hold the hand inside you

I want to take a breath that’s true

10. In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett

I’m gonna take you girl and hold you

And do all the things I told you

11. Bang A Gong (Get It On) by T. Rex

You dance when you walk so let’s dance, take a chance, understand me

You’re dirty sweet and you’re my girl.

12. Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding

But while she’s there waiting

Try just a little bit of tenderness

13. Need You Tonight by INXS

So slide over here, and give me a moment

Your moves are so raw

14. Angel Dance by Robert Plant

Little angel dance

Come on come on and dance

15. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye

You know what I’m talking bout,

Come on baby, let your love come out

16. Can I Stay by Ray LaMontagne

Lay with me in your thinnest dress

Fill my heart with each caress

17. Arms Of A Woman by Amos Lee

Ya, when she wakes me

She takes me back home

18. My One and Only Love by Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane

You fill my eager heart with such desire

Every kiss you give sets my soul on fire

19. You Shook Me by Led Zeppelin

You know you shook me

You shook me all night long

20. Love Me Unique by Michael Franti

Mmmm, exhale

Touch me like the blind read Braille

21. Delicate by Damien Rice

When nobody’s watching

We might take it home

22. Little Red Corvette by Prince

I say the ride is so smooth

You must be a limousine

23. Powerful Stuff by Sean Hayes

Alright now let’s turn it up

Every day do like a flower does

24. Samba da Benção by Bebel Gilberto

Put a little love

In the cadence

25. Ready For Love by Bad Company

I want you to stay

Ooh, I want you today

26. Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson

When the whole world fits inside of your arms

Don’t really need to pay attention to the alarm

27. Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band

Hike up your skirt a little more

And show the world to me

28. Get On Your Boots by U2

You don’t know

How beautiful you are

29. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers

Oh my love, my darling

I’ve hungered for your touch

30. I Melt With You by Nouvelle Vague

I’ll stop the world

And melt with you

31. Boléro by Orchestre de Paris

32. Stripped by Depeche Mode

We’ll lay on the grass

And let the hours pass

33. Crazy by Aerosmith

Makes me wanna pull

Down the shade, yeah

34. Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake

Get your sexy on

Go ahead, be gone with it

35. Thirteen by Big Star

Come inside where it’s okay

And I’ll shake you

36. Father Figure by George Michael

Just for one moment

To be warm and naked at my side

37.  Inertia Creeps by Massive Attack

Recollect me darling raise me to your lips

Two undernourished egos four rotating hips

38. Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits by The Magnetic Fields

Let’s pretend we’re bunny rabbits

Let’s do it all day long

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9 thoughts on “Sex & The Ditty

  1. No list like this should *ever* be published without mention of the band Morphine. Just take one listen to You Look Like Rain and you’ll hear what I mean.

  2. @RockinLibrarian. You’re right, “Moondance” has got it.

    @MarkClark. Thank you. I never heard “You Look Like Rain” before. I’m now on my third listen. More than delicious. And it’s the only sexy song with lyrics lauding a lover’s smarts, experience, ideas, and oh yeah, taste.

    “Your mind and your experience call to me
    You have lived and your intelligence is sexy
    I want to know what you got to say
    I can tell you taste like the sky
    cause you look like rain”

    “You Look Like Rain” by Morphine

  3. Personally, “Calling You” from Blue October ranks up there with my favorite love songs. Absolutely beautiful lyrics. I love the Chris Isak mention, the way his voice sounds makes both me and my wife melt, and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

    Great list, I second all of the entries!

  4. morphine’s “you look like rain” (yes, it was the first one up in the comments. as it should be.) that bluesy groovy sexiness is always my favorite.

    joe cocker’s “you can leave your hat on” is undeniably male-indulgent, but also undeniably sexy. =)

    santana’s “into the night.” love those drums, and the whole energy.

    eagle eyed cherry’s “save tonight.”

    babyface and des’ree’s cover of “fire.” i really dig the intro, especially.

    “music of the night,” from ‘phantom of the opera.’

    eva cassidy’s version of “fever.” her voice, those drums and the fiddle are an especially sexy combo.

    bell X1’s “west of her spine.” less overt, more tenderly sexy.

    madeleine peyroux’s “dance me to the end of love.” really, with lyrics like “show me slowly what i only know the limits of,” does it need an explanation? =)

    i also LOVE rachel portman’s rendition of “caravan” (it’s on the soundtrack to ‘chocolat.’) it’s the most sensual version i’ve ever heard of that tune, and the scene in the movie is really sexy, too.

  5. Down here, it would have to be Hunters and Collectors “Throw your arms around me”

    If you want to pluck a Gen X Aussie’s heart strings, this is the song:

    “I will squeeze the life out of you
    You will make me laugh and make me cry
    We will never forget it
    You will make me call your name and
    I’ll shout it to the blue summer sky”

  6. Okay, we also had to weed through our favorite sexy tunes to eliminate the exceedingly… depressing… ones.

    Okay, being a very strong Depeche Mode fan, I don’t fully agree with “Stripped”. Yes, I understand some of the lyrics suggest eroticism, but then the message overall is also one against environmental pollution. At least this entry is from the Black Celebration album, which I think is fairly a sensual one overall, if not specifically erotic.

    I’m having a tough time suggesting alternatives. “Somebody” is more on the romantic side, and “Dressed In Black” (also from Black Celebration)… well, okay, not everyone has a kink like that, I guess. I do, but… *cough* yeah.

    “Precious” from Playing the Angel did come to mind, but then I realized it’d be hard to, *cough* bump ‘n grind to.

    Really, though, I acknowledge everyone’s opinions will be different, and “Moondance” doesn’t do much for me, either. Might be a feminine perspective thing.

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