These are, literally, the 50 most popular songs about sex ever, as based on each song's performance on the Hot 100 chart.
"Sexy" is a relative term -- one man's baby-makin' music might be his woman's soundtrack for a snoozefest. But there's nothing subjective about this list. These are, literally, the 50 most popular songs about sex ever, as based on each song's performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (from August 4, 1958 -- the inception of the Hot 100 chart -- through the Jan. 16, 2010 issue). Some songs are steamy slow-jams, some are hi-octane arena-rockers, but what they all have in common (and what got them on this list) is that the subject matter of each song is directly related to sex, in some way. No more, no less. Got it? Now let's knock some boots.
Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from each era, certain time frames were weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those years.
Text by M. Tye Comer, Mariel Concepcion, Monica Herrera, Jessica Letkemann, Evie Nagy and David J. Prince
"Urgent" - Foreigner
Hot 100 Peak: 4 (9/5/1981)
Foreigner is best known for wanting to know what love is, but they weren't feeling quite as romantic on this 1981 hit about fulfilling carnal urges by whatever means necessary.
Sexiest lyric: "I'm not looking for a love that will last/ I know what I need and I need it fast"
"She Bop" - Cyndi Lauper
Hot 100 Peak: 3 (9/8/1984)
If you the want the job done right, sometimes you just have to do it yourself. Cyndi Lauper's celebration of masturbation caused some controversy, but the lyrics were vague enough to convince more clueless listeners that the song was about dancing.
Sexiest lyric: "Do I wanna go out with a lion's roar / I wanna go south n get me some more"
"Sexy Can I" - Ray J & Yung Berg
Hot 100 Peak: 3 (4/5/2008)
After his sex tape with Kim Kardashian hit the net, R&B singer Ray J must've figured, why not make a song about it? "It's a Kodak moment, let me go and get my camera," the exhibitionist jokes on the track. Apparently, no price is too high to pay for sex for Ray J, even if it compromises his privacy.
Sexiest lyric: "Then we take it to the bed, then we take it to the floor/ Then we chill for a second, then I hit that a** some more"
"Freak Like Me" - Adina Howard
Hot 100 Peak: 2 (5/6/1995)
Raunchy singer Adina Howard might be the quintessential "lady in the streets but a freak in the bed." The R&B diva isn't ashamed to tell a man just how she likes it -- and how often she wants it -- and often refers to her sexual drive in animalistic terms. Meow!
Sexiest lyric: "Cause I will be a freak until the day until the dawn/ And we can pump, pump all through the night till the early morn"
"Me & U" - Cassie
Hot 100 Peak: 3 (7/22/2006)
It's her only hit to date, but "Me & U" was enough to establish Cassie as an object of many mens' affections. The 20-year-old singer boasts about her sexual IQ on the synth-poppy R&B jam and promises to teach her crush a thing or two between the sheets.
Sexiest lyric: "I know them other guys, they been talking bout the way I do what I do/ They heard I was good, they wanna see if it's true/ They know you're the one I wanna give it to"
"Wild Thing" - Tone-Loc
Hot 100 Peak: 2 (2/18/1989)
Tone-Loc's career-defining single flipped the script on the Trogg's '60s hit of the same name. The gravely-voiced rapper turned "wild thing" into a verb and slyly suggested that he and his prospects get busy over a sample of Van Halen's "Jamie's Cryin."
Sexiest lyric: "Took her to the limousine still parked outside / I tipped the chauffeur when it was over, and I gave her my own ride"
"I Want Your Sex" - George Michael
Hot 100 Peak: 2 (8/8/1987)
You have to respect George Michael for playing it "straight." While other '80s pop stars masked their desires behind veiled references, George tested the limits of censorship and told his prospective lover exactly what he wanted. Radio stations across the world flinched at his brazenness, but the song still shot to No. 2 in the U.S.
Sexiest lyric: "Every man's got his patience, and here's where mine ends/ I want your sex"
"Dim All The Lights" - Donna Summer
Hot 100 Peak: 2 (11/10/1979)
Donna Summer's 1979 hit sounds like a nice song to sway to at the prom. But the groove becomes decidedly horizontal once the song hits the bridge and she demands her lover to "use me all up / take me bottom to top." Innocence lost, for real.
Sexiest lyric: "Don't leave even one drop, no do it tonight/ You know the moments are right, turn my brown body white"
"Raspberry Beret" - Prince
Hot 100 Peak: 2 (7/20/1985)
This Princely mid-'80s hit is a sly tribute to innocence lost, with the titular head-topper serving as a metaphor for a virgin's undefiled hymen. And you thought "Little Red Corvette" was racy.
Sexiest lyric: "They say the first time ain't the greatest/ But I tell ya, if I had the chance 2 do it all again/ I wouldn't change a stroke"
"Rub You The Right Way" - Johnny Gill
Hot 100 Peak: 3 (8/4/1990)
A man who offers to use his hands wisely during a night of lovin' makes for a very compelling pitch. It's no wonder then that former New Edition member Johnny Gill broke big with this new-jack swinging solo hit.
Sexiest lyric: "Can you feel the magic in my hands/ When I touch and rub you the right way/ Stroke applied with tenderness/ When I hold and rub you the right way"