The 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time
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"
"Slow Motion" - Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim Hot 100 Peak: 1 for two wks (8/7/2004)
His moniker might be Juvenile, but there's nothing infantile about the way the New Orleans rapper raps his sex game. While Juvie may not exactly be whispering sweet nothings in his girl's ear, he sure knows how to get her attention.
Sexiest lyric: "If you loving my bark let me bury my bone/ I got 4 or 5 bad merry b****es at home"
"Feel Like Makin' Love" - Roberta Flack Hot 100 Peak: 1 (8/10/1974)
The 1974 hit song for Roberta Flack garnered the singer and producer three Grammy nominations and sealed her place in baby-makin'-music history. Simple and to the point, this smooth groove was the gathering clouds for the future quiet storm revolution that would take over R&B a decade later.
Sexiest lyric: "When you talk to me, when you're moanin' sweet & low/ When you're touchin' me and my feelin's start to show"
"Pillow Talk" - Sylvia Hot 100 Peak: 3 (6/9/1973)
You know you're on to something when your song is too sexy for Rev. Al Green. The soul legend reportedly turned down this steamy number before it was recorded by Sylvia in 1973, who was more than happy to spend a full two minutes panting, sighing and talking dirty in Spanish. ¡Caliente!
Sexiest lyric: "Ooh, I don't wanna see you be no fool/ What I'm teachin' you tonight, Boy, you'll never learn it in school"
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" - Def Leppard Hot 100 Peak: 2 (7/23/1988)
Today's arena-sized rockers just don't do clever come-ons like they used to. Def Leppard's fist-pumping anthem celebrating sexual release still stands as one of the '80s all-time greatest, with a chorus even your grandma can hum along to.
Sexiest lyric: "You got the peaches I got the cream/ Sweet to taste saccharine"
"Bump N' Grind" - R. Kelly Hot 100 Peak: 1 for four wks (4/9/1994)
There are two things R. Kelly doesn't see anything wrong with -- one of them is bumping and the other is grinding. The baddest boy of R&B puts his sexual desires on front street on this steamy track, as he let's the woman of his desire know that he can bust her pipes better -- and more often -- than her current man can.
Sexiest Lyric: "See I know just what you want and I know just what you need, girl/ So baby bring your body to me"
"Unskinny Bop" - Poison Hot 100 Peak: 3 (9/1/1990)
Before Bret Michaels started looking for his "Rock of Love," the Poison frontman preferred his ladies with as few strings as possible. Guitarist C.C. DeVille has confessed that the phrase "unskinny bop" doesn't really mean anything, but that hasn't prevented listeners from using their imaginations.
Sexiest lyric: "You're sayin' my love won't do ya/ But that ain't love written on your face/ Well honey I can see right through ya/ We'll see whose ridin' who at the end of the race"
"Sexual Healing" - Marvin Gaye Hot 100 Peak: 3 (1/29/1983)
Marvin Gaye entered the '80s with this "do me" classic -- making him one of a handful of artists who helped men seal the deal over different decades. With its gospel-style chant and 808 drumbeat, the song remains the template for contemporary R&B slow jams.
Sexiest lyric: "Baby I'm hot just like an oven/ I need some lovin'"
"Love To Love You Baby" - Donna Summer Hot 100 Peak: 2 (2/7/1976)
Donna Summer's epic 16-minute orgasm, set to a thick, throbbing Georgio Morodor beat, helped usher in the 12-inch single and the extended remix -- not to mention many an extended bedroom sessions in the sexually-free '70s.
Sexiest lyric: "Do it to me again and again/ You put me in such an awful spin"
"Lady Marmalade" - Labelle Hot 100 Peak: 1 (3/29/1975)
Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim and Mya rode this classic to seductive success in 2001, but Patti Labelle and co.'s tale of a bi-lingual New Orleans call girl -- and her ability to leave men crying for more, more, more! -- really dropped jaws in the '70s. It's more than enough incentive to bring tourists back to the Big Easy.
Sexiest lyric: "Voulez-vouz coucher avec moi, ce soir?"
"Slegehammer" - Peter Gabriel Hot 100 Peak: 1 (7/26/1986)
This '80s smash by Peter Gabriel doesn't sound particularly sexy, but a good read of the song's lyrics will leave you red-faced, as the British singer weaves a tapestry of sexual innuendos involving steam trains, honey bees and "big dippers." What, you thought it was about work tools?
Sexiest lyric: "Open up your fruitcage, where the fruit is as sweet as can be"
"Work It" - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott Hot 100 Peak: 2 (11/16/2002)
Missy's not afraid to break a sweat -- she just wants to know the size of the task at hand. If the eye-poppingly suggestive lyrics in this tongue-twisting booty call didn't register with listeners (those backwards verses can get confusing), the Prince impersonator licking her body in the video should have driven the point home.
Sexiest lyric: "You do or you don't or you will or won't cha/ Go downtown and eat it like a vulcha?"
"Slow Hand" - The Pointer Sisters Hot 100 Peak: 2 (8/29/1981)
The easy slide of this '81 ballad praises a man who knows how to take his time. The arrangement also lent itself to a country classic -- Conway Twitty made his own version, from the understanding man's perspective, a year later.
Sexiest lyric: "I want a lover with an easy touch/ I want somebody who will spend some time/ Not come and go in a heated rush"
"All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You" - Heart Hot 100 Peak: 2 (5/26/1990)
Heart scored their first hit of the '90s with this song about a rainy roadside pickup and its ensuing one-night stand. The lyrics go on to reveal that the woman winds up getting knocked up, proving that even in pop music, lusty affairs are not without their consequences.
Sexiest lyric: "So we found this hotel/ It was a place I knew well/ We made magic that night/ Oh, he did everything right"
"Love In This Club" - Usher feat. Young Jeezy Hot 100 Peak: 1 for three wks (3/15/2008)
After Usher finished making his public "Confessions," the fancy-footworker took to making love in the club with R&B diva Keri Hilson, who plays his leading lady in the video. Isn't there anything that Usher prefers to keep behind closed doors?
Sexiest lyric: "Let's go get undressed right here/ Keep it up girl and I swear/ I'mma give it to you nonstop/ And I don't care who's watching"
"Romantic"- Karyn White Hot 100 Peak: 1 (11/2/1991)
R&B diva Karyn White scored a massive hit in the '80s with this upbeat jam about what happens when the lights go down. The track was produced by White's then-husband Terry Lewis (and his partner Jimmy Jam), which certainly set some sparks ablaze in the studio.
Sexiest lyric: "Under the moonlight, with the stars shining so bright/ Baby, my mind is on love when we get home tonight, ooh"
"Smack That" - Akon feat. Eminem Hot 100 Peak: 2 (11/4/2006)
Neither Akon nor Eminem may be the sexiest of symbols, but the playful harmonies and rhythmic melodies on this track had clubbers getting some action on the dancefloor. And for once, Slim isn't so shady on the song, as he raps about taking a girl back home instead of putting his "history" with Mariah Carey on blast once again.
Sexiest lyric: "Maybe go to my place and just kick it like Tae Bo/ And possibly bend you over, look back and watch me smack that"
"Ignition" - R. Kelly Hot 100 Peak: 3 (3/29/2003)
The king of freaky-deaky anthems hit his creative peak with this ode to automotive copulation. Sure, the metaphor gets so extended that it borders on cheesiness, but anyone who takes it too seriously probably isn't getting their gears greased often enough.
Sexiest lyric: "See, I'll be doin' about 80 on your freeway/ Girl, I won't stop until I drive you crazy"
"Do Me!" - Bell Biv Devoe Hot 100 Peak: 3 (9/8/1990)
Bumping 'n grinding is all anyone wanted to do after hearing Bell Biv Devoe's "Do Me," although the song itself is a bit of a mind game. "What makes you think you can do me?" the trio challenges, then promises that the girl can "do me when you wanna do me" in the next line. Maybe BBD were the "Poison" ones after all.
Sexiest lyric: " Move to the Jacuzzi, ooh, that booty/ Smack it up, flip it, rub it down, oh, nooo!"
"Freak Me" - Silk Hot 100 Peak: 1 for two wks (5/1/1993)
For the men of Silk, nothing is out of bounds when it comes to pleasing a woman. In the group's slow-burning ballad, one member whispers his proposal for 360-degree pleasure while the others seduce with suave harmonies about trips around the world and fulfilling every fantasy imaginable. Freakiness has never sounded so … comprehensive.
Sexiest lyric: "Let me lick you up and down, 'til you say stop/ Let me play with your body, baby, make you real hot"
"Shake You Down" - Gregory Abbott Hot 100 Peak: 1 (1/17/1987)
This song's title is a euphemism for what Mr. Abbott wants to do once he gets his woman in bed. The soul crooner assures his girl she'll "go all the way to heaven," and to convince her, he drops poetic pillow talk like "Roses are red and violets are blue, I'm gonna rock this world for you." (Really? She said yes after that?)
Sexiest lyric: "I can't stop thinking of the things we do/ The way you call me, baby, when I'm holding you"
"Afternoon Delight" - Starland Vocal Band Hot 100 Peak: 1 for two wks (7/10/1976)
The naive melody and wide-eyed harmonies of this '70s pop classic, which was famously covered in Will Farrell's 2004 "Anchorman" film, sound sweet enough to soundtrack a church picnic. In reality, the song is a lunchtime booty-call between a hungry man and his tasty morsel back home. Sounds like our kind of snack.
Sexiest lyric: "Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite/ And the thought of rubbin' you is getting so exciting"
"Candy Shop" - 50 Cent feat. Olivia Hot 100 Peak: 1 for nine wks (3/5/2005)
50 proved he was a lover, as well as a fighter in this salacious rap duet with former G-Unit diva Olivia. 50 sweetly works up his lover's desires with sugary innuendos that would make Willy Wonka blush.
Sexiest lyric: "I'll take you to the candy shop, I'll let you lick the lollipop"
"The First Night" - Monica Hot 100 Peak: 1 for five wks (10/3/1998)
These days, 29-year-old Monica is a proud mother of two. But when the R&B singer was a teenager, she was preaching abstinence. Although tempted to go all the way on the first date, the Atlanta native responsibly practices self-restraint atop this Jermaine Dupri-produced track.
Sexiest lyric: "Boy this evening, was it only me?/ Feeling completely, down to be open ... for some satisfaction/ Didn't want to say yes, for fear of your reaction"
"Ring My Bell" - Anita Ward Hot 100 Peak: 1 for two wks (6/30/1979)
Anita Ward's 1979 disco hit became a dancefloor favorite for its memorable, sing-songy chorus -- but there's nothing roundabout about the song's lyrics, which are about what happens when her man gets back from a hard day.
Sexiest lyric: "Well lay back and relax while I put away the dishes/ Then you and me can rock-a-bye/ You can ring my be-e-ell"
"Promiscuous" - Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland Hot 100 Peak: 1 for six wks (7/8/2006)
Timbaland plays a seductive, bass-heavy game of cat and mouse with Nelly Furtado in this monstrous 2006 jam. Thomas Crown and Steve Nash get caught up in the steamy flirtation, but we're still left wondering if anybody scored at the end of the night. What a tease.
Sexiest lyric: "I can see you with nothing on/ Feeling on me before you bring that on"
"You're Makin' Me High" - Toni Braxton Hot 100 Peak: 1 (7/27/1996)
Toni Braxton is singing about her sexual desires for a far-away lover on this mellow, suggestive track, but verses like the one below make the song seem like an endorsement of self-stimulation. If you can't be with the one you love ... love yourself?
Sexiest lyric: "I can imagine you touching my private parts/ With just the thought of you, I can't help but touch myself"
"I Want To Sex You Up" - Color Me Badd Hot 100 Peak: 2 (6/8/1991)
With its new-jack-swing groove and tender falsetto vocals, CMB made sexual healing sound as gentle as can be. And as "Mr. Schue" recently proved on "Glee," covering this song is still the ultimate way for nerdy guys to get their crush's attention.
Sexiest lyric: "Let me take off all your clothes/ Disconnect the phone so nobody knows, yeah"
"Bad Girls" - Donna Summer Hot 100 Peak: 1 for five wks (7/17/1979)
Donna Summer's strategy was to become the undisputed dirty diva of disco. She helped her cause with this booty-movin' plea for hooker respect, which came complete with trumpets bleating like a john's car horn. Bad girl, indeed.
Sexiest lyric: "Friday night and the strip is hot/ Sun's gone down and they're about to trot/ Spirit's high and they look hot/ Do you wanna get down?"
"Lollipop" - Lil Wayne Hot 100 Peak: 1 for five wks (5/3/2008)
Candy metaphors in music go back at least as far as Little Richard ("Tutti Frutti," now what's THAT song about?) but Lil' Wayne raised the bar in this track about his lover's, er, oral fixation. Lest you think he isn't a gentleman, Wayne devotes a verse to returning the favor.
Sexiest lyric: "Shawty wanna hump/ You know I like to touch your lovely lady lumps"
"Honky Tonk Women" - The Rolling Stones Hot 100 Peak: 1 for four wks (8/23/1969)
The Rolling Stones managed to mix sex and drugs with its rock n' roll in this nod to ladies of the night. Keith Richards' loose fretwork and Mick Jagger's loose lips pay respect to loose women everywhere.
Sexiest lyric: "I laid a divorcee in New York City/ I had to put up some kind of a fight/ The lady then she covered me with roses/ She blew my nose and then she blew my mind"
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" - Rod Stewart Hot 100 Peak: 1 for four wks (2/10/1979)
Rod Stewart's disco-era anthem squeezes an entire one-night-stand narrative into a few short stanzas. Only one question, Rod: why did you call your mother before closing the deal?
Sexiest lyric: "His heart's beating like a drum 'cos at last he's got this girl home/ Relax baby, now we are alone"
"Kiss You All Over" - Exile Hot 100 Peak: 1 for four wks (9/30/1978)
This late-'70s hit anticipates a couple's many hours of creative lovemaking. Even more creative was the Canadian Broadcasting Company's use of the song in a 2007 montage of hockey players kissing the Stanley Cup. (Yeah, we suppose that's one thing to do with it.)
Sexiest lyric: "Gonna wrap my arms around you, hold you close to me/ Oh, babe, I wanna taste your lips, I wanna fill your fantasy"
"Like A Virgin" - Madonna Hot 100 Peak: 1 for six wks (12/22/1984)
The idea of a woman named Madonna singing about being "touched for the very first time" was titillating, for sure. But Bible-Belters lost their minds when the suggestive song began racing up the '80s charts, fearing their children would fall prey to Madge's naughty innuendos and arousing imagery. Guess what? We did.
Sexiest lyric: "Oooh, like a virgin/ Feels so good inside"
"Do That To Me One More Time" - Captain & Tennille Hot 100 Peak: 1 (2/16/1980)
The Captain and Tennille returned to the top of the charts with this simple-yet-subtle ode to male virility; a sweet-sounding song that also succinctly summed up wild and loose ways of the 1970s.
Sexiest lyric: "Do that to me one more time/ Once is never enough with a man like you"
"Hot Stuff" - Donna Summer Hot 100 Peak: 1 for three wks (6/2/1979)
"Hot Stuff" won Donna Summer the 1980 Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, but all she really needed in her bedroom was some action. The song made a memorable comeback in 1997's "The Full Monty," but it has remained a hot 'n' bothered anthem on retro dancefloors for years.
Sexiest lyric: "Wanna share my love with a warm blooded lover/ Wanna bring a wild man back home"
"Let's Get It On" - Marvin Gaye Hot 100 Peak: 1 for two wks (9/8/1973)
Marvin Gaye's sweetly soulful voice was an aphrodisiac in and of itself; thus, he rarely resorted to subtleties when it came to his lyrics. "Let's Get It On" remains one of the most blatant sex songs of all time; the soul-music equivalent of a sure thing.
Sexiest lyric: "Don't you know how sweet and wonderful life can be?/ I'm asking you, baby, to get it on with me"
"Too Close" - Next Hot 100 Peak: 1 for five wks (4/25/1998)
The Minneapolis trio could barely contain its excitement on this raunchy track. R.L, Terry and Raphael moan and groan about their female dance partner's "grindin'" and "shakin'" -- and their respective bulges as a result -- atop a Chicago-style step dance production. Hopefully, the men made it off the dancefloor without any vasocongestion (look it up).
Sexiest lyric: "Baby when we're grinding, I get so excited/ Ooh, how I like it, I try but I can't fight it"
"I'll Make Love To You" - Boyz II Men Hot 100 Peak: 1 for 14 wks (8/27/1994)
Although more polite with its sexual innuendos than other early-'90s baby-makin' tracks, the Philly quartet hit all the right spots with this chart-topping ballad. Some lyrics are so subdued, in fact, that the penguins from the 2006 animated film "Happy Feet" used them for a "heartsong." How ... cute?
Sexiest lyric: "Throw your clothes, on the floor/ I'm gonna take my clothes off too/ I made plans to be with you"
"Tonight's The Night" - Rod Stewart Hot 100 Peak: 1 for eight wks (11/13/1976) Hot 100 Peak: 1 for eight wks
Using his pack-a-day croon to maximum effect, Mr. Sexy is anything but coy in this ballad about getting his "virgin child" a nice big drink, helping her off with her dress and sweet talking her into her first time. From the woman moaning in French at song's end -- a cameo by Stewart's then-girlfriend, Bond girl Britt Ekland -- tonight was, apparently, the night.
Sexiest lyric: "You'd be a fool to stop this tide/ Spread your wings and let me come inside"
"Physical" - Olivia Newton-John Hot 100 Peak: 1 for 10 wks (11/21/1981)
While the well-known video features Olivia Newton-John working out at a gym, the song "Physical" touts the benefits of a different kind of workout. The 1982 hit was so suggestive that it was banned by many radio stations across the globe -- as well as the entire country of South Africa. But the not-so-innocent Australian girl-next-door scored the biggest hit of the '80s and proved, once and for all, that sex sells ... mountains of records, that is.
Sexiest lyric: "I took you to an intimate restaurant, then to a suggestive movie/ There's nothing left to talk about unless it's horizontally"