Love songs are one of the main trademarks of country music, as lyrics about heartfelt and everlasting love always manage to find a way to the airwaves. That’s a fact. But, some of the best songs of this nature go a step further.
If you go back to the late 1960s, there was a new and mature subject matter springing out of the country format. Artists such as Freddie Hart were touching a reaction with songs that dealt with a little more physical kind of love. A great example of that style during this period is Bobbie Gentry’s jaw-dropping song of lust during the morning hours, “Morning Glory” — perhaps one of the sexiest records of all time, any format and any genre.
Alas, that song was not a country hit. With that in mind, here are 10 sexy country songs that are sure to make you have ‘Daydreams About Night Things,” to quote the Ronnie Milsap classic.
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10. Rascal Flatts – “I Melt”
The trio made the summer of 2003 a little more warm and humid with this rather provocative love song that lead singer Gary LeVox co-wrote with Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher. The lyrics themselves brim with passion, but perhaps the thing that sold this sexy country song the most was the appearance of Joe Don Rooney’s bare back side, which earned this clip a ban from GAC. We bet his followers quickly switched the channel to CMT just to get the view they were wanting to see.
9. Kenny Rogers and Dottie West – “Anyone Who isn’t Me Tonight”
While everyone talks, with good reason, about the chemistry that Rogers shares with Dolly Parton, don’t sell the duet partnership that brought the singer a pair of CMA Vocal Duet trophies in 1978 and 1979 short. Rogers and West could sing a heartbreaking ballad such as “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” but they could also play around with a flirtatious romp such as this song, which became a No. 2 hit in the fall of 1978. There was nothing left to the imagination at all in this fiery track about enjoying the moment with that special someone.
8. TG Sheppard – “Slow Burn”
TG Sheppard enjoyed many hits that pushed the envelope and the imagination, but perhaps none more so than this passionate track about how a man’s love for his woman continues to smolder long after the initial ignition of the flame. Though the song was Sheppard’s thirteenth number one hit on the Billboard charts, there was nothing unlucky about it. In fact, we bet this sexy country song has brought “luck” to more than a few since its’ release in the fall of 1983.
7. Faith Hill – “Breathe”
Even if Faith Hill had never filmed a video that featured her rolling around in the sheets, this song would have conjured up plenty of images in the mind. The track was sultry, seductive, and unforgettable. Listeners made it a No. 1 Country hit, plus powered it to a No. 2 peak on the Hot 100.
6. Terri Gibbs – “Somebody’s Knockin'”
History has recorded Terri Gibbs as the first winner of the CMA Horizon Award in 1981, but modern-day fans may have never heard this piece of sizzling temptation on record. Comparing her gentleman suitor to the devil due to the fact that he knew her every weakness, the song, which featured a haunting bass guitar line that set the stage for what was no doubt bound to happen once the sun went down, this lyric remains one of the format’s more sensual moments.
5. Alabama – “Feels So Right”
With the possible exception of Kenny Rogers, no male country artist could make fans swoon with the authority of Alabama’s Randy Owen during the decade of the 1980s. Perhaps the best example of his ability to craft a lyric that echoed in the hearts and imaginations of listeners in such a physical manner was this power ballad that set hearts to fire in the summer of 1981.
4. Billy Currington – “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right”
Sometimes you don’t have to be too clever or fancy when you are writing a love song about a physical spark. Jason Matthews and Marty Dodson penned the lyrics, and Billy Currington took the baton the rest of the way home, recording a song that was full of romantic contentment and desire, giving the singer one of his biggest hits from the summer of 2005.
3. Shania Twain – “You’re Still The One”
When it comes to seducing the minds of America, nobody was more effective at doing that in the 1990s than Shania Twain. From her videos to her delivery, the Canadian-born singer oozed sensuality and charisma in a way that no other female singer had done on a regular basis. We could have gone with the female power anthem “Any Man of Mine,” the pulsating rhythm of “You Win My Love,” or the flirty charm of “No One Needs To Know,” but we went with this passionate proclamation of love that hit the top of the charts in 1998.
2. Conway Twitty – “I’d Love To Lay You Down”
There are no rules that state that the fire between a couple can’t get stronger with time. Conway Twitty proved that in 1980 with this sexy country song that seemed to garner all kinds of opinions. Some radio stations refused to play it, and no less of a radio force than Paul Harvey railed against the song at the 1980 Country Radio Seminar, but the fans, particularly the female demo, didn’t care. Conway’s low growl, combined with his promise of everlasting love to his partner, made this one of the singer’s biggest hits ever.
1. Barbara Mandrell – “If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Want To Be Right)”
Yes, this song was actually a hit for Luther Ingram back in 1972 on the Pop and R&B charts, we will grant you that. But, with producer Tom Collins giving this hit a shimmering and pulsating feel in 1978, the record gained a new audience in the country market. But, make no mistake about it, the star of this vehicle was Mandrell. Where Ingram sounded emotionally anguished and torn about the decision he was making, Mandrell gave the song a heated delivery, making the listener feel that she knew what she was doing and was going to continue to do so — consequences be damned. Nearly 40 years later, if you can listen to this track and not feel something, you’re stronger than the rest of us.