1. Me and Mrs. Jones
This is my all-time favourite, Me & Mrs Jones. This Billy Paul’s No.1 single from 1972 always brings back a lot of memories from my high school days: French class, hot teacher whose name was actually Mrs. Jones.
Actually anything Sade. If “jumbo shrimp” is an oxymoron, “sexy Sade song” is the opposite: It’s redundant. Check out her signature song from 1988.
3. Je T’Aime … Moi Non Plus
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin get it on in a Paris recording studio in 1969. The single was banned from radio in many countries—even in France it couldn’t be played before 11 p.m.—and the Vatican excommunicated the record exec who released it in Italy. Yet it eventually sold more than 4 million copies.
4. Let’s Get It On
This week in 1973, Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On“—arguably the sexiest song ever—was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Which got us thinking: What are the sexiest songs of our lifetime—not merely anthems to sex, but songs that are truly sexy? Here are 30 tracks that are hot in every sense of the word.
5. I’m Still in Love With You
There’s an unwritten rule among us list compilers that at least one Al Green tune must be included on each list of great songs, or all list-writing privileges will be suspended until further review. And for good reason. Listen to this 1972 classic from the last of the great soul singers.
Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz’s unsurpassed 1959 version of the bossa nova hit. As smooth as an evening breeze and as full of possibilities as a man, a woman and a canopy of stars.
7. Lady Marmalade
Pent-up, percolating suburban lust runs headlong into no-holds-barred, working-girl fantasy fulfillment in Labelle’s 1974 hit. And suddenly everyone knew at least one line of French: “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, se soir?”
8. Nobody Does It Better
Carly Simon, 1988. Ah, the universally understood “it” strikes again.
9. Midnight at the Oasis
We’re not sure what all the lyrics to Maria Muldaur’s 1973 hit mean, but that line about singing your camel to bed just seems to drip with equal parts naughty and nasty.
10. Slow Hand
The Pointer Sisters couldn’t be any more explicit, could they? The sultry ballad was released in 1981.
11. I’m on Fire
Very few songs pair lyrics and arrangement more perfectly than Bruce Springsteen’s moody metronome of a ticking time bomb, a 1984 song that pits a man’s pent-up desire against a ripe piece of unpicked fruit.
Yes, Madonna tried way too hard, and in the case of this 1992 single, she tried even harder than usual. But once you get past the generic title, you have to admit this is one hell of a sexy song.
In the hands of just about any other singer, this 1982 song could have become trite, but in the hands of the great Marvin Gaye, it’s the aural equivalent of buttons popping.