Songs can have a variety of emotions that they impart on a listener. Rage, joy, hope, sadness, and even that eerily unsettling calm that can only be gotten once in a blue moon can be found in the right track.
Though a good musician can make all these emotions pop up with the right beat, tunes, and tracks, it takes a special kind of talent to bring up one of the more common emotions people feel: lust. Only a few bands or artists can really say they have made one of the sexiest songs of all time.
As a hardcore audiophile, I know plenty of sexy songs out there that don't get the love they should. If you're looking to get into the mood, my picks for the hottest songs of all time will have you hot under the collar in no time.
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard
Some of the sexiest songs of all time are meant for slow and passionate love sessions, but not this one! Def Leppard's classic channels all the wild, risqudé fun of a strip club into powerful guitar riffs, throbbing drum beats, and of course, lyrics that talk about video vamps.
The 80s must have been an amazing time for strippers, with all that hair metal. You can basically imagine a stripper doing amazing pole work when you listen to this track. Am I right?
"Red Light Special" by TLC
Hip hop has plenty of sexy songs under its genre, but TLC's "Red Light Special" definitely stands out as one of the sexiest songs of all time for a number of reasons. Marvin Gaye-worthy beats, sizzling vocals, and old school glitz make this uniquely hot.
You gotta hand it to TLC, though. During the 90s, women didn't really talk about sex the way they did in this song. They were trailblazers, and that makes them even hotter in my opinion.
"No Ordinary Love" by Sade
Sade's velvety vocals would make anyone weak in the knees, and the lyrics in this track are just about as hot as they can get. It's a deeply romantic track that just sounds like you're going to make love in a Malibu penthouse.
To a point, I almost feel like this entry is a "gimme." Sade has a particular talent when it comes to making wildly hot tracks, though, so it's kind of a no-brainer that you'd end up having at least one of her works as one of the sexiest songs of all time.
"I Need You Tonight" by INXS
If there was ever a song that really captured the feeling of having sex with one of the "cool kids" at a club, it's "I Need You Tonight" by INXS. It's a track that's more about a booty call from what I can gather, but the vibe it gives is pure aggressive sexuality with a veneer of cool.
This 80s band had a natural knack for having beats, lyrics, and guitar riffs that seemed effortlessly cool. The lyrics and teasing vocals in this track make you feel like pressing up against someone in a club and telling them to meet you in the backseat of your car in 10.
Without a doubt, it's one of the sexiest songs of all time to have that kind of animal vibe to it.
“Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star
While INXS brings a pretty aggressive streak in its track, Mazzy Star's contribution to the sexiest songs of all time is way more spacey and lazy. This is sexy in the type of way that having sex on weed is appealing.
It's lazy, carefree, and to a point, just a little bit shoegazey. Romantic? A little bit, but more explorative than Sade's.
"It's No Good" by Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode made what were, in my opinion, some of the sexiest songs of all time. A lot of them were sexy in the sense that they were clearly edgy, danceable, and at the same time, had a little bit of BDSM undertones to them.
They were one of the best New Wave bands in existence and remain one of the best bands for people who love a seductive track. This blowout hit remains one of their hottest songs. The lyrics say it all:
Don't say you want me
Don't say you need me
Don't say you love me
Don't say you're happy, out there without me
I know you can't be; cause it's no good...
“Love to Love You Baby” by Donna Summer
Oh, man. Donna Summer, you wild fox.
During the 70s, this was the song that you played when you wanted to seduce someone—or at least, that's what I'd imagine it to be like, anyway. This was the song that basically kicked off what people thought of as porn music.
High pitched but sultry vocals, a clear intention of wanting to fuck someone's brains out, and a little bit of innuendo involving masturbation in the vocals sealed "Love to Love You Baby" as one of the sexiest songs of all time.
It's delightfully retro, if you're looking for some seriously sexy Throwback Thursday songs for your playlist.
"Call Me" by Blondie
The vocals alone would make this one of the sexiest songs of all time in most peoples' eyes. It's a song all about trysts, love, and wild sex involving a lot of passion. Then, when you add Blondie's vocals into it? Oh lord, it's good stuff.
Over the years, many people have tried to copy Blondie's crooning voice, but let's be real, she's the queen who made this song so good.
"Because the Night" by Patti Smith
This is one of the deeper cuts of retro music out there, but that doesn't mean that it's not incredibly hot. Patti Smith's voice is commanding and yet pleading for touch in this one, and the lyrics are all about how much she wants to seduce someone.
It's romantic, but passionate, sultry, yet at the same time, incredibly powerful. No one has yet managed to top Patti Smith's ability to mesmerize with this track, though many have tried.
"Tempted" by Squeeze
This song has amazing storytelling, don't you think? Squeeze's "Tempted" is all about a man who keeps thinking about a woman he cheated on, only to think about how she left once he did. Or something like that.
He's out on a traveling job, and keeps thinking about the woman he wants to have sex with. It's guilt, but sexy guilt. Unlike other songs, that tend to be heavy-handed when it comes to their sexy lyrics, Squeeze gives a light touch. It pays off big time.
"Is It Over?" by Thievery Corporation
Hypnotic and suspenseful, it doesn't take too much to see how one of the greatest trip hop bands of all time managed to make one of the sexiest songs of all time. Unlike most of the other songs here, lyrics aren't what make this song so hot.
Rather, "Is It Over?"'s sexuality comes from the slow, drippy beat and the whisper-soft vocals and the fact that you can't help but feel like sex just got a lot more sophisticated once you hear this track.