7 Best Songs About Sex

Some of these songs lean more towards the romantic, sweet side of making love, while others go the route of using suggestive, explicit lyrics to achieve the sexiest possible effect. Keep in mind, that these twenty songs are a tiny sample of the many songs about sex that are out there, but we’ve selected a few that are the most popular and timeless.

7. Madonna – “Like A Virgin”

This classic track by the legendary singer Madonna is a sensitive song about approaching sex as if it’s your very first time. The song was released in 1984 as the lead single of the album by the same name.

The song was written by Tom Kelly and Billy Steinberg; the latter of which has stated that the song was partially inspired by his own personal romantic experiences. The famous song is a great splash of 80’s pop that invites you to dance along and get lost in its lyrics.

6. Rihanna “S&M”

Rihanna is no stranger to a sex anthem – see “Sex With Me” for proof – but her most famous is probably 2011’s “S&M”. In the raunchy track, the singer lets her partner know that she’s getting a little bored with the regular way of making love, and she’d like to start introducing some… other elements.

This is the song that gave us the iconic lyric: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me”.

Rihanna has said in interviews that the suggestive lyrics aren’t meant to be taken entirely literally, and are really a metaphor for self-confidence and ignoring criticism. The music video played further into this idea, using sadomasochistic imagery to comment on Rihanna’s relationship with the press.

5. Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion – “WAP”

It doesn’t get much more explicit than this. Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion describe exactly how they want men to please them in their 2020 collaboration, garnering both praise for their sex-positive message and their overtly sexual lyrics. Despite the controversy, a BBC News critics poll named “WAP” the best song of 2020, and the track went 7x platinum.

The track samples Frank Ski’s 1993 single “Whores In This House”, flipping the meaning of the word to talk about women who enjoy sex and are unapologetic about it. The song went through a rumored 50 rewrites before the final version was decided on.

4. Dua Lipa – “Hoter Than Hell”

This steamy ballad from the British pop star sees Lipa describing all the ways in which she’s irresistible to her ex-boyfriend. Even though he knows he shouldn’t let her in, Lipa says that he can’t help it – she’s just that good in bed.

“Hotter Than Hell” was the track that got Lipa her deal with Warner Bros. Records and became her first entry on the UK Singles Chart. Lipa has also expressed that it helped her find her “dark pop” sound which informed the making of her debut album.

3. Beyoncé – “Partition”

Watching the video alone in itself can be a turn on. “He popped all my buttons and he ripped my blouse / He Monica Lewinsky’ed all on my gown,” Beyoncé sings. You better stream it above.

2. Aaliyah – “Rock The Boat”

While we’re on choice lines, how about some lyrics from this cool 2002 R&B slowjam? “Work the middle / Change positions / Do positions… Stroke it for me / Stroke it for me”. Come to think of it, that could have been written by my pet hamster Maurice, because that little guy just loves to be fussed over. Great guy, Maurice. Great guy.

1. Beyoncé & Nicki Minaj – “Feelin’ Myself”

Female masturbation is a bit like Miles Kane’s solo career: everyone knows it happens but no-one ever talks about it.