Valentines Day Special: What Makes a Song Sexy?

Author Courtney Smith joins to offer her expertise on an urgent topic in advance of Valentine’s Day: Can we abstract the sexiest songs of all time into a universal list of arousing musical qualities? We try our best by examining five decades of pop sexiness, discovering lyrical lingerie, and consider the most (and least) seductive instruments.


  • Nina Simone – I Want Some Sugar in My Bowl
  • Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby
  • INXS – Need You Tonight
  • Portishead – Glory Box
  • Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
  • The Weeknd – Often

Check out Courtney’s article Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby: Every Trick You Need to Seduce Someone with a Playlist on Refinery29