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When it comes to doing the deed, one thing most people have a strong opinion on is the soundtrack. Some people like to do their thing in dead silence (necrophiliacs! I’ll see myself out), some people can’t cum without incessant dirty talk and yet some other people enjoy getting it on to the familiar sound of the ol’ slap and squelch (I’m so sorry).

If your preference is to have music on during sex, you’ve gotta make sure it’s the right vibe. Even houseplants are affected by different types of music, so imagine what it’s going to do to your boner if something depressing or embarrassing comes on shuffle catching you in flagrante delicto. Never fear! If you don’t want things to get as droopy as a houseplant that listens to heavy metal PlayBlue gotchu. Light some candles, clean off your favourite toys and get the condoms ready: here are our sex playlist recommendations - no matter what vibe you’re going for.

When you want to set the moodThese songs are perfect for seduction - whether that be straightforward foreplay, or even a little striptease. Sure, they can sound a little silly when played out of context. But I personally guarantee you that with the right mood they’ll get things going. They’re called classics for a reason.

  1. Let’s Get it On - Marvin Gaye
  2. I Just Wanna Make Love to you - Etta James
  3. Pony - Ginuine
  4. You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate
  5. Earned it - The Weeknd

When you want to ‘make love’Sometimes you want sex to be like an 80’s/90’s movie love scene where everything is soft lighting and gauzy curtains slightly blowing in the breeze. In real life, it’s rarely like that, but at least we can have the same soundtrack. I can sense some emosh slow thrusting and face-stroking coming on.

  1. Everything I do - Bryan Adams (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
  2. I’m Kissing You - Des’Ree (Romeo + Juliet)
  3. Take my Breath Away - Berlin (Top Gun)
  4. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers (Ghost)
  5. Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls (City of Angels)

When you want to get a little freakySo far, so cheesy - we’ll admit it. But say you don’t want gentle and ethereal. How about a soundtrack for when you’re about to get into some weird shit? Because some people are more into nipple clamps than face stroking.

  1. Teardrop - Massive Attack
  2. Fuck the Pain Away - Peaches
  3. In Public - Kelis (Featuring Nas)
  4. Deepthroat - Cupcakke
  5. You Should See me in a Crown - Billie Eilish

When you’re going down to PoundtownI have an ex-boyfriend who used to refer to DP or rougher sex as ‘going to poundtown’ - I’m not saying it’s the reason we broke up, but I’m not saying it didn’t contribute. Anyway, these songs are for when you need something to set a rhythm to. Just don’t go calling it ‘poundtown’ to your partner’s face. Trust me on that.

  1. Push it - Salt N Pepa
  2. Make it Wit Chu - Queens of the Stone Age
  3. Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys
  4. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zepplin
  5. Beyoncé - Partition

When you’re having break-up sexIt happens to the best of us. Maybe your partner insisted on calling sex ‘poundtown’ repeatedly and now things are over. However, there’s nothing wrong with getting one for the road. Whether you’re devastated or very pissed off at least one of these songs will set the scene.   

  1. Last Request - Paolo Nutini
  2. Skinny Love - Bon Iver
  3. Colorblind - Counting Crows
  4. Caught Out There - Kelis
  5. Make Me Wanna Die - The Pretty Reckless