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Used to be, I couldn’t have sex without some sort of soundtrack to propel and punctuate the activities; fucking in a silent room can be super awkward, especially if it’s with someone you don’t know too well, or at all. These days, I get it when the getting’s good, music or no—having a kid changes all things tremendously, especially your sex habits. But there is nothing that makes me happier than a sexy song, or a song about sex, or a combination of the two, which prompted my latest playlist (also, the Sex Survey).

This list is pretty wide-ranging, touching on the first song about sex I ever heard—George Michael, “I Want Your Sex” (I was 7 at the time, and while I didn’t understand exactly what sex was, I was so curious about it); the first song about fucking I ever heard (“Closer” by Nine In Nails—I was 15 and screaming along to the “I want to fuck you like an animal” chorus felt liberating and slightly wicked, despite the fact that I hadn’t actually had sex at that point); the first song that became my go-to for sex-having (Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You,” then the entirety of both So Tonight That I Might See and Among My Swan—Hope Sandoval’s voice is like a delicious caress)…

There are some other obvious classics—“I Need Love” by LL Cool J, “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa, and “Smooth Operator” by Sade (because a sex playlist would be incomplete without tracks by these three), “Sex Farm” from Spinal Tap, “Do Me” by Bel Biv Devoe (my very first experience being embarrassed by a song because my dad was in the car once when it played and felt compelled to point out, “This song is about sex!”), “Pony” by Ginuwine (from my Facebook post calling for sexy songs: “Everyone fucks to Pony ...everyone”), “You Can Leave Your Hat On” (the original Etta James version), the Isley Brothers “Between the Sheets,” Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song” (“Squeeze me baby, 'till the juice runs down my leg”), Stevie Wonder’s “Part Time Lover,” “Lay Lady Lay” by Bob Dylan…

There are multiple tracks by Prince, because it’s Prince and everything that man churned out was sexy, whether or not it was expressly about sex (which it often was). I’d also like to draw your attention to Lovage, a Dan the Automator project featuring Mike Patton, Jennifer Charles, and Kid Koala; the track I included is “Stroker Ace,” but the entirety of their sole album is made for knocking boots (it's called Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By). There’s “In the Morning,” by Junior Boys, Canadians who make mostly made-for-the-bedroom electro-pop that I love. There are serious fuck songs (Aloha’s “Ferocious Love”), tongue-in-cheeky fuck songs (“L.M.L.Y.P.” by Ween—it’s an acronym for ‘Let Me Lick Your Pussy’), songs that are subtle (“Heart of Chambers” by Beach House), songs that are so obvious (Silk’s “Freak Me”), songs that aren’t necessarily about sex at all but just sound so so sexy (“La Femme d'Argent” by Air—and pretty much the entire Air catalog), sugary pop songs (Mandy Moore's "Candy"), and there’s even a satire about a recently deceased woman who has to fuck St. Peter in order to gain entry into heaven (U.S. Girls, “Pearly Gates”—“But like some roadside vet with a bag in hand / I could do anything St. Peter asked / For one chance to be an angel in his eyes / It seemed to be the safe bet, so I closed my eyes / And I opened my gates wide / And St. Peter came inside”).

But, before you dive into this 98-song list, first, a few sexy-as-hell videos for sexy-as-hell songs.

And now, onto the main course: