To mark the High Holiday of Sexy Time, Billboard just put out its list of the 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time. The magazine claims that this list is purely objective: rankings were determined by an inverse point system, with each week at No. 1 worth the most. (Rankings were also adjusted to account for different turnover rates in various eras.) The scoring system doesn’t necessarily get you the songs you’d expect, though. The #1 Sexiest Song of All Time is…”Physical” by Olivia Newton-John. #2 is “Tonight’s The Night” by Rod Stewart, whose “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” is also in the top 10.
Olivia Newton-John? SRSLY? Rod Stewart? Meh. For me, R&B, not rock or pop, is the language of love. I bet way more babies have been conceived to Sade than Rod Stewart. What about Barry White, the man VH1 dubbed “the Vagina Whisperer”? Frankly, Billboard’s top Ten Sexiest is only redeemed, IMO, by the inclusion of Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”
If it were up to me, I would have reserved most of the top 10 spots for Marvin Gaye. Just that opening “wah wah wah waaaah” of “Let’s Get It On” gets me licking my lips and swinging my hips. In fact, my college roommate and I had two go-to sexytime songs we’d play before dates: “Let’s Get It On” for romantic ones and Prince’s “Gett Off” for booty calls. And when our womanly egos needed boosting, we pulled out the big guns: Koko Taylor’s “I Got What It Takes.” Honestly, our dorm room had a whole rack of mix tapes to get it on to.
So what will you and your lovah be listening to tonight? What’s your go-to mood music?