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3 April 2009, 12:00 pm 14 Comments

Friday Staff Survey: Sex Songs

This post was submitted by Zack Rosen


Original Illustration by Maggie

After last week’s staff survey question about what turns us on, I just can’t stop thinking about sex. Actually, this isn’t that surprising because I can never stop thinking about sex. You should see what I can do with a rorschach test (though it’s the doctors fault for showing me all those dirty pictures. I’ll be here all night, folks!) But anyway- Rather than just ask everyone something really puerile, like “send in a picture of yourself having sex,” I decided to go slightly more refined and see what kind of aurals that people use to set the mood for their orals. So today’s staff survey question is as follows:

What is your favorite makeout album or song?

As usual, feel free to leave your own answer, or suggest another survey question, in the comments.

Also, you can check out a playlist of all the mentioned songs at the end of the post.


1. Zack, Co-founder and primary contributor:

Although this album was later ruined for my by an unscrupulous romantic partner (see next week’s Indie Rock Fag column,) Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” remains my all-time favorite makeout album. You just try to put on “Bitch” without things getting four times hotter…

2. Ben, Co-founder and primary contributor:

“Simply Beautiful” by Al Green. It makes me want to sensually massage myself with cocoa butter.

3. Allison, Staff Contributor:

Hm. I don’t really have a favorite song for making out. But I did lose my virginity to “Booty Hits 2000.”

4. Philip, Staff Historian:

So I wonder: was there a sudden baby boom nine months after Sade’s Promise album was released? Just try getting past “The Sweetest Taboo” without something going down.

5. Rocky, Music Editor:


Hehe. Hope you’re not fired now! No, for serious, it’s funny you should ask. I was just thinking the other day that I should make a new sex mix…

Usually, make-out time is the one of the few times I don’t like to have music on. I’ve had some bad experiences. I mean having the Garden State soundtrack skip while you’re trying to bang is just plain embarrassing for everyone. (For a number of reasons.) But now that I’m “happily single” rather than “uhhh… single, I guess…” I was thinking that perhaps it’s time to do some mental spring cleaning and try something new. So lately the songs that have been making me think, “You know this would go nicely with a five ‘o clock shadow brushing against my neck…” are “Bluish” by Animal Collective, “Pale September” by Fiona Apple (but that’s nothing new seeing as how it’s the sexiest song ever written), and “House of Cards” by Radiohead. I don’t really care if the lyrics are fucked up; the way Thom Yorke sings that song makes me melt.

6. Maggie, Staff Cartoonist:

Perhaps I have an obsession, but almost anything Neko Case sings is a good make-out song in my book. Listening to her voice is like drinking ginger tea laced with honey, whiskey, and sunbeams. Oh, and I’ll second Rocky on Thom Yorke.

7. Corey, Managing Editor and Staff Contributor:

Though it hasn’t occurred yet, I’ve always wanted to dramatically lock lips with someone and hear the West Wing theme start to play. Poli-sci boys… make it happen.

8. Amelie, Events Planner and Publicist:

Last year I found Cat Power’s Dear Sir on vinyl right at the height of my Cat Power obsession. For some reason, I thought this was going to be a real lady magnet. I mean, what could be hotter than making out while listening to Cat Power? On vinyl? While it worked a few times, it wasn’t as hot as I had imagined–getting up to flip a record mid-sexy times? Not sexy times. That being said, I still like to make out listening to Cat Power, only now I’d use the computer, not the record player.

9. Chris, Theatre Editor:

I wish I could remember exactly how this happened, but one time “Let’s Get It On” came on during a rendezvous. Of course, we just cracked up and then took Mr. Gaye’s suggestion. But now its got me thinking about other cliched make-out songs and how fun they actually are. How about “I Touch Myself” by the Divinyls? There’s enough 70s porn sound in “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus and Chaka Khan to make that an option. Oh, let’s not over think it; what about “Kiss” by Prince? Or for a romantic evening, how about “I Wanna F*@# You Like an Animal” by NIN?

10. Ed, Staff Contributor:

Your Honor, I object to this question on the grounds that it is being asked under false pretenses. It is part of an elaborate scheme concocted by Zack to make out with the entire TNG staff. Keep in mind that Zack has already acknowledged his personal obsession with making out. May it please the court I offer exhibit “A,” personal testimony from Zack, published on TNG on 3 March 2009, in which he proclaims, “I Love Making Out.” He goes on to describe his tawdry behavior as “aggressive,” “serial,” and bordering on “compulsive.” If he is not stopped, Zack will use this information and his devious powers of seduction to lure each TNG staffer into a seedy make out session. This has absolutely nothing to do with “music,” and I can prove it. I will make out with Zack right now! right now! with no music at all to prove that music is completely irrelevant to his dastardly scheme.

11. Jeff, Denver Editor:

I’ve never made out with anyone, but if I did, it would be AIR , “Moon Safari.”

12. Adam, Chicago Editor:

Hmmm, after thinking long and hard, the best make out session happened with Solange’s “Sandcastle Disco” was playing in the back ground. But if I had my choice it would be the whole No Doubt “Rock Steady” album. Making out to “Making Out” would be blissfully ironic.

Editorial Staff:

13. Andrew, Editorial Assistant:

You know what’s funny about this? I feel like it’s totally a reasonable question, yet since Zack asked it, I have been unable to come up with a good answer. So that left me searching in my memory for the last time I made out when music was on. Can’t remember!

I definitely like Gem’s “Kiss the Girl”, although that doesn’t really fit for me. Perhaps I will try out some of the other suggestions on this list!

14. Hans, Editorial Assistant:

I’ve never made out in a situation where I’ve been in control of the music for some reason, but I think just about anything by Prodigy would work.

…Then again, that might be why I’ve never been in control of the music. Or maybe I’ve just been making out with the wrong guys all these years. I’ll have to look into that.

15. Gem, Editorial Assistant:

At the risk of sounding UNBELIEVABLY cheesy: “Kiss the Girl.” Yes, we’re talking Disney, here. In my defense, that was only one instance and it was far cuter than it probably sounds.

Sexiest makeout song? “In My Bed,” Amy Winehouse. Hands down. It’s from her first album, Frank in the pre-coke-laced-cotton-candy-days.

16. Lauren, Editorial Assistant:

Nothing like music to set the mood! My all-time favorite is Lick by Joi. It’s a little R&B meets stripper. Embarrassing? Maybe. Hot? Definitely.


Whitney, Editorial Assistant:

I’ve yet to experience a mood Nina Simone can’t enhance. In this case, album: Anthology, song: “I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl”. TNG

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  • NationsKappatol said:

    I am a dork with this stuff:

    “Between the Sheets” – Isley Brothers
    “Crazy” – Seal
    “I love you Always Forever” – I dunno
    “Sexual” – Amber
    “Through The Fire” – Rufus and Chaka Kahn

    But I don’t have an iTunes playlist or anything…
    Wow, this list is lame…

  • Kaysey said:

    I can’t believe no one mentioned the entire Portishead “Dummy” album!

    Just try to control yourself during “Roads” — I dare you. :)

  • Mike B. said:

    My very first boyfriend always insisted on doing the nasty to the soundtrack from the Last Temptation of Christ — and ONLY the Last Temptation of Christ. In his defense, it was (mostly) a pretty good CD. But because I knew he was still wrestling with his evangelical uprbringing, the whole deal pretty much creeped me out.

    But hey, sex is sex :)

  • Rohan said:

    man, ya’ll suck. how can no one mention either 12 play (the album that launched 1000 babies) or beck’s midnite vultures?

    and if you want to be uber-indie rock, try loveless and then have the guy you are making out with look up puzzled and slightly perturbed as you laugh.

  • Kyle said:

    BF v.1.0 always played the song “Heaven or Las Vegas” by the Cocteau Twins as soon as we were finished doing our business. It is sort of stuck in my head as the song of post-sex bliss.

  • Alex said:

    Although I’ve not yet managed to orchestrate it, I really want to make out to Rufus Wainwright’s “Instant Pleasure” someday.

  • Juan P said:

    I always go for music that gets you in a floating mindset (a little booze/pot always helps, of course):

    Pet Shop Boys – It always comes as a surprise
    (Brazilian tinged with sexy-tacky saxo solo included)

    Daft Punk – Something about you

    Air – Le soleil est près de moi (and everything on Moon Safari EXCEPT Sexy boy which I found too ominous)

    And for whole albums:

    Yo la tengo – And then nothing turned itself inside out
    Beach House – Devotion (their first album as well)
    Boards of Canada – The campfire headcase

  • Hans N. said:

    Oh all right, I’ll be the nerd. Mine is “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” by Camille Saint-Saëns, sung by Denyce Graves. If that’s not seductive, I don’t know what is!

  • Mark said:

    Roxy Music – Avalon (entire album)
    Marvin Gaye – Just to Keep You Satisfied

    Jesus Ben. Simply Beautiful by Al Green has me running for the cocoa butter! My god. Never heard it before. Thank you for turning me on to that one. No pun intended.

  • Ben said:

    No problem, Mark. That’s just how I roll.

  • Isaac said:

    This isnt really a song, but, its a sex noise (kinda) thing i made out with my girlfriend with this one. Its called Tech Orgasm by the “Crank Yankers”

  • Gillian Kobold - Model said:

    actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  • kurtis s said:

    I love listening to Grace Jones’ “Sexgrive” when I am horned up. (-:

  • Hughee said:

    Rufus Wainwright. Just Rufus Wainwright.