Welcome to Top Ten Thursdays! Welcome to the first ever, in fact. From now on, every Thursday, we’ll be posting a brand new list with, you guessed it, our top ten favourite things on any given topic. So, what better way to start than with the top ten sexiest songs of all time?
10. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
“Who? What?” I know. But if you aren’t aware of Fade Into You by its title, your ears have almost certainly befallen its slow-paced rhythm at some point or another. Thanks to its melodic components, and frontwoman Hope Sandoval’s gorgeous tone, Fade Into You is filtered throughout popular culture, appearing in several hit TV shows and films like CSI: Miami and Desperate Housewives – you won’t find us complaining.
9. Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones
‘I can’t get no satisfaction’ sings Mick Jagger, but we find that hard to believe. Sure, withered and decrepit he may be, but rewind to 1969, and Jagger represented youth and virility, with his poster adorning the walls of every teenage girl.
The Stones’ Honky Tonk Women was greeted by an army of screaming girls (but then again, what song of theirs wasn’t?) and it’s clear to see why. The deep scratching of Keith Richards’ guitar, coupled with Jagger’s irresistible charisma, cements Honky Tonk Women as one of the sexiest songs of all time.
8. Make It Wit Chu’ – Queens of the Stone Age
American rockers Queens of the Stone Age are well-known for their hard guitar riffs and relentless noise, but for steamy, erotic tracks? Not so much. Enter I Wanna Make It Wit Chu’. Released on the band’s 5th studio album, Era Vulgaris, Make It Wit Chu’ sees the perfect marriage of a seductive lead guitar and the dulcet tones of frontman Joshua Homme.
7. Ball and Biscuit – The White Stripes
Let’s face it, the blues isn’t really relevant anymore. Relegated underneath pop, R’n’B and hip-hop, the once popular genre is seldom heard on today’s airwaves… but Ball and Biscuit questions if that’s necessarily a good thing. You won’t struggle to find the innuendo that’s littered throughout The White Stripes’ longest song on record, but it’s the culmination of Jack White’s vocals, the erratic guitar solos and the bluesy backdrop that makes Ball and Biscuit a sex-fuelled romp.
6. Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake
I mean, this one’s fairly self-explanatory, no? We’re not sure sexy was ever really missing, but, just in case, Justin Timberlake made sure to bring it back in one piece. Thanks Justin.
5. I Want Your Sex – George Michael
An 80’s icon, a drug user, a philanthropist – George Michael is many things, but what he isn’t is subtle. You don’t need a Master’s Degree to decipher the message in his 1987 hit, I Want Your Sex – and when George Michael says he wants your sex, it’s pretty hard to say no.
4. Closer – Nine Inch Nails
This one’s a little, er, graphic. If George Michael lacked subtlety, then Nine Inch Nails entirely redefine the meaning of the word. We’ve not had the pleasure of meeting Nine Inch Nails’ frontman Trent Reznor, and following his explicit cries of wanting to violate and desecrate us, we’re sad that that’s the case.
To say that Closer is full-on would be an understatement – there’s definitely a space for it on our list, and in the bedroom, too.
3. Physical – Olivia Newton John
Everyone’s favourite high school sweetheart turned nasty with her 1981 release Physical… and everybody loved it, with the track going on to become the biggest selling single of the decade. Adored for her acting prowess and natural beauty, Newton-John changed tact entirely, with lyrics such as “there’s nothing left to talk about unless it’s horizontally.” We like it.
2. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
I know – surprise, surprise, right? But Sexual Healing is the musical embodiment of a timeless classic. Little did Marvin Gaye know, but his 1982 hit was to lay down the blueprint for almost every slow jam song that followed; listen to the song, and the evidence is undeniable: Sexual Healing practically oozes lust and passion.
1. I’m A Slave 4 U – Britney Spears
Desperate to get rid of her ‘girl next door’ image, Britney released I’m A Slave 4 U and, well, she more than succeeded. Her undeniably sexy vocals alone were enough to propel Slave 4 U up the charts, but it was the music video that sealed the its place in the annuls of steamy music videos. Barely clothed and dripping in sweat, Ms Spears oversaw the release of a video that still remains her sexiest and most controversial.
There you have it. Notice any glaring omissions? Have any suggestions for a future topic for Top Ten Thursday? Let us know in the comments!
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