Sex is completely entwined with the history of popular music. From century-old blues tunes, through to rock’n’roll (whose very name evoked the rhythm of lovemaking), disco, soul and hip-hop, the best songs about sex have seen the world’s greatest stars create down’n’dirty tracks about getting it on, getting it up and getting off.
For musical artists, singing about sex has often proved a freeing and, sometimes, maturing experience. As Kylie Minogue said, when she was asked in 1991 about her “raunchier” songs and videos, “A lot of people still think that I should be like I was four or five years ago.” Raising her famously arched eyebrow, she added, “People really like to pigeonhole you.”
There are as many different sexualities as there are lyrical ways of expressing them, and while the majority of songs about sex relate to male-female coupling, many of the best songs about sex encompass gay, lesbian and trans identities. Kinks and fetishes are also fair game for musical exploration. In the words of Leonard Cohen, “There are no unilateral agreements on sexuality.”
So, slip into something comfortable (or uncomfortable, if that’s your fancy), and we’ll peer inside the best songs about sex.