The All Time Steamiest Songs From Movie Sex Scenes

The art of the playlist is hard to master. Does this party playlist strike an appropriate balance between ironic oldies and songs that’ll be popular in six months? Does this wedding playlist have tracks that Great Aunt Ethel can dance to? While matching music to occasion is always a challenge, there's no playlist more precarious than the one designed for the bedroom.
If you’re on the quest for the perfect boudoir jams, you can learn a thing or to from filmmakers who have faced the same task. What’s the song with just the right amount of rhythm and energy to enhance the act, but not distract from it?
Each of these steamy sex scenes is a filmmakers’ attempt to answer that question. Although, when in doubt, remember: like a skeleton key, “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye is the perfect song to fit any mood. Put it on all your playlists, bedroom or otherwise.
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Movie: Love and Basketball (2000)

Song: "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell

Why you should play it in the bedroom: "This Woman's Work" will forever be associated with one of the most sweet, authentic, and tender "first time" scenes in movie history.
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Movie: Watchmen (2009)

Song: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen

Why you should play it in the bedroom: May Leonard Cohen's gravely voice rumble around you; may "Hallelujah's" romantic lyrics carry you toward bedroom-based enlightenment.
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Movie: Ghost (1990)

Song: “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers

Why you should play it in the bedroom: We have "Unchained Melody" to thank for transitioning pottery-based foreplay into some steamy sex. If it worked for Patrick and Demi, it'll work for you.
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Movie: Top Gun (1986)

Song: "Take My Breath Away" by Berlin

Why you should play it in the bedroom: Anyone who says that sappy songs from the '80 don't belong in bed doesn't belong in your life.
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Movie: Road House (1989)

Song: "These Arms of Mine" by Otis Redding

Why you should play it in the bedroom: King of the romantic sex scene, Patrick Swayze pulls it off yet again with this wildly romantic soul song. When in doubt, just follow Patrick's lead — and his taste in music.
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Movie: American Psycho (2000)

Song: "Sussudio" by Phil Collins

Why you should play it in the bedroom: Clearly we don't condone anything about the way Patrick Bateman lives his life, but we'll give it to him: Phil Collins definitely brings quite a burst of energy.
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Movie: Risky Business (2000)

Song: "Love on a Real Train" by Tangerine Dream

Why you should play it in the bedroom: As this ambient song accompanied Tom Cruise on his locomotive-based sexual exploits, so too will it help you chug along.
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Movie: Cruel Intentions (2000)

Song: “Colorblind” by Counting Crows

Why you should play it in the bedroom: This tender Counting Crows song almost masks the fact that Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) is seducing Annette (Reese Witherspoon) for a wager. Ah, the power of music.
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Movie: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Song: "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric

Why you should play it in the bedroom: The song may be repetitive, but having a British punk singer earnestly declare his love for someone is a message worth hearing over and over again.
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Movie: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Song: "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne

Why you should play it in the bedroom: Jackson Browne's smooth voice drips like melted chocolate, which is, as you well know, a noted aphrodisiac.

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