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Music has stimulated our creativity, enhanced our ability to learn, inspired us to do great things, and in some cases given our bodies something to move and groove to. Song lyrics have given artists an opportunity to push the boundaries of sexuality. This phenomenon has been occurring since at least the early 1930’s (And no, thank you very much, I don’t remember that far back!).
Through my crack-research-team – do not confuse this with my team researching crack use, however – we have compiled a list of twelve songs with lyrics that were, and may still be, considered titillating.
Now I fully expect some double entendre comments, you know who you are – in particular Mikalee (Me 2.0) and Leanne (ironicmom) – and welcome your interpretation, memories, and additions to our “research.”
The Song List
Song name is listed first, then artist, year of the song, and how many weeks on the US Billboard Charts:
12. Why Don’t We Get Drunk, Jimmy Buffett, 1973, never on the charts
Before Jimmy got all “Margarittaville” on us, he came out with this novelty song that got a lot of jukebox airplay, but never hit the charts. Can still be heard in bars and clubs.
11. Squeezebox – The Who, 1975, peaked at #16
The song was really about an accordion, right?? Plus, how could you resist the hot 70’s outfits?
10. My Ding-a-Ling, Chuck Berry, 1972, #1 for one week
I’m not sure what that title means. Ringing phone? Calling Mr. Ling? Whatever it means, he loved to play with it … according to the song.
9. Afternoon Delight, Starland Vocal Band, 1976, #1 for two weeks
How could a band not be hugely popular with decapitated “head-shots” on their album cover? And I thought Afternoon Delight meant taking a nap!
8. Let’s Get It On, Marvin Gaye, 1973, #1 for two weeks
So very smooth! Marvin put the soul into romantic, groove music. Still one of the best ever! Reminds me a LOT of me … except he can sing and he was cool.
7. Lollipop, Lil Wayne, 2008, #1 for four weeks
Who says you can’t have a mouth full of chrome teeth and still get your sexy on? Could it be Weezy’s version of how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
Fantastic song with a lead singer who dances like a chicken. That has to be sexy! The incomparable Mick Jagger and his band that brought us “Satisfaction.”
The Top 5 Songs (IMO)
5. Like a Virgin – Madonna, 1984, #1 for six weeks
Groundbreaking edginess for it’s time. This is a picture from my wallet that Madonna sent me when she loved me back in the 80’s. Really … it seriously could have happened! I asked her to tone down the underwear look and she ditched me. Her loss, MLB’s gain!
4. Tonight’s The Night – Rod Stewart, 1976, #1 for eight weeks
Great song! And I’ve been looking for that same, sweet-looking Speedo for years! Britt Ekland was either mad for the hair or the skimpy swim threads! Tonight must have been their night when that pic was taken. Be glad I didn’t put this in the post at full size! Eww … sorry, I just feel a little dirty now.
3. Candy Shop, 2005, 50 Cent feat. Olivia, 2005, #1 for nine weeks
Dapper rapper, 50 Cent, with Olivia, spins this song that is decidedly NOT about buying Hershey’s or Willy Wonka candy. Sorry ladies, no shirt-off Fifty in this post!
2. Physical – Olivia Newton John, 1981, #1 for ten weeks
How steamy is a unitard with a diaper at the crotch, and leg warmers? Pretty darn spicy … if it’s the 80’s! Twist a little matching white cotton for a headband, and voila – you’re talking UBER-SEXY!! What woman didn’t want to be Olivia back then? And how many guys had posters of her? Maybe I did …
1. I’ll Make Love To You, Boyz II Men, 1994, #1 for 14 weeks
According to Billboard Magazine, this trio – who creatively used not one, but two Roman numerals in their name – is the most successful group of the 90’s. The song title says it all; can’t add anything to that. I guess they thought, “Let’s just cut to the chase.” It worked for 14 weeks atop the Billboard Charts – not bad for three guys from Philly!