What’s The Best Makeout Music?

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Hello friends. Good day. There's something you may not know about me, unless you've been my colleague or my bed fellow: I have questionable taste in music. For example, I still think "Happy" is new and fresh, and I tend to play the same song on repeat over and over again.

My musical inclinations are fine and dandy within the confines of my ears and my earphones, but don't sit well with others. Or, more precisely, when I'm sitting with others. Naked. With 1 in 5 songs interrupted by Pandora commercials, I do not appear "smooth." And I do not feel sexy. Conversely, I will never forget the few experiences I've had where the soundtrack really, truly MADE the session. Alas: neither the time nor the place to clamor for my iPhone and Shazam that shit.

And so I ask you, dear readers, like a forlorn dude writing a letter to Playboy in the year 1983: what are the all-time best albums and songs to hook up to?

Yours truly,

Emily Weiss

Alexis Page photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on June 25th, 2014. Camisole by Zara. 

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  • mars
    • msbess

      This is the first time i hear this and i loved it this a good song to dance exotically. :-)

    • Chloe Silverado

      Was so not into FKA when Water Me came out, but everything since is supreme!

  • Annelie

    Amazing thread! I like "Burning Bridges" with the Mike Curb Congregation. It's like from the 70's but has a peppy rhythm - for when you're doing makeup to go out!

  • jenn

    Miguel anything

    • http://www.intothegloss.com ITGFerber


  • Allie Santiago

    FKA twigs, especially "Two Weeks". UNFFFF. How to Dress Well, Blood Orange and Kelela also work great (if you ignore the sometimes depressing lyrics).

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      Papi Pacify would work too ;)

      • Allie Santiago

        Oh man, that video...

        • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

          It gets me. All of her videos are ARTE

    • deliaoreo

      Thank you! I just found out about your mentioned musicians and I love them!

  • Georgia A
  • http://www.avivalabs.com/ Vi

    just put the weeknd's trilogy on repeat


    • Olivia


  • Fern

    Obviously, Mazzy Star and Prince.

  • a67penguin


  • http://www.dressmonsta.com/ Daul Be

    My man was playing 2On/Thotful - Drake ft Tinashe and the rest of the night was magic xo


  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Rhye and Jai Paul for sure.

    The Weeknd is super dirty and good for, like, walking home in the rain. Or at least that's how I prefer to listen to him!

  • Peaches

    New Order's Power, Corruption, and Lies is a good one.

  • heysarajean

    I was just about to say that. It's pretty perfect.

  • Katy

    The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, SZA, Future Islands and Evy Jane all have great albums to bone to.

    • Christine Russo

      First time I heard future islands was recently when a new guy I'm seeing put it on during sex and it was e v e r y t h I ng.

  • heysarajean

    I had a friend who made make-out playlist on Spotify with only one song: Bon Iver's "Hinnom, TX".


  • MsWhite

    This may not be new and fresh either, but for me anything by The xx (and similar stuff) always works. Also Cat Power!

    • yunijmk

      Yaaasssss. XX for sure.

  • stefinmotion

    lately, anything on this french producer's soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/stwosc

  • Haley

    I am not ashamed to admit that I recently cultivated a playlist for this very purpose, and would love to share a few favorites.

    Rhye - Open
    The Weeknd - Wicked Games
    Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You
    Jem - Come on Closer
    Chet Faker - No Diggity

    And undoubtedly the sexiest sexy-time song I have ever heard... Freaky Me, Freaky You by Cherub.

    PS - Spotify has awesome playlists for all moods (including making out moods) that you can subscribe too, such a great source for new music.

    • Sabrina Stabbath

      Love Chet Faker!

  • Kasia

    "Dark Eyes" by Iron & Wine and Calexico, and "La Femme d'Argent" by Air. And "Love is the drug" - Roxy Music remixed by Todd Terje. And Donna Summer's "Love to love you baby" (the original 16-minute version). This Mortal Coil's "Another Day" is tragically romantic.

  • Claud85

    Try these: FKA Twigs, SZA, The Weeknd, Banks, Floetry, JMSN, Prince, some Frank Ocean, a little Erykah Badu from back in the days.

  • Gabrielle

    Arctic Monkeys : Number One Party Anthem (and also Love is a Laserquest)
    Daft Punk ft Julian Casablancas: Instant Crush
    And pretty much any song written by Leonard Cohen
    I guess the key to me is a male singer with an awesome voice!

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      The Weeknd's "Rolling Stone" too ugh ugh ugh

  • Olivia

    Open - Rhye
    Thinkin Bout You - Frank Ocean
    The One - JMSN
    Wicked Games - The Weeknd
    Stay High (Habits Remix) - Tove Lo

    [preferably in that order]

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    I prefer few distractions but Massive Attack is pretty good. Portisehead is also pretty amazing.

  • Caroline

    Making out to post-rock (Explosions in the Sky etc) makes your love life feel so much more epic.

  • Kate

    Mazzy Star! And the Hope Sandoval album is pretty cool too!

  • http://intothegloss.com/ ITG Annie

    Cam'ron...gangster rap. Or psychedelic pop from the 60s—the Yardbirds and Jacques Dutronc are good. Depends on the vibe and the dude. If it's daytime, I go for the wussy psych pop. Rap at night. Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye if feelings are involved.

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      I luv u

  • doctor Zoidberg

    John Cale "Hallelujah," hands down.

  • Aubrey Green

    Artic Monkeys: Do I Wanna Know. Seriously, such a sexy song.

  • Em


    "Baby you're the perfect shape
    Baby you're the perfect weight
    Treat me like my birthday
    I want it this way
    I want it that way
    I want it
    Tell me you don't want me to stop (don't stop)
    Tell me it would break your heart
    That you love me and all my dirty"

  • http://ontheeleventh.wordpress.com/ Ess Tee

    With 1 in 5 songs interrupted by Pandora commercials, I do not appear "smooth."

    Ha! Story of my life. However, by the time you get to that commercial break, it shouldn't be noticeable, ya know?

    As for some songs--

    "Come Live with Me Angel," Marvin Gaye
    "The Panties," Mos Def
    "Any Time, Any Place," Janet Jackson

    and any of Sade's songs.

  • Mubarak Abliz

    Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics - It's About Time, Club Des Belugas feat. Anna Luca - The Road Is Lonesome very nice tunes

  • Amy

    D Angelo or maxwell

    • Alexa

      I can't believe that you're the only person in the comments to even mention D'Angelo. Everything he touches is sex.

  • katie

    Depends on the vibe. Gangsta rap is always good. Bu the sexiest music of all time is Serge Gainsbourg's Melody Nelson. Pete Doherty's "A Little Death Around the Eyes" is also very... sensual I guess you'd say?

    • katie

      Oh, and speaking of Serge, his daughter makes some pretty sexy music too. This cover by Charlotte Gainsbourg of "Hey Joe" is a really great vibe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPcM8zE2m6A (It's also featured on the "Nymphomaniac" soundtrack, appropriately!) Happy kissing, everyone!

  • Lauren

    The Rolling Stones. I find the beat to be really... helpful.

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    It's fun to platonically get DOWN to that song, too.

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Ta-Ku "I miss you"
    Odesza "don't stop"

    Dante "Won't Go" ***

    MADE IN HEIGHTS "Hors d'Oeurve"

    Ghost Loft "Seconds" **

    Chrome Sparks "Marijuana"
    (Super smooth)

    Mø "waste of time" (FTSE remix)

    But perhaps the best one yet:
    FTSE - "Float" (Kenzie May)

    ^^^ when the chorus hits at 1:07 you know you've chosen the right song.

  • Elizabeth Gálvez

    Artctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

  • dresslooksnice

    friend crush by friends (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfamBoa_zYQ) is the perfect song to start off a makeout session. also toro y moi - anything sexy and chill without being sleepy ambient music

  • Helena

    The Weeknd. Most definitely.

  • Caroline Askew

    The Stone Roses, I Wanna Be Adored. Done.

  • Soph

    Anything by chet faker, glass animals + SBTRKT. Amaze

  • http://vanitytalkbeauty.blogspot.com Addison Cain

    I haven't tested this song myself, but the people making out in the music video for Latch by Disclosure seem to be having a good time.

  • thesixthbeatle

    Marvin Gaye!!

  • Mirella Pissolato

    Pour some sugar on me - Def Leppard

  • heyemmy

    XX is super sultry. Phantogram, too.

  • pdow25

    the shrek soundtrack is hands' down the best

  • therealblonde

    Mazzy Star (especially Fade Into You)


  • Niki

    I heard this song playing on BBC the other day, OMG! I feel like making the loooove <3


  • Adrienne Angelos

    Omg if you want something to take things to the next level, you NEEEEEEED to play the album "Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady by" by Lovage. Sexualllll

  • Adrienne Angelos

    I didn't even read the comments before I responded, but I suggested the same thing. There's pretty much no way to avoid getting physical with this album playing.

    DO NOT play this around people you want to stay just friends with. You've all been warned.

  • Adrienne Angelos

    I forgot about Stroker Ace but YES.

  • Leslie Hitchcock


  • Agnes

    Jeff Beck & Joss Stone "I put a spell on you"!!

  • Luana

    Just try Smooth Sailing by Queens Of The Stone Age. Sexy song...


  • Stephanie
  • Violet

    Led Zeppelin, ELBOW- grounds for divorce, Eels- Fresh Blood, Beatles- she's so heavy, Depeche Mode- everything but especially Personal Jesus, NIN- Closer. These may be more hot sex songs than make out songs but that's usually where good make out sessions lead

  • Tatjana

    "I can't hear you" by the Dead Weather
    They played it in one of the scenes of "Crazy, Stupid, Love"

  • Solange

    Sam Smith. Ooof. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUK6HlzNWEg

    And Maxwell.

  • amelia

    the entirety of the last two arctic monkeys albums
    also the first strokes album.

  • Kel

    NIN - Closer, Madonna - Justify My Love, Britney - Breathe on Me, Justin - Futuresex/Lovesound, Beyonce - Fever, Portishead - GloryBox, Hotel Costes (pick & choose from any),wicked game, Janet - All Nite, Sade - Paradise, Gotan Project, Juliet - Avalon (original mix), thievery corporation - lebanese blonde

  • Chloe Silverado

    Rhye, Jai Paul and if you're feeling super sexy, anything from Jesse Boykins III's 'The Beauty Created' album. Oh AND totes agree with the Papi Pacify rec. Ben Khan is great if you enjoy Jai Paul although he is very very dark but the sexy kind of dark, and the right Kaytranada remix can work pretty well too.

    I can't with the Weeknd though, he's just ridiculous. Not sexy, in my unpopular opinion.

  • Chloe Silverado

    OH AND FRANK OCEAN!!!! V imp.

  • Mia

    Slave to the rhythm by MJ and eyes on fire by the blue foundation

  • mlle p

    Al Green!

  • CaraRose

    Definitely keep it handy for when you want to lure someone into your bedroom!... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO6y1-erVEw&feature=kp

  • Brennan

    Persian Rugs - PARTYNEXTDOOR
    If you can't get freaky to this song, I can't help you.

  • Rosie
  • jess

    I Want You by Kings of Leon, Glory Box by Portishead

  • Renee Nick

    Roxy Music or rather Bryan Ferry
    To Turn You On
    Slave to Love
    Don't Stop the Dance

  • madihouta

    Pull Me Down (the Ryan Hemsworth remix) by Mikky Ekko.
    Toro Y Moi.
    XX (the album. the coexist album is kinda dark/sad).
    Beck - Gimme.
    James Blake - Life Round Here and Retrograde.
    Chet Faker - Talk is Cheap.
    All sorts of deep house mixes.

  • http://lerablogs.blogspot.com/ Lera

    I know I'm pretty late to this party but! I had a pretty great making out session to Depeche Mode In Chains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSaca0gPRxY

  • jjjoy

    I don't like anything that is obviously "baby-making music". I find it cheesy as hell. I'm struggling to name a good album -- perhaps The XX's "Coexist" is more in line with what I would play. Nothing too catchy. Maybe some "Explosions in the Sky" for those wanting a ~cinematic~ experience, lol. Jai Paul is a good one too. Also, why not make a makeout playlist? Just leave "Happy" out.

  • Teresa

    the weeknd (trilogy)

    hands down

  • p

    "Text in the City" by Sandwich
    Text if you’re feeling sexy
    Beep if you wanna sleep
    Me I’m a little hungry
    Trying to count my sheep
    Text if you wanna sex me...


    song starts after 00:10

  • Alex Moroch

    Charles Bradley
    Album: (No Time For Dreaming)

  • Stephanie Taylor

    STRKT!!!! Just leave to whole album on... OR Without by Sampha. Current fav.

  • Audrey__Horne

    John Philip Souza.

  • Arden

    New Order is sexy in a not trying so hard to be sexy way. Also they aren't as distracting as songs where lyrics are more pronounced and make the environment seem phony. They're just classic. While in newer music something like Jon Hopkins Immunity is also great atmosphere to escape into. If you're just feeling nasty while also wanting to support 90's nostalgia there is always Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

  • Camille

    Don't forget to add this at the end of your playlist. In case things get escalated... Just sayin'. https://soundcloud.com/shlohmo/jeremih-fuck-u-all-the-time

  • Farah Al-Sharief
  • saralee

    Love this open thread so hard.

    How To Dress Well's latest album "What Is This Heart?" kills me, from start to finish. Makeout-able, for sure.

  • http://fashionfollower.com/ The Dedicated Follower of Fash

    Van Morrison, 'Moondance'. The entire album. The Zagat music guide agrees with me.

  • Kelly Elise

    Lykee Li: I Know Places
    Jhene Aiko & Vince Staples: The Vapors
    Bahamas: Lost in the Night
    Mikky Ekko: Pull Me Down

  • Alice

    I am a fan of The Black Keys preferably The Big Come Up. It's cool and I find it has enough soul to be hot.

  • Sara

    AM by Arctic Monkeys, the entire album!

  • Tania

    Drake...any album

  • jae

    anything off the latest arctic monkeys album, AM..its like leather covered sex

  • Picky

    Robin Thicke: Sex Therapy ;)

  • Cacá Muniz

    Emily, just try Shelter, The XX. You wont regret, I promise. So damn sexy <3

  • melissa

    Finding deep space/indie mixes on Soundcloud are the best. No commercials, straight through..

  • Bob

    Funnily enough, the great retro hits from the Guardian of the Galaxy soundtrack awesome mix volumes seem to have great success.