Based on people’s music preferences for their sexy time
We’ve all read about food or scents that can increase our partner’s appetite for sex, but have you heard about aphrodisiacal music?
I certainly wasn’t aware of it until recently, but once you read about it, it will make sense.
Bare along with me and let’s take a look at the effects sound can have on our sexual arousal.
What do people listen to more often while having sex?
I know. Many of you will not even think about having a playlist while having sex.
However, you’d be impressed to learn that many people have lined up tracks for their sexy time experience.
And based on all those that use music during sex, researchers at Supplement Place wanted to find people’s preferences in their time of need and desire.
They looked at 413 playlists comprised of 60,000 songs by searching for words like ‘sexy’, ‘sexual’, ‘horny’, ‘erotic’, ‘freaky’, ‘turn on’, ‘seduction’ on Spotify.
They separated their findings into two categories: the most sensual songs and the world’s favorite sensual artists.
What are the most sensual songs out there?
Here are the top 5 most used songs in these playlists:
- “Earned It” by The Weeknd (175 playlists)
- “Often” by The Weeknd (147 playlists)
- “All the Time” by Jeremih (133 playlists)
- “Or Nah” (feat. The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa & DJ Mustard) — Remix by Ty Dolla $ign (131 playlists)
- “Birthday Sex” by Jeremih (115 playlists)
If you’re curious, you can find the top 20 songs here.
The Weeknd seems to be the most popular choice to seduce your partner.
The association might not come as a surprise if you consider that the highest-ranked song (“Earned it”) appeared in the soundtrack of Fifty Shades of Gray. It may seem that this song has been part of many sexual encounters, with over 800,000,000 plays.
People are kinky, aren’t they?
And what about the world’s favorite sensual artist?
Easy to infer.
The Weeknd is in first place with 1,447 appearances across these 413 playlists. Then you’ve got Chris Brown (631 appearances) in 2nd place and Jeremih (613 appearances) in 3rd place. The whole list can be found here.
But there’s more…
There’s another distinctive feature of a sensual song: the tempo.
When we talk about tempo we refer to the speed of a song. In broad terms, we can say a song has a slow, moderate, or fast pace.
In their research, Supplement Place analyzed the average tempo (BPM or beats per minute) of these 60,000 songs and found that the average BPM was 119.
This is considered a moderate speed for music. As a point of reference, here are some popular songs with this speed:
- “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
- “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
- “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
Remember, that this is just an average across all the songs on these playlists. Take into account that “Earned it” by the Weeknd is slightly above this average (120BPM).
However, if we look at the top 20 songs, the average is lower, at 110 (BPM). Think of “All the Time” by Jeremih, ranked in 3rd place in this research, or Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” as examples of this music speed.
What’s the link between music and sex anyway?
First, let’s clarify that not everybody will feel comfortable having sex with background music. I’m taking out of this equation people that use music to mask that they’re having sex by the way.
Those are just the sneaky ones. They’re not using music per se.
This is about people that enjoy having special music while making love.
Whenever we listen to our favorite songs, our brain releases opioid substances, similar to when we eat something we love, consume drugs, or have sex. The song triggers a flow of dopamine through our brain’s reward system and makes us feel pleasure, calmness, and a decrease in pain.
In fact, a study by music producer and neuroscientist researcher Daniel Levitin looked at how people felt pleasure from listening to music they loved. He temporarily blocked this opioid release in the participant’s brain with a drug, naltrexone, while people listened to their favorite song.
‘I know this is my favorite song but it doesn’t feel like it usually does’
That’s how one of the participants described listening to music while on this drug. The special song lost its touch apparently. It couldn’t trigger the feeling of pleasure it used to in people.
All thanks to a drug.
Imagine having your favorite things ripped from you like that.
This could serve as an inspiration for writing a tragic story, don’t you think?
How to increase your partner’s sexual arousal
There’s a certain kind of music that will help you set the mood for some sexy time.
To increase your partner’s sexual desire, here’s what you can do when it comes to music:
- Look for genres that your partner enjoys listening to. Remember the link between people’s favorite songs and neurochemicals. You want to get those opioid substances in the brain released!
- Set the mood with a playlist containing songs between 110 and 119 beats per minute. You can easily find a list of songs with that tempo if you type on Google “songs with X bpm”.
- Think of songs that have been associated with sex, like The Weeknd’s “Earned it” (Fifty Shades of Gray), so that you trigger similar responses in your partner. But please, avoid songs that have been used too much (and even parodied), like the saxophone intro from George Michael’s song “Careless Whisper”. That’s a no-no.
So there you go!
Music can be your wingman, don’t underestimate its friendship.
And remember folks:
“There’s no religion but sex and music” (Sting)
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