Music to Bang To

Music can make or break the mood—which is why the right soundtrack is especially important when it comes to getting it on. Not quite sure what album fits the mood? Here’s a list that covers all the bases (yup, we went there) for any amorous activity.

Throwback Track: Usher, Confessions, 2004

The album you hid from your parents in middle school turns out to be surprisingly sexy. Energetic beats smoothly fade into a slow and steady tempo every few songs, and Usher’s silky vocals coupled with the power and passion of his lyrics up the sensuality factor.

Just Plain Sexy: Arctic Monkeys, AM, 2013

Alternating tempos and lead vocalist Alex Turner’s crooning make this album a stimulating listen. And with each track, you’re not quite sure what to expect next. The Goldilocks of hook-up albums, “AM” isn’t too slow or too fast, but just right.

Out of the Box: Glass Animals, ZABA, 2014

Quirky instrumentals flirt with climactic rhythms in Glass Animals’ debut album “ZABA.” Each song is distinct, but the album as a whole offers a consistent vibe. Borrowing from the band’s namesake, the album incorporates primal tones—like the tropical, exotic sounds in “Black Mambo”—into nearly every track.

Oldie But Goodie: Jimi Hendrix, Are You Experienced, 1967

Real, raw, and rough around the edges, “Are You Experienced” is ideal for an upbeat romp. Hendrix’s discernible vocals and definitive bass lines make this album a classic. Familiar hits like “Purple Haze” and “Foxey Lady” amp up the sexiness and appeal to Hendrix diehards and virgins alike.

Something Familiar: Lorde, Pure Heroine, 2013

Even though it includes overplayed radio hits, “Pure Heroine” isn’t any less potent. Sensual rhythms and eccentric tones complement Lorde’s recognizable sound. Tracks are stable yet remain sultry. And when paired with the rest of the album, it almost feels as if you’re hearing “Royals” for the first time.

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