Turn it up to turn us on: It’s soundtrack over six-pack in the bedroom

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
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What’s on your music playlist is as important as your physique when it comes to impressing a lover, according to research released today.

The Science behind the Song study – carried out by leading neuroscientist Dr Daniel Müllensiefen, from the prestigious Goldsmiths, London University – confirms that we are just as likely to be turned on by the music we listen to during an intimate moment as by how our partner feels or smells.

The new research from Spotify also reveals that over 40% of people say that listening to music is more arousing than touch during sex, with Dirty Dancing named the best soundtrack in the bedroom.

When it comes to seduction, the oldies are still the best, with Marvin Gaye, Serge Gainsbourg and Barry White voted top of the list, and 1 in 3 of us can name a song we consider even ‘better than sex’.

The leading digital music streaming service has changed the way we consume music today and so they commissioned Dr Daniel Müllensiefen to examine the longstanding relationship between music and romance to see if our tastes and listening habits had changed accordingly.

Dr Müllensiefen, senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, and co-director of the unique Music, Mind and Brain course, said:

“This new research reveals that listening to music is now considered just as important in the bedroom as other more animalistic sensations such as sounds, touch and smells, demonstrating that the connection between intimacy with a partner and music is as strong as ever.”

Music has long played a part in affairs of the heart – and the findings show that people will even change their usual listening tastes in order to seduce a prospective partner.

Men are more likely to bend their tastes to win over a lady, even those who listen to extreme genres such as punk or metal, will go for safer, more typically romantic songs to woo.

The research also uncovers the top tracks that get lovers feeling flirty on the dance floor and frisky in the bedroom. And it seems there’s only one man for the job – Marvin Gaye.

The seductive sounds of the soulful singer saw his classics Sexual Healing and Let’s Get it On take first and second place on the top 20 list of tracks to get you ‘in the mood’.

However, if you’ve tried to seduce with your romantic song-list and still flopped at flirting, fear not as 1 in 3 surveyed could also pick a track they considered better than sex.

Iconic tracks by legendary British rock band Queen were most likely to get music fans going, with four of their classic anthems featured in the top 20 list of tracks respondents considered ‘better than sex’.

Bohemian Rhapsody took the number one spot and Don’t Stop Me Now, I Want to Break Free and Who Wants to Live Forever also featured. Sex on Fire by the Kings of Leon and Robbie Williams’ Angels came high up the list…..but the biggest surprise of all in the list, has to be Agadoo by Black Lace!

Dr Müllensiefen commented: “The majority of the songs selected in this category possess similar epic qualities suggesting a greater emotional impact on the listener. The songs are typically longer in length with dramatic musicality.”

Typical traits of the best songs for romantic encounters were revealed by respondents as tender, cheerful, low-key and happy and these are demonstrated throughout each of the top lists those surveyed were asked to suggest tracks for:

  • Best songs for a romantic dinner
  • Best songs for a flirt on the dance floor
  • Best songs for seduction or to ‘get you in the mood’
  • Best songs to play in the bedroom

Each list contains a number of classically romantic hits, with romantic movie theme tunes featuring heavily such as Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Ghost and Titanic.

This confirms Dr Müllensiefen’s theory that the majority of our romantic music choices are influenced by how music and romance are consistently reflected in the media.

Dr Müllensiefen observed: “Most people have a good knowledge of what songs represent romance – mostly from film and TV references – and then use this music to communicate implicitly their intentions in a romantic situation.

“Music is a very effective for communicating romantic intentions because it has such a great impact on human emotions.”

Top 20 songs considered ‘better than sex’:

  • Robbie Williams- Angels
  • Meatloaf- Bat Out Of Hell
  • Bon Jovi- Living On A Prayer
  • Adele- Set Fire To The Rain
  • Black Lace- Agadoo
  • Pink Floyd- Comfortably Numb
  • Queen- Don`t Stop Me Now
  • Queen- I Want To Break Free
  • Faithless- Insomnia
  • Bruno Mars- Just The Way You Are
  • The Killers- Mr Brightside 3
  • Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On
  • Guns`N`Roses- Paradise City
  • Coldplay- Viva La Vida
  • Queen- Who Wants To Live Forever

Top 20 tracks for a romantic dinner:

  • Marvin Gaye- Lets Get It On
  • Chris Deburgh- Lady In Red
  • Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing
  • Eric Clapton- Wonderful Tonight
  • Andy Williams- Moon River
  • Elvis Presley- Love Me Tender
  • Celine Dion- My Heart Will Go On
  • Robbie Williams- Angels
  • George Michael- Carless Whisper
  • Whitney Houston- I Will Always Love You
  • Adele- Someone Like You
  • Savage Garden- Truly Madly Deeply
  • Al Green- Lets Stay Together
  • Lionel Richie- Three Times A Lady
  • Spandau Ballet- True
  • John Denver- Annie`s Song
  • James Blunt- Beautiful
  • Ravel- Bolero
  • Aerosmith- Don`t Wanna Miss A Thing
  • John Lennon- Imagine

Top 20 tracks for to flirt on the dance floor:

  • Abba- Dancing Queen
  • IMFAO- Sexy and I know It
  • Chris Deburgh- Lady In Red
  • Dirty Dancing- Anything From The Soundtrack
  • Rod Stewart- Do You Think I`m Sexy
  • Hot Chocolate- Sexy Thing
  • Pussycat Dolls- Don’t Cha
  • Kings of Leon- Sex On Fire
  • Maroon 5- Moves Like Jagger
  • Christina Aguilera- Dirty
  • Tom Jones –Sex Bomb
  • Justin Timberlake- Sexy Back
  • Arctic Monkeys- I Bet You Look Good On The Dance floor
  • Right Said Fred- I`m Too Sexy
  • Bee Gees- Night Fever
  • Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing
  • Nelly- Hot In Here
  • Marvin Gaye- Let’s Get It On
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor- Murder On The Dance floor
  • Beyonce- Single Ladies

Top 20 tracks to get ‘in the mood’:

  • Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing
  • Marvin Gaye- Let’s Get It On
  • Barry White- Anything
  • Serge Gainsbourg- Je T`aime
  • Ravel- Bolero
  • Hot Chocolate- You Sexy Thing
  • Boyz To Men- I`ll Make Love To You
  • Kings Of Leon- Sex On Fire
  • R Kelly- Bump & Grind
  • Whitney Houston- I will Always Love You
  • Robbie Williams- Angels
  • Elvis Presley- Love Me Tender
  • Marvin Gaye- Get It On
  • Donna Summer- I Feel Love
  • Adele- Make You Feel My Love
  • Andy Williams- Moon River
  • IMFAO- Sexy And I Know It
  • Adele- Someone Like You
  • Lionel Richie- Anything
  • Nice Inch Nails- Closer

Top 20 tracks to play during sex:

  • Dirty Dancing- Anything From The Soundtrack
  • Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing
  • Ravel- Bolero
  • Barry White- Anything
  • Marvin Gate- Let`s Get It On
  • Whitney Houston- I will Always Love you
  • Berlin- Take My Breath Away
  • Serge Gainsbourg- Je T`aime
  • Aerosmith- Don`t Want To Miss A Thing
  • Ghost- Ghost
  • Celine Dion- Titanic
  • Kings Of Leon- Sex On Fire
  • Rodgers Hammerstein- Sounds Of Music
  • Celine Dionne- Titanic
  • Righteous Brothers- Unchained Melody
  • Grease- Grease
  • Donna Summer- I Feel Love
  • Boys To Men- I’ll Make Love To You

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