Saturday, November 20, 2010

Songs to get you in the mood.

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As I was driving south towards Hudson today, with my iPod on shuffle, a song came on that got me thinking... Are there songs which have a Pavlovian effect on you and cause you consistently to think about, shall we say, skin-to-skin contact?  The song that pushed my mind in that direction, embarrassingly enough, is a bit of a cliche: Erotica by Madonna.  I don't think that song has that effect on me purely because of the lyrics or the groove, it's more of an accumulation of reasons, like where I was when that album came out (living in Chelsea), and what was going on in my life (newly graduated from college with a terrific sense of personal accomplishment) and the hotness that is Madonna, of course.  After listening to Erotica, (really loudly), I started mentally compiling a list of other songs that have a similar impact on me.  As an exercise which could feasibly end in seduction,* I offer you, in no particular order,  my top 20 list.** 

  1. Erotica - Madonna
  2. Glory Box - Portishead
  3. Amy, Amy, Amy - Amy Winehouse
  4. You Shook Me - BB King & Johnny Lee Hooker
  5. Crush - DMB
  6. Next Lifetime - Erykah Badu
  7. Ain't No Sunshine - Eva Cassidy
  8. Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin
  9. Justify My Love - Madonna
  10. I'll Take Care of You - Mark Lanegan
  11. The Girl from Ipanema - Nouvelle Vague
  12. Hearts and Bones - Paul Simon
  13. Sign Your Name - Sheryl Crow
  14. Can't Get You Out of My Mind - Sonya Kitchell
  15. All I Want is You - U2
  16. Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys
  17. I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen
  18. I've Got You Under My Skin - Diana Krall
  19. #41 - DMB
  20. Come Undone - Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

How about sharing your own mood music?  We could create a master play list which just may come in handy someday...

*Not of me, obviously, but feel free to try your luck with your current love interest.

** I originally thought a list of 10 would suffice, but I was wrong.


  1. Anything Al Green is missing from the list. A throwback for sure, but seductive nonetheless!

  2. Agree - Al Green's "Call Me". Also Boz Scaggs "Harbor Lights", Beatles, "In My Life". Don't get me started!

  3. @Anon - Good call on the Al Green!

    @LFox - I was considering a Beatles addition, but that song didn't occur to is a great song, for sure.

  4. the public enemy beat and madonna's vocals on justify my love do it for now what?

  5. "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner and "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak....sexaaaay!

  6. John Legend Save Room.

  7. Darling Nikki or When Doves Cry - Prince.

    Just...hello XD

  8. Sometimes words get in the way, so I like a sultry instrumental.
    Santana: "Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)"

    And sometimes we need those words, so we have Jeffrey Osborne to sing what's in our hearts. Check out these lyrics:
    I never knew that a touch
    Could mean
    So much
    What a difference
    And when we walk hand in hand
    I feel
    So real"

    And listen on LTD's 'Love Ballad.' MmmmHmmm.