The 20 All-Time Best Lyrics About Sex

Last week, we ran a feature on some of the most ridiculous and cringe-inducing lyrics about sex that pop music has given us over the years. A couple of commenters asked whether we’d be running a similar feature about good lyrics on the same subject, and the answer is “yes, definitely,” and in the pursuit of egalitarianism, we have indeed gathered a list of some of our favorite lyrics about sex. To be clear — I’m not just talking about sexy songs here, although they certainly feature. There are also songs that address the deed in all its messy glory, from sex gone wrong and sex gone bad, to sex that ends up being hilarious — and sex that ends up going very well indeed.

Missy Elliott — Work It”

The relevant bit: “Call before you come, I need to shave my chocha/ You do or you don’t or you will or won’t you/ Go downtown and eat it like a vulture/ See my hips and my tips, don’t ya?/ See my ass and my lips, don’t ya?”

Beneath the braggadoccio, there’s something compellingly vulnerable about “Work It” — the mentions of “[losing] a few pounds… for ya” and the claim that “I’m not a prostitute but I could give you what you want.” And yet, it’s also sexy as hell. It’s sex in all its ambivalence, the sense that you’re opening and exposing yourself to someone, that you want to but you’re also aware that you’re making yourself vulnerable — even for someone as empowered and generally awesome as Missy.