A new study into music and our listening habits reveals the surprising extent that music plays in our sex lives. According to the research of Dr. Daniel Mullensiefen, a music psychologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, over 40 percent of respondents said that the music they listened to during sex was more likely to have turned them on than the touch or feel of their partner.
Dr Müllensiefen told Spotify, who commissioned the study, “It is no surprise that so many respondents claimed to find music arousing in the bedroom. From neuro-scientific research we know that music can activate the same pleasure centres of the brain that also respond to much less abstract rewards such as food, drugs or indeed sex.”
The study surveyed 2,000 people between the ages of 18 and 91 with a roughly equal gender split.
The research also reveals the “top 20 songs” for when you want to set the mood, when you want to flirt on the dance floor, and when you hit the sheets. Unsurprisingly, Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and “Let’s Get It On” topped the list in the first category.
As for what to listen to while doing the deed? The Dirty Dancing soundtrack took the number one spot for both men and women, while the rest of the list included some surprises: Ravel’s “Bolero,” Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” and the Star Wars soundtrack. I personally shudder at the thought of “Mamma Mia,” but the Star Wars soundtrack makes some sense.
In case you’re hopelessly single, they also quizzed respondents on the songs they found to be “better than sex.” Apparently anything by Queen is pretty awesome, especially “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the number one better-than-the-dirty song.
Spotify has put this new knowledge to good use, creating a series of relevant playlists for the most intimate of moments. Try them out, and let us know how it goes (or, ew, don’t).