Warning: These songs may cause sexy time!
The 1970s ushered in an explosion of tunes that would collectively come to be referred to as “baby making music”. Although the act of making babies is not required, it’s fun to practice. Another term commonly used is “between the sheets”, which would suggest a bed being involved – also not required.
So I just called it sexy time.
Nine out of ten doctors recommend you listen to as many of these songs as possible, as often as possible, particularly when you’re alone with that special someone.
Several times a day if time allows.
“Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green
This was the first chart-topper for Al Green, reaching #1 in 1971 on both the Pop and R&B Top 40. In 2010, the Library of Congress added this tune to its official registry of songs that it deems “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant”. I think we can all find comfort in knowing that the U.S. government supports sexy time.
“Do Your Thing” by Isaac Hayes
The original Soul Man, Isaac Hayes is likely best remembered for voicing the character “Chef” in the animated show South Park, who was famous for randomly breaking out into sex-groovy songs. “Do Your Thing” is a funkalicious morsel of baby making magic. His bigger hit, “Shaft”, was less suggestive than its title.
“Use Me” by Bill Withers
In 1972, this Bill Withers hit spent ten weeks in the Pop Top 40, peaking at #2. With a unique theme and lyrics (“If it feels this good getting used you just keep on using me… Until you use me up.”), the context seems pretty clear, and an intriguing topic for a song. Musically, this track will funk your brains out.
“I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby” by Barry White
If baby making music had a King, it would most certainly be Barry White who had his Top 40 debut (#3 Pop and #1 R&B) with this tune, introducing the voice that makes, well… you know. Whether the funk and groove, or Barry’s opening words “Feels so good”, this song is dripping with everything sexy and sensual.
“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
Unlike the previous four tunes on this list, Marvin just comes right out and says “If you feel like I feel baby, c’mon, let’s get it on”. In 1973 this was a mega hit for an already mega Marvin, reaching #1 on both R&B and Pop charts. “Let’s Get It On” lasted a record seventeen weeks on the Top 40 chart. That’s a lot of sexy time.
“I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You” by Leon Haywood
One, two, three and to the four… Dr. Dre grabbed the sensual hook from this 1975 hit, but this is much more than a G thing. Marvin Gaye may have said “Let’s Get It On”, but Leon Haywood comes out and says he wants to do something freaky, backed by the sounds of female voices moaning in ecstasy behind a funked-up baby making beat.
“Love To Love You Baby” by Donna Summer
The first and only female artist on this list, and the undisputed Queen of the 1970s, Donna Summer’s “Love To Love You” combines a Barry White beat, the wah wah pedal guitar effect, the moans in ecstasy (compliments of Donna herself) all makes for a great female interpretation and perspective of baby making music.
“Strawberry Letter 23” by The Brothers Johnson
Producer/arranger Quincy Jones could very well have been stomping round the studio yelling “More wah wah!” during the recording session for this classic. “Strawberry Letter 23” is funkier than an unwashed armpit and everything parody and posterity want us to believe 70s porn music sounded like, only better. The Brothers took this Funk classic to #5 in 1977.
“Fantasy” by Earth, Wind and Fire
This song is epic baby making music, and if the Greek Gods Zeus and Athena were to make love on Mount Olympus, “Fantasy” would very likely be their anthem.
Earth, Wind and Fire were a colossal Funk/R&B band in the 1970s and 1980s, and their sexy time song is serious business. Unless you’ve got the stamina of the Gods themselves, you may want to steer clear of this one.
“Turn Off The Lights” by Teddy Pendegrass”
Just when you thought the baby making music couldn’t get more overt, here comes Teddy P. My first choice for Teddy’s baby maker was “Close The Door”, a #1 R&B hit from 1978, but what did he do after he closed the door? “Turn Off The Lights” was a #2 R&B hit the next year, and, wow. Teddy’s talking about taking showers together and hot oil rub downs.
Turn off them damn lights already!!
Hope you have immense amounts of fun listening to these tunes.
Now go on, get busy.
Sources: The Billboard Book of Top 40 [Pop] Hits and The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn and Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits by Fred Bronson.
Cutting Edge @ February 14, 2014