With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s no doubt everyone is itching to get in the mood. Therefore, Street has compiled a list of killer tunes to make your special night—with your lover, your Valentine, or a fun, flirty new stranger you met off Tinder—go exactly as planned. On this list, you’ll find fast songs, slow songs, and of course, sensual ones. We have hooked you up with nearly two hours worth of music, but if you’re looking for a quick in and out, read on for Street’s top five picks.
1. “Pyramids” by Frank Ocean
There’s so much to say about Frank Ocean’s intense ten minute mini novella; it really deserves its own article. For now, though, Street will sum this song up for you as a passionate, enduring ode to Ocean’s lover “Cleopatra.” If you’re looking for a song about intimacy and connection, “Pyramids” is it.
2. “Blow” by Beyoncé
Beyoncé’s “Blow” is hot, heavy, and breathless. Dripping with sensuality, the song practically steams up any room. Its relentless beat feels physical and visceral, and the tune brings the listener along for the ride.
3. “Ball and Biscuit” by The White Stripes
There’s this odd consensus in music that genres like R&B and hip–hop are the most sensual. The White Stripes proves this dead wrong and shows us just how sexy barebones rock 'n roll can be. The tune slinks and crawls into your body, igniting that raw, primitive instinct inside us all.
4. "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" by D’Angelo
D’Angelo’s soft croon asks, “How does it feel?” As listeners, we want to respond, “Amazing!” D’Angelo sings about sweet, quiet intimacy. He shows us a love that is tender and effortless and hit repeat.
5. “Dive” by Usher
Usher sings about taking risks. It might be scary or intimidating to let yourself be at your most vulnerable, but Usher preaches that openness and honesty will pay off. And we believe him.
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