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Getting it on with sexy songs

Music may help block out distractions, set mood; R&B, Usher, Bruno Mars all good way to start off

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Listening to some fresh jams can aid in maintaining a vibe, no matter what preferences a person has.

Listening to some fresh jams can aid in maintaining a vibe, no matter what preferences a person has.

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Listening to some fresh jams can aid in maintaining a vibe, no matter what preferences a person has.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen columnist

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Usher’s “That’s What It’s Made For” and Ginuwine’s “Pony” both have something in common. If you have not guessed it already, that thing is sex.

As a person who indulges her­self in a lot of contemporary R&B, it is not uncommon for SoMo’s “Ride” or Bruno Mars’ “Versace On The Floor” to find its way in my playlist radio.

It is safe to say music can affect a person’s mood with just a flick of a switch. Upbeat songs gener­ally get people pumped and slow-paced songs let people unwind and relax.

Sexual songs, on the other hand, have their own time and place.

Tons of movies have a sex scene in one way or another. When that scene eventually appears, it usually has a song paired to it.

A prime example of this is “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which involved The Weeknd’s “Earned It.” Another example is the 1986 film “Top Gun,” which featured “Take My Breath Away” from Berlin.

“Music in any situation is going to improve the atmosphere,” KZUU DJ Cameron Sheppard said.

Sex playlists are based on a person’s preference, Sheppard said. R&B is something he would consider the right vibe.

“If you’re into it,” he said, “you’re into it.”

Anawae Lippincott, KZUU co-general manager, said sex playlists can be a distraction depending on what the partners are listening to.

Sex playlists are a good way to start a conversation that might not directly relate to sex, KZUU Music Director Shane Mulligan said. It might also help a person give their full, undivided attention during sex.

“If there’s like a f-ck ton of stuff going on in the background,” Mulligan said, “it might be good to drown all that other stuff out so you can focus a little bit.”

He said he would not prefer to listen to heavy metal music during sex. Lippincott, on the other hand, considers Usher a good addition to a sex playlist.

“I’m an R&B guy,” Sheppard said. “That is sex music.”

Mulligan said Tame Impala’s album “Currents” might not nec­essarily be used during sex, but for “gettin’ down.”

“I guess I could see it,” Sheppard said in response to Mulligan.

Lippincott said she prefers something “cutesy indie” from artists like Father John Misty if she really likes the person, but not in a freaky way with Usher’s type of music.

People may have different per­ceptions when it comes to playing music during sex and that is OK. Sex playlists are definitely some­thing worth sex-perimenting with if you want to — as Marvin Gaye would say — “get it on” with your partner.

About the Writer
ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

Angelica is a sophomore Journalism and Media Production major from Hawaii.

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