Spotlight: Creating a Playlist You Can Play to

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Creating a Playlist You Can Play to

We listen to music for all kinds of reasons. There are playlists to help keep you going when working out and playlists to keep you focused when you are hitting the books. You can make a playlist for that perfect preparty with friends, or one to help you get over a breakup. But while it's relatively easy to find variations of the previously mentioned lists, there's one kind of playlist that's usually kept a little closer to the chest—the sex playlist. It's a personal choice, and perhaps that's why it's not talked about as much as others, but if you're looking for a little insight on how to make your own, not to worry, we've got you covered.

Last August, Billboard, a key source for music news, released the "Top Sex Songs Playlist: What the World Listens to When Feeling Sexy." The list was created "by canvassing Spotify's 1.1 billion playlists across 40 million users for instances of "sex" and "sexy" in the playlist title over the course of two weeks." Top songs included such titles as "Night Like This" by LP, and "Let's Get Started" by Dylan Gardner. "Intro" by The xx received the coveted number-one spot.

Glamour then responded to the list with their own interpretation, using some of the mentioned songs from Billboard and a few suggestions from other staff members. They also listed "Intro" as the number-one sex playlist song, with tracks from artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Coldplay peppered into the top spots.

If you're looking for a starter's guide for your own list, together the two sources provide a good mix of modern and classic songs that are sure to help you set the mood.

However, if you've gotten this far, you may be thinking something along the lines of, "The playlist sounds okay and all but does music really matter in the bedroom?" Or maybe, "Do I really need a theme song for my bedroom theatrics?"

In a word, yes. According to the Sex, Drugs & Rock N' Roll infographic from Adam and Eve, if you're not playing music in the bedroom, you definitely should be. Why? Because 52 percent of survey responders said they liked to have sex while playing music because it helps set the scene for their intimate endeavors. On the other hand, 12 percent said they like to play music because it puts them in the mood—i.e. it's a great form of foreplay. In fact, "More than 40 percent of survey respondents reported that music played while making love is more arousing than their partner's physical touch."

Now that you have an idea on where to get started, you can tweak the two playlists to fit your own interests, or better yet, fit your partner's interests. Use a mix of the songs mentioned, sprinkle in a few ideas of your own, and see where the night takes you.

Never underestimate the power of the playlist!