Study Shows That Music Is More Sexually Arousing Than Touch

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It seems that sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll really are inseparable–if you count the love chemicals pumping around in your brain as “drugs.” And you read that title right: people are generally more turned on by music than actual touch.

At least if it’s the right song. In a study commissioned by Spotify called the Science  Behind The Song, 2,000 British participants weighed in on what gets them hot and bothered and test subjects shockingly confessed that they are 40% more likely to be turned on by music than the touch of another human being.

What were some of the winners? Well, Queen‘s infamous song “Bohemian Rhapsody” was described by one-third of the participants as being “better than sex.” Popular songs include bombastic, highly-emotional tunes like “Sex On Fire” by Kings of Leon and “Angels by Robbie Williams.”  Other obvious foreplay hits: “Let’s Get It On” and “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye who offers up a “wide, dynamic range,” a “high chest voice” and “raspiness.”

Music psychologist Daniel Mullensiefen says that “it’s no surprise that so many respondents claimed to find music arousing in the bedroom” because music has the same sort of neural release as other pleasures and/or vices like food, drugs or sex.

Also not surprising; men are more flexible about their musical tastes so that they can make sure they have “greater success in the bedroom.”

Don’t worry though. Men and women do have one song that gets their libidos flowing: “‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.  Listen (and watch the steamy scene) again here.

But don’t blame us if you want to engage in some babymakin’ afterwards.


–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles

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