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Prince has long been the master of musical sexual innuendo. While he could be accused of occasionally going over-the-top (see 'Cream'), this excitable number from 1982 documents a fella driven to near combustion by his desire for his gal: "My temperature's runnin' hot/baby U got 2 stop." In fact, you could keep things toasty just by setting your iPod to Prince songs all night. Just don't play '1999' or you'll wanna head out -- in which case you should check out our other New Year's Eve Playlist: 'Party Rock Anthems That Aren't Party Rock Anthem.'
They may be three baby-faced siblings from Waterloo, Ontario, but buzzy electronic act Kidstreet know how to make some seriously sexy music. In the appropriately titled 'X,' vocalist Edna Snyder coos naughty yearnings over repetitive synths: "We can do this all night long, I want you so bad it's wrong." It's sweet and sultry at the same time.
Gross Magic, 'Sweetest Touch'
Sounds like someone's been listening to his early '90s grunge on repeat in a hazy basement. Gross Magic, the solo project of one Sam McGarrigle of Brighton, UK, features crunchy guitars and wistful vocals that evoke Smashing Pumpkins circa 'Today.' The lyrics are achingly sincere, as McGarrigle expresses the thrill of being with the object of his affection: "The sweetest touch, and it's all too much."
Kylie Minogue, 'Red-Blooded Woman'
Australia's pop temptress knows her way around a flirtatious lyric, but this tune spells out her libidinous intentions in no uncertain terms. Kylie takes the bull by the horns and lets him know she's feeling amorous: "Don't wanna keep turning it down, when this girl wants to rock with you." There's also a damn hot video attached, especially if you're into girl-on-car action.
Marvin Gaye, 'Let's Get It On'
Yes, this classic Motown hit has been used in way too many commercials and cheesy romcoms, but it remains R&B's greatest come-on. Marvin Gaye's earnest entreaties still have seductive power as he croons, "I ain't gonna worry, I ain't gonna push, so come on come on come on baby, stop beatin round the bush." When subtlety just seems like a cop-out, take Marvin's direct approach -- it works like a charm.
Jesus and Mary Chain, 'Head On'
While you wouldn't exactly call surly Scots Jim and William Reid unabashed romantics, 'Head On' comes off as an almost ecstatic expression of new love. (That is if it's not about drugs, mind you.) "As soon as I get my head round you, I come around catching sparks off you," sings the J&M Chain, paying tribute to the pleasures of strong chemistry.
Aaliyah, 'Rock the Boat'
Aaliyah was the pop world's Caribbean girlfriend long before Rihanna came on the scene. With rhythmic snaps and the tst-tst-tst of the hi-hat, 'Rock the Boat' is a steamy underscore to the brunette beauty's come-hither vocals. Aaliyah floats an effective metaphor for getting busy ("Boy, let's take this overboard now") and hammers the point home in a music video full of undulating hips and sun-drenched sensuality.
Bruce Springsteen, 'I'm On Fire'
A classic expression of unrequited desire, Bruce struggles to keep the lid on his urges as he dreams about winning the object of his affection from her beau: "Tell me now baby is he good to you? Does he do to you the things that I do?" Bruce plays a grease monkey in the video, lusting after the rich lady who brings her car in and proving that anticipation rocks.
Jose Gonzalez, 'Heartbeats'
Sensitive Swedish folkie Jose Gonzalez knows his way around a beautiful song ('Crosses,' 'Hand on Your Heart'), but this cover of the Knife's 'Heartbeats,' done simply with acoustic guitar and Gonzalez's dulcet tones, is supremely sweet and wistful. It's the perfect accompaniment to a chilly winter's night, a warm blanket and a meeting of the minds underneath the covers.
Peaches, 'AA XXX '
Enough of that mushy stuff -- if you're looking for something a little more to-the-point this New Year's Eve, Peaches won't steer you wrong. The Canadian electro champ makes her intentions clear with this raunchy little ditty: "I like the innocent type, deer in the headlight, rocking me all night, flexing his might." Not a great choice for the faint of heart, though, as it's a song that leaves little unsaid.
Daft Punk, 'Digital Love'
Ah, robot amoure. French duo Daft Punk present a spaceman looking for some long-distance love in this peppy dance tune: "Ooh I don't know what to do, about this dream and you, I wish this dream comes true." The video features a couple of space-age paramours from an obscure animated film, proving that even light years can't tame an ardent heart.