Good news boys! Girls go for soundtrack over a six pack in the bedroom, and Dirty Dancing tops the romance charts
07:18 GMT, 24 October 2012
What’s on your music playlist is as important as your physique when it comes to impressing a lover, with music able to be more arousing than touch.
We are just as likely to be turned on by the music we listen to during an intimate moment as by how our partner feels or smells, new research reveals.
In fact, a startling 1 in 3 of us can name a song we consider even ‘better than sex’, while 6 out of 10 believe music gets us in a better mood for sex.
Getting in the mood: Music can be more arousing than touch during intimate moments
The study, conducted at Goldsmiths University, London found that over 40 per cent of people say that listening to music is more arousing than touch during sex, with Dirty Dancing named the best soundtrack in the bedroom.
Lead researcher Dr Mllensiefen, senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths University said ‘This new research reveals that listening to music is now considered just as important in the bedroom as other more animalistic sensations such as sounds, touch and smells.
‘It demonstrates that the connection between intimacy with a partner and music is as strong as ever.’
It appears that the oldies are still the best, with Marvin Gaye, Serge Gainsbourg and Barry White voted top of the list of seduction tunes.
Marvin Gaye topped the list of seductive crooners with his classic hits ‘Sexual Healing’ and ‘Let’s Get It On’ taking both the first and second spot on the list of songs most likely to get those surveyed ‘in the mood.’
Lets get it on: Marvin Gaye was the artist who topped the list of songs to get people 'in the mood'
Queen also scored highly, with many of their songs being given the accolade of ‘better than sex’. Bohemian Rhapsody was the most popular, closely followed by and Don’t Stop Me Now, I Want to Break Free and Who Wants to Live Forever.
Bizarrely some respondents reported they would prefer Agadoo by Black Lace on their playlist than getting intimate with their partner.
More modern songs deemed to beat time under the sheets were Angels by Robbie Williams and Sex is on Fire by the Kings of Leon.
The top 20 tracks to play during sex:
Dirty Dancing- Anything From The Soundtrack Marvin Gaye- Sexual HealingRavel- BoleroBarry White- Anything Marvin Gate- Let`s Get It OnWhitney Houston- I will Always Love youBerlin- Take My Breath AwaySerge Gainsbourg- Je T`aimeAerosmith- Don`t Want To Miss A ThingGhost- Ghost Celine Dion- Titanic Kings Of Leon- Sex On FireRodgers & Hammerstein- Sounds Of MusicCeline Dionne- Titanic
Righteous Brothers- Unchained MelodyGrease- GreaseDonna Summer- I Feel Love Boys To Men- I`ll Make Love To You Lionel Richie–
AnythingNice Inch Nails–
Dr Mllensiefen commented: ‘The majority of the songs selected in this category possess similar epic qualities suggesting a greater emotional impact on the listener. The songs are typically longer in length with dramatic musicality.’
Dr Mllensiefen was commissioned by internet music provider Spotify to examine the longstanding relationship between music and romance to see if our tastes and listening habits had changed accordingly.
He said: ‘Music has long played a part in affairs of the heart – and the findings show that people will even change their usual listening tastes in order to seduce a prospective partner.
‘Men are more likely to bend their tastes to win over a lady, even those who listen to extreme genres such as punk or metal, will go for safer, more typically romantic songs to woo.’
Songs associated with passion tended to share similar traits of being relatively happy and low key, with movie theme tunes featuring heavily – suggesting the media helps shape our sense of romance.
Dr Mllensiefen observed: ‘Most people have a good knowledge of what songs represent romance – mostly from film and TV references – and then use this music to communicate implicitly their intentions in a romantic situation. Music is a very effective for communicating romantic intentions because it has such a great impact on human emotions.’