Is Good Music As Exciting As Good Sex?

Discovering a new favorite song is a great feeling…but is it as good as sex? Scientists at McGill University in Montreal think you may not be exaggerating when you describe the new Rihanna single as “orgasmic”—in fact, they’ve found that listening to music stimulates the same part of the brain as a night of lovin’.

Researchers had volunteers listen to 60 pieces of previously unheard music while undergoing fMRI (functional resonance imaging) and providing information on how much they would spend on each piece of music in an auction. So what’s that got to do with sex? Well, the more volunteers enjoyed the piece of music, the stronger the connections were in their reward region of the brain…the region that’s operated by dopamine, a chemical that promotes desire. The more they enjoyed the music and found it rewarding, the more they were willing to spend on it. It’s a similar reaction to the one that happens when people have emotional or sexual stimulus.

This particular study doesn’t talk about what might happen if one were to have sex while listening to good music, but it does remind us of research done last year that explored the link between music and seduction.

The study, commissioned by Spotify and focused on 2,000 participants in the UK, found that music playing in the background is 40% more likely to turn them on than the touch of their partner. The soundtrack that’s most likely to win points during the horizontal tango? The soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. And the tune that’s “better than sex,” according to one out of every three of the participants? Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Click on the next page to listen to 6 of the top-picked “sexiest” songs:

Top 3 Songs to Listen to While Doing it:

1. She’s Like the Wind – Patrick Swayze
2. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
3. Bolero  - Ravel

Top 3 Songs ‘Better Than Sex’:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
2. Sex on Fire – Sex on Fire
3. Angels – Robbie Williams

Do you agree with these picks? Tell us in the comment field what songs turn you on.

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Men and Sex
6 Foods to Eat for Better Sex


Loesje vB
Loesje Najoan2 years ago

I agree, good music uplifts the soul, but it's not as good as sex.

Alexandra Bruno
Alexandra Bruno2 years ago


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

I'm not biting.. maybe these people aren't having truly amazing sex ;) music IS phenomenal though

Siti R.
Siti R.3 years ago

not sure about it but i guess some music fill the gaps in our pleasure regions of the brain.

Ramesh B.
Past Member 3 years ago

well, it's all depend on the Music

Paul Girardin
Paul Girardin3 years ago


Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago


Anders Jonsson
Anders Jonsson3 years ago

Bolero would be a perfect "sex"song. It starts out slow and low key and goes out with a Bang. Sounds familiar?

Jane Barton
Jane Barton3 years ago

Music gives an emotional lift but nothing compares to the high of a big load of sperm, the tingly feeling and the mood elevation that lasts three days. I'm reading tons of Nazi propaganda that tries to convince ppl there are substitutes for sex. There are none. Sperm contains hormones that are absorbed into the female's bloodstream. Male hormones fight depression and cause joy and happiness in females. Music is nice but music, food or artificial drugs can't take the place of sex.

Ernie Miller
william Miller3 years ago

music makes everything better