50 Shades of Grey has become a literary phenomenon. The smoldering S&M fantasy book is just ripe for a playlist full of innuendo, dirty love songs, and tracks to make you get down. Way down. All the way down.
We’ve pulled together a video playlist of the best songs to listen to while you read (or re-enact scenes from the book), to hold you over until the movie comes out. Vote for your favorite at the bottom!
George Michael “Father Figure”
Let’s ease into this. Sort of like reading the books, you don’t know quite know where it’s going to go or what’s going to happen but if you set the tone correctly out of the gate, you can get the just of it.
Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”
A classic ode to unusual relationships. The sweet dreams Annie Lennox refers to are unspeakable fantasies.
Usher f/ will.i.am “OMG”
Usher knows, there are so many ways to love you. And he promises he can break you down. Sound familiar?
Goldfrapp “Ooh La La”
Allison Goldfrapp just needs some la, la, la, la, la, la, la. Sounds like she’s got a lot in common with Anastasia.
If you’re not sure what to see in your mind’s eye when you read about the more S&M aspects presented in 50 Shades of Grey, then check out this music video. Rihanna may be bad, but she’s perfectly good at it.
Depeche Mode “Behind The Wheel”
With this dark view of a man who loves letting the woman be in control, Depeche Mode present you with an alternate universe take on the book’s narrative.
Kings of Leon “Sex On Fire”
Possibly one of the sexiest songs ever. And it’s on author E.L. James’ official soundtrack for the book.
Roxy Music “Love Is The Drug”
Glam rock never felt so sexy as when Roxy Music did it. When Bryan Ferry sings about needing his hit of love, you want to give it up.
Much like Christian Grey, D’Angelo is curious. He wants to know how it feels. How’s a lady to respond?
The xx “Islands”
A twilight song about falling in love and giving yourself over, completely.
Sade “No Ordinary Love”
Ana and Christian certainly don’t have an ordinary love.
Back before Rihanna was showing you S&M, Madonna was getting banned from TV for it. Her steamy romps in this video certainly rival the romance in 50 Shades.
Sarah McLachlan “Possession”
The song of a woman lost and yearning. Demanding satisfaction. It’s all here, in a very innocent sounding package. McLachlan originally crafted the song after an uncomfortable brush with a stalker.
Chris Isaak “Wicked Game”
A classic hopeless love song about being tragically devoted to something that you know will end horribly. But self-control is out the window.