Music videos have always straddled the line between selling the music or selling sex. The love scenes in some music videos are so steamy, so scintillating and so sexy that we’re not sure if we’re watching a music video–or a sex tape! But which are the hottest sex scenes in music video history? Let’s just say it’s a battle between making love on the beach, in a bathtub and in a plain old hotel room bed…
So how are we judging the hottest sex scenes in music video history? It has to be an actual love scene between at least two people (one of whom is the artist). We’ve got to see actual action! Oh, and even though some artists have pushed the envelope when it comes to explicit content, those sex scenes are meant to make the audience feel more discomfited than turned on. We’re looking for sexy, romantic love scenes here. Not just what’s most shocking.
Without further ado…the hottest love scenes in music video history:
10) Nicki Minaj (featuring Lil Wayne) – “High School”
Nicki Minaj caused shockwaves with her music video for “High School.” She wears one sexy and scandalous outfit after another, but the coup de grace is a steamy sex scene with Lil Wayne. The only reason that it ranks so low on our list is that the duo didn’t really have that much of a spark between them in the love scene. Nicki’s low-cut outfits seemed to be doing most of the work…
9) Kanye West – “Bound 2”
Kanye West decided to make the sex scene in “Bound 2” extra scandalous by bringing his own fiancée in to do it. Kim Kardashian’s appearance in “Bound 2” is both tawdry and titillating. Even though Kim Kardashian is one of the least private people on the planet, something about this sex scene seemed extra voyeuristic. That makes it hot, but the fact that the two are improbably doing the deed on a motorcycle is also silly, which undercuts the sexiness.
8) Justin Timberlake – “SexyBack”
Sure, Justin Timberlake might have had weirdly cold kitchen sex with Riley Keough in the recent video for “TKO,” but the love scene in “SexyBack” is where its at. The sex might be brief, but it’s also explosive. Timberlake is seen kissing, then wrestling, then rolling around in the sheets with a rival “spy” character in the music video–and we can’t get enough of it. It’s JT at his hottest.
7) Robin Thicke – “Love After War”
The video for Robin Thicke’s ode to make-up sex might be a string of long teases, but we’re not complaining. Thicke’s own wife, Paula Patton, appears in the video, which adds a layer of dirtiness to all of the kissing, groping and writhing around these two love birds do.
6) Lady Gaga – “Paparazzi”
It seems that you can’t get a Lady Gaga music video without some bit of controversy, nudity or allusion to sex. However, the sex was never steamier than in the music video for “Paparazzi.” The video opens with Gaga in bed with True Blood star Alexander Skarsgaard and while it gets weird, wacky and even disturbing, you can’t beat the hotness that is getting down with a handsome Swede.
5) Usher – “Trading Places”
Usher and his lover do more than just trade sexual positions in the video for “Trading Places.” They also do it on a chair…on the stairs…in a hall of mirrors…and on the bed. The only thing that would make it hotter is if they managed to do it on the ghost piano Usher plays throughout the video.
4) Enrique Iglesias – “Sad Eyes”
This video is full of steamy music video clichés: there are prostitutes, stripper poles, sex in a bathtub, topless men, booty shorts, and there’s even some “self love.” It’s a bit over the top, but how can you not be turned on by the scene where Iglesias and his lady are creating a tidal wave with their passion in the bathtub?
3) Chris Isaak – “Wicked Games”
When you say “sexy music video,” Chris Isaak’s iconic music video for “Wicked Games” is instantly going to come to mind. The video’s black and white filter, beach setting and quick cut editing have defined the “sexy music video” style. It also launched Helena Christensen as one of the biggest supermodels of the 1990s. If we have one complaint it’s that Christensen doesn’t seem that interested in Isaak? That’s the point of the song, but it does put a damper on the video’s otherwise volcanic sex appeal.
2) Madonna – “Justify My Love” (NSFW!)
Madonna has always pushed the envelope when it comes to depicting sex in pop music, but she outdid herself with the music video for “Justify My Love.” The video was banned from MTV after it premiered it 1990 and is very NSFW. What makes it miss the top spot? Well, probably because it’s so well done and so artistic that it feels a bit contrived.
1) Trey Songz – “I Invented Sex”
Trey Songz boasts in this song that his lovemaking is so good, “Girl, you gonna think I invented sex,” and well, the sex scene in this music video delivers. Instead of looking artsy or choreographed, the sex scene in this video looks natural and unstaged. Not to mention that it does look like Trey Songz really did exchange bodily fluids with the actress in the video. We’re pretty sure that they didn’t have sex in real life, but they make it look like they really wanted to once the cameras stopped rolling.
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