Music can set the mood for seduction. If you desire to hear more sounds in your bedroom or hotel room than those of your own beating hearts and breathy sighs (or the neighbors fighting), these sexy and romantic CDs can put you in the mood and even orchestrate your lovemaking. If your home library doesn't contain the following timeless CDs, buy or download a copy. Since many resorts feature CD players and smartphone docks, why not fill the air with these no-fail tunes?
Moondance: Van Morrison
"It's a marvelous night for a moondance," croons the lyrical Irish poet — and you'll find yourselves in agreement after listening to this. In addition to the namesake song, this iconic album also includes the hit singles "Crazy Love," "Into the Mystic," "And it Stoned Me." It's available as an mp3 download, a CD, on vinyl and even on a cassette.
Number 1's by Marvin Gaye
Is "Sexual Healing" your theme song? This CD has it along with Gaye's inviting "Let's Get It On" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing." It also includes the heartfelt "You're All I Need to Get By," and "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You" duets with Tammi Terrell. Tragically, Marvin Gaye was murdered by his own father at the age of 45.
The CD title itself is an imperative; sung in Norah Jones' husky velvet voice, the songs within will transport you to a soothing, hypnotic and quite possibly erotic place where nothing exists but the two of you. In addition to mp3, CD, vinyl and cassette media, this album is also available for streaming for those who have Amazon Prime..
Otis Redding: The Definitive Soul Collection
Another brilliant singer who fans lost way too early, Otis Redding was just 26 years old when he died in a plane crash close to Madison, Wisconsin. Yet his work has endured for generations. Whenever the Memphis man sings "Try a Little Tenderness," there's just no arguing with the logic or that of his "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)." This boxed set contains his entire oeuvre.
Je Pense a Toi: Amadou et Mariam
Sung in French, with a world beat, this collection by Grammy Award-nominated singers Amadou and Mariam from the French Republic of Mali in West Africa is engaging, disorienting, and just the thing to furnish your trip with a soundtrack that can transport you far away from home.
Romanza: Andrea Bocelli
If your taste leans toward full-throated tenors, let your spirits soar with the music of this passionate Italian. The soaring appeal of his "Con Te Partiro" is universal and has been integrated into many wedding celebrations.
Crossroads: Eric Clapton
What woman hasn't felt more beautiful and melted just a little bit inside after hearing the guitar master sing "Wonderful Tonight?" It's part of a four-box CDs that set also contains the hypnotic "Layla," "Wanna Make Love to You" and "After Midnight." Fans of vinyl and audio cassettes can also score a copy here.
Love Songs: Etta James
The pride of Chicago's Chess Records, Etta James' first incredible bars of "At Last" are guaranteed to start a fire. And later when James sings, "I want a Sunday kind of love, a love that will last past Saturday night," you'll be inspired to start a long-lasting relationship with this immortal diva.
The Ultimate Collection: Barry White
When White starts singing "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," hearts begin to melt. And when the Ultimate Seducer segues into "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" and "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More," the feelings are irresistible.
Leonard Cohen: Live in London
The thinking man's troubadour, Leonard Cohen began as a poet and if you want to get the most out of his longs, listen to the lyrics. Wise and plaintive, regretful and enigmatic, romantic and elegiac songs from the London performances include Dance Me to the End of Love, "Ain't No Cure for Love" and the classic "Ain't No Cure for Love." Cohen has some spectacular back up singers on this album, including Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, who have their own albums worth listening to.