Top 10 Mood-Setting Songs

By Patrick Doss

Seeing that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, you might just be looking for a steamy playlist to share with your significant other during this warm holiday. In the midst of the freezing temperatures of February, I certainly have you covered! These ten songs are my absolute favorites, and I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do!

10. Coming in at number ten on the list is the classic love ballad “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in September of 1998, and in terms of setting the mood this song is perfect. Is it incredibly cheesy? Yes. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not!
9. Next on the list, is the 2002 Norah Jones masterpiece, “Don’t Know Why”. While this isn’t exactly the greatest mood setting song on the list (Hence the #9 ranking), it is still a wonderfully romantic track. The soothing voice of Jones is accompanied by wonderful guitar and piano performances.
8. “L-O-V-E” is by far one of the greatest love songs of all time. It is sung by a man (Nat King Cole) who is widely revered as one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century, and for the majority of us born in the 1990’s, this song is a constant reminder of the spectacular 1998 Disney film The Parent Trap. (You know, before Lindsey Lohan went bananas)
7. “The Luckiest” is certainly one of the most romantic songs ever written, and the soft vocals of Ben Folds makes it all the more enjoyable. While it is far from being an edgy mood-setter like many of the tracks on this list, its still a very nice song. The accompanying piano play is also absolutely wonderful.
6. Number 6 on the list certainly marks a point where we start getting to the excessively steamy love songs. The king of sexy R&B will always be Marvin Gaye, and his 1982 classic “Sexual Healing”, is an absolute must have on any mood setting playlist.

5. How could we possible have a list of mood-setting songs and leave out arguably the greatest Spanish singer of the late twentieth, and early twenty-first centuries? “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias might just be the cheesiest love song of all time, but when it comes to be a great romantic mood-setter, it is quite spectacular.
4. While Marvin Gaye might be the kind of sexy R&B, Barry White most certainly holds the honor of being the man with the sexiest voice of the twentieth century. His 1974 masterpiece “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” is certainly one of the smoothest love songs of all time, and in terms of being able to set the mood, this song is one of the best.
3.  While the genres of soft rock and R&B tend to produce the most love songs, every so often, rock produces a love ballad capable of setting the mood. That is most definitely the case with the 1975 Bad Company track “Feel Like Makin’ Love”. The song is rather straightforward with its message, but that certainly is not a bad thing.
2. What song sold over one million copies in the United States, and topped the Billboard Hot 100 from April 9th through May 7th of 1994? If you guessed R. Kelly‘s absolutely flawless R&B track “Bump n’ Grind”, you are correct. With appearances all over pop culture, including uses in the films Without a Paddle, Project X, and American Reunion, “Bump n’ Grind” has certainly become an icon in the mood-setting genre.
1. There is almost no need to make an argument for this unbelievably perfect mood-setter. “Let’s Get it On” has been the greatest and sexiest love song since its release in 1973. Marvin Gaye is an absolute legend, and the song added to his reputation of being one of the edgiest entertainers of the 1970s. It is quite difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard the all too familiar beginning of the track. Until the next great mood-setter is written, “Let’s Get it On” will always remain number one in my book.