Mad Innuendo, 2015 and Beyond | Playlist
Mad innuendo. 2015 and beyond. That’s about the size of this playlist, which finds artists showcasing their sexy sides… musically.
“Come closer, baby, slap me like that snare.” “Only bought this dress so you could take it off.” “I’m going blind from this sweet, sweet craving.” All of the aforementioned lyrics are perfect examples of sexual innuendo. Merriam-Webster defines innuendo itself as “an oblique allusion: hint, insinuation.” Basically, sexual innuendo suggests or hints at sex. The 16 songs that grace this play list all contain mad innuendo. Some go beyond the innuendo, bluntly referencing sex. So, fair warning, if you’re looking for a family-friendly, ‘vanilla’ playlist-evergreen, this ain’t the one. The key requirement for this list was that all songs hail from 2015 or beyond. Without further ado, here’s Mad Innuendo and Sex, 2015 and Beyond.
1. alt-J, “Hit Me Like That Snare”
Album: Relaxer, 2017
British alternative band Alt-J definitely have a sexual side, hence the kinky “Hit Me Like That Snare.” Yes, “Hit Me Like That Snare” is risqué, but the band deserves credit for its concept. Even so, chocked-full of energy and swagger, sex ‘dominates’ – no pun intended. On the first verse, Joe Newman sings:
“I’m f*cking loose, you’re gorgeous, I don’t care / Come closer, baby, slap me like that snare.”
Ultimately, the record is over the top. Even the suggestive moments are nasty to say the least. At the end, Newman continues to flex unapologetic lustfulness, bitingly singing:
“We are dangerous teenagers / We are dangerous teenagers / F*ck you, I’ll do what I want to do.”
Can you say oversexed? It should also be noted that another song their album, Relaxer, incorporates “making it do.” That would be “3WW.” However, “3WW” isn’t merely about the sex that takes place.
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2. Taylor Swift, “Dress”
Album: Reputation, 2017
Indeed, the old Taylor Swift is dead. Reputation finds Swift making lots of changes artistically. The album is clearly even more pop-centric than 1989 was. Furthermore, it’s bolder and darker, even finding Swift cursing – “shit!” But, she doesn’t drop the s-bomb on the song at hand, “Dress.” She insinuates another s-word though – sex. Yes, she gets sexy on “Dress,” asserting:
“Say my name and everything just stops / I don’t want you like a best friend / Only bought this dress so you could take it off / Take it off, o-o-off / Carve your name into my bedpost / ‘Cause I don’t want you like a best friend / Only bought this dress so you could take it off / Take it off, o-o-off.”
3. Liam Payne, “Strip That Down”
Album: Strip That Down – Single
Liam Payne has been part of ample innuendo throughout his career as a member of One Direction (“No Control” comes to mind) and as a solo artist. Payne released three singles as of publication time, all of which involved sex to some degree. For our purposes, we’ll highlight “Strip That Down,” his debut single where he’s assisted by Quavo. Backed by gangsta, urban-pop production, Payne refrains from cussing, but, he’s ‘not that innocent.’
“You know, I love it, when the music’s loud / But c’mon, strip that down for me, baby / Now there’s a lot of people in the crowd/ But only you can dance with me / So put your hands on my body / And swing that round for me, baby / You know I love it when the music’s loud / But c’mon, strip that down for me…”
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4. Rihanna, “Kiss It Better”
Album: Anti, 2016
“Been waitin’ on that sunshine.” “Kiss It Better” may sound like child’s play, but the song has nothing to do with a “boo-boo.” The omniscient-innuendo gods – or rather, the songwriters – weren’t writing an innocent pop song. “Boy, ya know that you always do it right” doesn’t reference morality, but rather the quality of the sex. Double entendre is amplified to the nth degree, causing every lyric to be read into. “Do” simply isn’t do anymore – it’s “doing it.”
“What are you willing to do? / Oh, tell me what you’re willing to do / (Kiss it, kiss it better, baby).”
Translation: sex, which is expanding more and more into a seven-letter word.
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