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When You're at Singles Yoga...

Last spring, I went to a singles yoga class with my roommate. Singles yoga? Yes, singles yoga. It was my friend’s idea; she thought the male teacher was hot and convinced me to come along. But before we left the house, she said, “Wait, Smiley, you can’t wear shorts to a singles yoga class — there’s going to be cute single girls there. You have to wear something nice.” “Wear something nice?” I said. “This is my yoga outfit: t-shirt and basketball shorts. I don’t own those spandex half-pants" — (do guys really feel comfortable in downward dog with their junk just hanging there?) — "so what am I supposed to wear?”

After she approved my wardrobe choice of Adidas track pants and a black v-neck, we walked over with our mats, and at the start of the class, the teacher said, “Welcome, let’s all take a deep breath. Open your eyes, take a look around the room. Everyone is single here, notice the others in the room. Now close your eyes, and take another deep breath.”

After 45 minutes of awkwardness, including when Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” played during the first vinyasa, the teacher had us move our mats so we were sitting in a circle. Then he asked us, one by one, to say our favorite song to make out to. A couple girls said Bon Iver. One girl said Dave Matthews Band. One guy said Coldplay. Another dude said Tool. Tool? Seriously man? Wow. One girl said Beach House — I (tried) to get her number after class. 

It’s funny, because I think about what music to make out to all the time — more often, oddly enough, than I think about actually meeting girls to make out with — but something about being in a yoga studio with strangers and thinking about sex made me freeze. It’s precisely what I usually try my hardest to not do in a yoga class. When it was my turn, I blanked, and finally mumbled, “Stevie Wonder.” There’s obviously nothing wrong with Stevie, but after I said it, I started freaking out, wondering if the Beach House girl thought I was referring to “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” which is way too romantic for a “Hey — I just did shavasana with you — and this is crazy — but here’s my number” situation.

So, to prepare myself for the next time I find myself in singles yoga and needing to impress the cute girl sitting across from me, I came up with a playlist of 21 Songs to Make Out To, with the guidance of my wonderful roommate Paloma. Enjoy.

21 Songs to Make Out To, by Paloma & Smiley

1. Massive Attack — Teardrop
2. Thievery Corporation — Until The Morning
3. Air — La Femme d’Argent
4. Portishead — Glory Box
5. Handsome Boy Modeling School feat. Cat Power — I’ve Been Thinking
6. Gotan Project — Chunga’s Revenge
7. Beach House — Wild
8. The xx — Chained
9. Bonobo — Sleepy Seven
10. Major Lazer feat. Amber Dawn Coffman — Get Free
11. Erykah Badu — Certainly
12. D’angelo — Untitled
13. Frank Ocean — Thinkin Bout You
14. Dead Prez — Mind Sex
15. Solange — Losing You
16. Poliça — I See My Mother
17. Fiona Apple — Sullen Girl
18. Otis Redding — I’ve Got Dreams To Remember
19. Cowboy Junkies — Sweet Jane (cover)
20. College and Electric Youth — A Real Hero
21. Radiohead — Nude / All I Need (tie)

(Listen to the full playlist on Spotify)

 

Previously: Stuffing, Pastrami, and Chopped Liver

Related: The Worst Makeout Mixtape Ever

Smiley Poswolsky is also on Twitter

215 Comments / Post A Comment

Anne Helen Petersen

I endorse this list but the best Fiona Apple make-out song is clearly "First Taste."

nonvolleyball

@Anne Helen Petersen or Criminal, if you're a bad, bad girl.

Vabulous

Isn't that Fiona Apple song the one about her rape? Yikes Bikes. Agree with the other commentator that "First Taste" is the right choice.

Mariajoseh

@Vabulous yes! and Hot Knife and Anything we want, from her new album

Beatrix Kiddo

@Vabulous Yeah, I'd even go so far as to say most Fiona Apple songs are sexier than Sullen Girl.

oxla?

AAA. Luciano Michelini—Theme to "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

gobblegirl

@oxla? "I like to think about Larry David while frenching" - oxla, 2013

oxla?

@gobblegirl wait. you don't? @.@

emraye

I totally endorse Chained by The xx

evil melis

SMILEY you realize everyone is just gonna start shipping you and Paloma in the comments, right?

evil melis

just make out with herrrr

evil melis

did you even SEE this week's New Girl, it's all in there

beams!

@evil melis it worked for me! roommate boyfriends are the best.

Reginal T. Squirge

Ohmygod that scene where fucking Zooey Deschanel is bored and keeps coming up with these zany things to do to pass the time. Just. Ugh. Fucking read a book or go to sleep or kill yourself or something.

evil melis

@Reginal T. Squirge Here we firmly and permanently part ways.

Reginal T. Squirge

Oh, nooooooooooooo!

Now I've gone and done it.

Bittersweet

@evil melis Is Zooey the new Kristen Stewart?

Saaoirse

@evil melis It was pretty much a step-by-step guide for making out this week. Actually that's kind of the function of sitcoms about attractive young people generally, but this week's New Girl was the first time I wanted to take notes.

lasso tabasco

@Reginal T. Squirge don't hate on Jess! New Girl. Foreva.

Reginal T. Squirge

I watch for Cece. Cece all day.

mixed emoticons

@Reginal T. Squirge i love 'new girl' but the zany ways to kill time scene was straight-up creepy. jess is not five years old. please stop infantilizing wimyn, hollywood/tv!

Reginal T. Squirge

You just had to put that Frank Ocean song on there, didn't you?

Onymous

Conveniently Dan The Automator has already produced Nathaniel Merriweather Presents... Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By

solving the question in one fell clearly named swoop.

whizz_dumb

@Onymous "To Catch a Thief" does things to me.

meaux

@Onymous. YES. That is all you need.

babs

@whizz_dumb That's the first song I ever stripped to.

Esther C. Werdiger

Ahh this is so funny. I just read the yoga teacher's instructions (second paragraph) aloud to my office (it's just me and the graphic designer today). Fun mix also. I will put it on when I next make out with someone, which LOOKS LIKE will be never. In the past, I have enjoyed making out to NPR's Fresh Air and Aziz Ansari's first record, though.

Pygmalion

@Esther C. Werdiger Wow I just imagined making out with the sound of Garrison Keillor's voice in the background and couldn't figure out if that'd feel very wrong or...strangely erotic?

Esther C. Werdiger

@Pygmalion
SPOILER ALERT it's the latter

Pygmalion

@Esther C. Werdiger @Ellie

Ok, I had a sneaking suspicion. I crack myself up when I think of all the strange things that have been on in the background during make out sessions. Bright Eyes? Mostly too depressing to be sexual. Fresh Prince of Bel Air reruns? Just laughed the whole time.

Esther C. Werdiger

@Pygmalion
And that movie, DISTRICT 9.

Pygmalion

@Esther C. Werdiger The Life Aquatic. Still wish I'd just watched the movie instead because Wes Anderson > high school boyfriend.

Ellie

@Pygmalion @Esther C. Werdiger I've had sex with Charlie Rose and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me on. I love Wait Wait Don't Tell Me but they were both incidental. I listen to NPR literally the entire time I'm in my bedroom so, if I don't actively turn the radio off . . .

plumb-bob

@Esther C. Werdiger One flew over the cuckoo's nest. I picked this as a first date DVD once (?!) because I hadn't seen it. Turns out is wasn't such a terrible date movie choice because now we are married, but I still haven't really 'seen' it, ifyaknowwhatimean ;-)

Slutface

I DONT NEED NO DAMN SOUNDTRACK

iceberg

@Slutface no, because you have that gloriously slutty face, darling.

cminor

@Slutface I don't need one but like one for a bit of sound barrier. Last night however I was told by my makeout partner it was distracting. (?!)
More distracting than hearing my roommate shuffle around in her house slippers?

iceberg

Just put Glory Box on repeat, forget everything else, I will totally make out with you.

Pretty sure my husband won't mind.

Ellie

@iceberg Glory Box is the sexiest fucking song in the world. Also the entire rest of the album. I honestly think it's so sexy that it's, like, too much to actually play while hooking up. Like the universe would implode or something. "Too suitable!"

Heat Signature

@iceberg I feel like I'm missing something, because Portishead depresses the fuck outta me. Maybe because I associate it with the severe clinical depression I was in when I listened to that album constantly? Nah.

thisisunclear

I am going to listen to this list (ALONE!) but I am still hiding under my desk totally embarrassed by the idea of "singles yoga."

Ophelia

@thisisunclear Right? That is the most horrifying thing I can think of. Flub in tight shirts! Farting! Awkward positions/faces/trying to breathe while contorted!

Briony Fields

@thisisunclear Seriously! And the instructor's commentary? Like, "Take a deep breath. Relax. Stretch your legs out in front of you. EVERYONE HERE IS SINGLE." crinnnnnge!

Roxanne Rholes

@thisisunclear I can't even handle the idea of bringing my boyfriend to class with me. I mean....I'm sure that to him it sounds like a great excuse to check out the full extent of my flexibility, but...no, not sexy. Not at all.

itiresias

@Briony Fields Close your eyes. Find your strength. Eliminate the world, and the pressures of your day, and know that within yourself you can always achieve peace. Also, everyone else in the room has already harshly judged you and any move you make could positively or negatively influence how they treat you after class. Don't open your eyes and peek around. They all are. Breathe.

thisisunclear

@Roxanne Rholes I only got to yoga with strangers. Non-sexy strangers.

aphrabean

@Ophelia HONESTLY. Horrifying.

Lily Rowan

@thisisunclear Seriously. What a nightmare! I mean, I like going to yoga, but I am Not Cute at yoga.

Beatrix Kiddo

@thisisunclear Yeah, the concept of Singles Yoga freaks me out completely. The whole point is to focus inward and forget about everyone around you!

thisisunclear

@Beatrix Kiddo And of course today my afternoon yoga class was canceled. Maybe I should just go find someone to make out with.

Faintly Macabre

@Briony Fields "Don't worry, ladies, we know none of you have shaved your legs in months."

sox
sox

@Faintly Macabre A MONTH. ONE. Jesus. I'd do it tonight but I have to wash my hair and somehow I can't manage to do both before the hot water runs out.

Minx Whatmore

@thisisunclear At first I was like hey not sure if I would be into that, but I'm all for more singles events! And then I got to the bit where the teacher reminded everyone about being single and then made everyone list songs and in my mind I was screaming and running out the door. Dear God. Yoga is where you go to relax, not to ... god.

teaandcakeordeath

@Minx Whatmore
Oh god on the spot questions, the answer to which might be something other people then use to define you as a person and as a partner sounds like the worst strategy ever! Why cant they just not mention anything?

Anne Helen Petersen

Also that Handsome Boy Modeling School/Cat Power track is criminally underplayed. SO GOOD.

leonstj

@Anne Helen Petersen - A billion times yes.

cesca

@Anne Helen Petersen OMFG that track. I nearly died from the sexy. Can any wise 'pinners recommend me more in the same vein while I'm out finding someone to make out to it with?

leonstj

@cesca - You may also like "The Truth" from the first Handsome Boy album. WARNING: Despite these two songs, almost all of the rest of Handsome Boy, especially the first album, is TERRIBLE make-out music.

remargaret

@leon s If it weren't for handsome-ah boy modeling school... I'd still have fifty dollars.

Smiley@twitter

@Anne Helen Petersen yes!

BoozinSusan

@Anne Helen Petersen That song is bringing back SUCH strong memories of a college boyfriend who introduced me to it. It is sex personified (musicified?).

fondue with cheddar

I wholeheartedly second "La Femme d'Argent".

A friend of mine once told me, while "Glory Box" was playing, that the song always made her think about me, and then proceeded to close her eyes and subtly but suggestively dance in her seat through the entire song. This was after she got married, which meant girly makeouts were no longer on the table. TORTURE.

What movie prominently featured "Dreams to Remember"? Was it that weird dream movie with the Coreys?

iceberg

@fondue with cheddar Boooooooooooooo to your friend!

fondue with cheddar

@iceberg I know! I don't think the dancing was to tease me, though. I honestly think she was just enjoying the fantasy in her own head. I'd made out with her many times before but it had been a few years. :(

rocknrollunicorn

@fondue with cheddar Google tells me it was "Dream a Little Dream." I think one of the Coreys and his girlfriend switch lives with an old couple or something, if I remember right.

BUT when you wrote that, I had my Otis Redding confused (as happens) and I remembered this scene I saw on cable once -- never saw the whole movie -- with Andrew McCarthy and, it turns out, Mary Suart Masterson, and I found it all very touching at the time, so here it is http://worldwideinterweb.com/photos/item/1733-the-50-most-awkward-pregnancy-portraits-ever.html

fondue with cheddar

@rocknrollunicorn That's it! And it had Meredith Salenger! I totally wanted to be her. And yeah, "Dreams to Remember" was in it.

Is that the one that had the awkward Michael Jackson dance scene?

fondue with cheddar

Oh, and ever since reading that song title I've got that and "Stay" by Belly flipping back and forth in my head (they're pretty similar).

Slapfight

@fondue with cheddar Oh it is indeed. Corey Feldman's beloved Michael Jackson drag impersonator phase. So delightfully cringe-worthy.

cherrispryte

I've never made out with someone to music, unless it was whatever music was playing at whatever bar/club/alleyway I had met my makeout partner in.

Is this a thing people do?

AmandathePanda

@cherrispryte Seconded. It seems like it is, though?

martinipie

@cherrispryte I mean, I'm not going to interrupt any making out to put on music, but if I've got a gent over and we're hangin out and it will soon turn into mackin', I like to put on sultry jamz...

Sharone

@cherrispryte It's a thing! I'm with @martinipie. I have some go-to playlists when I want to set the mood.

thisisunclear

@cherrispryte I feel like this happened much more in my twenties. Early twenties.

Ophelia

@cherrispryte Eh, a little, I guess? My music collection is not this cool, but if you want to make out to Bob Seger, then I'm your gal.

wee_ramekin

@Sharone@twitter It is totally a thing!

I have a "Sex" playlist in my iTunes. For sex.

meetapossum

@cherrispryte I can't really make out to music because I always get distracted. "No, seriously, listen to these lyrics!"

Briony Fields

@cherrispryte I have happened to make out while random music was playing, but I've never specifically chosen anything to make out to. Sounds fun, though. I might invite my boyfriend over for some soundtracked smooching and see if it enhances the mood or whatever.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@meetapossum That's my problem too. "What the hell is Imogen saying right there? Seriously, it's been driving me crazy because we've been naked for, like, three rotations of this playlist and I'm dreading this song because I can't understand her."

PatatasBravas

@meetapossum Not even to Bon Iver?

:)

Living My Best Life Far Away from the Hairpin!

@cherrispryte It's definitely not a thing I do! I am cringing at the mere thought of consciously soundtracking any sort of intimate activity, but by this thread (and post) it seems like I'm in the minority...

Bittersweet

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose This is why Cocteau Twins is our preferred music for fun-times, because understanding Elizabeth Fraser isn't the point. And also, because we're old.

meetapossum

@PatatasBravas That Tumblr still kills me every time.

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose "Paul Simon is, like, such a poet! Have you heard 'Kathy's Song'? It's the greatest love song of all time." Interject with me singing.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@wee_ramekin
Yeah, I kind of assumed everyone did? Guess not!

Also, make sure to add Portishead's "The Rip."

leonstj

@cherrispryte - It is totally the best. At the risk of revealing FAR TOO MUCH about myself...

I love playlists, and making them, and situationally appropriate music. But, I TOTALLY get that it's weird to be like "OH Wait, we're about to make out, let me change this playlist up!"

SO. What I do (Haha why am I admitting this?) is for parties and stuff where there will be crowds, I make playlists where the mood kind of ebbs and flows over time, and some 'branches'.

So like, there's the general "main part of the evening" fun. Then there's like "Dancey Music" which is a pretty broad mix, for coupley dancing, but all over the place. Like, from Madonna to R Kelly.

And IF it's a dancey, fun night, there are two more choices - slower, sexier mix, and sexy, upbeat, funky mix. Because, let's face it - some nights you want Sam & Otis and "Bump N Grind", and some nights you want fun, wild, hip-hop & funk.

I will go hide in shame of admitting all this now.

SarcasticFringehead

@leon s I actually kind of dream about being able to do this.

sox
sox

@SarcasticFringehead Doesn't everyone dream of being able to do this??

runner in the garden

what, none of you have roommates?

Killerpants

Singles yoga sounds like possibly the worst thing ever.

whizz_dumb

@Killerpants and if "Let's Get it On" started playing I'd be like, OH HELL NO, and get up and leave SO fast.

Sharone

@whizz_dumb I don't think I would have lasted past the telling people to look around and remember that everyone's all single.

lora.bee

@whizz_dumb I'VE BEEN SANCTIFIED

BosomBuddy

@Sharone@twitter I don't think I would have made it past this thing they call "yoga."

martinipie

this article is deeply relevant to my current interests (namely an absurdly attractive guy in my yoga class ugghahfhgbthfnsmeffhjwbw bkwg)

martinipie

@martinipie Also just gotta say...I don't think one needs to go to "singles yoga" to basically be going to singles yoga...

LeafySeaDragon

@martinipie i miss my old yoga class that had this GORGEOUS man that i liked to sit behind and secretly oogle. so, so pretty.

funfetti

I hope singles yoga is also hot yoga for all the pun possibilities.

Emby

@funfetti Oh yeah, that sounds HOT.

MaryAtChi

Great list, but I vote "Slow Like Honey" as the best Fiona makeout song.

AmandathePanda

There is such a thing as singles yoga? That sounds agonizing.

Jennifer Culp

I...have made out to Tool before.

Megasus

@Jennifer Culp I...probably have.

fondue with cheddar

@Megano! I almost definitely have.

Jennifer Culp

@Megano! I would probably still choose to make out to Pushit over Losing You, but I wouldn't open with that in a singles yoga class.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@Jennifer Culp
Not making-out-related, but I did once have a conversation (at church, even!) with a guy that involved me saying, "You took your mom to a Tool concert??!"

Blackwatch Plaid

@Jennifer Culp My first makeout with my manfriend was to the Aquabats. Specifically, "Pool Party". Awww yeaaah.

Megasus

Losing You is actually the WORST song to make out to, if you listen to the lyrics.

LeafySeaDragon

@Megano! i always listen to the lyrics. it's ruined many a catchy song for me.

hallelujah

D'Angelo is some pretty heavy artillery for making out. My pants would be off halfway through that song, tops. It's like magic.

Ellie

@hallelujah My experience bears this out - I had never heard D'Angelo before and then at a party my roommates had last month, some friend of theirs put it on during the post-party chilled out phase of the evening. So I had sex with him. I was pleased because I was hanging out in leggings, glasses, and a fifteen year old summer camp sweatshirt, and was just provided with sex without even having to leave the house or try to look extra hot. (It was actually kind of boring sex but technically worth the 2% effort to acquire?)

iceberg

@Ellie this is fantastic. YOU are fantastic.

hallelujah

@Ellie that is incredibly close to my own experiences with this song. Creepily close. We're like unintended but welcome D'Angelo hookup sisters.

Ellie

@iceberg Aw thanks! Yes, at least I got a good story out of it! @hallelujah - strange but also awesome!

Sharone

I really like most of this list, but I have to say...my ex-husband used to call the first song "Rectal Bleeding" because it was used during the opening credits for House, so when I hear it I collapse into giggles. Not prime makeout music for me, sadly. (On the other hand I AM still giggling...)

cosmia

I make out to Teardrop all the time, since Massive Attack is one of my boyfriend's favourite bands, but sometimes it makes me think of House and I start wondering about what objects in my daily life could potentially give me lupus.

Sharone

@cosmia YES. (did you see my comment above? All I can hear is my husband singing along, "It's time for rectal bleeding." There IS a preponderance of rectal bleeding on that show. It seems like the eventual outcome for every patient.)

martinipie

@cosmia or really, which objects could give you symptoms that LOOK like lupus, but are revealed to NOT be lupus in the last 10 minutes.

whizz_dumb

Devotion is my favorite Beach House album.

simmsimma

Poliça!!! Yes!!! We saw her at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland without knowing who she was, and she has been on constant rotation ever since. Cue making out ad nauseam. (Yes, 'infinitum' would also have worked, but 'nauseam' felt more evocative.) Seriously, Smiley this list is great and we would totally triple make out with you any time.

wee_ramekin

@simmsimma "...but 'nauseam' felt more evocative..."

'Evocative' is the opposite of what 'nauseam' makes me feel. But to each her own!

wee_ramekin

I think we can all agree that the actual Erykah Badu song that we want for sexy-times is "I Want You". Right guys?

Guys?

wee_ramekin

@wee_ramekin Though I agree with "Chunga's Revenge" 4000%.

wee_ramekin

@wee_ramekin And also "Glory Box", duh.

leonstj

@wee_ramekin - While my Erykah Badu making out song is "most of them", I am especially fond of You Got Me which is I guess technically a The Roots song.

chevyvan

So, I guess the "Nude" suggestion is for those nights when you want to make out but don't want your make-out partner to get too handsy?

"Don't get any big ideas. They're not gonna happen."

itiresias

@chevyvan It's okay, by the time you get to Jigsaw Falling Into Place you're going to cynically fuck them once and never speak again. or is that association just mine...

Miss Maszkerádi

I am clearly not Putting Myself Out There enough, but.....singles yoga? Taking a break to discuss makeout preferences on your mats in a circle? Is this actually a thing people do?

I had no idea how happy and content I am to be essentially a vestal virgin.

alannaofdoom

@Countess Maritza - I mean, if I had enough hands to do the hairstyle by myself, I wouldn't even look back.

Miss Maszkerádi

@alannaofdoom it's symbolic in my case. I'm apparently promised to the goddess Academia until I turn thirty goddamn five.

fondue with cheddar

"Feelin' Love" by Paula Cole

itiresias

@fondue with cheddar "where have all the cowboys gone" is better

rocknrollunicorn

First of all, can the Hairpin please do something about how clicking on a link moves you to a new page on this tab rather than opening a new tab in your browser? This is the only website I visit that still does this, and articles like this and the Friday Bargain Bin always fool me a couple of times. This sounds petty but it is one of the main minor annoyances of my life, like how my boyfriend always leaves his shoes in walkways rather than to the side of them.

Secondly, the first song will always just remind me of House. I don't think it would work.

Thirdly, every time I've tried to put on specifically make-outy music to make out to, things have felt weird and forced.

This whole comment makes me sound like a grumpy old lady. I swear I'm not!

rocknrollunicorn

@Reginal T. Squirge There are just so many of them :)

wee_ramekin

@rocknrollunicorn Nooooooo! I love it that a new tab pulls up!

Don't ever change, Hairpin.

martinipie

@rocknrollunicorn Idk, I have a PC and it takes like, the same amount of no time to right click a link and say open in new tab. I actually tend to do this automatically on all links within articles. I don't know how to do that on a Mac thought if you are a Mac person...

wee_ramekin

@wee_ramekin Oh wait. I think I'm confused.

Yes, I like it when I click on a link and it opens up a new tab....NOT when I click a link and it takes me away from the 'Pin to that page.

So....I think I agree with you, @rocknrollunicorn.

fondue with cheddar

@martinipie I use a Mac, and I just command-click. Super easy. Right-clicking and choosing "open a new tab" works, too.

I don't like when links automatically open up new tabs/windows. Even though I want to do it more often than not, I prefer the ability to choose.

Exene

@rocknrollunicorn I agree with you. A new tab should open up.

highfivesforall

@rocknrollunicorn Is this really the only website you visit that does this? I have a habit of just command- (or ctrl- for PC) clicking every link, so I don't know for sure the prevalence, but I just tried a few sites (cnn, reddit, weather.com) and none of them open a new tab automatically. I think the new-tab thing is mostly found on sites like google and facebook, who have their internet-shit together more than anyone else.

rocknrollunicorn

@martinipie The thing is just that most websites already do this. I don't necessarily spend a ton of time at the Hairpin, I forget, I click and don't notice that it isn't a new tab (I always have like 12 tabs open, so this doesn't register), then I close the new tab and I'm all, "where is my original Hairpin article??"

I mean, if all the other websites do it, which most do... why not here?

rocknrollunicorn

@highfivesforall This is the only website I visit regularly that does it. I probably notice it more because I read articles on here that have multiple links I'd like to visit (like this one and Friday Bargain Bin, one of my favorite regular features on here), so it gets frustrating.

sophia_h

@fondue with cheddar Seconded, websites that take the option away from me drive me nuts and feel kind of desperate, like they think I'll never come back if I leave their page. I have an extension that lets me drag and drop a link to make it open in the background in a new tab, and I do that most of the time, but sometimes I'm finished with a website and don't want to have to bother closing the tab.

schrodingers_cat

@rocknrollunicorn Most browsers (I don't know about IE and Safari, but it works with Chrome and Firefox) let you drag the link to the top of your browser next your current tab and it opens in a new tab. Dragging is not exactly more effort than clicking.

Minx

@rocknrollunicorn Well, I mean, you can right click on a link and choose "Open in New Tab." That's what I generally do.

AmeliaBadelia

As a lady who formerly worked for Thievery Corporation, I can attest to the fact that many a fan wrote in to tell the band just how much they enjoyed sexytimes to their music.

wee_ramekin

@AmeliaBadelia Did you stop working for them because they finally got tired of you putting sponges in the sponge cake and throwing dirt around when they asked you to dust the house?

AmeliaBadelia

@wee_ramekin WHO TOLD YOU!!?

karion

I can't even begin to wrap my mind around how much I love the video for Solange's Losing You. I don't watch many music videos anymore, I guess, and this one just caught me all the way off guard.

She dances just like Whitney Houston in How Will I Know, which is to say, very, very badly, and I love it so, so much.

On the primary topic, I thought it was fairly well settled that Tom Petty should always be the soundtrack for macking.

Ellie

Now that we have these suggestions of what WOULD be suitable . . . what are people's weirdest or most unfortunate makeout or hookup musical selections? I have admittedly had sex with NPR on multiple times.

martinipie

@Ellie Bon Iver seemed like a good idea at the time (freshman year of college, intense fling thing) but even as we were doin it we were like....this is too fucking sad for fucking!

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

@Ellie Hooking up with a girl who's roommate was playing God music in the living room. Luckily we just laughed, but it really could have ruined things.

itiresias

@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose Invited a "musician" home during sophomore year of college, he opened my computer and found a playlist called "all time favorite songs," and went "Oh we definitely need to do this right now...this night is already epic." obviously we made out and i got bored and went to sleep.

Lily Rowan

@Ellie I started playing some playlist on my iTunes without thinking too hard, and then Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" started playing. Good artist, good song -- except it starts with a baby's cries. Not sexy.

fondue with cheddar

@Lily Rowan In iTunes you can edit the time a song starts. (The "get info" window, I think?)

Lily Rowan

@fondue with cheddar Usually I like the baby! But not when I'm getting down with a single parent.... I just took the song out of that playlist.

Bittersweet

@Ellie We tried knocking boots to Barry White, and it worked, but we kept laughing the whole time because it was just too much sexy.

SarahDances

@Ellie My ex was really into opera, and would just leave it on, which was fine most of the time. I will say however that listening to Nessun Dorma makes what you're doing seem way less impressive by comparison.

nowwhat

@Ellie I went home with a dude once and he enthusiastically put on something he described as "ambient" but it just made me feel like I was in a dentist's office, or somewhere else where I have to wait a long time for a not-entirely-pleasant appointment to begin -- not a good sign under the circumstances. While the sexytimes commenced I caught myself trying not to think about waiting rooms, aqua naugahyde furnishings, and overactive air conditioning systems.

fondue with cheddar

@nowwhat "You keep using that word...I do not think it means what you think it means."

leonstj

@Ellie - I have "Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits" on record. And, when I was 18, and it was not like, the early 70s, the first time I brought a lady back to my (dorm) room, I hit "play" on my turntable, which had it all ready to go.

@Bittersweet - UGH the Barry White thing. It makes me SO SO SAD this his music was SO effective at being f-music that it's now SO cliche you can't even f-music w/ barry.

BattyRabbit

@Ellie One guy I dated had a nice sort of instrumental playlist for putting on while we boned at his house, just to cover up our noises for the sake of his roommates, and it was good for that, but somewhere in there was an Aphex Twin song that had...like...squeaky rubber duck noises in it? And that always gave me The Giggles, So Bad.

dephlogisticated

@Ellie A filk song tape which eventually got around to the inevitable filk song about necrophilia.

meaux

I am listening to this playlist and feel like it's the type of tunes I'd put on to fall asleep to. My formative years were spent making out to the Scorpions and Judas Priest, so I continue to prefer zippier stuff for the makeout times.

BosomBuddy

@meaux Seconded. Though maybe replace the Scorpions and JP with whatever energetic equivalent I'm into.

LeafySeaDragon

@meaux i haven't made out/sexed to music since high school and that was a lot of pixies and NIN.

BattyRabbit

@meaux Yeah, most of this list makes me imagine people making out in super-slow-motion.

Heat Signature

Am I missing something by NOT listening to music while having sex? Because I'm one for focusing with laserlike precision on carnal passions.

Pygmalion

@Heat Signature You should probably make a t shirt that says "Don't bother me, I'm focusing with laserlike precision on carnal passions."

Beatrix Kiddo

@Heat Signature There's nothing sexier than laserlike precision!

Heat Signature

@Pygmalion OR a bumper sticker that says "If this van is a-thrashin', I'm focusing with laserlike precision on carnal passion".

Onymous

Also I could never make out to it (HA Like I've got the option) but Seriously Rufus Wainwright's cover of Hallelujah is soooooo good.

fondue with cheddar

@Onymous I love Rufus, but I prefer Jeff Buckley's cover.

Pygmalion

@Onymous That song would be good for sex that is so sensual and slow that it is not even happening.

Onymous

@fondue with cheddar I heard Rufus' version first and it imprinted pretty hard on me. I like Buckley's version but I keep comparing it in my head to Rufus.

Onymous

@Pygmalion Sex that is not even happening is actually my number one fantasy.

But I could not do it because it would be like the Desperado/Witchay Woman episode of Seinfeld, except I would get up and put it on repeat for at least 6 plays before going back.

fondue with cheddar

@Onymous It's the same with me only vice versa! I listened to Grace 50 bajillion times in my twenties.

LeafySeaDragon

i don't do music + sex, it's weird.

i like my yoga classes in the near dark with soft ambient music. i cannot even imagine a singles type thing. i don't want to think about how my ass looks in my yoga pants when i'm all bent over and spread out!

whizz_dumb

@LeafySeaDragon I don't do music w/ vocals + sex. The entire discography of Do Make Say Think is amazing (during many activities) for this reason, plus their music is so dynamic.

honey cowl

@LeafySeaDragon I know, ewwww.

Amber

I am going to wholeheartedly disagree with "I've Got Dreams to Remember." I LOVE Otis Redding, but this is one of the absolute saddest songs to me. It's not a happy love song. It's about seeing the person you love with someone else and just loving them so desperately that you're willing to let them do it if they'll just stay with you too. OH MAN IT MAKES ME SO SAD. Now I don't even want to make out. Not even to "That's How Strong My Love Is," or more casually, "These Arms of Mine," which are, in my asshole opinion, better choices.

Just sayin'.

LeafySeaDragon

and really how many straight single guys go to yoga? i mean, i've seen the occasional midlife crisis creeper and there are always a couple of gay men.

Onymous

@LeafySeaDragon I did yoga for a semester during college. I needed a PE credit over the summer and did a lot of social weightlifting so I was like "Hmm... maybe improve/regain my flexibility? at the very least not have to wake up until well after my hang overs usually last? Sounds like a plan" Also I knew the instructor was cool with me not showing up half the time if something more interesting came up.

But I am incapable of forming habits so as soon as the summer semester was up I was like, I had fun I should do that... aw fuck it never mind.

Onymous

@Onymous And to add I was *this* close to doing yoga on the beach during a roadtrip to Miami but I discovered too late that it was happening on the ICW side of south beach and I was on the ocean side. Still it seemed like a good way to spend a half hung over morning after wandering around south beach drunk with a bunch of hostel kids.

martinipie

@LeafySeaDragon a LOT if you're at one of my studios. like....a LOT. *winky face*

melmuu

One time I was making out with someone and Fade Into You came on and it was the worst. We could not go on.

garseeyalater

I like "Losing You" but the weird, looping cat sound is distracting. Cat noises are sexy, though? I'm also not 100% sure it's a cat noise. I'm kind of a cat noise expert. Cat noise.

whizz_dumb

@garseeyalater This seems like a good time to mention that I spent 2 nights with a lady who MADE CAT NOISES. At me. Without a cat in sight. I didn't know how to react. I found it weird.

garseeyalater

@whizz_dumb Wait, what? Unless the woman was Solange, that's totally weird. I don't know how I'd react, either. Potentially with more cat noises.

teaandcakeordeath

@whizz_dumb
Wait. Like a seductive purr or like Imma scratch you noises? Was she doing it subconsciouly or was it a flirting style?
Sorry! Im being horribly nosey but Im so intrigued!

piekin

thank you massive attack always forever amen

leonstj

@piekin - When I was in High School, I used to think I hated Massive Attack.

When I was in college, I realized that it was just cuz HS Leon wasn't kickin' it w/ the ladies.

Erica B. Robinson@facebook

Another Radiohead option: Pyramid Song.

quimby

Obviously I am downloading this whole playlist because I feel like it's bad luck not to.

robbermaiden89

YES to "I've Been Thinking", it's genius. Also YES to many Fiona Apple songs. My contribution:

"Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" by Father John Misty.
ALSO
"6 Underground" by Sneaker Pimps.
ALSO
"Rapture" by Iio.
ALSO
many songs by Lana del Rey (DON'T JUDGE ME) especially "Diet Mtn Dew", "Trash", "You Can Be The Boss". Just TRY to tell me those songs aren't haunting and sexy.

These are some of the sexiest songs ever, IMO

Disclosure: I am not picky to what I make out to. I have made out to Family Guy playing on the TV before.

TARDIStime

@robbermaiden89
I always preferred TV as background noise compared to music. Mr TARDIStime and I always have fun when Scrubs is on - it really relaxes the vibe and keeps it light.

tea for all

i would also add jai paul to this list.

eraserface

My husband and I, back when we were dating in college, once had sex to Warsawza on Bowie's Low. It was both AMAZING and amazingly weird #musicnerdgasm

Minx Whatmore

One of the first artists my now-partner played the first time he invited me over to his house was Alien Sex Fiend. Literally could not make out to that - he changed the music when he realised it was a bit awkward.

790097chic

This playlist seriously turned me in just reading it. It will be used. Thanks. :)

Dr. Everything'll-Be-Alright

I had a one night stand with this pulverisingly beautiful man a few years ago. He put his iTunes on shuffle and everything was cool for about half an hour, and then right as we were deep in that stage of sexing where it's all delicious and passionate and marked by really hot intense sustained eye contact fucking Eric Clapton's fucking Tears in Heaven came on. Recalling that event still makes me want to shrivel up and die.

Brana Sandra@facebook

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Slapfight

Frankly from that first listing of songs, I can't believe Tool is the band that offended you. I'd have to leave if someone put Dave Matthews on. Shudder.
Nothing makes me hotter than songs about heroin, child molestation and sanctimonious rage.
JK I prefer it totally silent so we can hear every single strange noise our bodies make, and then squeal in horror.

babs

I'm sort of hyperventilating at the idea of some dude staring at my ass during downward dog, and that being the point of the class. Barf.

mixed emoticons

i (occasionally) practice yoga as a fitness thing, & i'm okay with that. but when i read about something like "singles' yoga", i think about how yoga was born as a spiritual practice (and still is that to many people).

this is why americans can't have nice things!

Singles Yoga@twitter

It sounds like Smiley overall enjoyed attending the Singles Yoga class (except for possibly the music) and even suggesting that he may attend another singles yoga class in the future. However his motivation for attending is probably a little misguided. He should be attending the Yoga class for the benefits that yoga provides and not as a means to check out the girls or to hook up.

We agree that online dating doesn’t cut it anymore and that single adults are looking for ways to meet new people. This is one of the main reasons why we stated the Singles Yoga website. We hope to create a growing social community online where people can connect with other community members and then eventually offer or help co-ordinate real events where people can meet others and make new friendships in a safe and friendly environment

Our website, SinglesYoga.com, is focused on growing a community of people who are interested in health & wellness and the benefits of a yoga lifestyle. One of the main features we offer users is the ability to create a profile, connect with others, upload pictures and videos, and then join groups and discussions; think of it as a social network (similar to Facebook) for people who happen to be singles. In the future we plan on providing services such as travel vacations and retreat getaways, special events and possibly yoga classes or workshops; however the main goal for Singles Yoga is to build a social community. We hope this helps the readers of this thread in understanding who and what Singles Yoga (the website) is all about.

axus_auto

Good job on the article. Always. Yahooo

dedicuy

This playlist seriously turned me in just reading it. It will be used. Thanks.
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