Spotify compiles top songs from your sexy-time playlists

In honor of Valentine's Day, Spotify dug through millions of love, Valentine's and sex-themed playlists to find the most popular songs.

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The Spice Girls appear on Spotify's top Valentine's songs list. Icon Entertainment International

For a lot of people, Spotify is the soundtrack to their lives. It's workout music, commuting music, around-the-house music. It's also in-the-sack music. Spotify dug through users' love, Valentine's and sex playlists to determine what its 60 million users are listening to during those special moments.

Spotify found 700,000 Valentine's playlists, 2.5 million sex playlists and a whopping 28 million love playlists, showing that the company's demographic seems to be skewing to the romantic side.

The Valentine's list is led by the breathy 1996 Donna Lewis song "I Love You Always Forever," proving that you V-Day playlist people are a bunch of big softies. Hot on its heels is Berlin's "Take My Breath Away." Just when you thought the Spice Girls were long gone, they show up in the fourth spot with "2 Become 1."

The list of top songs from love-themed playlists is a bit less synth-y than the Valentine's group. John Legend's piano-driven "All of Me" captures the tender top spot with its falsetto-soaked chorus. Rihanna and Mikky Ekko take the follow-up slot with "Stay," another song with a lot of piano. Apparently, pianos mean love. Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Miley Cyrus also chart on this list.

Now for the playlist you've been waiting for. Spotify found that "sex" playlists are created by an audience that's 56 percent male. The chart-topper here is "Intro" by The xx, a rhythmic instrumental 2009 song that would seem to be about setting the mood. The sex list includes Hozier's "From Eden," "Menswear" by The 1975 and "Magic" from Coldplay. It's an eclectic list, especially compared with the songs that fill the love and Valentine's lists.

I, for one, am a little disappointed that Spinal Tap's delicate power ballad "Sex Farm" didn't make any of the top lists. I guess I'll just have to go create my own.