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Idris Elba, Officially The Sexiest Man Alive, Has Made The Sexiest Playlist Ever

Starring Marvin Gaye, Al Green, James Brown and more
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Idris Elba is a man of many, many, many talents: at the last count he was an actor, director, writer, producer and DJ. He's also an excessively sexy man, which is a full-time job in itself.

People named him the World's Sexiest Man on Monday, and, naturally, Elba's put together an appropriately sexy playlist to go along with the honor and save you the absolutely excruciating duty of having to put one together yourself to soundtrack date night.

Stop trying to work out whether you should put the Kygo remix of 'Sexual Healing' before or after 'Hey There Delilah' and leave it to the professionals.

"Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye

Obviously.

"Cry For You" by Jodeci

Got a shout from Drake on 'Controlla' when he needed to summon up the depths of his horn.

"Try Love Again" by The Natural Four

Chris James, the Natural Four's leader, sacked the other three members of the band in 1972 and got three other lads in. Brutal but, to be fair, James' Slightly More Natural Four did then produce this.

"Brotha" by Angie Stone

You wouldn't think a sexy, sexy tune could possibly contain the line "the best thing since sliced bread", but here we are.

"Prisoner of Love" by James Brown

Brown's first solo single from 1963, two years before 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag' cemented him as the nascent Godfather of Soul, yearns rather than struts.

"Turn Your Lights Down Low" by Bob Marley & the Wailers and Lauryn Hill

An R&B remix of Marley's hymnal cut from Exodus reminds you that, actually, most songs could benefit from a couple of Lauryn Hill verses.

"Rock With You" by Michael Jackson

That little horn fill after "I want to raaaaahhk with youuuu" but before "aaaaall niiiiight" is the musical equivalent of a raised eyebrow and lip-bite.

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"Unbreakable" by Alicia Keys

This one missed the cut for The Diary Of Alicia Keys, but turned up on the live Unplugged album. It also mentions Bill Cosby and his wife Camille as a model of happy coupledom, which hasn't aged too well.

"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

Another 'well obviously' choice rounds out the playlist, but there's a very good reason it's such an obvious choice.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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