Sex Therapy (song)

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"Sex Therapy"
Robin Thicke - Sex Therapy single.png
Single by Robin Thicke featuring Ludacris
from the album Sex Therapy
ReleasedOctober 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)
Robin Thicke featuring Ludacris singles chronology
"Somebody to Love"
"Sex Therapy"
"Love After War"

"Sex Therapy" is a song by American R&B singer Robin Thicke.[1] The R&B ballad is the lead single from his album Sex Therapy.[2] The song was released to the radio on October 20, 2009.[3] Its tune and some other elements were sampled from the 1963 number-one song "It's My Party" by Lesley Gore.

Critical reception[edit]

Kelsey Paine from Billboard gave a positive review for the song, saying that: "Robin Thicke delivers his signature smooth talk on "Sex Therapy". Producers Polow Da Don and Hot Sauce set up a languorous backbeat with understated synths and soft drum kicks, while Thicke turns the heat all the way up. 'Stressed out, uptight, overworked, wound up/Unleash what you got, let's explore your naughty side,' the singer croons. 'Just let me love you, lay right here, I'll be your fantasy/Give you sex therapy.' The come-hither lyrics, accompanied by Thicke's breathy falsetto and deep bass undertones, give the song an unforced eroticism that feels ideal for lovers of romance. Thicke's stripped-down brand of R&B is of an ultra-suggestive nature, but his earnest vocal performance is what ultimately keeps it classy."[4]


The official remix features Ludacris and a short intro by Polow Da Don and was released December 17, 2009. The remix is a bonus track on the iTunes edition of Sex Therapy: The Experience as the "Luda Remix".

Music video[edit]

Robin Thicke confirmed on his Twitter account that he shot the video for the song on October 24 in L.A. with music video director Melina Matsoukas, at the same mansion that was featured in the video for Hilary Duff's "Reach Out". The video was released on November 19.[5] Model Saleisha Stowers made a cameo in the video.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sex Therapy" (album version) (4:36)
  2. "Sex Therapy" (instrumental) (4:36)[6]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording and mixing

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Sex Therapy, Interscope Records, Star Trek.[7]


On the week ending January 2, 2010, "Sex Therapy" debuted at number 100 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It has also become his second number one single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs dated March 13, 2010 after "Lost Without U" peaked at number one in 2007.[8]

Chart (2009-2010) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 54
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs[9] 44
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay[10] 1
US Billboard Adult R&B Songs[11] 10
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[12] 20
US Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop[13] 2


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-10-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ iTunes Store Sex Therapy
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  7. ^ Sex Therapy (inlay cover). Robin Thicke. Interscope Records, Star Trek. 2009.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ George, Raphael (March 13, 2010). "Thicke's 'Sex' Skips to No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 122 (11): 47. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Sex Therapy, Robin Thicke, R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs". Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Sex Therapy, Robin Thicke, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay". Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Sex Therapy, Robin Thicke, Adult R&B". Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Sex Therapy, Robin Thicke, Hot 100 Airplay". Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Sex Therapy, Robin Thicke, Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop". Retrieved 19 August 2015.