most popular sex positions

Most Popular Sex Positions

Written by: Dr. Joshua Gonzalez

The Most Popular Sex Positions!

You know what they say: a hot summer means a cold winter. Well, with the scorcher of a summer we had this year, we are certainly in for a winter wonderland this season. A long, cold winter means a lot of time indoors. When you're all Netflix’d out, and a rousing round of Bananagrams isn’t cutting it, you can always play with another banana. With a long winter ahead of us, we are going to review and add more positions to your sexual repertoire. Today, Popstar is back with the tips (and so much more than just the tip) on the most popular sex positions!

When we hear the word “popular,” we immediately think of high school. We all remember our senior year. Spirit Week, our final stab at the SATs, sending out college applications, and, of course, superlatives. Our school’s own Regina George and Gretchen Weiners all vying for that Homecoming Queen “most popular” spot. Think of this article as sexual superlatives as we break down some super popular positions. Like Glinda the Good Witch in the anticipated Wicked film adaptation, we know about popular!


The first position that comes to mind, and possibly the first we ever partook in, missionary. Old faithful. While it is a bit beige as far as sex positions are concerned, it is easy, safe, and great for connecting with your partner. You can longingly look into each other’s eyes while you take long strokes to pound town. After all, vanilla is popular for a reason: it’s simple and always hits the spot (in this case, your G-spot). Missionary is also great for exploring uncharted sexual territory. For our heteronormative couples looking to explore anal sex, missionary is a great place to start, rather than just diving right into doggy style.

Doggy Style

Speaking of which, our next sex position is pretty commonplace in the sexual zeitgeist. Doggy style gets its name from the receiver being on all fours while being penetrated from behind. While this poochy position is a little more advanced and a tad kinkier than missionary, it is a crowd favorite. If missionary is first base, think of doggy style as sliding into second.

Standing Up

Sex doesn’t only have to be a vertical act, you can be horny when horizontal. Having sex standing up can get you out of your mundane romping routine. One of the best places to have sex standing up is the shower. There is nothing sexier than a steamy shower. It’s fabulous! You can get dirty and squeaky clean all at the same time. Shower sex is like a hot toddy for your body. Of course, the height difference between you and your partner can come into play here. You also may not have a bathroom that is conducive to having a comfortable boink. You also want to be mindful of your footwork, as shower sex can be slippery! You can always purchase one of those tacky shower mats to the detriment of your decor. But if shower sex is something you partake in often, it may be a good investment. If you and your partner are anatomically able to have sex standing up and your bathroom has the space, have at it! 10 out of 10 would recommend it! Sex doesn’t just have to be on the x-axis!


While we are on the topic of numbers and math, our next position is the 69. Just like having sex on the y-axis (standing up), height is also a factor. 69ing involves partners positioning themselves so each other’s faces align with the other’s genitals so they can simultaneously perform oral sex. As a wise woman (my mother) once said, “Oral sex is sex.” While the 69 position might not get the entire job done, it is incredible foreplay and loads of fun (pun intended).

Sitting Down

We stood up; now it is time to sit down. Think of it like a Christmas mass, a lot of up and down, with the occasional kneeling. Just like standing up for sex, sitting down can be just as rewarding! This can be done in one of two ways: in a chair or on the bed. If you are looking to have sex on a chair, have the penetrator sit in a chair like normal while the receiver straddles the chair (and the penetrator) face to face. This can feel very “Cell Block Tango”-esque a la Chicago or perfect for a sexy secretary slash boss roleplay fantasy circa Mad Men.

Edge of Glory

While this has nothing to do with Lady Gaga and her little monsters, this next position can have monstrous results! Since we love math here at Popstar, we can add two positions together. This next position is a culmination of sitting and standing. Well, it's more like laying and standing. The pitcher will stand while the catcher lies at the edge of the bed. Like many of our other sex positions, height can come into play. When bed shopping, it is best to consider the height of your bed, should you want to partake in this position. Should logistics not hinder your ability to participate in this position, it can be very sexy and lends itself nicely to power dynamics and domination if you’re into that sort of thing.


This next position requires much less energy. After being out and about and on our feet all day long, who has the time to stand for sex!? Preposterous! This position is perfect for a lazy Sunday morning vibe. We all know how to spoon. Spooning is a popular form of cuddling, but you can also bang while you’re bundled up in each other’s arms. Just wake up, roll right over, spoon your loved one, and stick it in (with consent, of course)! It requires little energy and can feel incredibly intimate.

Reverse Cowgirl (or Cowboy)

Giddy up! Here at Popstar, we break down gender norms; anyone can ride. Rounding out our list is the Reverse Cow Person**. RCP is pretty self-explanatory: You ride your partner like a horse but face away from them. While this position requires more tact than spooning, it can be great for multitasking. You can catch up on the latest episode of your Bravo franchise while still pleasing your partner. That, and your ass will look great from behind! That being said, the Reverse Cow Person can be a bit prickly, like a cactus. This is the one of the most perilous positions as it has the most considerable risk of penile fracture. If you are going to ride, ride at your own risk and ride with caution.

Well, there you have it, some of our fornication favorites to keep you horny while you hibernate! We hope this list reviews some old favorites and gives you some new ideas to heat up your winter months. To learn more about canoodling for Cuffing Season, check out our other blog. Stay warm out there, folks!

Dr. Joshua Gonzalez

Dr. Joshua Gonzalez

Dr. Joshua Gonzalez is a board-certified urologist who is fellowship-trained in Sexual Medicine and specializes in the management of male and female sexual dysfunctions. He completed his medical education at Columbia University and his urological residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Throughout his career, Dr. Gonzalez has focused on advocating for sexual health and providing improved healthcare to the LGBTQ+ community.