Looking for some romantic music to set the mood? We've got you covered!
From Usher's soulful soundscapes to Jhené Aiko's heartfelt lyrics, our selection of classic 2000s and 90's love songs guarantees an unforgettable evening with your special someone.
Enjoy a cozy night in while these smooth jams take center stage - but don't forget the glass of wine!
So if you're looking for a surge of inspiration, or need some tunes to help set those romantic vibes right (we know how nerve-wracking crafting the "right mix" can be!) then let us contribute by showing off our picks below.
Make yourself comfortable, and let's begin our roundup of beloved R&B hits.
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Before diving straight into the music, let's pay homage to the roots of the sub-genre.
What is Slow Jam R&B music?
Slow jam R&B is a subgenre of R&B that is characterized by its slow tempo, smooth melodies, and sensual lyrics. The subgenre of R&B originated in the 1970s, becoming well-known in the 80's & 90's - with iconic artists such as Luther Vandross, Barry White, and Maxwell each helping bring this sultry sound into mainstream music.
With slow tempos, heartwarming instrumentals, and often provocative lyrics, it's no wonder slow jams are the perfect genre for setting a romantic mood.
Who created Slow Jams?
Slow Jams began with the genius of Motown songwriters and producers such as Norman Whitfield, Smokey Robinson, and Barry Gordy who created them. It didn't take long for their timeless classics like “Let's Get it On” and “Just My Imagination” to become household favorites and take the music world by storm.
Professionally composed while keeping an air of nostalgia and passion, these songs were definitive staples in any late-night playlist looking to capture hearts with their smooth sounds.
Now that we've touched on the history of the sub-genre, let's share the perfect slow jams playlist, filled with the best R&B love songs of all time.
You can listen to the playlist on Spotify by clicking here.
With over 4 hours of slow tempo love songs, you can enjoy these timeless love songs without worrying about having to search for more.
At the moment, there are 69 songs, so we plan to keep the curated songs around this number for somewhat obvious reasons, lol.
Our playlist is updated weekly, so you can be sure that even the newest slow R&B love song will find it's way into the rotation.
Reviewing the Music
Now, let's do a deeper dive into some of the music on our moody R&B love songs playlist. Here is a look at the first 10 songs from the collection of slow jams.
1. LUV by Tory Lanez
First up on our list of the best R&B love songs is "LUV" by Tory Lanez. Released in 2016, this emotionally-charged track has been embraced by music lovers thanks to both its smooth production and contagious lyrics. Lanez sings about a love that is deep and genuine, and the song's catchy chorus make it the perfect addition to any romantic playlist.
2. Come Thru by Drake
Another great love song from the 2000s is "Come Thru" by Drake. This 2013 track is all about the feelings of longing and desire that come with being in love. Drake's smooth vocals and vulnerable lyrics make for a powerful and emotional listening experience. He sings about wanting to be with his love all the time, even when they're apart: "I just wanna come through, and spend the night, I just wanna come through, and make everything alright."
3. Sure Thing by Miguel
If you're looking for something with a laid-back, soulful vibe, "Sure Thing" by Miguel is a great choice. Released in 2012, this track has a smooth, relaxed sound that is perfect for a romantic evening. Miguel's smooth vocals and catchy lyrics make for a memorable listening experience, as he sings about a love that is unwavering and true: "I want to love you, the best that I can, and I want to do everything right, to keep you satisfied." Most recently, the track has had a resurgence in popularity thanks to the social media app TikTok.
4. Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home) by Usher
For a classic R&B love song that is sure to set the mood for any romantic evening, "Daddy's Home" by Usher is a must-listen. This 2004 track has a smooth, seductive sound that is guaranteed to get you and your significant other in the mood for love. Usher's smooth vocals and steamy lyrics make for a sensual listening experience, as he sings about wanting to be the one to fulfill all of his lover's desires: "I wanna be the one to make you feel like a woman, I wanna be the one to make you feel alive." That's deep.
5. Take You Down by Chris Brown
"Take You Down" by Chris Brown is the perfect track for a slow, sultry night. Combining classic R&B sounds with Brown's honey-sweet vocals creates an alluring vibe. Not one to disappoint, Brown's approach on this track is mesmerizing as he sings about being taken away on a romantic journey with someone who can make him feel something special. With its soulful instrumentals and mellow rhythms, this romantic song can set the mood perfectly.
6. You by Lloyd & Lil Wayne
Lloyd and Lil Wayne's song "You" is the embodiment of smooth R&B vibes. With captivating lyrics, heartfelt melodies, and a gentle rhythm, this track radiates with relatability and soul. The combination of these two musical talents creates a soundscape that is dynamic and beautiful while retaining an air of intimacy - almost as if they wrote it just for you. No matter what mood you're in, one listen to this track will transport you away with its warmth and lightheartedness. A truly timeless classic that is sure to stay on any music lover's playlist indefinitely.
7. Un-thinkable (I'm Ready) by Alicia Keys (feat. Drake)
"Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" is a mesmerizing track that slowly builds from gentle guitar chords and warm synths to cascading drum beats and Alicia's smooth vocals. Lovingly crafted, the lyrics cleverly explore a hesitant beginnings of what could eventually be a blossoming love story. Meanwhile, Drake's verse adds perspective to the artist’s longing. With amazing storytelling that perfectly captures the soulful flair of Alicia Keys, this is undoubtedly one of the standout love songs.
8. End Of The Road by Boyz II Men
Travelling back in time to the 90s, "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men is a classic slow jam song. It's a beautiful love ballad that finds Nathan Morris singing notes over a gentle piano melody and soulful harmonies from his bandmates. Taking its cues from the great Motown artists of the past, the somber track offers listeners a reflective look at relationships and how we come to terms with their end. From the gradually intensifying chorus that culminates with an uplifting vocal resolve to the melancholic verses—it's little wonder why this sonic masterpiece from Boyz II Men has inspired countless covers, including Britney Spears' successful rendition on her first album.
9. Let Me Love You by Mario
"Let Me Love You" by Mario is a track that perfectly encapsulates the tender emotions associated with falling in love. With its heart-melting vocals and smooth R&B flavor, the track brings out an earnestness in its listeners that can't be denied. Its mellow vibe moves through steady rhythms and quietly builds until it reaches the song's grand finale - a spectacular instrumental run that wraps up the track with soaring emotion. This beautifully crafted song is like a warm hug that leaves you feeling content and satisfied, yet still longing for more.
10. Skin by Rihanna
Lastly, "Skin" by Rihanna is a track that oozes soulfulness and sensuality. This is one of those love songs with production that doesn't need any flashy extras to captivate its audience—it stands out all on its own. Though Rihanna's lyrics act as an afterthought of sorts, her vocals allow her to bring the song and its message to life—providing something special for music lovers everywhere. There's nothing quite like "Skin," and it goes without saying that it's sure to become someone's favorite slow R&B track in no time.
There's way too many great R&B love songs to cover in one article, so let's expand upon our 2000s and 90s R&B slow jams list by mentioning a few more timeless slow music classics.
Losin Control by Russ
Slow Down by Bobby V.
I Luv This Sh!t by August Alsina & Trinidad James
How You Gonna Act Like That by Tyrese
Slow Jam by Usher (feat. Monica)
Lovin' by PnB Rock (feat. A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
Bad Intentions by Niykee Heaton, OG Parker & Migos
Can't Help but Wait by Trey Songz
Deep by Summer Walker
I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
So, if you're looking for a romantic soundtrack for your next special moment, look no further than our collection of slow R&B love songs from the past few decades.
With a mix of classic slow jams and contemporary hits, this playlist has something for everyone. From Chris Brown's trance-like melodies to Whitney Houston and her heartfelt lyrics, these songs are sure to set the mood and make for an unforgettable evening with your special someone.
So pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back, and let these R&B slow jams whisk away all cares -- and create the perfect atmosphere of romance.
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