Remember when scoring a slow drag with the object of your (prolonged) desire was the ultimate high? That one dance could be the beginning of a rare and beautiful love thang as long as the deejay kept the slow jams coming. For the lover in you, ESSENCE.com sets the mood with its top favorite 25 slow jams.
From the moment one of R&B’s most beloved balladeers expressed his loneliness with a simple “doo-doo-doo-doo,” anyone who had ever loved and lost understood that the unconditional, everlasting love could morph a humble abode into home sweet home.
Some say it’s better to have loved than never have loved at all, and Chaka Khan expressed with soulful decadence when she promised “even if you can not stay, gonna love you anyway…be it right or be it wrong.” Sometimes even when love is blind it’s still so darn sweet. Listen Now:
Who could forget “rapping till the sun came up” sans No Dose because that special one had you too smitten to care about sleep deprivation? As Prince said, “that’s when I knew you were the one and I had to have you.”
Miss Patti nails exactly how it feels to fall hard in love on this track. Of course, we try and keep that overwhelming feeling to ourselves and find comfort in discovering we aren’t the only divas in love.
With their southern gent-meets-the streets appeal, brothers K-Ci and JoJo and their gospel-tinged vocals amid siblings Devante and Dalvin’s funky grooves made the ladies swoon. We were all for getting married, starting a family and having our man stick by us for the long haul.
Brides had a new request for their first dance when Powell took over the airwaves with this instant hit. Who doesn’t want to be cherished by a man who loves everything from the way you talk to the way you walk?
We pulled out the popcorn as Mary detailed a dramatic episode with a friend turned lover on this hit. The reality of a platonic friendship blossoming into an unexpected lover/homie/friend happens every day.
We applaud any man who cares enough to figure out what his woman’s pleasure principles are. This southern gent delivered the naked truth with a seductive falsetto and an Adonis’s physique that had many ladies numb with desire.