A great song has the power to transport you back in time to the moment you first fell in love with it, and when the perfect song is paired with the perfect scene, that’s the true definition of movie magic. From “As” to “This Woman’s Work” these throwback jams provided the perfect soundtrack for our favorite Black romantic comedies, and they stuck with with you long after the credits rolled. Are you ready for a trip down memory lane?
“This Woman’s Work” will forever be synonymous with the steamy chemistry between Monica and Quincy as they made love for the first time in Love & Basketball. It’s a lovemaking anthem that we are all infinitely grateful to Maxwell for providing.
Who can forget that flashback moment in The Best Man when Stevie Wonder’s “As” plays inside the cozy college newsroom when a young Harper and Jordan first recognize the spark between them? When the song started to skip just as their lips locked in a passionate kiss, we were just as disappointed as them. That’s when we knew we would indeed be loving them always.
Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn’s classic R&B jam “If This World Were Mine” made Alicia and Mike’s sweet teenage hookup in The Wood. even sweeter. Their sweet homecoming dance to her favorite song is a movie moment in time we’ll never let go off.
“I Used to Love H.E.R.” together. It was truly the perfect verse over a tight beat.
Dionne Farris’ hit might have been called “Hopeless” but hearing the beautiful song as the soundtrack to Nina and Darius’ love story gave us so much hope. The moment Nina rides comfortably and happily on the back of Darius’ bike the morning after their epic first date will forever be etched in our minds.
Dancing with your girls to “Creep” in the living room will forever be ladies night GOALS!
“Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” is a song that instantly reminds us of the rooftop kiss and late night sheet shaking shared between Taraji P. Henson and Michael Ealy’s characters in Think Like A Man.
Boomerang gave us the slap heard around the theater when Halle Berry’s hand connected with Eddie Murphy’s cheek. The movie also gave us “Love Shoulda Brought You Home Last Night” from Toni Braxton which is a forever jam for a woman scorned.
The hunky fellas in The Best Man Holiday truly blessed us all when they did their own sexy dance rendition of New Edition’s “Can You Stand The Rain” routine, complete with outfits. The hats, the spin, the homage to The Temptations–all classics!
It was a game of H.O.R.S.E we never want to play again. It was heartbreaking to watch Monica play Quincy for his heart, and lose. Thankfully we had the musical genius of Me’Shell Ndegéocello giving us “Fool Of Me” at the same time to help us cope. Those lyrics will haunt you!
Erykah Badu perfectly set the scene for Dre and Sidney’s love story in Brown Sugar. With “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop),” Ms. Badu gave us both a hit and a love story to cherish for a lifetime.
Who knew “Never Stop Loving You” would foreshadow so much for Darius and Nina as they were on their very first date in Love Jones?
Boyz N The Hood would not have been the same without The Five Stairsteps’ “Ooh Chid” leaving its mark. Laurence Fishbourne bobbing in his head to the tune in the car is unforgettable.
When Quincy couldn’t take his eyes off of Monica during the homecoming dance as “I Wanna Be Your Man” played, we knew only good things could come for them in Love & Basketball.
When we hear “Candy” by Cameo there is only thing that comes to mind–the electric slide in The Best Man. No Black wedding is complete without a two step to this cut.
Thank you Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans for giving us the girlfriends anthem that is “Count on Me.” This song and the New Years Eve scene in Waiting to Exhale makes you want to call your homegirls up just because every time.