ESSENCE Music Festival Playlist

ESSENCE Music Festival Playlist
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 01, 2009

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Whether you’re heading to the Superdome or not, enjoy the biggest jams of the 2009 ESSENCE Music Festival right now. Headliner Beyoncé gets things started with her latest ode to independent women.

Listen Now Beyoncé - I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version) - Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)

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We got our own and are glad gentlemen like Ne-Yo appreciate it.

Listen Now Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman (Bonus Track Version) - Miss Independent

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He’s back and better than ever! Only Maxwell can make breaking up sound so heartfelt on this track.

Listen Now Pretty Wings

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Anita Baker’s voice can make any day a good one, and this hit song is no different.

Listen Now Anita Baker - Rapture - Sweet Love

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Legend definitely stepped from behind the piano on this club banger, and switched things up with much swag.

Listen Now John Legend - Evolver - Green Light

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It’s tough to choose a favorite En Vogue track, but this ballad definitely is in the running. We held on to our love for the group and now they’re back with all four original members.

Listen Now En Vogue - The Very Best of en Vogue - Hold On

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Powerhouse vocals over a calypso beat get feet tapping and hips swaying every time Sullivan’s debut song comes on.

Listen Now Jazmine Sullivan - Fearless - Need U Bad

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Thicke solidified his spot in R&B with this smooth ballad. The video starring his wife Paula Patton was an added bonus.

Listen Now Robin Thicke - The Evolution of Robin Thicke (Deluxe Edition) - Lost Without U

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Songbird Ledisi dazzles us with this honest and sultry song of hoping your latest love affair lasts.

Listen Now Ledisi - Lost and Found - In the Morning

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We love a man who’s honest about his feelings, which is probably why this R&B newcomer is a crowd favorite.

Listen Now Ryan Leslie - Addiction (feat. Cassie & Fabolous) - Single - Addiction

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Dwele makes the ladies smile with this clever ode to his girl’s two sides: lady in the streets and freak in the sheets.

Listen Now: Dwele - Sketches of a Man (Bonus Track Edition) - I'm Cheatin'

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Old school became new again with Saadiq’s classic ballad.

Listen Now Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It (Bonus Track Version) - Love That Girl

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Looking for a sexy song to blast while riding around this weekend? Miss Keri Baby delivers on this sultry jam, and fellas should take note.

Listen Now: Keri Hilson & Lil Wayne - In a Perfect World... (Bonus Track Version) - Turnin Me On

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Ms. Hathaway definitely inherited the soul-stirring sound and stage presence of her father Donny.

Listen Now Lalah Hathaway - Self Portrait (Bonus Video Version) - Let Go

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Thanks, Donnie, for the perfect remedy to a rough day, with this gospel classic.

Listen Now Donnie McClurkin - The Essential Donnie McClurkin - Stand

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Behind the clever title, this catchy cut looks at the consequences of a one-night stand.

Listen Now Solange - Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams - T.O.N.Y.

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Our favorite blue-eyed R&B songstress is back with her signature sound. Yes, she’s still got it.

Listen Now Teena Marie - Congo Square - Lover's Lane (feat. Howard Hewitt)

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Beyoncé’s alter ego Sasha Fierce asserts her reign on this bossy track.

Listen Now Beyoncé - I Am... Sasha Fierce (Deluxe Version) - Diva

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This electric slide anthem closes out the ESSENCE Music Festival every year. Join in wherever you are in the country and relive great summer memories.

Listen Now Maze featuring Frankie Beverly - Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly: Greatest Hits - Before I Let Go

Have a favorite? Share your favorite Fourth of July weekend songs below

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Listen Now Mary J. Blige - Just Fine - Single - Just Fine

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