Frisky Friday: Fave Crush Songs of All Time

Frisky Friday: Fave Crush Songs of All Time
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 22, 2009

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There’s nothing like a good ole crush song to kick-start a fun trip down memory lane. Here are our top 20 picks:

This 1980’s throwback by family singing sensation “The Jets” represents the epitome of what a good crush is all about: anticipation, intrigue, butterflies and curiosity.

Listen Now: The Jets - The Jets Greatest Hits - Crush On You

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“American Idol” vet Fantasia belts out tunes so sweet we can’t help but to think back (maybe not so long ago) to a special someone that we were excited to sneak a glance of.

Listen Now: Fantasia - Fantasia - When I See U

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Jodeci got our bodies bumping and our hearts pumping with this classic 90’s jam. The sexy video kept us watching as well.

Listen: Jodeci - Forever My Lady - Come & Talk to Me

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Who else can deliver an R&B track to evoke romantic memories the way Marvin Gaye can? But be clear: Mr. Gaye firmly informed his love interest that not only did he want her, he wanted her to want him too. Can you say swagger?

Listen Now: Marvin Gaye - Number 1's: Marvin Gaye - I Want You

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This Commodores’ classic hit sums up just how it feels (equally euphoric and nerve-racking) to admire a certain someone from afar. We also love this tune because it is great to groove to whether we’re alone or coupled up.

Listen Now: The Commodores - The Commodores: Anthology - Just to Be Close to You

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Hey, b-boys need love too, right? Hip-hop king Jay-Z dispelled myths about rappers’ inability to show vulnerability in hip-hop with this cut about falling for you-know-who and even borrowed lines from top R&B crooner Luther Vandross.

Listen Now: Jay-Z - Blueprint 2.1 - Excuse Me Miss

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Another Bad Creation, also known as ABC, made their big-time debut on the music scene with this catchy song about a playground crush. The song represents the essence of puppy love.

Listen Now: Another Bad Creation - Coolin' At the Playground Ya Know! - Iesha

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As one of the most beloved boy bands of our time, New Edition has a plethora of hits that we cherish. But it is this sweet dance tune about a guy being unexpectedly swept off his feet by a P.Y.T. who always gets a toe tap or two out of us.

Listen Now: New Edition - Heart Break - If It Isn't Love

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The ladies still love LL Cool J and why wouldn’t we with a set of abs that just won’t quit and honest lyrics like, “I can’t believe it, I ain’t had a crush in years.” A hook by balladeers Boys II Men certainly doesn’t hurt either.

Listen Now: LL Cool J & Boyz II Men - Mr. Smith - Hey Lover

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Brandy kicked off her singing career in 1994 with this hit ballad that had us all remembering an old-school crush. The remix was just as dope with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo adding some swag.

Listen Now: Brandy - Brandy - I Wanna Be Down

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We love how Alicia Keys verbalized the type of crush every woman has experienced at least once in her life in this Kanye West-produced cut. Just listening to the song can give the crusher enough gumption to tell the crushee her name.

Listen Now: Alicia Keys - The Diary of Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name

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Miss Patti proves why she’s a legend on this sweet ballad on loving hard. The high notes show deep emotion we’ve all felt from a serious jones.

Listen Now: Patti Labelle - I'm In Love Again - If Only You Knew

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Usher showed he was all grown up on this debut single from his 1997 album “My Way.”

Listen Now: Usher - My Way - You Make Me Wanna...

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Roger Troutman put his heart on the line with this techno-R&B classic. And Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan cemented the song’s spot in history in “Love & Basketball.”

Listen Now: Roger - Ol' Skool: Love Jams, Vol. 2 - I Want to Be Your Man

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Back in the day Tevin Campbell solidified his spot as a new face of R&B with this hit song.
Listen Now: Tevin Campbell - The Best of Tevin Campbell - Can We Talk

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This oldie is still a goodie, as these smooth brothers sing about finding their dreamgirl.

Listen Now: Stylistics - Stylistics: Live In Norfolk - Betcha By Golly Wow

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We’ve all been there when a guy with a little reputation tries to make his way onto the roster. And Lil’ Kim, Biggie Smalls and Lil’ Cease paint the scenario something lovely on this hip-hop classic.

Listen Now: Lil' Kim - Hard Core - Crush On You (LP Version)

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Of course a boss would have a crush on another boos, right? Soul brother Ne-Yo let the world know that some men can appreciate a woman who wants a man but doesn’t need him.

Listen Now: Ne-Yo - Year of the Gentleman (Deluxe Edition) - Miss Independent

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With the help of the Pips, Gladys Knight let her crush know how good life could be on this soulful song. Alicia Keys brought the classic to a new generation on her album “The Diary of Alicia Keys.”

Listen Now: Alicia Keys - The Diary of Alicia Keys - if I Was Your Woman/Walk On By

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In one of his last hit singles, Luther Vandross showed the young guys how it’s done when it comes to wooing the lady who’s caught your eye.

Listen Now: Luther Vandross - The Ultimate Luther Vandross - Take You Out