Songs of Seduction

Just in time for the weekend, we’ve rounded up the hottest jams to get you and your beau in the mood.
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 08, 2009

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Just in time for the weekend, we’ve rounded up the hottest jams to get you and your beau in the mood.

The title says it all in Usher’s “Seduction,” and we are taking notes from this steamy ballad.

Usher - Confessions (Bonus Track Version) - Seduction

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Janet (Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty) informed everyone that she was no longer the cute, innocent kid sister of her older brothers anymore with this uber-sexy track. We appreciate JJ for reminding us that steamy intimacy doesn’t just need to go down in the bedroom.

Janet Jackson - Janet. - Any Time, Any Place

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A classic cut to play when you want to get in the mood with that special someone. When Marvin Gaye pleads for us “to stop beating around the bush,” it’s oh so hard to resist. This is definitely a tune that can be listened to on repeat.

Marvin Gaye - Motown 1's - Let's Get It On

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The simplicity and quiet sex appeal this song offers is so refreshing in a sea of copycat radio tracks. Floetry, the talented duo representing London, laid down their vocals so well that listeners couldn’t possibly say no.

Floetry - Floetic - Say Yes

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Follow the instructions on this island jam to dim the lights, as Lauryn Hill sings along with legend Bob Marley on giving good love.

Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill - The Best Man - Turn Your Lights Down Low

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Kissing is an erotic art form that too many have forgotten about, but the R&B trio of Total knew how important locking lips is.

Various Artists - Karaoke Soul - Say It - Kissin' You (Karaoke Version) [As Made Famous By Tota]

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The King of Pop might be gone, but his music will live on forever. In this romantic tune, Michael so eloquently described the euphoric feeling we all experience when in the presence of that special someone.

Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection

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As a neo-soul vet, D’Angelo has his share of sensual hits. But it is by far this fave that makes us close our eyes, tip our heads back and reminisce. (Oh, and that sexy video didn’t hurt either.)

D'Angelo - Ultimate D'Angelo - Untitled (How Does It Feel) [Edit]

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Guy’s hit song definitely brings back memories, and it’s time to make some adult ones to this New Jack Swing classic.

Guy - Guy: Groove Me - The Very Best of Guy - Let's Chill

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There’s nothing like spending time with someone who knows exactly where to touch you, kiss you and…you know. R&B singer Freddie Jackson seconds this emotion by instructing his lover to rock him for old times sake.

Various Artists - Karaoke Pop: You Are My Lady - Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) [Karaoke-Version] - As Made Famous By Freddie Jackson

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The soulful sounds of the The Isley Bothers never disappoint our desires for true R&B music. Listening to this old-school slow jam takes us back to lovers past and maybe even present. Isn’t that the indication of a classic?

The Isley Brothers - Beautiful Ballads: The Isley Brothers,  Vol. 2

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An all-around perfect song to play for unwinding before a long night. Only Genuine makes talking dirty seem oh so right!

Ginuwine - 100% Ginuwine - So Anxious

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“If God one day struck me blind, your beauty I’d still see.” What woman with a pulse doesn’t love this song. Prince has accumulated a long list of baby-making songs throughout his illustrious career, but this song tops the list.

Prince - Sign 'O' the Times - Adore

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With the class of an old-school gentleman, The O’Jays definitely set the mood on this soulful song.

The O'Jays - The Ultimate O'Jays - Let Me Make Love to You

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Aaliyah lives on through this smooth tune, and her angelic voice is the perfect way to relax and settle into the weekend.

Aaliyah - Age Ain't Nothing But a Number - At Your Best You Are Love

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Make your own scene from “Love Jones,” with this sensual song by our favorite crooner Maxwell.

Maxwell - Love Jones (The Music) - Sumthin' Sumthin': Mellosmoothe

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J. Holiday quickly had our attention with this thumping song of taking his lady under the sheets. Practice making your own music video to this catchy tune.

David Sides - The Collection, Vol. 2 - J. Holiday - Bed

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Not all romances are meant to last forever, but that doesn’t make them any less sweet. Savor the moment, as Luther Vandross sings along.

Luther Vandross - The Essential Luther Vandross

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They may have baby faces, but the fellas of Silk had all the ingredients to make us weak in the knees on this hit. You won’t be saying stop as this tune plays.

Silk - The Best of Silk - Freak Me

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The lyrics say it all in this Teddy Pendergrass jam: “Turn of the lights and light a candle.” We’re sure you can figure out the rest.

Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy - Turn Off the Lights