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.
This group helped everyone appreciate the simple gestures and pleasures of eternal love that remain consistent and hold the key to longevity in any loving relationship.
A love affair never sounded so sexy, until Billy Paul serenaded his married lover in this classic. Whatever “thing” you have going on must be pretty sultry and steamy.
Generations continue to jam to this perfect mix of spiritual music with soul. We still can’t get enough of the iconic O’jays.
No 90’s dance or wedding was complete without this classic Stevie ballad. The melodic tune gives single girls hope of amazing love to come and reminds lovers of the good thing they’ve discovered.
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:
Honoring your man who is Godsent is always a surefire way to keep the fire burning in your relationship.
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.”
This timeless classic is for anyone who’s ever been caught up in the Matrix of that special someone that made you implore that lover to handle our fragile hearts with care.
Baker’s rich voice singing romantic lyrics make this ballad lethal. The perfect jam for a bubble bath after a hectic day and some bedroom fun to follow.
This song reminds of the good ol’ days before love connections were made on the Internet and a man would simply approach you with a simple, “Hello.”
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.
Yes, he’s begging, but this time Keith Sweat’s pleading for eternal love on this early 90’s favorite.
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.
Tyrese’s Coca-Cola smile and school boy charm was the perfect combination for this sweet serenade.
The effortless vocals of Quincy Jones’s Canadian protégé captured the sweet vulnerability of Cupid’s lovestruck victims who didn’t even see love coming.
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?
For those of us lucky to have found love, one of Brooklyn’s finest crooners had no problem telling that special lady that he was blessed enough to find her.
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.
Living the single life can be tough, so this soulful declaration of emotional preparedness for love by the ATL beauty resonated with all who continue to wait patiently for Mr. or Mrs. Right.
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.