February is almost a wrap, but we’re still feeling romantic here at the ESSENCE.com office. Not quite ready to say goodbye to the month of love, staffers share their favorite ballads of the moment. Read on to find out if your cut made the list.

“So Beautiful” by Musiq Soulchild: “The vocal range and message conveyed in this song truly reflect its title.”
—Porsche Slocum, Freelance Writer

“Mad” by Ne-Yo: “Because it’s the kind of song that makes you think long and hard about taking the people you love for granted.”
—Wendy L. Wilson, News Editor

“Day and Night (Remix)” Kid Cudi feat Collie Budz: “Great stories about a man’s heart being broken by another woman before returning to his one true love: Mary Jane. Many people can relate.”
—Othniel Harris, Producer

“Rockin’ That Thang” by The-Dream: “The beat and melody of this song are infectious. It was definitely love at first note for me. I put this record on blast and just get butterflies.”
—Lauren Blassingame, Freelance Writer

“Halo” by Beyoncé: “It’s a sweet song. I like it because you can play it to butter your man up before you ask for anything.”
—Kenya N. Byrd, Senior Editor

“The City” by Milosh: “When I need a little musical peace, Milosh’s voice and sound is so calming.”
—Qianna Smith, Fashion and Beauty Editor

“Gibberish” by Ryan Leslie: “I like this cut because there’s nothing like it on the radio right now.”
—Zharmer Hardimon, Copy Chief

Tell us what ballad you’re feeling at the moment.


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