If you’ve been fortunate enough to experience it, love is a beautiful thing. And so are love songs. They are the songs that make the love feel even better, the songs that are sung at weddings and the songs that make people make babies together. There are a group of these songs that have stood the test of time and stand out as classics of the genre. Even if you’re too young to remember them when they first came out, they still resonate even 20 or more years later. They are the classic love songs that make your momma and daddy or auntie and uncle stare at each other with soft eyes, or if you’re the auntie or mommy, make you remember what you saw in that guy with the big gut that’s currently hogging the remote.
A great love song has to be the kind of song that makes you stop in your tracks when it comes on and for just a moment, whether it’s your personal romantic song or not, make you feel what that writer was feeling and what that singer was expressing. Interestingly enough, the younger generation has yet to make quite that enduring a song and men, unemotional creatures though they can seem to be, have a majority of the classics on this list. The only thing we excluded was duets, at least for this poll, and songs that were primarily about sex or heartbreak.(Yes, we know “Sweet Thing” is borderline, but Chaka’s straight out love ballad “Everlasting Love” is the lesser known of the two songs, so we went with the one that has been more of a part of the cultural landscape.)
Out of these great love songs, which gets your vote as the best all-time? Hit the poll and let us know.
Your Vote: What is the Greatest R&B Love Song Of All Time? was originally published on blackamericaweb.com