By Bobby Carter
What is a slow jam? Is it any down-tempo ballad that speaks to the emotional ups and downs of a romantic relationship? Is it an R&B song about falling in love? How about a soul song that details exactly how badly the singer needs someone in his or her life? Do breakup songs count? Where does heartbreak figure in? What about beats per minute? Or is the determination more about when and where (and with whom) you listen to the song in question?
We know a few things, to be sure. It would not be a slow-jam mix without D'Angelo or SWV's "Weak." Gerald Levert is a hero. Teddy Pendergrass, Lenny Williams and Chico Buarque are titans in this field. Tony Toni Tone. Anita Baker. Keith Sweat. Oh, it's on.
You could debate the definition of a slow jam for hours, and are welcome to do so in the comments section below. Or you could click the listen link above, call your special someone and just see what happens.
Michael Jackson, "Lady In My Life"
Teddy Pendergrass, "Love TKO"
Hall & Oates, "Sarah Smile"
Guy, "Piece Of My Love"
Earth Wind & Fire, "Can't Hide Love"
Radiohead, "No Surprises"
Guns & Roses, "November Rain"
Massive Attack, "Protection"
Luther Vandross, "Make Me A Believer"
Billy Joel, "Just The Way You Are"
DeBarge, "Love Me In A Special Way"
Prince, "Adore "
Lenny Williams, "Cause I Love You"
Hector Lavoe, "Que Lio"
Chico Buarque, "Eu Te Amo"
Janet Jackson, "Any Time, Any Place"
Destiny's Child, "Cater To U"
Mariah Carey, "Breakdown ft. Bone Thugs N Harmony"
R. Kelly, "Bump & Grind"
Esthero, "Thank Heaven For You"
Stevie Wonder, "Knocks Me Off My Feet"
Sade, "No Ordinary Love"
Tony Toni Tone, "Whatever You Want"
Paul McCartney & Wings, "Maybe I'm Amazed"
DeBarge, "I Like It"
Mazzy Star, "Blue Light"
Amy Winehouse, "(There Is) No Greater Love"
Frank Sinatra, "Strangers In The Night"
Foreigner, "Waiting For A Girl Like You"
Marvin Gaye, "I Want You"
Rick James & Teena Marie, "Fire & Desire"
Anita Baker, "Angel"
Lauryn Hill, "The Sweetest Thing"
The Foreign Exchange, "I Wanna Know"
Aaliyah, "At Your Best"
The Isley Brothers, "Footsteps In The Dark"
Art Of Noise, "Moments In Love"
Bob Marley, "Stir It Up"
Concha Buika, "No Habra Nadine En El Mundo"
Draco Rosa, "Obra de Arte"
Mayer Hawthorne, "A Strange Arrangement"
D'Angelo, "One Mo' Gin"
Mary J. Blige, "I'm Going Down"
TLC, "Red Light Special"
Player, "Baby Come Back"
Bobby Caldwell, "What You Won't Do For Love"
Raphael Saadiq, "Ask Of You"
LL Cool J, "I Need Love"
Bad Company, "Feel Like Making Love"
Alice Russell, "Hurry On Now"
Spandau Ballet, "True"
Al Green, "Love & Happiness"
Prince, "If I Was Your Girlfriend"
Atlantic Starr, "Always"
Usher, "U Got It Bad"
Ready For The World, "Love You Down"
Gerald Levert ft. Eddie Levert, "Baby Hold On To Me"
Jodeci, "Forever My Lady"
New Edition, "Can You Stand The Rain"
Whitney Houston, "You Give Good Love"
Keith Sweat ft. Jacci McGhee, "Make It Last Forever"
Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx & Twista, "Slow Jamz"
Boyz II Men, "End Of The Road"
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